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A research report published by the BSA today reveals New Zealanders’ attitudes to their personal social media content and their expectations about how broadcasters can use it. The research, entitled Use of Social Media in Broadcasting: Public and Broadcaster Perspectives was conducted by independent researchers and explores whether broadcasters are held to a higher standard by the public when it comes to publishing or republishing social media content.

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

One complaint related to a 'Vote Smart' segment on The Project, in which the host highlighted a particular issue that he wanted voters to be aware of. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that the item was inaccurate, finding that the host did not make a statement of fact which triggered the requirements of the accuracy standard, but rather was providing his opinion and analysis. The Authority emphasised that in the context of an upcoming general election, the item carried high public interest and value in terms of the right to freedom of expression.

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

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

Three decisions were made under the Free-to-Air Television Code and one decision was made under the Radio Code. All four complaints were about news and current affairs programmes, and raised issues relating to accuracy, good taste and decency and law and order.

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

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.