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Action on broadcasting matters: January to March 2019

 

broadcasting matters assessed - icon52 broadcasting matters assessed

investigations commenced - icon 27 investigations commenced

investigations finalised - icon 13 investigations finalised

investigations with breach findings - icon 7 investigations with breach findings

 

Broadcasting matters and investigations

The ACMA considers every complaint it receives and assesses whether to investigate the complaint.

Number of broadcasting matters / investigations

 Number of broadcasting matters / investigations 

Investigations commenced or declined by broadcast sector

 Investigations commenced or declined by broadcast sector

Investigations finalised

 Investigations finalised

Investigations finalised by broadcast sector

 Investigations finalised by broadcast sector

Broadcasting: Average time taken to finalise closed investigations as at 30 March 2019

Broadcasting - Average time taken to finalise closed investigations as at 30 March 2019

Provisions investigated

The ACMA receives and investigates complaints about a variety of licence conditions, program standards and codes of practice. Broadcasting codes of practice investigations usually assess a broadcast against more than one provision of the relevant code.

The following table shows finalised investigations and the relevant provisions. Breaches found during this period are shown in bold.

Investigation number Broadcaster Program / issue  Provisions investigated

Provisions of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

BI-432 Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd Sunday Night 
  • 3.3.1: Accuracy
  • 2.6.2: Material not suitable for broadcast
BI-433

Network Investments Pty Ltd (WIN)  

Ten Eyewitness News First at Five 
  • 2.3.3: Exercise care in selecting material for broadcast
  • 3.2.1(a): Material which may cause distress
BI-434  Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd 

Seven News and

Sunday Night 

  •  3.5: Privacy
BI-448  Queensland Television Ltd   Nine News 
  • 3.5.1: Privacy 
BI-461  Channel Seven Sydney Pty Limited  Sunrise 
  • 2.6.2: Material not suitable for broadcast
  • 3.3.1: Accuracy and fairness

Provisions of the Commercial Radio Code of Practice 2017 (revised 2018)

BI-441 Harbour Radio Pty Ltd The Alan Jones Breakfast Show 
  • 2.2: Decency
  • 2.1.4: Incite hatred, ridicule because of race 
Provisions of the national broadcaster (ABC and SBS) codes 
BI-451 Australian Broadcasting Corporation Insiders 
  • 7.1: Harm and offence
  • 7.7: Condone or encourage prejudice

Provisions of the Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice 2008 

BI-438  Tasman Community Broadcasters Association Inc Participation  
  • 2.1: Community participation policy
  • 6.1: Sponsorship policy
  •  9(2)(c)(i) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 [encourage community participation in the operations of the service

Provisions of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

BI-445 Channel Seven Sydney Pty Limited Home and Away 
  • 130ZR(1) of Part 9D [captioning]
  • 130ZUB(1) [disregarded breach caused by significant, unforeseen technical difficulties]
  • 7(1)(o) [licence condition to comply with Part 9D] of Schedule 2
BI-446  The Australian Broadcasting Corporation  Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure 
  • 130ZR(1) of Part 9D [captioning] 
BI-453  Peedac Pty Ltd   Participation 
  • 9(2)(c)(i) of Schedule 2 [encourage community participation in the operations of the service] 
BI-457  Network Ten (Melbourne) Pty Ltd   Japanese Formula One Grand Prix 
  • 7(1)(a) of Schedule 2 [tobacco advertising—Commercial television broadcasting licences]  
BI-458 Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd Japanese Formula One Grand Prix 
  • 10(1)(a) of Schedule 2 [tobacco advertising—Subscription television broadcasting licences]
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