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Cave and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2015-026
2015-026

An item on Campbell Live sought to investigate allegations of misconduct within Gloriavale Christian Community. A reporter and a cameraman visited Gloriavale and spoke to two senior members of the community. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that the broadcast breached these men’s privacy. While the circumstances of the filming may have amounted to ‘prying’, the broadcast did not disclose any private information about the men in a manner that was highly offensive.

Not Upheld: Privacy 

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South Taranaki District Council and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-149
2014-149

Campbell Live covered a story about an eader (a pit for raw milk waste) in the town of Eltham in Taranaki that was allegedly making local residents ill. The South Taranaki District Council complained that the item was inaccurate and unfair. The Authority found that this was an important story which carried high public interest and that much of it was accurate and well-reported. Nevertheless, a number of statements conveying the gravity of the problem with the eader did not have a sufficient basis and were overblown, which was misleading and unfair. Accordingly the Authority upheld some aspects of the complaint.

Upheld: Accuracy, Fairness

No Order

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Insurance Council of New Zealand and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-146
2014-146

Campbell Live marked the fourth anniversary of the first Canterbury earthquake with a live broadcast from a Christchurch school hall where an audience of local residents with unresolved insurance claims participated in the programme. The Authority upheld a complaint that the broadcast breached the controversial issues and accuracy standards because the programme did not include the insurance industry’s perspective and was misleading about the industry’s willingness to participate in the programme.

Upheld: Controversial Issues, Accuracy

Order: Section 13(1)(a) – broadcast statement

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Malakouti and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-162
2014-162

An item on Campbell Live focused on a travel agency whose customers alleged that trips they had paid for had not been booked. During the item a brief exchange took place between the reporter and a ‘family friend’ of the owners of the travel agency, the complainant, outside the vacant agency. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that the broadcast breached Mr Malakouti’s privacy. The footage was filmed in a public place and the item did not disclose any private facts about him. There was no suggestion Mr Malakouti was associated with the travel agency, so the broadcast of the footage was not highly offensive.

Not Upheld: Privacy

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Right to Life NZ and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2015-003
2015-003

An item on Campbell Live featured the story of a terminally ill man who is an advocate for voluntary euthanasia. The introduction to the item referred to a proposed private member's bill that would legalise voluntary euthanasia in New Zealand. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that the item lacked balance because it failed to present other significant views on euthanasia. Although voluntary euthanasia is a controversial issue of public importance, the item did not 'discuss' this issue. The item was clearly focused on the interviewee's personal story and experiences, so it did not trigger the requirement for presenting alternative views.


Not Upheld: Controversial Issues

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Harkema and TVWorks Ltd - 2012-042
2012-042

Five Campbell Live items featured the complainant, Margaret Harkema, a former director of the Valley Animal Research Centre, and investigated concerns that she was using TradeMe to rehome beagles that were bred or used for testing. The Authority upheld her complaints that the programmes were unfair, misleading and breached her privacy.

Upheld: Fairness, Accuracy, Privacy

Not Upheld: Law and Order

Orders: Section 13(1)(d) $2,000 compensation to the complainant for breach of privacy; Section 16(1) $12,000 legal costs to the complainant

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Duncan and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-127
2014-127

During an episode of Campbell Live, the reporter took viewers on a ‘tour’ of a beach house belonging to former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins. The Authority declined to uphold the complaint that Ms Collins’ privacy was breached, as the broadcaster advised that Ms Collins had consented to the filming and broadcast of the footage.

Not Upheld: Privacy 

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RD and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-085
2014-085

A Campbell Live item reported on a convicted fraudster, X, and contained interviews with her ‘victims’, including a disabled man who had advanced money to X on the basis her daughter would become his wife. A photo was shown of his supposed wife-to-be (the complainant). The Authority did not uphold her complaint that showing her photograph breached her privacy. While it was unfortunate, very few people would have identified the complainant, there was no suggestion she was involved in the scam, and viewers were more likely to think the photo was not legitimate, so the disclosure was not highly offensive.

Not Upheld: Privacy 

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Sabin and Mediaworks TV Ltd - 2014-078
2014-078

Campbell Live interviewed the founder of the Drug Policy Alliance, an American group advocating for the legalisation of cannabis throughout the United States, about why some states had voted to legalise cannabis, what he saw as the benefits of this and how this might be relevant to the New Zealand context where synthetic cannabis had recently been outlawed. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the item was unbalanced. The item was clearly focused on one overseas perspective, which might inform the New Zealand debate going forward, but it did not discuss a controversial issue of public importance which required the presentation of alternative viewpoints.

Not Upheld: Controversial Issues

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Popa and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-095
2014-095

Campbell Live investigated sales techniques used by Dead Sea Spa employees at kiosks and shopping malls throughout New Zealand, including alleged bullying and targeting vulnerable people. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the programme was ‘racist’ and unfair to Dead Sea Spa. The story carried high public interest, and Dead Sea Spa was given a fair and reasonable opportunity to respond.

Not Upheld: Discrimination and Denigration, Fairness, Privacy, Accuracy, Controversial Issues, Responsible Programming, Good Taste and Decency, Law and Order

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Ranfurly Village Hospital Limited and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-034
2014-034

Campbell Live broadcast two items that were critical of Ranfurly Veterans Home and Hospital, relating to an incident in which a resident, Q, was found lying on the driveway after falling from his power chair. The Authority upheld one aspect of the accuracy complaint in relation to another incident involving a resident, F, and upheld the complaint that the items were unfair to Q, and to Ranfurly. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the residents’ privacy was breached. The Authority did not make any order as only limited aspects were upheld.

Upheld: Accuracy, Fairness

Not Upheld: Privacy

No Order

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Butler and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-044
2014-044

Campbell Live’s presenter travelled to Northland to gain a better understanding of Ngāpuhi people and their lifestyle in light of an upcoming Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the government. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the item was inaccurate and unbalanced because it misrepresented Ngāpuhi’s economic situation and historical land loss. This was a human interest piece framed from the perspective of John Campbell, and largely comprising the personal opinions and experiences of the people he visited. The community was the focus, not the settlement, and viewers would not have been misled in this context.

Not Upheld: Controversial Issues, Accuracy 

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Heron and McLoughlin and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-020
2014-020

Campbell Live reported on a couple who faced bankruptcy after buying a house infested with termites. The item disclosed the names of the vendor, the company and staff responsible for the building report, and the real estate agent. It showed footage of the real estate agent’s office window, which had printed on it the names and phone numbers of the real estate agent and his business partner. A majority of the Authority did not uphold complaints that this breached the agent’s and the business partner’s privacy. The agents’ details were publicly available, the footage of their phone numbers was brief and it was not broadcast for the purpose of encouraging harassment; no causal link was demonstrated between the broadcast and the alleged harassment. The minority found that the disclosure of the phone numbers was negligent and that harassment was a foreseeable consequence.

Not Upheld by Majority: Privacy

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Scott and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-028
2014-028

An item on Campbell Live, reporting on Pike River Mine, included radio transmission audio between those in the mine and those in the office on the morning of the disaster. The audio contained the complainant’s full name which he considered to be a breach of his privacy. The Authority did not uphold the complaint, as Mr Scott’s employment at the mine was not a private fact, and the disclosure of his name was not associated with any blame or disclosed for the purpose of encouraging harassment.

Not Upheld: Privacy

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Heinz and TVWorks Ltd - 2014-024
2014-024

An item on Campbell Live included brief footage of a person starting a lawn mower without the rear grass flap on. The Authority declined to determine the complaint that this breached standards of law and order, on the basis it was frivolous and trivial. The footage was extremely brief and part of a light-hearted story in an unclassified current affairs programme targeted at adults, so it could not be said to have encouraged or condoned criminal activity.

Declined to Determine: Law and Order

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McQueen and TVWorks Ltd - 2013-081
2013-081

An item on Campbell Live featured an interview with a voluntary euthanasia advocate. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that the item was unbalanced as it failed present other significant views on euthanasia. The item was clearly focused on one woman’s personal experience, so viewers would not have expected an even-handed analysis of all arguments for and against legalising euthanasia. Euthanasia is recognised as an ongoing, highly charged social and legal issue, and different viewpoints in the debate will be offered from time to time. In this context the broadcaster adequately acknowledged the existence of other perspectives.

Not Upheld: Controversial Issues

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Marshall and TVWorks Ltd - 2012-110
2012-110

An item on Campbell Live looked at "cheap lunches for kids" as part of a series on child poverty. The reporter interviewed children on their way to school, asking them what they had for breakfast and lunch. The children were obscured by traffic, and had their faces and, in some cases, their clothing pixellated. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the footage breached the privacy standard because the children were not identifiable.

Not Upheld: Privacy

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McQueen and TVWorks Ltd - 2012-068
2012-068

An item on Campbell Live, broadcast on TV3, reported on voluntary euthanasia in the context of New Zealand law. The item included interviews with two strong advocates of euthanasia. Taking into account the focus of the item and the nature of issue, the Authority did not uphold the complaint that it breached the controversial issues standard: euthanasia is a controversial issue of public importance, and the item did not purport to discuss all the arguments for and against euthanasia but was presented from the perspective of one of the advocates. Euthanasia is a long-running moral issue with an ongoing period of current interest, and alternative viewpoints were adequately included.

Not Upheld: Controversial Issues

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Hodson and TVWorks Ltd - 2012-012
2012-012

Campbell Live reported on a woman who, after she miscarried, unsuccessfully sought a refund for baby items purchased from the complainant’s business. The reporter door-stepped the complainant and her co-owner, and footage of this was broadcast. The Authority upheld that the broadcast breached the fairness, accuracy and privacy standards. No previous attempts had been made to obtain comment before door-stepping the shop owners; covert filming and recording of the conversation meant that the owners were not properly informed of the nature of their participation; the owners specifically stated that they did not want to be filmed or recorded; and the tone of programme was negative towards the owners and their position was not adequately presented. The owners were identifiable, and the item disclosed private facts. The Authority ordered payment of $500 to the complainant for breach of privacy and payment of $750 legal costs to the complainant.

Upheld: Privacy, Fairness, Accuracy

Order: $500 compensation to complainant for breach of privacy, $750 legal costs to complainant

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Goddard and Skelton and TVWorks Ltd - 2012-011
2012-011

An item on Campbell Live, broadcast on TV3 at 7pm, reported on bullying and fighting at Massey High School and showed repeated footage of girls fighting. It was not preceded by a warning. The Authority did not uphold complaints that the item breached standards relating to privacy, accuracy, fairness, responsible programming, children’s interests, and violence. The students shown in the footage were not identifiable to anyone beyond those who already knew about the fighting; the impression created about fighting and bullying at Massey stemmed from the facts of the incident and the response of students and parents; Massey was provided with a reasonable opportunity to comment and its statement was adequately referred to in the item; and while a warning would have been helpful, given the nature and context of the footage the broadcaster adequately considered children’s interests in broadcasting the footage during a current affairs programme at 7pm.

Not Upheld: Privacy, Accuracy, Fairness, Responsible Programming, Children’s Interests, Violence

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