The ACMA

2013 television investigations

The table below contains details of the ACMA's 2013 television investigations and investigation reports. Details of television investigations in other years are available on this page. Details of ACMA radio investigations are available on this page.

Date finalised

Service type

Investigation number / Report

Station / Licensee

Program or issue

Description

Outcome

24 December 2013

Commercial TV

3147

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

The Blacklist

Classification and material not suitable for television - inappropriate depictions of violence in an M classified program

No breach of clauses 2.4 [classification of other material] or 2.17.1 [material not suitable for television] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

19 December 2013

Nationa TV

3136

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News 24 – Julia Gillard in Conversation with Anne Summers

Due impartiality and diversity of perspectives - in a live broadcast of Julia Gillard in conversation with Anna Summers

No breach of standards 4.1 [due impartiality] or 4.5 [diversity of perspectives] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

19 December 2013

Commercial TV

3093

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Today Tonight
and program
promotions

Accuracy, privacy and accuracy in promotions – in a segment on a family’s use of royal titles, and in program promotions

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [factual accuracy, fair representation of viewpoints], 4.3.5 [privacy] or 4.5 [accuracy in promotions] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

9 December 2013

Commercial TV

3095

Ten / Network TEN (Sydney) Pty Ltd

Ripper Street program promotion

Classification - inappropriate depictions of sex and violence that were not suitable for a program promotion broadcast during a G classified program

Breach of clause 2.4 [classification of other material] and 3.8 [restrictions in G viewing periods and in certain other G programs] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

2 December 2013

Commercial TV

3126

Seven / Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Ltd

Weekend Sunrise

Accuracy – in a segment about eco- friendly cars

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

20 November 2013

Nationa TV

3118

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News

Due impartiality and privacy - in a news report about a man acquitted of sexual assault charges

No breach of standards 4.1 [due impartiality] or 6.1 [privacy] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

18 November 2013

Commercial TV

3046

Seven / Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Limited
and
Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

My Kitchen Rules Grand Final

Captioning - missing captions

No breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] or 130ZR(1) [basic rule] or clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 or the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

18 November 2013

Subscription TV

3084

Lifestyle Channel
/ Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd

Grand Designs Australia

Captioning - quality of captions

No finding on section 130ZZ [captioning – repeat television programs], section 130ZZAA [captioning – simulcast television programs] or paragraph 10(1)(eb) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

11 November 2013

Commercial TV

3090

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Tobacco advertisement

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licenses - broadcast of a tobacco advertisement

No breach of clause 7(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

30 October 2013

Nationa TV

3108

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Adam Hill Tonight

Harm and offence - in a segment showing a man eating a live spider

No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.2 [warnings/advice] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

3 October 2013

Commercial TV

3087

Ten / Regional Television Pty Ltd

Ten News At Five

Fairness and impartiality – in a segment which referred to an ‘asylum-seeker invasion’

No breach of clause 4.4.1 [present news fairly and impartially] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

3 October 2013

Commercial TV

3104

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Hamish and Andy Gap Year Asia

Classification and consumer advice - in a segment that included footage of a presenter eating a beating snake’s heart and drinking snake blood

No breach of clauses 2.4 [classification of other material] or 2.20 [consumer advice for certain programs] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

30 September 2013

Commercial TV

3096

Nine / Queensland Television Ltd

Nine News

Exercise care in selecting material for broadcast - in a segment with inappropriate detail about an extra-marital affair

No breach of clause 2.4.1 [exercise care in selecting material for broadcast] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

27 September 2013

Subscription TV

3061

Channel FX+2 – Foxtel / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd

Da Vinci's Demons

Captioning - quality of captions

No finding on section 130ZZ of Part 9D [captioning – repeat television programs] or paragraph 10(1)(eb) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

26 September 2013

Commercial TV

3035

Nine / Queensland Television Ltd

60 Minutes

Accuracy, privacy, provoke serious contempt on the basis of race, and use of a broadcasting service in the commission of an offence -  in a segment about Amazonian indigenous communities and carbon credits

No breach of the licence condition at paragraph 7(1)(h) of Schedule 2 [use of broadcasting service in commission of offence] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 or clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy], 4.3.5 [privacy], or 1.9.6 [provoke/perpetuate intense dislike, serious contempt]
of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

20 September 2013

Commercial TV

3086

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Political advertisement

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences - required particulars in a political advertisement

No breach of paragraph 7(1)(j) of Schedule 2 [required particulars] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

20 September 2013

Nationa TV

3097

SBS / Special Broadcasting Service

Housos program promotion

Classification - in a program promotion containing nudity

No breach of codes 4.5 [classification categories] or 4.7 [time zones] of the SBS Codes of Practice 2006

20 September 2013

Nationa TV

3103

ABC2  / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Funny As: Steve Coogan

Classification - coarse language in the broadcast of a live comedy performance

No breach of standard 7.3.1 [television classifications – MA15+] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

13 September 2013

Nationa TV

3077

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Q&A

Harm and offence - in a panel discussion where comments were made about the Bible

No breach of standards 7.1 or 7.7  [harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

6 September 2013

Commercial TV

3052

Ten / Network Ten Melbourne Pty Ltd

Political advertisement

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences - required particulars in a political advertisement

Breach of paragraph 7(1)(j) of Schedule 2 [required particulars] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

6 September 2013

Nationa TV

3074

ABC3 / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

You're Skitting Me

Harm and offence and stereotypes - use of the term 'Ranga' in a comedic segment

No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.7 [stereotyping and discriminatory content] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

4 September 2013

Nationa TV

2997

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Gruen Planet

Captioning - quality of captions

No breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] or 130ZR(1) [basic rule] or clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

2 September 2013

Commercial TV

3083

Ten / Network Ten
Melbourne Pty Ltd

Bish's Biz

Accuracy – in a segment where the presenter referred to Portia de Rossi as the wife of Ellen DeGeneres

No breach of standard 4.3.1 [accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

28 August 2013

Nationa TV

3073

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News 24

Harm and offence – in the description of sex with an underage person, in a segment about the conviction of the former Italian Prime Minister

No breach of standard 7.1 [harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

27 August 2013

Commercial TV

2967

Prime7 / Prime Television Northern Pty Ltd

Prime Local News

Captioning - quality of captions

No breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] or 130ZR(1) [basic rule] or clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

27 August 2013

Commercial TV

3091

Nine / Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd

NRL Footy Show

Classification – in a segment where junior football players (under 13s) are asked questions by a host about whether they can ‘impress the girls’

No breach of clause 2.4 [classification of other material] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

22 August 2013

Commercial TV

3053

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

Today Tonight

Privacy - in a segment about adult children refusing to pay back cash loaned from their parents

No breach of clause 4.3.5 [material relating to a person’s personal and private affairs] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

22 August 2013

Nationa TV

3059

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting

Harm and offence – in a comedic segment about a painting of Jesus being used for fitness exercises

No breach of standard 7.1 [harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

21 August 2013

Commercial TV

3043

Ten / Network Ten Brisbane Pty Ltd

Ten News At Five

Accuracy, impartiality and complaint handling – in a segment discussing climate change

Breach of clause 7.12 [complaint handling] and no breach of clauses 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] or 4.4.1 [present news fairly and impartially] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

20 August 2013

Nationa TV

3069

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Checkout

Harm and offence - use of phrase offensive to Christians in a comedic segment

No breach of standard 7.1 [harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

19 August 2013

Commercial TV

2934

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

A Current Affair

Accuracy, portray in a negative light, intense dislike and serious contempt, and create public panic – in a report about a shopping mall that was being renovated to target clientele of Asian ethnicity

Breach of 4.3.1 [accuracy of factual material], 4.3.10 [portray in a negative light] and 1.9.6 [intense dislike and serious contempt on the grounds of ethnic origin] and no breach of clause 4.3.2 [create public panic] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

12 August 2013

Commercial TV

2968

Seven / Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Limited

Home and Away

Captioning - missing captions

Breach of subsection 130ZR(1) [basic rule] disregarded as subsection 130ZUB(1) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 isapplicable

5 August 2013

Commercial TV

3076

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

A Place to Call Home

Classification and consumer advice – in a program containing elements of violence and sex

No breach of clauses 2.4 [classification of other material] or 2.20 [consumer advice for certain programs] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

2 August 2013

Nationa TV

3041

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Drum

Harm and offence and unjustified use of stereotypes - in a panel discussion that included comments about people with a mental illness

No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.7 [unjustified use of stereotypes] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

2 August 2013

Commercial TV

3050

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

A Current Affair

Accuracy – in a segment about parking on nature strips

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

30 July 2013

Commercial TV

2964

Seven / Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Limited

Seven News,
Today Tonight and

Home and Away

Captioning - quality of captions

Breach of subsection 130ZR(1) [basic rule] disregarded as subsection 130ZUB(1) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 is applicable

24 July 2013

Commercial TV

3039

Seven / Channel Seven (Sydney) Pty Ltd

Family Guy program promotion

Proscribed material – in a program promotion parodying figureheads of the Christian religion

No breach of clause 1.9.6 [proscribed material] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

23 July 2013

Commercial TV

3028

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Sunrise

Distinguish advertising from other program material, disclose commercial arrangements, presenters to inform the licensee of commercial arrangements - in the promotion of a vitamin product during an interview

No breach of clauses 1.18 [distinguish advertising from other program material], 1.20 [disclose commercial arrangements] or 1.21 [presenters to inform the licensee of commercial arrangements] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

18 July 2013

Commercial TV

2991

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Today Tonight

Exercise due care in selecting material and privacy – in a segment where a person was filmed at their workplace

No breach of clauses 2.4.1 [exercising due care in selecting material for broadcast] or 4.3.5 [privacy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

18 July 2013

Commercial TV

3029

Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd

Today Tonight

Accuracy - in a segment about jewellers breaking the law

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

18 July 2013

Commercial TV

3037

Ten / Network Ten (Melbourne) Pty Ltd

Can of Worms

Proscribed material - ridicule on basis of race in a segment where a guest impersonated a Chinese accent

No breach of clause 1.9.6 [dislike, contempt or ridicule on grounds of national or ethnic origin] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

18 July 2013

Commercial TV

3072

Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd

Today Tonight

Exercise care in selecting material – in a report on the sale of drugs at a time when children could be watching

No breach of clause 2.4.1 [exemption for news and current affairs and broadcasts of sporting events-exercise care in selecting material for broadcast] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

17 July 2013

Nationa TV

3025

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News

Accuracy, due impartiality, fair and honest dealing – in a segment that referred to a politician as a 'terrorist'

No breach of standards 2.1 [ensure that material facts are accurate and presented in context], 4.1 [gather and present news with due impartiality], 4.5 [do not unduly favour one perspective], 5.3 [opportunity to respond] or 5.4 [attribute information to its source] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

11 July 2013

Commercial TV

2950

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd
and
General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

The Big Bang Theory

Captioning - missing captions

Breach of subsection 130ZR(1) [basic rule] disregarded as subsection 130ZUB(1) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 is applicable

11 July 2013

Commercial TV

3033

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

Today Tonight

Accuracy - portrayal of an individual in a segment about safety for women at night in the Melbourne CBD

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

9 July 2013

Nationa TV

3021

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Mad as Hell

Harm and offence – in a segment that made a comedic reference about a Christian figurehead

No breach of standard 7.1 [harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

3 July 2013

Nationa TV

2956

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Catalyst

Accuracy - in a segment on sea level rises

No breach of standards 2.1 or 2.2 [accuracy] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

1 July 2013

Nationa TV

3036

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Q&A

Due impartiality – in a panel discussion about creationism

No breach of standards 4.2 [present a diversity of perspectives], 4.4 [not misrepresent any perspective] or
4.5 [not unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

28 June 2013

Nationa TV

2988

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Compass -  ‘Churches on Trial’

Harm and offence – in a segment about child sexual abuse in Australian churches that included religious imagery and references

No breach of standard 7.1 [harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

28 June 2013

Nationa TV

2999

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News

Accuracy - misleading footage of power station in a report on greenhouse gas emissions

No breach of standards 2.1 or 2.2 [accuracy] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

28 June 2013

Commercial TV

3051

Ten / Tasmanian Digital Television Pty Ltd

The Biggest Loser: Next Generation program promotion

Proscribed material, exercise care in selecting material for broadcast and restrictions in PG programs in certain time periods – in a program promotion featuring a weight loss contestant and their trainer

No breach of clauses 1.9.7 [proscribed material], 2.4 [classification of other material] or 3.9 [restrictions in PG programs in certain time periods] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

26 June 2013

Nationa TV

2975

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News 24

Due impartiality and harm and offence – in a news segment about the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, that contained religious imagery and references

No breach of standards 4.1 [due impartiality] or 7.1 [harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

26 June 2013

Commercial TV

2993

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Today Tonight

 

Accuracy - in a segment about mobility scooter safety

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

24 June 2013

Commercial TV

2986

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Today Tonight

Today Tonight program promotions

Proscribed material, accuracy, privacy, simulation of events and transmitting messages below or near the threshold of normal awareness – in a program, and its related program promotions, about politically stacked voting in a council

No breach of clauses 1.9.1 and 1.9.4 [proscribed material], 4.3.1 [factual accuracy], 4.3.5 [privacy] or 4.5 [news or current affairs promotions] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

21 June 2013

Commercial TV

2958

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

Weekend Sunrise

Accuracy – in a segment that included a discussion about climate change and polar bears

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

20 June 2013

Commercial TV

2957

Seven / Channel Seven Queensland Pty Ltd

Seven Local News

Accuracy and impartiality – in an item about a foreshore protest

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] or 4.4.1 [impartiality] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

14 June 2013

Commercial TV

3048

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

60 Minutes program promotion

Nine News program promotion

Classification and restrictions in PG programs in certain time periods - promotions exceeded mild impact and were not suitable for a PG time zone

No breach of clauses 2.4 [classification of other material] or 3.9 [restrictions in PG programs in certain time periods] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

14 June 2013

Commercial TV

3056

Ten / West Digital Television Pty Ltd

NCIS
program promotion

Classification and restrictions in PG programs in certain time periods – in a promotion exceeded mild impact and was not suitable for a PG time zone

No breach of clauses 2.4 [classification of other material] or 3.9 [restrictions in PG programs in certain time periods] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

4 June 2013

Commercial TV

2943

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Channel Nine News

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences - use of material recorded with aid of listening device at end of season football celebrations

No breach of paragraph 7(1)(h) of Schedule 2 [use of a broadcasting service in the commission of an offence] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

3 June 2013

Commercial TV

3022

Ten / Network TEN (Melbourne) Pty Ltd

The Project

Accuracy - in a segment about the recent increase of private firearm ownership in Australia

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

31 May 2013

Commercial TV

2982
60 Minutes

NBN / Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd

60 Minutes

Captioning - quality of captions

No breach of subsection 130ZR(1) [basic rule] or clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

30 May 2013

Nationa TV

2865

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30

Accuracy, due impartiality and fair and honest dealing – in a segment about the Australian Labor Party leadership challenge

No breach of standards 2.1, 2.2 [accuracy], 4.1 [due impartiality], 5.3 or 5.4 [fair and honest dealing] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

30 May 2013

Commercial TV

2948

Nine / Queensland Television Ltd

A Current Affair

Accuracy and unfair identification – in a segment about scams stealing money from senior citizens

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] or 4.3.7 [unfair identification of a person or business] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

30 May 2013

Commercial TV

3023

Seven / Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Ltd

Sunrise

Proscribed material and accuracy – in a segment that discussed public breastfeeding at a swimming pool

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [contempt on the grounds of gender] or 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

23 May 2013

Nationa TV

2900

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

At the Movies

Captioning - quality of captions

Breach of section 130ZR(1) [basic rule] of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

23 May 2013

Nationa TV

3047

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Last Tango in Halifax

Classification - depictions of sexual activity in a PG classified program

No breach of standards 7.3.1 [television classifications – PG] or 7.3.3 [television classification symbols] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

17 May 2013

Nationa TV

2923

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Gruen Planet

Captioning - quality of captions

Breach of section 130ZR(1) [basic rule] of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

16 May 2013

Nationa TV

3024

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News

Accuracy and due impartiality – in a segment about logging in western Queensland forests

No breach of standards 2.1, 2.2 [accuracy] or 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013)

9 May 2013

Commercial TV

2981

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

A Current Affair

Accuracy - in a segment about a business dispute

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

6 May 2013

Commercial TV

2940

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

60 Minutes

Accuracy, correction of significant errors, exercise care in selecting material, effort to resolve complaint - in a report on the conflict in Syria, based on the reporter’s experiences embedded with the Free Syrian Army

No breach of clauses 2.4.1 [exercise care in selection of material], 4.3.1 [factual accuracy], 4.3.11 [correction of significant errors] or 7.15 [effort to resolve complaint] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

6 May 2013

Nationa TV

2974

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30

Accuracy and due impartiality – in a segment about the abuse of livestock in an Israeli abattoir

No breach of standards 2.1, 2.2 [accuracy], 4.1, 4.4 or 4.5 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

3 May 2013

Commercial TV

2933

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Cricket - Australia vs South Africa

Presentation of broadcast material – the promotion of a beer product was not distinguishable from the program’s commentary

No breach of clause 1.18 [promotional material must be distinguishable] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

2 May 2013

Commercial TV

2946

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

Seven News

Appropriate regard to feelings of relatives and viewers and complaints handling - in a segment about a train accident fatality

No breach of clause 4.3.3 [appropriate regard to feelings of relatives and viewers] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

1 May 2013

Commercial TV

2987

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

Seven News

Proscribed material – in a segment where the presenters made fun of a  Korean newsreader

No breach of clause 1.9.6 [severe ridicule on grounds of national origin] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

30 April 2013

Commercial TV

3026

Ten / Network Ten Sydney Pty Ltd

The Project

Factual accuracy – in a panel discussion about comments made by two members of Katter’s Australian party

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

29 April 2013

Commercial TV

2944

Seven / Channel Seven Perth Pty Ltd

Today Tonight

Accuracy and unfair identification – in a segment comparing pharmacy pricing of medications

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] or 4.3.7 [unfair identification] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

26 April 2013

Nationa TV

2977

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News Breakfast

Due impartiality – in a segment that referred to Muhammad as a prophet

No breach of standard 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

24 April 2013

Commercial TV

2963

Seven / Channel Seven Queensland Pty Ltd

Seven Local News

Accuracy and complaints handling – in a report about two fallen power poles that had caused a fire

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] or 7.9 [advice to telephone complaints] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

23 April 2013

Nationa TV

2916

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News

Accuracy – in a segment about a climate change that included footage of emissions from power stations

No breach of standards 2.1 or 2.2 [accuracy] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

22 April 2013

Commercial TV

2883

WIN / WIN Television NSW Pty Ltd

WIN News

Accuracy, create public panic and corrections - in a segment about measles vaccinations that included comments from the Australian Vaccination Network

Breach of clauses 4.3.1 [present factual material accurately] and 4.3.11 [correction of significant errors of fact] and no breach of clause 4.3.2 [create public panic] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

15 April 2013

Nationa TV

2936

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30

Clarke and Dawe

Due impartiality – in two interview segments with Labor politicians, and in a comedic segment about a Liberal politician

No breach of standard 4.1
[due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

12 April 2013

Nationa TV

2966

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Pillars of the Earth

Classification -inappropriate depictions of sex and violence in an M classified program

No breach of standard 7.3.1 [television classification M – mature] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

4 April 2013

Nationa TV

2945

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Redfern Now
Warehouse Comedy Festival
Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Harm and offence – in three programs that included colloquial use of the names of religious figureheads

No breach of standard 7.1 [content likely to cause harm or offence must be justified] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

4 April 2013

Nationa TV

2973

ABC 24 / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News 24

Accuracy and harm and offence - in a segment about World AIDS Day that included footage of people getting cheek swabs

No breach of standards 2.2 [not materially mislead] or 7.7 [use of unjustified stereotypes or discriminatory content] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

3 April 2013

Nationa TV

2904

SBS / Special Broadcasting Service

World News Australia

Accuracy, impartiality, violence and distress in news, religions, prejudice, self-identification when referring to groups and individuals – in a report on the conflict in Syria

No breach of clauses 1.3 [prejudice, racism and discrimination], 1.5 [self-identification when referring to groups and individuals], 1.6 [religions], 2.2 [accuracy, impartiality and balance] or 2.4 [violence and distressing events in news and current affairs] of the SBS Codes of Practice 2006

3 April 2013

Nationa TV

2931

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Lateline

Accuracy, due impartiality and diversity of perspectives – in a segment reporting on a documentary about the Sri Lankan civil war

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 4.1 or 4.5 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

28 March 2013

Commercial TV

2995

GEM / Swan Television & Radio Broadcasters Pty Ltd

Underbelly Squizzy program promotion

Classification – program promotion was inappropriate for broadcast in a PG time zone, as it glorified crime and promoted violence

No breach of clauses 2.4 [classification of other material] or 3.9 [restrictions in PG programs in certain time periods] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

28 March 2013

Nationa TV

2996

ABC3 / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Twisted Whiskers Show

Classification – the program contained violence that was inappropriate for young children

No breach of standard 7.3.1 [television classifications – G] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

26 March 2013

Nationa TV

2912

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News Update

Captioning - quality of captions

Breach of section 130ZR(1) [basic rule] of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

22 March 2013

Nationa TV

2902

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Insiders

Accuracy – in an interview segment that discussed the size of Australia’s Carbon Tax

No breach of standard 2.1 [accuracy] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011

20 March 2013

Commercial TV

2989

Eleven / Network Ten
Melbourne Pty Ltd

Snog Marry Avoid program promotion

Classification – in a program promotion that contained inappropriate coarse language

No breach of clauses 2.4 [classification of other material] or 3.9 [restrictions in PG programs in certain time periods] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

8 March 2013

Nationa TV

2917

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News 24

Accuracy and due impartiality – in a segment discussing same-sex marriage advocacy

No breach of standards 2.2 [accuracy] or 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011

7 March 2013

Commercial TV

2941

7Mate / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

World's Wildest Police Videos: Hotel Hostage Horror

Classification – in a program that contained inappropriate depictions of violence for the M classification

No breach of clause 2.4 [classification of other material] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

4 March 2013

Commercial TV

2924

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Today Tonight

Accuracy – in a segment about a Council’s treatment of a resident who renovated the back of their house

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

28 February 2013

Commercial TV

2942

NBN / Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd

A Current Affair

Classification - inappropriate depictions of nudity and sexual activity not suitable for broadcast during a current affairs program

No breach of clause 2.4.1 [classification of other material – exemption for news, current affairs and broadcasts of sporting events] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

28 February 2013

Commercial TV

2951

Seven / Channel Seven Queensland Pty Ltd

Home and Away

Classification – in a program with multiple story lines that contained drug references, that were inappropriate for the PG classification

No breach of clause 2.4 [classification of other material] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

27 February 2013

Commercial TV

2919

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

Weekend Sunrise

Accuracy and corrections - in a segment about a weight loss product where the on air correction was inadequate

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] or 4.3.11 [correction of significant errors of fact] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

22 February 2013

Commercial TV

2930

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

Channel Seven News

Proscribed material, public panic, accuracy and impartiality - in an item about a plant nursery selling hallucinogenic plants

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [dislike, contempt or ridicule],
4.3.2 [creating public panic] or
4.4.1 [fairness and impartiality in news] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

20 February 2013

Commercial TV

2871

 

Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd

Today Tonight

Appropriate regard, privacy and exercise sensitivity - in a segment about an influenza death

No breach of clauses 4.3.3 [appropriate regard], 4.3.5 [privacy] or 4.3.6 [exercise sensitivity] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

13 February 2013

Nationa TV

2909

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Prank Patrol

Harm and offence – in a comedic segment where ‘looking like a girl’ was used as an insult

No breach of clauses 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.7 [stereotypes or discriminatory content] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011

13 February 2013

Commercial TV

2925

Eleven / Network TEN Melbourne Pty Ltd

Couch Time

Proscribed material – in a segment where the host was wearing an inverted cross

No breach of clause 1.9.6 [provoke or perpetuate intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule on the grounds of religion] of the Commercial Television Code of Practice 2010

13 February 2013

Datacasting

2959

 

TV4ME / Channel Seven Perth Pty Ltd

Psychic TV

Condition relating to category A television programs – transmitting matter that if broadcast on a commercial television broadcasting service would be a category A television program

No breach of subclause 14(1) of Schedule 6 [provision of a datacasting service in breach of licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

12 February 2013

Community TV

2913

 

C31 / Melbourne Community Television Consortium Ltd

 

Licensee does not have in place required board structure and governance arrangements, written policy and procedures about the community and its programming needs. Complaints handling issue.

Breach of codes 1.1(b), (c) and (d), 2.1 and 2.2 and no breach of Codes 1.2 or 7.3(b) of the Community Television Broadcasting Codes of Practice 2011

30 January 2013

Nationa TV

2903

ABC 24 / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Drum

Due impartiality and diversity of perspectives - in a panel discussion about Australia’s asylum seeker policies

No breach of clauses 4.2 [present diversity of perspectives], 4.4 [not misrepresent a perspective] or 4.5 [not unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011

29 January 2013

Commercial TV

2800

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

A Current Affair

 

A Current Affair
program promotions

Accuracy, privacy, complaints handling, accuracy in current affairs promotions - in a program, and its related program promotions, reporting on allegations of fraud against a former Olympian athlete

Breach of clauses 4.3.1 [factual accuracy], 4.3.5 [privacy] and
7.11 [complaints handling] and no breach of clause 4.5 [factual inaccuracy in any news/current affairs promotion] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010       

23 January 2013

Commercial TV

2898

Southern Cross Ten / Northern Rivers Television Pty Ltd

Modern Family

Captioning - missing captions

Breach of subsection 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

17 January 2013

Nationa TV

2882

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Four Corners

Privacy and harm and offence – in a segment that identified the alleged victims of rape/sexual assault

No breach of standards 6.1 [privacy] or 7.1 [harm or offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011

16 January 2013

Nationa TV

2855

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Catalyst

Accuracy and due impartiality – in a segment about vaccination rates and herd immunity

No breach of clauses 2.2 [not present factual content in misleading way], 4.1 [due impartiality] or 4.2 [present a diversity of perspectives] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011

11 January 2013

Commercial TV

2881

Southern Cross Ten / Northern Rivers Television Pty Ltd

2012 Melbourne Comedy Festival

Proscribed material – in a comedic segment that associated the Christian religion with bigotry

No breach of clause 1.9.6 [dislike, contempt or ridicule] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

10 January 2013

Commercial TV

2932

One / Network Ten Brisbane Pty Ltd

House of Lies
program promotion

Classification - depictions of sexual activity inappropriate for PG classified program promotion during a sporting event

No breach of clauses 3.11 [restrictions in G or PG Programs at 8.30pm] or 3.14 [promotions for programs classified MA or AV] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

3 January 2013

Nationa TV

2927

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Hamster Wheel

Classification - inappropriate coarse language and depictions of violence in an M classified program

No breach of standard 7.3.1 [television classifications – M] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011

Back to top