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In light of the upcoming general election, today we published guidance for broadcasters, political parties and candidates and the public on standards that apply to election related broadcasts. These include a BSA Quick Guide to Election Programmes, Guidance for Complainants, Guidance for Broadcasters and Guidance for Political Parties.

The BSA’s role in respect of election-related material is to address complaints about the content of election programmes broadcast on television or radio, and assess whether they breach the Election Programmes Code. Broadcast programmes that touch on election matters, but which are not election programmes, are subject to the usual broadcasting standards for radio, free-to-air television and pay television.

We have worked with the Electoral Commission, the Press Council and the Advertising Standards Authority to prepare this guidance.  

You can read the updated guidance notes here.

Today we released decisions on two complaints, one of which was partially upheld under the accuracy standard. This complaint related to an item on Te Karere about Green MP Marama Davidson’s protest trip to Gaza, and in particular the reporter’s reference to Israel’s ‘illegal’ blockade at Gaza.

The other complaint was about a Story item which discussed the accountability of judges in New Zealand. The Authority did not uphold the complaint, finding that the accountability of New Zealand’s judiciary was an issue of public interest, and that the item was a valuable exercise of the broadcaster’s right to freedom of expression.

You can read the BSA’s media release on this decision here.

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

Two complaints related to the promotion of adult programmes during family television viewing times. The BSA emphasised that under the broadcasting codes of practice “broadcasters are able to promote AO programmes during G programmes, provided the content of the promo meets the requirements of the G classification”. In these particular cases, the BSA found that while the promos were for programmes targeted at adults, the content of the promos was consistent with expectations of a family viewing timeslot and did not contain any graphic or explicit adult material.

You can read our media release on these two decisions here.

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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.

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