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Tonks and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 2000-126
2000-126

Complaint3 News – possible cure for cancer – deceptive – misleadingFindingsStandard G7 – not applicable Standard G11 – not applicable Standard G15 – no uphold This headnote does not form part of the decision. Summary A dietary supplement made from pig pancreatic enzymes was said to provide a possible cure for cancer, according to an item on 3 News broadcast on 11 May 2000 between 6. 00–7. 00pm. Murray Tonks complained to TV3 Network Services Ltd, the broadcaster, that the item lacked scientific credibility and that it was apparent that there was no independently verified research findings which backed the claims made. In his view, the item used a deceptive programme practice and was misleading, as it could have raised false hopes for cancer sufferers....

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Hooker and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 2001-228
2001-228

Complaint3 News – film review segment – review of "Crooked Earth" – excerpt included expression "kiss my arse" – offensive and unsuitable for childrenFindingsStandard G2 – acceptable in context – no uphold Standard G12 – not unsuitable for children – no upholdThis headnote does not form part of the decision. Summary [1] The New Zealand film "Crooked Earth" was one of the films considered in the film review segment of 3 News broadcast on 25 August 2001. The review included a brief excerpt from the film in which one of the characters said "kiss my arse". [2] Michael Hooker complained to TV3 Network Services Ltd, the broadcaster, that such offensive language was unacceptable at that hour and unsuitable for children. [3] In response, TV3 maintained that it was not unacceptable in the context of a film review, and declined to uphold the complaint....

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Prime Minister (Rt Hon Helen Clark) and Mike Munro and TV3 Network Services Ltd - ID2003-025, ID2003-026
ID2003-025–€“026

Complaint 3 News Special – interview with Prime Minister broadcast on 10 July – canvassed allegations in "Seeds of Distrust" by Nicky Hager published that day – claimed that Government was aware of accidental distribution of GM contaminated seeds – unfair and inaccurate – application by broadcaster for hearing FindingsApplication declined This headnote does not form part of the decision. INTERLOCUTORY DECISION The Background [1] Detailed claims from the book "Seeds of Distrust", written by Nicky Hager and published on 10 July, were put to the Prime Minister by interviewer John Campbell during a 3 News Special broadcast at 7. 00pm on the same day. The interview had been recorded the previous day (9 July). The book, which was not mentioned during the interview, alleged that the Government was aware of the accidental distribution of GM contaminated seeds and had allowed the seeds to be grown, harvested and processed....

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Department of Child, Youth and Family Services and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 2003-107
2003-107

Complaint20/20 – “In Harm’s Way” – item about actions of Child, Youth and Family Services Department – breach of law and order – breach of social workers’ privacy – breach of children’s privacy – unbalanced – inaccurate – unfairFindings Standard 2 – item did not affect “orderly and just disposition” of court cases – hand-over coverage did not glamorise or condone criminal activity – no uphold Standard 3 and Guideline 3a – social workers – Privacy Principle (i) disclosure not offensive – no uphold; Child A & B – Privacy Principle (vii) – best interests of children considered by broadcaster – no uphold Standard 4 – balance of perspectives aired – no uphold Standard 5 – inaccuracy – no mandatory reporting in New Zealand – uphold on this aspect – no other inaccuracies Standard 6 – subsumed under Standard 4No OrderThis headnote does not form part of the decision....

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Prime Minister (Rt Hon Helen Clark) and Munro and TV3 Network Services Ltd - ID 2002-213, 2002-214
ID 2002-213–214

Complaint3 News Special – interview with Prime Minister – canvassed allegations in "Seeds of Distrust" by Nicky Hager published that day – claimed that Government was aware of accidental distribution of GM contaminated seeds – unfair and unbalanced – ambush – disclosure applications from complainants and broadcaster. FindingsDisclosure Application Order made pursuant to s. 12 against broadcaster. Orders(i) Chronology(ii) Field tapes (iii) Affidavits relating to confidentiality agreement(iv) number and confirmation of person to whom source material returned to This headnote does not form part of the decision. INTERLOCUTORY DECISION The Background [1] Detailed claims from the book "Seeds of Destruction", written by Nicky Hager and published that day, were put to the Prime Minister by interviewer John Campbell during a 3 News Special broadcast at 7. 00pm on 10 July 2002. The interview had been recorded the previous day (9 July)....

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Smits and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 2001-207
2001-207

ComplaintSex and the City – fuck – offensive language – used by 13 year-old female characters FindingsStandard G2 – context – morality message – no uphold This headnote does not form part of the decision. Summary [1] A number of episodes of the series of Sex and the City have been screened by TV3 since 1999. The series deal with the lives and loves of four single women living in New York City. The episode broadcast at 9. 30pm on 7 August 2001 included instances of 13 year-old girl characters using the word "fuck". [2] Phillip Smits complained to TV3 Network Services Limited, the broadcaster, that three of the 13 year-old female characters used the words "fuck" and "fucking" on several occasions....

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Sharp and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 1993-009
1993-009

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Harang and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 1993-105
1993-105

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Manukau Appliance Service Centre and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 1999-179
1999-179

Summary Four appliance repair centres were given a faulty microwave oven to repair and the results were reported on Target broadcast by TV3 Network Services Ltd on 6 June 1999 between 7. 00–7. 30pm. Manukau Appliance Service Centre Ltd repaired the microwave by bypassing the variable power switch with the result that it could only operate on high power. Mr Welch, Managing Director of Manukau Appliance Service Centre, complained to the broadcaster that the item was unfair to his company because it left the impression that his staff were incompetent in locating faults in electrical equipment. Of major concern, he said, was that TV3 had failed to include explanatory comment from the company about the work it had done. TV3 responded that the repair test had been conducted fairly and the testing had been overseen by two independent technical experts....

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Lowe and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 2002-109
2002-109

ComplaintNightline – item about "Puppetry of the Penis" – penis obscured – inaccurate as truth concealed – sexualising human body breach of law and order FindingsStandards 2 – legal process followed – no uphold Standard 5 – item not inaccurate – no uphold This headnote does not form part of the decision. Summary [1] The show "Puppetry of the Penis" was discussed during an item broadcast on Nightline at about 11. 00pm on 29 April 2002. The item did not include any visuals of penis puppetry as the reporter stated that the "full monty" would not be revealed in view of compliance with "broadcasting standards". [2] John Lowe complained to TV3 Network Services Ltd, the broadcaster, that in view of the material shown in other programmes, the comment was inaccurate. He also said that the item breached the requirement for standards consistent with the maintenance of law and order....

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del la Varis and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 2002-206
2002-206

Complaint3 News – interview with actor Matt Damon included scenes from action movie "The Bourne Identity" – excessive violence – no warning – alarm children FindingsStandard 10 and Guideline 10g and Standard 9 – majority – sufficient care shown given item’s introduction and type of violence portrayed – no uphold – minority – material inappropriate in G rated time-slot – uphold Standard 1 and Guideline 1a – acceptable in context – no uphold This headnote does not form part of the decision. Summary [1] An interview with actor Matt Damon while visiting Sydney was included in an item on 3 News broadcast by TV3 between 6. 00 – 7. 00pm on 28 August 2002. The interview included two fight scenes from his recent film "The Bourne Identity"....

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Candy and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 2001-065
2001-065

ComplaintMost Wanted – music video – "Hey Boy Hey Girl" by The Chemical Brothers – depiction of two skeletons having sex – breach of good taste and decency – broadcaster not mindful of the effect of broadcast on young children FindingsStandard G2 – video acceptable in context for general audience – no uphold Standard G12 – unsuitable for children when broadcast at 9. 30am on Saturday morning – uphold No Order This headnote does not form part of the decision. Summary The music video "Hey Boy Hey Girl" by The Chemical Brothers, broadcast on TV3 during the programme Most Wanted at 9. 30am on 10 February 2001, depicted a young man and woman who morphed into skeletons and then back into humans. The skeletons appeared to be having sex....

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Ross, on behalf of the New Zealand Atomic Energy Advocacy Council, and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 2000-061
2000-061

Complaint3 News – shipment of nuclear waste – MOX fuel, not plutonium – not weapons grade – not for military use – misleading to imply shipment could be diverted for terrorist use FindingsStandard G14 – inaccurate, unfair, impartial – sources partial – implications not warranted on the facts – uphold OrderBroadcast of statement summarising decision This headnote does not form part of the decision. Summary Weapons-grade plutonium was being shipped through the Tasman Sea on its way to Japan, according to a news item on 3 News broadcast on 2 September 1999 at about 6. 30pm. It was suggested that Japan could use the plutonium for military purposes, and that the shipment’s passage posed a threat to New Zealand’s national sovereignty....

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Meyrick and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 1992-028
1992-028

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Woolerton and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 1992-082
1992-082

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Blackburn and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 1999-175
1999-175

Summary A repeat broadcast of an ICE TV programme was screened on TV3 on 17 July 1999, commencing at 9. 35am. ICE TV is a programme aimed at teenagers containing some humorous and informative material. O Blackburn complained to TV3 Network Services Limited, the broadcaster, that the programme contained language and nudity that was "unsuitable". TV3 responded that the programme was screened in PGR time and the nudity and language used were appropriate in that context. It contended that the nudity in the programme was not offensive. It said that the shots where the male presenters’ buttocks were visible were part of a comedic routine. It added that no genitalia or breasts were shown. As for the language, it stated it had "beeped" or removed words it considered offensive. TV3 declined to uphold the complaint....

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Francis and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 2002-023
2002-023

Complaint3 News – item about New Zealand First party convention – Winston Peters described as having "once again played the race card" – inaccurate – unjust and unfair – item lacked balance and impartiality FindingsStandard G1 – not inaccurate to state Mr Peters played the "race card" – no uphold Standard G3 – item acknowledged right of Mr Peters and his supporters to express their opinions – no uphold Standard G4 – Mr Peters not dealt with unjustly or unfairly – no uphold Standard G6 – item not lacking in balance, impartiality or fairness – no uphold Standard G7 – no deceptive programming practice – decline to determine Standard G13 – no uphold Standard G14 – no uphold Standard G19 – editing did not distort views – no uphold Standard G20 – views fairly presented – no uphold This headnote does not form part of the decision....

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Rea and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 2000-043
2000-043

Complaint3 News – child participants – mother’s consent – children of gang member sought by police FindingsPrivacy principle (i) – uphold Privacy principle (vii) – mother’s consent insufficient – not in children’s best interests – uphold No Order This headnote does not form part of the decision. Summary An item about the "Screwdriver Gang" being sought by police was broadcast on 3 News on 25 January 2000 between 6. 00–7. 00pm. Footage was shown of two pre-school children whose father was a member of the gang. Miriam Rea complained to the Broadcasting Standards Authority under s. 8(1)(c) of the Broadcasting Act 1989 that the broadcast breached the children’s right to privacy. She said regardless of whether the mother had given permission for the filming, she deplored TV3’s decision to include the footage of the children in the item....

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Credo Society Inc and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 1993-035
1993-035

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Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child Inc, Armstrong (President) and daughters and TV3 Network Services Ltd - 1993-108–110
1993-108–110

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