Network TEN Sydney Pty Ltd’s (TEN) broadcast of a program promotion for the drama, Ripper Street, has breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice.
The program was promoted in a broadcast on 23 July 2013, during an episode of MasterChef Australia which is classified G. The Australian Communications and Media Authority received a complaint about sex and violence within the promotion.
In addition to complying with the G classification guidelines, such a promotion must also comply with additional special restrictions applicable to all promotions broadcast during G classified programs between 7.00 pm and 8.30 pm. These classification provisions are aimed at ensuring children are not exposed to material that is unsuitable for viewing without supervision.
The ACMA found that the treatment of violence in the promotion was not very restrained and therefore exceeded the G classification and that some scenes depicted physical violence that exceeded the additional special restrictions.
In response to the breach finding, TEN will be circulating the ACMA report to all members of its classification department and relevant programming and promotions staff. Ten has also given a commitment that it will ensure that any future promotions for the program are appropriately scheduled.
Taking into account TEN’s compliance history, the ACMA considers these actions address the issues raised by the investigation.
The investigation report is available here.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Blake Murdoch, (02) 9334 7817 and 0434 567 391 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Media release 93/2013 - 13 December