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This week’s public consultation meetings are being held in the following locations:

  • GISBORNE - Tuesday 21 August - 1:30pm - HB Williams Memorial Library
  • CHRISTCHURCH - Wednesday 22 August 10:30am Christchurch Community house  
  • DUNEDIN - Thursday 23 August - 10:30am - South Dunedin Community Hall

The BSA released decisions on five complaints today, with one complaint upheld. The upheld complaint related to an item on The Project which was critical about the South Waikato District Council’s role in the authorisation of a new gambling venue, as well as a Councillor involved. The following evening, one of the programme hosts clarified inaccurate statements that were made and issued an on-air apology to the Councillor, but not to the SWDC. The Authority upheld SWDC’s complaint that the action taken by MediaWorks was insufficient, finding that the host’s statement did not remedy the harm caused to the SWDC. The Authority ordered the broadcaster to broadcast a statement summarising the decision.

To read the full decisions, click on the Latest Decisions button below.

The BSA wants to hear your views on whether changes should be made to timebands and classification labels used on Free-to-Air television. The review has been prompted by discussions with broadcasters, changes in technology and in the way television is now watched.   Details about the issues under consideration, and how to have your say are available HERE.   The consultation runs from 31 July 2018 – 31 August 2018.

Please read our consultation document, and send us your views, by completing the online survey, or sending us your views by Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or come to one of the public meetings being held around the country – you can register attendance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have published the results of this year’s Broadcaster and Complainants Satisfaction Surveys. Both broadcasters and complainants surveyed gave positive ratings for their interactions with BSA staff (average of 87% for broadcasters, and average of 84-91% for complainants). The surveys also provide useful feedback on areas for improvement in BSA processes and services, such as increased contact with complainants and with smaller or less experienced broadcasters.

Click HERE for the results of the Broadcaster Survey

Click HERE for an executive summary of the Complainants Survey

Today the Authority issued decisions on five complaints. Four of the complaints were about television broadcasts and one complaint was about a radio broadcast. Three of the decisions address issues of accuracy in news, current affairs and factual programming about a range of issues including firearms, and euthanasia. The Authority declined to determine one of the complaints and did not uphold the others. 

To read the full decisions, click on the Latest Decisions button below.