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Today we released research into how New Zealand's children engage with media today – conducted independently by Colmar Brunton for the Broadcasting Standards Authority and NZ On Air. The Children's Media Use Study shows the majority of New Zealanders take steps to manage their children's media use: parents and children use on-screen classifications and warnings, have family rules around viewing and internet use, and change the channel, turn off or move away when they come across challenging content. The use of these measures has either increased or remained consistent since our previous study in 2007.

We have also published today the results of our 2014 Public Awareness Survey, which measured the public's awareness of the BSA and their ability to complain.

You can find both of these reports here.

Today we released 11 new decisions. Of these decisions, seven were in relation to complaints about programmes on free-to-air TV and four were in relation to radio broadcasts. The most common standards under which complaints were referred were Discrimination and Denigration, Controversial Issues and Fairness. None of the complaints were upheld.

Click on the Latest Decisions button below to read the new decisions. 

Today we released 22 new decisions. We issued media releases, which you can find by clicking on the link below, on two upheld decisions: one in relation to a song broadcast on Humm FM and one in relation to a 2011 Campbell Live special investigation. In total the BSA upheld three complaints, declined to determine one and did not uphold the others. 

Click on the Latest Decisions button below to read the new decisions.

The BSA board is delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Scott-Howman as Chief Executive. She takes up the role late January 2015.

Currently the Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Advocacy at the Bankers Association, Karen is not new to the broadcasting industry or the BSA. She worked here as a Legal Advisor from 1999 to 2005. 

She has also worked as a consultant for our monitoring agency, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Previously she practiced law in New Zealand, Australia and Canada for over a decade.

“We are delighted that we were able to attract someone of Karen’s calibre to the position”, says Peter Radich, our Chair. 

“Her experience at the BSA, as a lawyer, with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and as a senior leader, means that she is equipped to step into all aspects of the role. We are very much looking forward to working with her.”

Today we released seventeen new decisions. The BSA upheld two complaints, declined to determine one. and did not uphold the others. We issued media releases on two of these decisions, which you can read below. 

Click on the Latest Decisions button below to read the new decisions.