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The BSA has released its first decision on an election programme aired during the 2017 election period (23 August to midnight on 22 September 2017). The Authority did not uphold a complaint that a National Party campaign advertisement was misleading. The Authority found that the election programme did not breach Standard E4 of the Election Programmes Code as it was clearly a political party advertisement advocating for the National Party and would not have misled viewers.

The Authority also did not agree that the television advertisement implied that the National Party was only a single party in Government, as alleged by the complainant.  It considered that it would be clear to viewers that political parties would seek to promote their own parties, and to earn viewers’ party vote, in any campaign material.

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Today we released decisions on five complaints relating to both radio and television, two of which were upheld.

One of the upheld complaints related to the broadcast of a Bollywood film, Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (Say… You’re in Love). The film was broadcast unclassified and with an incorrect programme description, which meant that audiences were unable to make an informed viewing choice and were unable to regulate their own, or their children’s viewing behaviour. This is a fundamental aspect of the broadcasting standards system and the Authority therefore found the broadcast breached Standards 1 – Good Taste and Decency, 2 – Programme Information, 3 – Children’s Interests and 4 – Violence.

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The Authority today released decisions on four complaints, one of which was upheld.

The upheld complaint related to a radio item, covering the ‘Dome Valley’ kidnapping case, that contained descriptions of graphic violence. The Authority supported the broadcast of the item, which was in the public interest and had high value by giving a voice to the victim. However, it considered the item required an audience advisory (warning) for violent content, as the detailed description of the violence may have been distressing for some people, particularly children or victims of violence.

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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.

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