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Today we released decisions on two complaints.

One of the complaints related to an episode of Nigel Latta’s documentary series, The Hard Stuff, which focused on New Zealand’s economy. The other complaint related to a comment made by radio host Leighton Smith about the Pope.

The Authority did not uphold either of these complaints. 

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Today we released decisions on two complaints, neither of which was upheld.

One of the complaints alleged that an episode of the documentary series The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta, which focused on immigration, lacked balance by not presenting alternative points of view. The Authority found this episode carried high public interest and had high value in terms of freedom of expression. It considered the episode, which was clearly presented from the host’s perspective, sufficiently acknowledged other viewpoints and enabled viewers to make up their own minds about the validity of the arguments offered in favour of, and against, immigration.

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Today we released decisions on five complaints, none of which were upheld.

Four of the complaints related to television programmes, and one complaint related to a radio programme.

Two of the complaints alleged that broadcasts had breached the law and order standard. The Authority found in both cases that this standard was not breached, as neither programme promoted or condoned illegal activity. Viewers would not have interpreted either programme as seriously encouraging or instructing them to engage in criminal behaviour.

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

The first upheld complaint related to an on-air outburst by Martin Devlin during The Devlin Radio Show, regarding a text message he received from the complainant, TF. Mr Devlin read out the complainant’s mobile phone number several times on air, in breach of their privacy. The Authority ordered privacy compensation to the complainant of $2,000 and costs to the Crown of $2,000.

The second upheld complaint related to an item on Story about unconscious bias, in which the complainant, JW, was effectively singled out due to editing techniques, and featured without her knowledge or consent.  The Authority found that this breached the fairness standard.

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

Today we published our Annual Report for 2015-2016. As well as reporting on our performance this report profiles our work over the past year and provides guidance on broadcasting content standards arising from our decisions in our 2015/16 financial year. 

You can download a copy of the report by clicking on the link below:

Our Statutory Reports