The following standards apply to all free-to-air television programmes broadcast in New Zealand. Freedom of expression is the starting point in a consideration of complaints. Complaints can only be upheld where the limitation on the right to freedom of expression is reasonable, prescribed by law and demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
The standards in this code should be read and interpreted alongside the Commentary.
If you are thinking about making a complaint under this code, you should also read Complaints Process and Other Guidance.
All broadcasters are expected to retain recordings of all broadcasts for 35 days. In the event of a complaint, this assists the broadcaster to argue their point of view and ensures the BSA gains a correct understanding of the content, context and tone of the broadcast (see 'Broadcasters', page 5 of the Codebook).
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Free-to-Air Television Code of Broadcasting Practice
PART 1 - STANDARDS WHICH RELATE TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES