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Marino and MediaWorks Radio Ltd - 2020-019 (4 August 2020)

In an episode of Mai Home Run, one of the radio presenters related a story about accidentally taking and not returning a bag containing items, including a gaming console, belonging to Lil’ Romeo. The presenter also disclosed the name of one of the people involved in the story. The Authority upheld the complaint that the item breached the privacy standard, finding that the named individual was identifiable and would have had a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to the information disclosed. The Authority also found the disclosure to be highly offensive to a reasonable person, as it had the potential to significantly damage the named person’s reputation. The Authority did not uphold the complaint under the law and order standard, finding that in context the broadcast did not encourage or actively promote serious anti-social or illegal behaviour. The Authority also did not uphold the complaint under the discrimination and denigration standard, finding that, in the context, the item did not encourage discrimination against or denigration of the Māori or Polynesian communities.

Upheld: Privacy

Not upheld: Law and order, discrimination and denigration

Couling and RadioWorks Ltd - 2012-044

A song entitled “Our Love Suicide” by rap artist Tinie Tempah was broadcast during Mid-Mornings with K-Lee on MaiFM at approximately 11.15am. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that this breached the standards relating to good taste and decency and responsible programming: the song lyric “love suicide” was used metaphorically to refer to the ending of a relationship and not in its literal sense, and the song did not promote or glorify suicide.

Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Responsible Programming

Green Society and MAI FM Limited - 1996-129

Progressive Green Party advertisement. Radio Station said they would be able to get a list MP. Upheld (accuracy). No order.