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Today we released the results of our Litmus Testing research, which tested public attitudes to five BSA decisions on the Programme Information and Children's Interests standards, specifically relating to classifications and timebands on television.

We also obtained an external independent review of the same five decisions, which has been released today as well.

You can read our media release on these two pieces of research here and read the full research reports here.

Today we released three decisions on complaints about television and radio broadcasts. None of the complaints were upheld.

One of the complaints related to an episode of Friends, which contained low-level sexual material. The Authority did not uphold the complaint, finding that the content of the episode did not go beyond well-established audience expectations of the programme and did not threaten current norms of good taste and decency.

For the full decisions, click on the Latest Decisions button below.

Today we released decisions on six complaints, one of which was upheld.

One of the complaints related to the television programme, The Windsors, a satirical comedy about the British Royal Family. The Authority did not uphold the complaint, finding that humour and satire are important and valued forms of expression.  

To read our media release on this decision, click here.

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Today we released decisions on six complaints about television programmes, none of which were upheld.

The majority of the complaints releated to news broadcasts. The most common standard complained about was balance.

For the full decisions, click on the Latest Decisions button below.

Today we released decisions on eight complaints, three of which were upheld.

One of the upheld complaints related to a broadcaster’s use of social media content during a news item about a bus crash that occurred near Gisborne on Christmas Eve. The item featured photographs of some of the crash victims taken from a public Facebook page for the Tongan community. The Authority noted that where social media content is re-published on another platform, privacy considerations should be considered afresh, particularly in sensitive circumstances. The Authority is currently undertaking research into the public’s, and broadcasters’, views on privacy and social media, and we hope this research will give further guidance to broadcasters and the public on the issues raised in this case. 

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