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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  

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

Six complaints related to television broadcasts, and one complaint related to a radio broadcast. The most common standard complained about was accuracy.

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

The two upheld complaints related to an item on the Hauraki Breakfast Show. In the item, the hosts intentionally broadcast live on air a caller who had asked to make a complaint off air. The Authority found the broadcast breached the fairness and privacy standards. It has ordered broadcaster NZME Radio to pay $4,000 in privacy compensation to the caller, Deborah Stokes, $4,000 in costs to the Crown and to broadcast a statement summarising the Authority’s findings.

You can read our media release on the Hauraki Breakfast Show decisions here or by clicking on the Media Releases button below.

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