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Investigations into TV broadcasters

If we think a TV station has breached a broadcasting law, we can investigate.

About our investigations

We publish our investigation reports to explain:

  • if there is a complaint, what it is about
  • when it happened
  • the relevant rules
  • what we found when we investigated

We publish reports for the past 2 years here. For lists of older reports, consult our Annual reports available on the Analysis & Policy Observatory website. Each quarter, we also publish a summary of actions we have taken on broadcasting.

To access older investigation reports please contact broadcasting@acma.gov.au.

Outcomes of our 2020 investigations

Program or issue Station or licensee Description Outcome Report published
Q&A ABC Impartiality, and Harm and Offence

No breach of Standards 4 or 7 of the ABC Code of Practice 2019

(ref BI-543)

11 September
Four Corners (‘Extinction Nation’) ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation Accuracy and impartiality

No breach of Standards 2 or 4 of the ABC Code of Practice 2019

(ref BI-536)

12 August 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd Classification

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-546)

10 June 
Seven News Brisbane Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Limited Privacy and impartiality

Breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 (revised 2018) 

(ref BI-535)

5 June
National Basketball League (NBL) game between the Brisbane Bullets and the Perth Wildcats

Foxtel Cable Television Pty Limited (ESPN)

Streamotion Pty Ltd (Kayo)

Gambling Advertising

No breach of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013 (Foxtel)

No finding - exempt online simulcast service (Streamotion Pty Ltd)

(ref BI-538)

30 April 
Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd Classification

Breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 (revised 2018) 

(ref BI-526)

25 March 
Studio 10 Ten / Network Ten (Sydney) Pty Ltd Classification

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref BI-542)

20 March 
State of Origin Game 1 and State of Origin Game 2, 2019 Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd Gambling Advertising

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 (revised in 2018)

(ref BI-505)

20 March 
Nine News Nine / Queensland Television Pty Ltd Accuracy and impartiality

Breach of clause 3.3.1 for program; and clause 3.3.1 and 3.4.1 for program promotion taking into consideration clause 3.6

No breach of clause 3.4.1 for program of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 (revised 2018)

(ref BI-525)

16 March 
Seven News Seven / Channel Seven Queensland Pty Ltd Accuracy and impartiality

Breach of clause 3.3.1

No breach of clause 3.4 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 (ref. BI-521)

5 March 

Outcome of our 2019 investigations

Program or issue Station or licensee Description Outcome Report published
A Current Affair Nine / Queensland Television Pty Ltd Accuracy, privacy and complaints handling

Breach of clauses 3.3.1 and 3.5.1 

No breach of clause 7.3.1 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 (revised 2018)

(ref. BI-484)

20 December 2019
Highway Patrol Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd Captioning

Breach of Broadcasting Services Act 1992

(ref. BI-532)

2 December
Monaco Formula One Grand Prix 10 Bold / Network Ten (Melbourne) Pty Ltd Tobacco Advertising

No breach of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

(ref.BI-516)

1 November
Monaco Formula One Grand Prix Fox Sports / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd Tobacco Advertising

No breach of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

(ref.BI-515)

1 November
Election advertisement Seven / Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Limited Political matter

No breach of subclause 3A(2) or paragraph 7(1)(j) [comply with clause 3A]

(ref. BI-501)

19 September
Election advertisement Prime7 / Prime Television Northern Political matter

No breach of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

(ref. BI-500)

23 August
Commercial for cinema film Hellboy

7Mate / Channel Seven Perth

Classification

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref.BI-494)

23 August
Married at First Sight Nine / Queensland Television Classification

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-491)

19 August
Married at First Sight Nine / Swan Television & Radio Broadcasters Classification

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-492)

19 August
Studio 10 WIN / Network Investments Material not suitable for broadcast

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-486)

12 July
Nine News Nine / Queensland Television Exercise care in selecting material for broadcast

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-495)

9 August
Sunrise Prime Television Northern Captioning

MAFS breached the Broadcasting Services Act

(ref. BI-465)

26 July
Various Various  ACMA investigation

Publication of findings (ref. ACMA Report)

22 July
My Kitchen Rules and Instant Hotel Channel Seven Sydney Captioning

My Kitchen Rules breached the Broadcasting Services Act

(ref. BI-482)

28 June
AFL Collingwood vs Geelong Channel Seven Adelaide Captioning

Breach of Broadcasting Services Act

No breach of Broadcasting Services Act

(ref. BI-493)

28 June
Seven News Seven / 
Channel Seven Melbourne
Accuracy and impartiality

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-456)

13 June
Territory Cops Ten / Network Ten Sydney Classification and material not suitable for broadcast

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-462)

16 May
Catalyst (Feeding Australia: Foods of Tomorrow) ABC Accuracy and due impartiality

Breach of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 

(ref. BI-442)

5 April
Commercial for cinema film Venom Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Classification

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-443)

12 April
Commercials for the cinema films Halloween and Hunter Killer Prime 7 / Prime Television Southern Classification and special care requirements for non-program material

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-444)

12 April
Sunrise Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Material not suitable for broadcast and accuracy

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-461)

29 March
Election advertisements for candidates in the NSW state election NBN Political matter

No breach of the Broadcasting Services Act

(ref. BI-472)

18 April
Insiders ABC Harm and offence

No breach of the ABC Code of Practice 2011

(ref. BI-451)

6 March
Japanese Formula One Grand Prix One / Network Ten Melbourne Tobacco Advertising

No breach of the Broadcasting Services Act.

(ref. BI-457)

28 March
Japanese Formula One Grand Prix Fox Sports / Foxtel Cable Television Tobacco Advertising

No breach of the Broadcasting Services Act

(ref. BI-458)

28 March
Seven News and Sunday Night Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Privacy of children

Breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-434)

1 March
Sunday Night Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Accuracy and material not suitable for broadcast

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 

(ref. BI-432)

1 March
Nine News Nine / Queensland Television Privacy

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-448)

28 February
Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure ABC1 Captioning

Breach of the Broadcasting Services Act

(ref. BI-446)

28 February
Home and Away Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Captioning

Breach of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

(ref. BI-445)

28 February
Ten Eyewitness News First at Five WIN / Network Investments Exercise care in selecting material for broadcast and Material which may cause distress

Breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref.BI-433)

6 February

Outcome of our 2018 investigations

Program or issue Station or licensee Description Outcome Report published
Sunrise, The Morning Show, Morning News, The Daily Edition, Seven News at 4, 6pm Townsville News, 6:30pm replay of the 6pm Brisbane News and Weekend Sunrise. Seven / Channel Seven Queensland Captioning

Breach of subsection 130ZR(1) disregarded and no breach of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 

(ref. BI-440)

27 November
7.30 ABC Accuracy and impartiality

No breach of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 

(ref. BI-428)

7 November
Have You Been Paying Attention?  TEN / Network TEN Brisbane Captioning

Breach of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 

(ref. BI-420)

26 October
Have You Been Paying Attention?  WIN TEN / Network Investments Captioning

Breach of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 

(ref. BI-421)

26 October
RT World News WTV / West TV Accuracy and fairness and complaints handling

Breach of the ASTRA Open Narrowcast Television Codes of Practice 2009

(ref. BI-418)

27 September
Non – Program matter Nine / TCN Channel Nine Advertising audio levels and loudness

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 

(ref. BI-429)

6 November
The Adam Giles Show Foxtel Cable Television Provoke intense dislike, serious contempt on the grounds of national or ethnic origin or race, or religion

No breach of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013

(ref. BI-430)

1 November
Four Corners ABC Accuracy, corrections and clarifications, impartiality

No breach of the ABC Code of practice 2011

(ref. BI-407)

11 September
Non-Program matter 9Gem / Swan Television & Radio Broadcasters Advertising hourly limit

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 

(ref. BI-425)

31 August
MasterChef Australia TEN / Network TEN Melbourne Captioning

No breach of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 

(ref. BI-414)

28 August
ABC News ABC Accuracy and due impartiality

No breach of the ABC Code of practice 2011  

(ref. BI-411)

10 August
Sunrise Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Accuracy and serious contempt on the basis of race

Breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-363)

8 August
Tonightly with Tom Ballard ABC Fair and honest dealing and harm and offence

No breach of the ABC Code of Practice 2011

(ref. BI-402)

25 July
Seven News Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Misrepresentation of viewpoints and impartiality

No breach of the Commercial Industry Code of Practice 2015 

(ref. BI-405)

18 July
Today Tonight Seven / Channel Seven Perth Accuracy and fairness

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015  

(ref. BI-403)

19 June
Program promotion for Love Island Australia Nine / Queensland Television  Classification and scheduling of a program promotion

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-406)

6 July
Mardi Gras and Me program promotion; Behind the News ABC ME Harm and offence; manage and minimise risks to children and young people

No breach of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 

(ref. BI-397 and BI-398)

8 June
ABC Evening News ABC Due impartiality

No breach of the ABC Code of practice 2011  

(ref. BI-396)

24 May
SBS World News SBS Accuracy and impartiality

No breach of the SBS Codes of Practice 2014

(ref. BI-360)

11 May
Advertisements for election candidates during WIN News WIN / WIN Television TAS Election advertising

No breach of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992   

(ref. BI-361)

1 May
ABC News ABC  Impartiality

Breach of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (ref. BI-347)

5 April
Commercial for Lottoland during a live sporting event Seven/Channel Seven Sydney Commercials relating to betting or gambling during a live sporting event

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 

(ref. BI-356)

29 March
Underbelly files: Chopper program promotion Nine/Channel 9 South Australia Classification and scheduling of a program promotion

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 

(ref. BI-358)

6 March
Get Krack!n ABC Harm and offence

No breach of the ABC Code of Practice 2011  

(ref. BI-351)

1 March
Hard Quiz ABC Harm and offence

No breach of the ABC Code of Practice 2011  

(ref. BI-352)

15 February
Hard Quiz ABC Harm and offence

No breach of the ABC Code of Practice 2011  

(ref. BI-349)

15 February
Ten Eyewitness News WIN/WIN Television NSW Impartiality

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 

(ref. BI-346)

9 February
Ten Eyewitness News TEN/Network TEN Material which may cause distress

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 

(ref. BI-348)

31 January
Malcolm in the Middle Eleven / WIN Television Classification

No breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

(ref. BI-340)

5 January
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