The ACMA

2015 television investigations

The table below contains details of the ACMA's 2015 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
24/12/2015  Commercial TV  7mate  World's Craziest Fools  Investigation into a complaint that a segment of the program was unsuitable for broadcast in a PG classified program.  No breach of clause 2.4 [classification of other material] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  BI-156 
21/12/2015 Subscription TV Foxtel Tosh.0  Inappropriate content in an MA15+ classified program  No breach of code 3.1 [program classification] of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013 BI-157 
4/12/2015  National broadcaster  ABC1  Q&A  Lack of impartiality in a Q&A discussion on marriage equality.  No breach of standard 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)  BI-123 
16/12/2015  National broadcaster  ABC  Four Corners  Offence concerning use of coarse language No breach of standards 7.1 [harm or offence] and 7.2 [warnings] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2014) BI-125 
20/11/2015  National broadcaster  ABC   Q&A Offence concerning a twitter handle.  No breach of standard 7.4 [mitigation] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2014)  BI-122 
15/10/2015  National broadcaster  ABC  7.30  Accuracy, perspectives and opportunity to respond in a current affairs segment on alleged corruption in the private vocational education and training (VET) industry  No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 2.2 [materially mislead], 4.2 [diversity of perspectives], 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective] and 5.3 [opportunity to respond] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2014)  BI-50 
15/09/2015  Commercial TV  Nine  A Current Affair Religious vilification, privacy and gratuitous emphasis on religion in a segment about private vocational education and training (VET) providers and alleged links to the Mormon Church  No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [proscribed material – religious vilification], 4.3.5 [privacy] and 4.3.10 (gratuitous emphasis on religion) of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010.  BI-55 
20/10/2015  Commercial TV Seven Catching Milat (mini-series) Investigation into a complaint that each part of the program was incorrectly classified Mature (M). No breach of clause 2.4 [classification of other material] of Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  BI-82
24/10/ 2015 Commercial TV  7TWO Program promotions for the mini-series Catching Milat Investigation into a complaint that the two program promotions were unsuitable for broadcast within the G classified program, Better Homes and Gardens.  Breach of clause 2.4 [classification of other material] and clause 3.8 [restrictions in G viewing periods and certain other G programs] of Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 BI-43 - Final report 
 16/09/2015  Subscription TV  Foxtel Marriage Alliance advertisements Alleged offensive advertising and inadequate complaints handling. No breach of codes 5.1(c) [reasonable efforts to resolve complaints] and 6.1(b) [offensive advertising] of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013  BI-52
10/09/2015  Commercial TV Ten  Ten Eyewitness News  Accuracy and privacy in a news segment reporting on an assault. Breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy] and 4.3.5 [privacy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  BI-54 
10/09/2015  Subscription TV  Foxtel Parramatta Eels v New Zealand Warriors NRL Premiership rugby league match  Investigation into allegations that a representative of a betting organisation appeared as part of a commentary team for a live sporting event and that the same alleged representative appeared on the grounds of a live sporting event.  No breach of Code 6.6 [betting advertising] of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013  BI-40 
14/08/2015 Commercial TV  Nine  A Current Affair Accuracy,  religious vilification, public panic and portrayal of a group of persons in a segment about a Christian organisation which provides special religious instruction in Victorian public schools  Breach of clause 4.3.1 [accuracy] and no breach of clauses 1.9.6 [proscribed material - religious vilification], 4.3.2 [create public panic] and 4.3.10 [portray in negative light] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010.  3238
14/08/2015 National broadcaster  ABC1  ABC News - Budget 2015  Impartiality in an interview segment with the Hon. Joe Hockey, MP Treasurer  No breach of standard 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)  3347 
30/07/2015  Commercial television  Seven  Today Tonight  Accuracy, privacy, unfair identification and correction of significant errors in a current affairs segment about the SA family day care industry No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy], 4.3.5 [privacy], 4.3.7 [unfair identification] and 4.3.11 [correction of significant errors] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010   BI-31
10/07/2015 Commercial television  7TWO Lewis Missing captions

No breach - Captions 

3338
10/07/2015 Commercial television  NEN Winter, Downton Abbey andThe Chase Missing captions

No breach - Captions

3337
 1/07/2015 Commercial television Ten and One Advertisement – Vaporfresh e-cigarette Tobacco advertisement  No breach of clause 7(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992  3336 
30/06/2015 Commercial television  TCN-9  Weekend Today  Accuracy/viewpoints and proscribed material in relation to a current affairs segment on guns  No breach of clause 1.9.1 [proscribed matter]
No breach of clause 4.3.1 [accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 
 
3343
30/6/2015  National broadcaster  ABC24  ABC News24  Impartiality in a ‘Fact Check’ segment – ABC analysis of a statement made by Campbell Newman during the QLD elections  No breach of  standard 4.1[due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)  3331 
26/6/2015  National broadcaster  ABC1  Rage  Alleged breach of PG classification in depiction of violence and smoking in ‘Take me To Church’ film clip by Hozier  No breach of standard 7.3 [classification] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)  3345
10/6/2015 National broadcaster  ABC1  7.30  Accuracy in stem cell treatment report  No breach of  standards  2.1[accuracy] or 2.2 [presentation of factual content] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)   3320
 9/6/2015 National broadcaster  ABC1 7.30 Impartiality and diversity of perspectives in a segment discussing the ‘GamerGate’ movement and allegations of sexism and misogyny in the video game industry.  No breach of standards 4.1[due impartiality] and 4.2 [diversity of perspectives] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)   3312
 9/6/2015 Commercial television  NBN Nine Newsbreak  Quality of captions Breach of the licence condition set out in paragraph 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 to the BSA by not providing a captioning service as required by subsections 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] of Part 9D of the BSA 3319
15/5/2015 Commercial broadcaster  Channel 9 South Australia Pty Ltd Nine News update/program promotion Classification and promotions for news  No breach of clause 2.4 [classification]
No breach of clause 3.13 [promotions for news] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010
 
3317 
24/4/2015  National broadcaster  ABC1  Four Corners  Accuracy and impartiality in a segment about energy supply, ‘Power to the People’.  No breach of  standards  2.1 and 2.2 [accuracy]
or standards 4.1, 4.2, 4.4 and 4.5 [due impartiality and diversity of perspectives] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)
 
3266 
16/4/2015  Commercial television  TCN-9  A Current Affair  Proscribed matter and accuracy  No breach of clause 1.9.6 and 4.3.1 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  3318 
 8/4/2015 National Broadcaster ABC3  Degrassi: The Next Generation Classification, particular care to minimize risks of exposure to unsuitable content No breach of Standard 7.3, No breach standard 8.4 3314
 9/4/2015 Commercial TV ATN Seven News Accuracy, fairness and impartiality No breach of 4.4.1 and 4.4.1 of Code 3313
 19/3/2015 Commercial TV  SAS  Today Tonight  Accuracy, viewpoints and privacy in a report about a resort complex  No breach of clauses 4.3.1, 4.3.5 and 4.3.5.2 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 3269 
9/3/2015 National broadcaster ABC1  Lateline  Impartiality in an interview with Wassim Doureihi  No breach of  standard 4.1 of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2014)  3302 
6/3/2015  National broadcaster  ABV  7:30 
Standard 4.1 of the ABC Code of Practice (revised in 2014) 
 
 
No breach of standard 4.1 of the ABC Code of Practice (revised in 2014)
3316 
24/02/2015  Commercial TV  TCN Sydney  The Ellen DeGeneres Show  Quality of captions  No breach - Captions  3308 
24/2/2015  Commercial TV  TCN Sydney  Nine Morning News  Quality of captions  No breach - Captions  3307 
 19/2/2015 Commercial TV  VTV  Nine News Update  Clause 4.3.8 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  Breach of clause 4.3.8 [identification before notification by authorities]   3277
 18/2/2015  National broadcaster ABC  ABC News  Accuracy and impartiality in segment about ACT’s building regulator No breach of standards 2.1 or 4.1 of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2014)   3217
23/1/2015 National broadcaster ABN Sydney (ABC 1) Four Corners Standards 2.1, 2.2 and 4.1 of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013) No breach of standards 2.1 and 2.2 [accuracy]
No breach of standard 4.1 [impartiality]
3232.
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