The ACMA

2014 television investigations

The table below contains details of the ACMA's 2014 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 Call Sign Program Name Description Outcome Report
24/12/2014  National broadcaster  ABC1  Catalyst  Accuracy and risk of harm  No breach of standard 2.1 [accuracy]
No breach of standard 2.2 [materially mislead]
No breach of standard 7.6 [appropriate steps to mitigate risk] under the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013)
 
 3244
23/12/2014  National broadcaster ABC (ACT)  Q&A  Mitigate likely offence and providing warning about coarse language  No breach of standards 4.1, 4.2 and 4.5 [impartiality and diversity of perspectives]
No breach of standard 7.1 [harm or offence]
No breach of standard 7.2 [warnings or advice]
No breach of standard 7.4 [steps to mitigate]
Complied with Part III [resolved complaints] under the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013)

3226 
17/12/2014  National broadcaster   ABC (ABC 1) 7.30  Accuracy, impartiality and fair and honest dealing in a segment about a budgeting company: ‘The businesses cashing in on people under financial stress.’  Breach of standard 5.3; no breach of standards 2.1, 4.1, 4.5 or 5.1 of the ABC Code of Practice 2011  3214
17/12/2014  ABC TV  ABC (ABW)  ABC News Mornings, Four Corners promotion  News program and program promotion contained repetition of inappropriate Islamic extremist propaganda  No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.6 [impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011  3265 
4/12/2014 Commercial TV  STW 9  Nine News, Today  Accuracy and public panic issues in report about an illness following vaccination  No breach of clauses 4.3.1, 4.3.2 or 4.5 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  3240 
28/11/2014  Commercial TV  CTC - Regional NSW Advertisement for the Lithgow Valley Plaza  Tobacco advertising  No breach of paragraph 7(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992  3255 
20/11/2014  National broadcaster  ABQ  7pm News  Accuracy and impartiality in news item about young Australian who had travelled overseas to fight for ISIS No breach of standards 2.1, 2.2 or 4.1 of the ABC Code of practice 2011  3251 
18/11/2014  National broadcaster ABN Media Watch Accuracy and fair and honest dealing in a report about media coverage of chemical levels in Botany Bay No breach of standards 4.5 or 5.3 of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 3218
13/11/2014  Commercial TV  TCN Sydney  A Current Affair  Accuracy, representation of viewpoints and invasion of privacy in report about a legal dispute  No breach of clauses 4.3.1 or 4.3.5 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  3249 
13/11/2014 Commercial TV   GTV Melbourne  A Current Affair  Privacy of a child  No breach of clauses 4.3.5 and 4.3.5.2 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  3268 
 11/11/2014 Commercial TV GTV Melbourne  House Husbands  Quality of captions  No breach - captioning  3225 
 7/11/2014 Commercial TV  QTQ Brisbane  A Current Affair  Broadcast factual material accurately and fair representation of viewpoints in story about auto mechanics  No breach of 4.3.1 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  3239
7/11/2014  Commercial TV  TCN Sydney  A Current Affair  Accuracy; ridicule; and portrayal in negative light in item about tax exemptions given to religious organisations in Australia  No breach of clauses 1.9.6, 4.3.1 or 4.3.5 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  3258
6/11/2014 National broadcaster  ABQ ABC News  Harm and offence in news item about jihadist recruitment videos  No breach of 7.1 and 7.6 of the ABC Code of practice 2011 (revised in 2014 ) 3252
3/11/2014 Commercial TV  TNT Tasmania  Today Tonight  Privacy, accuracy and viewpoints Breach of clause 4.3.5. No breach of clauses 4.3.1 and 4.3.5.2 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 3199
28/10/2014 Commercial TV  GTV Melbourne  A Current Affair Accuracy in segment about administrator of Facebook site  No breach of clause 4.3.1 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  3248 
9/10/2014  National broadcaster  ABC1  7:30  Impartiality; diversity of perspectives and harm and offence in a segment concerning the Australia Defence League  No breach of 2.1, 5.4, 7.1 and 7.6 of the ABC Code of practice 2011 (revised in 2014)  3233 
7/10/2014  National broadcaster  ABN Four Corners  Accuracy and impartiality in report about Israeli-Palestinian conflict  No breach of 2.1; 4.1 and 7.7 of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2014) 3215 
1/10/2014 Commercial TV  WIN (Southern NSW) Nine National News  Quality of captions  Breach of subsection 130ZZA(4) of part 9D of the BSA and the Standard in relation to the distinct program segments within the program; breach of subsection 130ZR(1) of Part 9 D (captioning) of the BSA; breach of paragraph 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 to the BSA  3177
24/09/2014 National broadcaster  ABC1  Media Watch  Accuracy, corrections and opportunity to respond to allegation  No breach of standards 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 or 5.3 of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2014)  3195 and 3224 
 23/09/2014 Commercial TV  HSV Melbourne  Today Tonight  Accuracy, gratuitous emphasis, incite hatred concerning Council proposals No breach of clauses 1.9.6, 4.3.1, 4.3.10 or 4.3.11 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 3184 
28/08/2014 Commercial TV  TCN Sydney  Channel Nine cricket  Quality of captions  Breach of subsection 130ZZA(4) of Part 9D of the BSA and the Standard in relation to the distinct program segments within the program, referred to as 'pre-game program segments'; breach of subsection 130ZR(1) of Part 9D (captioning) of the BSA; breach of paragraph 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 to the BSA  3176 
27/08/2014 National broadcaster ABN (ABC)  Catalyst  Inappropriate nudity in a G classified program   No breach - Standard 7.2 (Warnings and advice) and Standard 7.3.1 (Television Classifications - G General) of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)  3253 
22/08/2014 National broadcaster  ABC1  Q&A  Impartiality -Political bias  No breach - Standard 4.1 of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2014)  3234 
21/08/2014 Subscription broadcasting TV FOXTEL (World Movies) Do Me Love  Inappropriate sexual content in an MA15+ classified film  No breach - Clause 3.1 (Program Classifications) of the ASTRA Code of Practice 2013 Subscription Broadcast Television   3245 
18/08/2014 Commercial television  TCN  Love Child  Quality of captions No breach - Captioning  3201/3202 
 15/08/2014 Commercial television  SAS  Seven News Gratuitous emphasis on Irish nationality in report on a court case  No breach of clause 4.3.10 [gratuitous emphasis on national or ethnic origin] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  3228 

24/07/2014

Commercial television

ATN Sydney

Today Tonight

Misleading dramatisations, inaccuracies, lack of sensitivity in interview with bereaved relative, unfair identification of an individual, gratuitous focus on religion and provocation of dislike, contempt and ridicule on grounds of religion in segment 'The Death of a Believer'.

Inaccuracies in promotion for the segment.

No breach of clause 1.9.6 [provoke or perpetuate intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule on the grounds of religion];

Breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy];

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [fair representation of viewpoints];

No breach of clause 4.3.6 [sensitivity in broadcasting images of or interviews with bereaved relatives];

No breach of clause 4.3.7 [unfairly identifying a single person when commenting on the behaviour of a group];

No breach of clause 4.3.10 [portray group of persons in a negative light by placing gratuitous emphasis on religion]; and

Breach of clause 4.5 [factual accuracy of news and current affairs promotions]

3060

 

 11/07/2014 ABC TV ABC1 7:30 Impartiality -Political bias No breach - Standard 4.1 of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2014)  3221 
 9/07/2014 National broadcaster SBS Legally Brown Prejudice, racism and discrimination against white people in comedy program  No breach of clause 1.3 [Prejudice, racism and discrimination] of SBS Codes of Practice 2006  3219 
 7/07/2014 National television  ABN  7pm TV News
Accuracy and failure to correct error in a news story about the side effects of a drug. 

No breach of standard 2.1 [reasonable efforts to ensure accuracy] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013) (the Code).

No breach of standard 2.2 [materially mislead the audience] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013) (the Code).

No breach of standard 3.1 [corrections and clarifications] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013) (the Code).

Compliance with Section III [resolved complaints] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013) (the Code). 

3168 
 4/07/2014 National broadcaster ABC1  7.30 Accuracy in a report about Government's Home Insulation Program No breach of standards 2.1 and 2.2 of the ABC Code of Practice 2011  (revised in 2013) 3205 
 27/06/2014 Commercial TV   QTQ Qld A Current Affair  Accurate presentation of factual material. Invasion of privacy. Telephone complaints.

Breach of clause 4.3.1 [accuracy]

Breach of clause 4.3.5 [privacy]

No breach of clause 7.9 [complaint handling] 

 3141

18/06/2014

ABC TV

ABV Vic,

ABS Sth Aust,

ABQ Qld,

ABN NSW

The Hamster Decides

Content likely to cause offence that was not justified by editorial context

Breach of Standard 7.1 [Harm and offence – must be justified by editorial context] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013)

 

No breach of Standard 7.2 [Harm and offence – labels, warnings or advice] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013)

 

No breach of Standard 7.3 [Harm and offence – classification and scheduling] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013)

3119 The Hamster Decides

16/06/2014 ABC TV  ABC1 Media Watch Opportunity to respond to allegations  No breach - Standard 5.3 [opportunity to respond to allegations] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013) 3178 

6/06/2014

National broadcaster

ABV

The Drum 

Accuracy and stereotypes in comments about Australia's Bicentennial 

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy] and 7.7 [unjustified use of stereotypes]

3206

The Drum

30/05/2014 Commercial television  ATV  Advertisement-Clever Smoke Broadcast tobacco advertisement  No breach of paragraph 7(1)[a] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth)[tobacco advertising]  3110 
30/05/2014 Commercial television  SAS  Channel Seven News Breach of licence arising from alleged tobacco advertisement  No breach of parargraph 7(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) [tobacco advertising]  2472 

30/05/2014

Community television

MGV32

(C31 Melbourne)

Oz Fish TV and The Australian Seafood Show

Broadcasting advertisements

Breach paragraph 9(1)(b) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 by broadcasting advertisements

 

No breach paragraph 9(1)(b) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

3185

Oz Fish TV and The Australian Seafood Show

22/05/2014

Commercial TV

GTV

Nine News

Quality of captions

Breach of subsection 130ZR(1) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the BSA) by failing to provide a captioning service. Consequential breach of licence condition in clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 of the BSA

3105

Nine News

16/05/2014

ABC TV

ABN – ABC TV

ABC News Breakfast

Bias and accuracy during interview with The Hon Greg Hunt MP

No breach of Standard 2.1 [factual accuracy], Standard 4.1 [impartiality], Standard 4.3 [editorial opinion] or 4.5 [perspective] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (Revised 2013)

3158

ABC News Breakfast

16/05/2014

Commercial TV

NEN

My Kitchen Rules Grand Final

Missing captions

Breach of subsection 130ZR(1) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the BSA) by failing to provide a captioning service with breach not disregarded under s130ZUB(1)

 

Consequential breach of licence condition in clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 of the BSA

3124

My Kitchen Rules Grand Final

9/05/2014

Commercial TV

QTQ

A Current Affair

Privacy in footage of theme park

No breach of clause 4.3.5 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

3179

A Current Affair

8/05/2014

ABC TV

ABW Perth

Dumb, Drunk and Racist

Bias in portrayal of Australians and use of stereotypes

No breach of standards 4.1 [gather and present information with due impartiality] or 7.7 [unjustified use of stereotypes] of ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2013)

3174

Dumb, Drunk and Racist

2/05/2014

Special Broadcasting Service

SBS TV

JFK: The Smoking Gun

Diversity of views and perspectives in reports on inquiries into assassination

No breach of clause 1.2 [diversity of perspectives] of SBS Codes of Practice 2006

3183

JFK: The Smoking Gun

1/05/2014

Commercial TV

TCN

Today

Inappropriate depictions of nudity and sexual behaviour

No breach of clause 2.4.1 [Exemption for news, current affairs and broadcasts of sporting events]

3200

Today

30/04/2014

Commercial TV

HSV

Today Tonight

Inaccuracies in a segment concerning a dermal laser clinic


No breach of clause 4.3.1 [accuracy and representation of viewpoints] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

3128

Today Tonight

29/04/2014

Commercial TV

NRN

Rugby Union – Australia v British and Irish Lions

Delayed and missing captions

Breach—Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

 

Disregarded Breach—providing a captioning service

3085

Rugby Union – Australia v British and Irish Lions

8/04/2014

ABC TV

ABN

Catalyst

Bias and inaccuracies in program about chiropractic treatment

No breach–bias and accuracy (standards 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.5) of the ABC Codes of Practice 2011

3138

Catalyst

3/04/2014

ABC News 24

ABW

News 24

Bias in news ticker statement

No breach of standard 4.1 [impartiality] and standard 4.3 [editorial opinion]

3172

News 24

18/03/2014

Commercial TV

NRN

Rugby Union – Australia v New Zealand

Missing captions

No breach—captioning

3094

Rugby Union – Australia v New Zealand

17/03/2014

Commercial TV

TCN

Nine News

Captions delayed and improperly placed

No breach—captioning

3106

Nine News

14/03/2014

Commercial TV

STQ (Regional Qld)

Seven Local News

Invasion of privacy concerning a child

No breach of clauses 4.3.5 [privacy] and 4.3.5.2 [privacy of a child] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

3143

Seven Local News

14/03/2014

ABC TV

ABW

ABQ

Catalyst

Bias and inaccuracies in segment re fluoridation

No breach of standards:

  • 2.1 [reasonable efforts to ensure accuracy]
  • 2.2 [factual content that will materially mislead]
  • 4.1 [gather and present information with due impartiality]
  • 4.2 [present diversity of perspectives over time]
  • 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over another]

of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

3107

Catalyst

11/03/2014

Commercial TV

GWN

Seven News

Misleading and violent footage in news segment

No breach:

  • Clause 2.13 [exercise care in selection of broadcast material]
  • Clause 4.3.1 [present factual material accurately]
  • Clause 4.3.4 [warnings to accompany certain material]

of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

3153

Seven News

3/03/2014

ABC TV

ABV

Q & A

Use of explicit language

No breach of standards 4.2 [representation of viewpoints] or 7.1 [harm and offence] of ABC Code of Practice 2011

3149

Q & A

5/03/2014

Commercial TV

CBN (Southern NSW)

Weekend Sunrise

Inaccuracy in discussion on measles immunisation

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

3148

Weekend Sunrise

7/02/2014

Commercial TV

ATV Melbourne

The Biggest Loser: The Next Generation

Provocation of dislike and presentation of participants in reality TV concerning weight loss

No breach of clause 1.9.6 [provoke or perpetuate intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule on the grounds of disability] or clause 1.9.7 [present participants in reality TV programs in a highly demeaning or highly exploitative manner] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

3146

The Biggest Loser: The Next Generation

24/01/2014

Commercial TV

SAS Adelaide

The Morning Show

Inappropriate depictions of sexual activity in M classified program

No breach—classification of other material

3150

The Morning Show

5/02/2014

ABC TV

ABQ

Lateline

Accuracy concerning political affiliations

No breach of standards 2.1, 2.2 [factual accuracy] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011

3122

Lateline

23/01/2014

Subscription TV

Sky News

Paul Murray Live

Election advertisement during blackout period

No breach of paragraph 10(1)(i) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Service Act 1992

3120

Paul Murray Live

16/01/2014

ABC TV

ABQ

ABC News - 'Fact Check'

Bias in discussion of asylum-seeker policy

No breach of standards 2.1, 2.2 [factual accuracy], 4.1 or 4.4 [impartiality and diversity of perspectives] of the ABC Codes of Practice 2011

3137

ABC News

16/01/2014

Commercial TV

TVW

Motor Mate

Tobacco advertisements

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

3145

Motor Mate

17/01/2014

ABC TV

ABN

Gruen Transfer

One-sided treatment of current debate on same-sex marriage

No breach—impartiality [standards 4.1 or 4.5 of the ABC Codes of Practice 2011]

3139

Gruen Transfer

15/01/2014

ABC TV

ABN

Four Corners

The segment was inaccurate, biased and one-sided

No breach—accuracy and impartiality [standards 2.1, 2.2, 4.1 and 4.5 of the ABC Code of Practice 2011]

3066

Four Corners

10/01/2014

ABC TV

ABT

7.30

Bias in interview with former Opposition Leader

No breach—accuracy, impartiality, harm and offence [standards 2.2, 4.1 or 7.7 of the ABC Codes of Practice 2011]

3082

7.30.

 

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