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The BSA today released two new decisions concerning complaints about election-related broadcast content – one complaint about political commentary during the Newshub Leaders Debate and one complaint about a Radio Sport presenter’s comment on a Labour campaign advertisement. The Authority did not uphold these complaints, highlighting the importance of political expression during the election period.

The BSA has today released decisions on five complaints, three of which related to radio broadcasts and two to television broadcasts. One complaint related to an election advertisement for the Ban 1080 Party which was not upheld.

The BSA today released decisions on three complaints. Two of the decisions released are interlocutory, meaning the Authority considered preliminary issues relating to the complaints. The third complaint, which raised the discrimination and denigration standard, was not upheld.

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The BSA today released decisions on four complaints, three relating to television broadcasts and one relating to radio, none of which were upheld. One complaint related to comments made during a radio talkback segment on Sportstalk, when host Mark Watson criticised the British and Irish Lions rugby team and said he hoped they would ‘get smashed’. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that these comments were highly offensive, noting that these comments would not have been outside audience expectations of a sports talkback programme, and the free and frank expression of opinions is an important aspect of the right to freedom of expression.

You can read our media release on this decision here

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The BSA has released a further decision on an election programme complaint about the Nation Party’s updated ‘Let’s Tax This’ advertisement. The complaint was not upheld.

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