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New Codes of broadcasting standards for radio, free-to-air television and pay television take effect today, 1 April 2016.

The new Codebook was produced by the BSA in close consultation with a working group of broadcaster representatives. It also reflects submissions received from members of the public. In developing the Codebook, the objective was to ensure a modern, principles-based and consistent set of Codes that are user-friendly and informative. Three separate Codes have been collated into one codebook. You can view or download the new Codebook here.

The new Codebook will apply to all programmes broadcast on or after 1 April 2016. The old Codes apply to any programmes broadcast before 1 April 2016. This means if you would like to make a complaint about a programme broadcast before 1 April, you should complain under the old Codes, which can be viewed or downloaded here.    

You can read our media release about the new Codebook here.

Please phone us at 0800 366 996 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or would like a copy of the new Codebook.

Today we released 12 new decisions, four of which were upheld. One of these upheld decisions is about an interview on Radio Waatea which discussed the resignation of senior staff at Māori Television in a way which was inaccurate and unfair to them. You can read our media release on this decision here or by clicking on the Media Releases button below.

The most commonly complained about standards were accuracy and fairness. Six of the decisions relate to radio broadcasts and the other six relate to free-to-air television broadcasts.

We released 10 new decisions today, none of which were upheld by the Authority. The standards most commonly complained about were good taste and decency, controversial issues and accuracy. Nine of the decisions relate to free-to-air television broadcasts, and one relates to a radio broadcast.  

Today we released two new upheld decisions. One decision is about an episode of Dog Squad which showed the complainant attempting to smuggle contraband to her partner in prison; the Authority found that this breached her privacy. You can read our media release on this decision here or by clicking on the Media Releases button below. The other decision concerns a promo for Face Off, a reality TV show in which the contestants are special effects make-up artists, which was shown during a children’s movie. The promo contained images of gory and wounded prosthetic body parts, which the Authority considered went beyond audience expectations of a G-rated family movie and breached the good taste and decency standard.

Our report on the submissions received during public consultation on our draft codes of broadcasting practice, as well as the submissions, have now been published. You can view them here or under the ‘Standards: Overview’ section.