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2014 television investigations

To access any of these investigation reports please contact broadcasting@acma.gov.au.

 

Program or issue

Station or licensee

Description

Outcome

 

Report published

Catalyst 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and harm and offence – in a program about cholesterol medication

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 2.2 [materially mislead] or 7.6 [appropriate steps to mitigate risk]of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3244

24 December 2014

Q&A 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality and diversity of perspectives and harm and offence – in a panel discussion about human rights that included coarse language

No breach of standards 4.1, 4.2 and 4.5 [due impartiality and diversity of perspectives], 7.1 [harm and offence], 7.2 [warnings or advice], 7.4 [steps to mitigate] or Part III [resolved complaints] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

BI 3226

23 December 2014

7.30 

ABC  / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy, due impartiality and fair and honest dealing - in a segment about a budgeting company

Breach of standard 5.3 [fair opportunity to respond] and
no breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 4.1 [due impartiality], 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over
another] or 5.1 [participation]
of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3214

17 December 2014

ABC News Mornings
Four Corners promotion 

ABC  / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Harm and offence – in a news program and program promotion that contained repetition of inappropriate Islamic extremist footage

No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.6 [mitigate risks] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

BI 3265

17 December 2014

Nine News Perth (promotion)
Nine News Perth
Today

Nine / Swan Television & Radio Broadcasters Pty Ltd

Accuracy, fair representation of viewpoints and creating public panic – in broadcasts reporting on illness following a Whooping Cough vaccination

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [factual accuracy/fair representation of viewpoints], 4.3.2 [creating public panic] or
4.5 [factual accuracy/unfair representation of viewpoints in promotions] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3240

4 December 2014

Advertisement for the Lithgow Valley Plaza 

Ten / Australian Capital Television Pty Ltd

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences - inclusion of a tobacco franchise logo in an advertisement

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

BI 3255

28 November 2014

7pm News 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and due impartiality - in a news segment about an Australian who had travelled overseas to fight for ISIS

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

BI 3251

20 November 2014

Media Watch

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy, corrections, due impartiality and fair and honest dealing - in a report about media coverage of chemical levels in Botany Bay

No finding on standards 2.1 [factual accuracy] and 3.1 [corrections] and no breach of standards 4.5 [due impartiality]
or 5.3 [fair and honest dealing] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3218

18 November 2014

A Current Affair 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Accuracy and privacy - in a report about a legal dispute 

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy and viewpoints] or 4.3.5 [privacy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3249

13 November 2014

A Current Affair 

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

Privacy - in a segment about a man facing criminal charges, that included pixelated footage of his children

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

BI 3268

13 November 2014

House Husbands 

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

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 or the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

BI 3225

11 November 2014

A Current Affair 

Nine / Queensland Television Ltd

Accuracy and fair representation of viewpoints - in a segment about auto mechanics inflating prices

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

BI 3239

7 November 2014

A Current Affair 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Proscribed material, accuracy and portrayal in a negative light - in a segment about tax exemptions given to religious organisations in Australia 

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [perpetuating intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person on the grounds of religion], 4.3.1 [fair representation of viewpoints] or 4.3.10 [portray in a negative light by placing gratuitous emphasis on religion] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3258

6 November 2014

ABC News 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Harm and offence - in a news item about jihadist recruitment videos 

No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.6 [mitigate risks] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

BI 3252

6 November 2014

Today Tonight 

Southern Cross Television / Southern Cross Television Pty Ltd

Privacy, accuracy and viewpoints - in a segment on a dispute over a contract of sale that included the complainant’s personal details

Breach of clause 4.3.5 [personal information and privacy] and no breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy and viewpoints] or 4.3.5.2 [child’s privacy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3199

3 November 2014

A Current Affair

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

Accuracy - in a segment about the administrator of a Facebook site 

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

BI 3248

28 October 2014

7.30 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality and diversity of perspectives and harm and offence - in a segment concerning the Australia Defence League 

No breach of standards 4.1 and 4.5 [due impartiality] [diversity of perspectives] or 7.1 and 7.6 [harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

BI 3233

14 October 2014

Four Corners 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy, due impartiality and harm and offence - in a report on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict 

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 4.1 [due impartiality] or 7.7 [discriminatory content] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

BI 3215

9 October 2014 

Nine National News 

WIN / WIN Television NSW Pty Ltd

Captioning - quality of captions 

Breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] and 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

BI 3177

1 October 2014

Media Watch 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

Accuracy, corrections and opportunity to respond -  in a program about the pressures facing the print media industry in Australia

No breach of standards 2.1 or 2.2 [accuracy], 3.1 [corrections and clarifications], 5.3 [opportunity to respond] or Part III [handling of complaints] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

BI 3195 and 3224

24 September 2014

Today Tonight 

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

Proscribed material, accuracy, portrayal in a negative light and corrections – in three segments about a council seeking expressions of interest in the sale of aged care facilities

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [perpetuating intense dislike], 4.3.1 [factual accuracy, fair representation of viewpoints]
4.3.10 [portrayal in a negative light] or 4.3.11 [corrections] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3184

23 September 2014

Channel Nine Cricket 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Captioning - quality of captions 

Breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] and 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

BI 3176

28 August 2014

Catalyst 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

Harm and offence, warnings and classification - inappropriate nudity in a G classified program  

No breach of standard 7.2 [warnings and advice] or 7.3.1 [television classifications - G General] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3253

27 August 2014

Q&A 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

Due impartiality - in a panel discussion of youth training, deregulation of universities and fee increases

No breach of standard 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

BI 3234

22 August 2014

Do Me Love 

World Movies / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd

Classification - inappropriate sexual content in an MA15+ classified film 

No breach of clause 3.1 [program classifications] of the ASTRA Subscription Broadcast Television Code of Practice 2013

BI 3245

21 August 2014

Love Child 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

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 or the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

BI 3201 and 3202

18 August 2014

Seven News

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Portrayal in a negative light - in a segment about a man who had punched a police horse

No breach of clause 4.3.10 [portrayal in a negative light] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3228

15 August 2014

7.30

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality – in an interview with the Finance Minister

No breach - standard 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

BI 3221

11 July 2014

Legally Brown

SBS / Special Broadcasting Service

Prejudice, racism and discrimination - in a program satirising racial and religious stereotypes

No breach of clause 1.3 [prejudice, racism and discrimination] of SBS Codes of Practice 2006

BI 3219

9 July 2014

7pm TV News

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and failure to correct an error - in a news story about the side effects of a drug

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 2.2 [materially mislead the audience], 3.1 [corrections and clarifications] or Part III [resolved complaints] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3168

7 July 2014

7.30

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy - in a segment about an electrician who died working on the Home Insulation Program

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

BI 3205

4 July 2014

A Current Affair 

Nine / Queensland Television Limited

Accuracy, privacy and complaint handling - in a segment about obtaining a doctor’s certificate for claiming to be tired

Breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy]
and 4.3.5 [privacy] and no breach of clause 7.9[complaint handling]of the Commercial Television Code of Practice 2010

BI 3141

27 June 2014

Media Watch

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Fair and honest dealing - in a segment about print media coverage of the 2013 federal election campaign

No breach of standard 5.3 [opportunity to respond to allegations] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3178

16 June 2014

The Drum 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and harm and offence - in a segment about the Australian Bicentennial celebrations

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy] or 7.7 [unjustified use of stereotypes] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3206

6 June 2014

Advertisement -Clever Smoke

Ten / Network TEN Melbourne Pty Ltd

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences – broadcast of a tobacco advertisement, in an advertising an electronic cigarette replacement product

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

BI 3110

30 May 2014

Channel Seven News

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences – broadcast of a tobacco advertisement in a news segment about cigarette imports

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

BI 2472

30 May 2014

Oz Fish TV
The Australian Seafood Show

C31 / Melbourne Community Television Consortium Ltd

Conditions applicable to services provided under community broadcasting licences - broadcasting advertisements

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

BI 3185

30 May 2014

Today Tonight
Today Tonight

Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd

Accuracy, proscribed material, lack of sensitivity in interview with bereaved relative, unfair identification of an individual, gratuitous focus on religion, and provocation of intense dislike on the grounds of religion - in a segment about a religious community
Inaccuracies in the promotion for the segment

Breach of clauses 4.5 [present factual material accurately] and 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] and no breach of clauses 1.9.6 [proscribed material], 4.3.1 [fair representation of viewpoints], 4.3.6 [sensitivity in broadcasting images], 4.3.7 [unfairly identifying] or 4.3.10 [portrayal in a negative light] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3060

30 May 2014

The Hamster Decides

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Harm and offence – in a comedy segment on the 2013 federal election

Breach of standard 7.1 [harm and offence – must be justified by editorial context] and no breach of standards 7.2 [harm and offence – labels, warnings or advice] or 7.3 [harm and offence – classification and scheduling] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3119

27 May 2014

Nine News

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

Captioning - quality of captions

Breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] and 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

BI 3105

22 May 2014

ABC News Breakfast

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and due impartiality – in a segment about the Emissions Trading Scheme

No breach of standards 2.1 [factual accuracy], 4.1 [due impartiality], 4.3 [editorial opinion] or 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3158

16 May 2014

My Kitchen Rules Grand Final

Prime7 / Prime Television (Northern) Pty Ltd

Captioning - missing captions

Breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] and 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

BI 3124

16 May 2014

The Insiders

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and due impartiality - in relation to comments made about the ABC being ‘left-wing’

No breach of standards 2.1 [presentation of material facts] and 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3188

9 May 2014

A Current Affair

Nine / Queensland Television Ltd

Privacy - in a segment about theme parks that included footage of an employee

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

BI 3179

9 May 2014

Dumb, Drunk and Racist

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality and harm and offence: stereotypes – in a documentary about international perceptions of Australians

No breach of standards 4.1 [due impartiality] or 7.7 [unjustified use of stereotypes] of ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3174

8 May 2014

JFK: The Smoking Gun

SBS / Special Broadcasting Service

Diversity of perspectives – in a report on the assassination of John F Kennedy

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

BI 3183

2 May 2014

Today

Nine / Nine Network Sydney Pty Ltd

Inappropriate depictions of nudity and sexual behaviour - in a segment containing footage of burlesque style performers

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

BI 3200

1 May 2014

Rugby Union – Australia v British and Irish Lions

Ten / Northern Rivers Television Pty Ltd

Captioning - delayed and missing captions

Breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] and 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

BI 3085

29 April 2014

Today Tonight

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

Accuracy and viewpoints - 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

BI 3128

15 April 2014

News 24

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality and editorial opinion - in a scrolling news update

No breach of standards 4.1 [due impartiality] or 4.3 [editorial opinion] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3172

3 April 2014

Catalyst

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and due impartiality - in a program about chiropractic treatment

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 [diversity of perspectives] or 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3138

31 March 2014

Rugby Union – Australia v New Zealand

Ten / Northern Rivers Television Pty Ltd

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

BI 3094

18 March 2014

Nine News

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Captioning - captions delayed and improperly placed

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

BI 3106

17 March 2014

Seven Local News

Channel Seven Queensland Pty Ltd

Privacy - in a news report on a man who died as a result of a work site accident

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

BI 3143

14 March 2014

Catalyst

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and due impartiality - in a segment on water 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] or 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3107

14 March 2014

Seven News

GWN7 / Golden West Satellite Communications Pty Ltd

Accuracy, exercise care and warnings - in a news report on a highway dispute where a driver hit another driver over the head with a shovel

No breach of clauses 2.13 [exercise care in selection of broadcast material], 4.3.1 [present factual material accurately], or 4.3.4 [warnings to accompany certain material] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3153

11 March 2014

Weekend Sunrise

Prime7 / Prime Television (Southern) Pty Ltd

Accuracy - in a segment on measles immunisation that included comments from an anti-vaccination group, the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN)

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

BI 3148

5 March 2014

Q&A

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality and diversity of perspectives, and harm and offence – in a panel discussion on sexuality, gay rights, gender roles and moral values

No breach of standards 4.2 [diversity of perspectives] or 7.1 [harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3149

3 March 2014

The Biggest Loser: The Next Generation

Ten / Network Ten Melbourne Pty Ltd

Provocation of dislike, and presentation of participants - in a reality program about competitive weight loss

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [provoke or perpetuate intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule on the grounds of disability] or 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

BI 3146

7 February 2014

Lateline

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy – in an interview with Fairfax Chairman and Reserve Bank Board Member that discussed his political affiliations

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

BI 3122

5 February 2014

The Morning Show

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Classification - Inappropriate depictions of sexual activity in a M rated program

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

BI 3150

24 January 2014

Paul Murray Live

Sky News / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd

Conditions applicable to subscription television broadcasting licences - election advertising during blackout period

No breach of paragraph 10(1)(i) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (BSA), requiring compliance with clause 3A(2) of Schedule 2 [political advertisement during election blackout period] to the BSA

BI 3120

23 January 2014

Gruen Planet

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality - in a panel discussion about advertising campaigns on same sex marriage  

No breach of standards 4.1 [gather and present information with due impartiality] or 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Codes of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3139

17 January 2014

ABC News  -Fact Check

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and due impartiality - in a segment discussing asylum-seeker policies

No breach of standards 2.1 and 2.2 [factual accuracy], or 4.1 and 4.4 [due impartiality and diversity of perspectives] of the ABC Codes of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3137

16 January 2014

Motor Mate

Seven / Channel Seven (Perth) Pty Ltd

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences – broadcast of a tobacco advertisement, in an segment containing footage from a 1989 car rally, where the logo of a cigarette manufacturer was visible on vehicles and jackets

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

BI 3145

16 January 2014

Four Corners

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and due impartiality – in a segment on allegations made against a public figure

No breach of standards 2.1 [reasonable efforts to ensure accuracy], 2.2 [materially mislead the audience], 4.1 [gather and present information with due impartiality] or 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3066

15 January 2016

7.30

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy, due impartiality and harm and offence - in an interview discussing asylum seekers and the ‘stop the boats’ policy

No breach of standards 2.2 [materially mislead], 4.1 [due impartiality] or standard 7.7 [unjustified use of stereotypes or discriminatory content] of the ABC Codes of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

BI 3082

10 January 2014

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