Today the Authority released decisions on eight complaints, with three complaints upheld. Seven of the complaints related to television broadcasts and one complaint related to a radio broadcast. One of the upheld complaints was about two Newshub items, in which the reporter relied on Twitter when reporting on the delayed launch of a rocket from the Māhia Peninsula, implying that a Hastings District Councillor was responsible. This was incorrect and the Twitter content had not been adequately verified. The Authority found the items were inaccurate and unfair to the Councillor and ordered the broadcaster to broadcast a statement on air, online and in print, to pay $1,000 in costs to the Crown and $2,000 towards the complainants’ legal fees.
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