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New Zealand Labour Party and Television New Zealand Ltd - 1996-134

BEFORE THE BROADCASTING STANDARDS AUTHORITY Decision No: 1996-134 Dated the 11 day of October 1996 IN THE MATTER of the Broadcasting Act 1989 AND IN THE MATTER of a complaint by NEW ZEALAND LABOUR PARTY Broadcaster TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND LIMITED J M Potter Chairperson L M Loates R McLeod A Martin...

Allen and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-106

Summary [This summary does not form part of the decision. ]In an election advertisement for the National Party, John Key stated, ‘we’ll start paying off debt’. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that this was misleading because Treasury had forecast that debt would increase until 2018. Election advertisements promoting party policies, by their nature, are not ‘factual’. Viewers understand that they are highly political, often hyperbolic vehicles for advocacy, and are able to form their own views about any particular policy. Viewers would not have been misled. Not Upheld: Election Programmes Subject to Other Standards (Accuracy, Fairness, Responsible Programming), Distinguishing Factual Information from Opinion or Advocacy, Misleading ProgrammesIntroduction[1] An advertisement for the National Party was broadcast on TV3 on 28 August 2014....