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2015 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

World's Craziest Fools 

7mate / Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Ltd

Classification - 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

24 December 2015

Tosh.0 

Comedy Channel / Foxtel Australia Pty Ltd

Classification - 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 

21 December 2015

Four Corners 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Harm and offence - coarse language in an interview with a guest,  without giving adequate warning

No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.2 [warnings] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

BI -125

16 December 2015 

Q&A 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality - in a panel 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

4 December 2015 

 Q&A

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Harm and offence - concerning a twitter handle shown on screen

No breach of standard 7.4 [mitigate harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

BI -122 

20 November 2015 

Catching Milat (mini-series)

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Classification - program incorrectly classified

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

BI -82

20 October 2015

7.30 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy, due impartiality and diversity of perspectives, and fair and honest dealing - in a current affairs segment on alleged corruption in the private vocational education and training industry 

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 2.2 [materially mislead], 4.2 [diversity of perspectives], 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective] or 5.3 [opportunity to respond] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

BI -50

19 October 2015 

Program promotions for the mini-series Catching Milat

7TWO / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Classification and program promotions - unsuitable for broadcast within the G classified program Better Homes and Gardens

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

BI -43

24 September 2015

Marriage Alliance advertisements

Various channels / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd

Complaints handling and offensive advertising

No breach of codes 5.1(c) [reasonable efforts to resolve complaints] or 6.1(b) [offensive advertising] of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013

BI -52

16 September 2015

A Current Affair

Nine /

Proscribed material, privacy and gratuitous emphasis on religion - in a segment about private vocational education and training  providers

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [proscribed material – religious vilification], 4.3.5 [privacy] or 4.3.10 [gratuitous emphasis on religion] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

BI -55

15 September 2015 

Ten Eyewitness News 

Ten / Network TEN (Sydney) Pty Ltd

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 September 2015

Parramatta Eels v New Zealand Warriors NRL Premiership rugby league match 

Fox Sports 1 / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd

Betting advertising in a live sporting event - a representative of a betting organisation appeared as part of a commentary team for a live sporting event and 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 

10 September 2015

A Current Affair

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

Accuracy, proscribed material: religious vilification, public panic and portrayal of a group of persons in a negative light - in a segment about a Christian organisation providing religious instruction

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] or 4.3.10 [portray in negative light] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3238

14 August 2015

ABC News - Budget 2015 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality - in an interview segment with the Treasurer 

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

BI 3347

14 August 2015

Today Tonight 

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

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] or 4.3.11 [correction of significant errors] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

BI -31

30 July 2015

Lewis

7TWO / Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Ltd

Captioning - missing captions

No breach of subsection 130ZS(1) [special multichannel rules] or paragraph 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

BI 3338

10 July 2015

Winter, Downton Abbey, and The Chase

NEN / Prime Television (Northern) Pty Ltd

Captioning - missing captions

No breach of subsection 130ZS(1) [special multichannel rules] or paragraph 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

BI 3337

10 July 2015

Advertisement – Vaporfresh e-cigarette

Ten and One / Network Ten (Melbourne) Pty Ltd

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

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

BI 3336 

1 July 2015

Weekend Today 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd 

Accuracy and proscribed material - in a current affairs segment on guns 

No breach of clauses 1.9.1 [proscribed material]
or 4.3.1 [accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  

BI 3343

30 June 2015

ABC News24 

ABC24 / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality - ABC analysis of a statement made by a premier during state elections 

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

BI 3331

30 June 2015

Rage 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Classification - depiction of violence and smoking in a music video clip was not appropriate for PG classification

No breach of standard 7.3 [classification] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

BI 3345

26 June 2015

7.30 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy – in a stem cell therapy report 

No breach of standards 2.1[accuracy] or 2.2 [presentation of factual content] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

BI 3320

10 June 2015

7.30

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality and diversity of perspectives - in a segment discussing #GamerGate

No breach of standards 4.1 [due impartiality] or 4.2 [diversity of perspectives] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

BI 3312

9 June 2015

Nine Newsbreak

NBN / NBN 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 3319

9 June 2015

Nine News update / program promotion

Nine / Channel 9 South Australia Pty Ltd

Classification and promotions for news – the news update contained inappropriate content

No breach of clauses 2.4 [classification] or 3.13 [promotions for news] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3317

15 May 2015

Four Corners 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

Accuracy and due impartiality and diversity of perspectives - in a segment about energy supply

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)

BI 3266 

24 April 2015

A Current Affair 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Proscribed matter and accuracy 

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [proscribed matter] or 4.3.1 [accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

BI 3318

16 April 2015

Seven News

Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd

Accuracy and fairness and impartiality - the news item was inaccurate and one-sided

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy] or 4.4.1 [fairly and impartially] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3313

9 April 2015

Degrassi: The Next Generation

ABC3 / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Classification and children and young people - the program contained material inappropriate for children and was incorrectly broadcast at the PG classification level

No breach of standards 7.3 [harm and offence] or 8.4 [children and young people] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

BI 3314

8 April 2015

Today Tonight 

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Accuracy, privacy and special care with material relating to a child - in a report about a resort complex 

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy], 4.3.5 [privacy] or 4.3.5.2 [special care with material relating to a child] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3269

19 March 2015

Lateline 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality - in an interview with a Muslim leader

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

BI 3302

9 March 2015

7.30 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Due impartiality – in a segment on the Prime Minister and the Russian President meeting at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit

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

BI 3316

6 March 2015

The Ellen DeGeneres Show 

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 3308

24 February 2015

Nine Morning News 

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 3307

24 February 2015

Nine News Update 

WIN / WIN Television VIC Pty Ltd

Identification before notification by authorities – in a news update on a fatal car accident

Breach of clause 4.3.8 [identification before notification by authorities] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

BI 3277

19 February 2015

ABC News 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and due impartiality - in segment about ACT’s building regulator

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

BI 3217

18 February 2015

Four Corners

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy and due impartiality – in a segment on the deaths of two young adults who were run over while they were sleeping in a tent

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

BI 3232

23 January 2015

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