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Mainland Television Ltd and The Radio Network Ltd - 2004-033
2004-033

Complaint Classic Hits 89. 4FM Nelson - content of Nelson’s Mainland Television described as “crap” – offensive and unacceptable Findings Principle 7 – not applicable Principle 1 – not offensive in context – not upheld Principle 5 – humorous editorial comment was not unfair – not upheldThis headnote does not form part of the decision Summary [1] A news report that a city (Oslo) was offering trips through the sewer system as a tourist attraction was read on Classic Hits 89. 4FM in Nelson at about 7. 25am on Thursday 11 December 2003. The announcer added that, in Nelson, Mainland TV offered “four channels of crap all the time”. [2] On behalf of Mainland Television Ltd, the Managing Director (Gary Watson) complained to The Radio Network Ltd, the broadcaster, that the comment was offensive and unacceptable....

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Watson and The Radio Network Ltd - 2004-181
2004-181

Complaint under section 8(1)(a) of the Broadcasting Act 1989 Classic Hits Breakfast – comment about complainant – allegedly unfairFindings Principle 5 (fairness) – not unfair in context of complainant’s public profile, fleeting comment – not likely listeners would have taken comment literally/seriously – not upheld This headnote does not form part of the decision. Broadcast [1] During Classic Hits Breakfast, broadcast on Classic Hits (Nelson) on the morning of 27 September 2004, presenter Kent Robertson commented on the death of Radio Fifeshire founder, Kevin Ihaia. During this commentary, he stated: And I must admit I got a little bit sad and reminiscent about it at one stage and I thought how unfair it is that at 50 Kevin should die and yet Gary Watson lives. Complaint [2] Gary Watson complained about the presenter’s comment....

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Hadfield and The Radio Network Ltd - 2007-106
2007-106

Complaint under section 8(1)(a) of the Broadcasting Act 1989Classic Hits – promos for breakfast show contained double entendres, some of which had sexual connotations – allegedly in breach of good taste and decency and unfair The Authority’s DecisionPrinciple 1 (good taste and decency) – the tone of the promos was light-hearted – sexual connotations were tame and indirect – not upheld This headnote does not form part of the decision. Broadcast [1] Classic Hits broadcast promos for its Classic Breakfast show on 6, 8 and 9 August 2007. [2] The promo broadcast on 6 August stated "He’s like radio Viagra, getting you up in the morning. The Classic Hits breakfast with Glen Kirby". [3] The promo broadcast on 8 August stated "He’s got the face for radio and she’s got the body. It’s Glen and Jen on the Classic Breakfast"....

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Simpson and The Radio Network Ltd - 1999-058
1999-058

Summary An announcer on the Classic Hits Network rang several motels in Gisborne to investigate vacancies and room rates, in the context of a discussion about charges for motel accommodation in Gisborne during the millennium celebrations. The daughter of a motel owner/manager answered a call, advised the caller that the motel was fully booked for the period and, when asked, mentioned some tariffs. The call was broadcast on Classic Hits ZHFM on 19 January 1999. Ms Simpson, the owner/manager of the motel, complained to the Broadcasting Standards Authority under s. 8(1)(c) of the Broadcasting Act 1989 that the broadcast was an invasion of her daughter’s privacy. She said the caller did not identify himself to her daughter and broadcast the telephone call as a live interview. She said the broadcast used some figures obtained from her daughter, which had been discussed by the family but not confirmed....

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Hastie and The Radio Network Ltd - 2013-060
2013-060

Summary [This summary does not form part of the decision. ]The hosts of the Jase and Dave Drive Show on Classic Hits joked about a ‘sex drive-in’ in Switzerland and made humorous comparisons with a fast food drive-through. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the use of sexual innuendo was inappropriate for broadcast. No coarse language was used and inexplicit sexual innuendo is permissible during children’s listening times. The host also indicated the topic may be unsuitable for younger listeners, giving parents and caregivers an opportunity to exercise discretion. Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Responsible ProgrammingIntroduction[1] During the Jase and Dave Drive Show, broadcast on Classic Hits on the evening of Tuesday 27 August 2013, the hosts joked about a ‘sex drive-in’ in Switzerland and made humorous comparisons with a fast food drive-through....

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Koenig and The Radio Network Ltd - 2000-059
2000-059

Complaint Classic Hits FM: comments about Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones expecting a child: (1) racist remarks – offensive language; (2) denigrated Jewish people Findings(1) Principle 1 – majority – no breach, not racist – no uphold (2) Principle 7 – majority – legitimate use of humour – no uphold This headnote does not form part of the decision. Summary In a broadcast on 31 January 2000, a presenter on Classic Hits FM announced that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were expecting a child, and that Ms Zeta-Jones was considering converting to Judaism. The presenter added "and I suppose the baby will have a long nose and be good with money. Only joking. " Nicholas Koenig complained to The Radio Network Ltd that the comment was both offensive and derogatory. He sought a formal apology....

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Barratt-Boyes and The Radio Network Ltd - 2014-043
2014-043

Summary [This summary does not form part of the decision. ]During the Classic Hits Breakfast Show the hosts played an audio clip from an American talk show, of a celebrity discussing his sex life before he got married. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that this breached standards of good taste and decency, taking into account the context, including the station’s target audience of 35 to 54-year-olds, and that the content was consistent with audience expectations of breakfast radio shows. Not Upheld: Good Taste and DecencyIntroduction[1] During the Classic Hits Breakfast Show the hosts played an audio clip from an American talk show, of a celebrity discussing his sex life before he got married. The item aired at 8. 10am on Friday 4 April 2014....

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Guy and The Radio Network Ltd - 2010-089
2010-089

Complaint under section 8(1B)(b)(i) of the Broadcasting Act 1989Easy Mix – host made comments about smacking a child – allegedly in breach of good taste and decency, law and order, fairness, discrimination and denigration, and responsible programming standards FindingsStandard 2 (law and order) – item did not encourage listeners to break the law or otherwise promote, glamorise or condone criminal activity – not upheld Standard 8 (responsible programming) – newsreader made it clear that smacking children was illegal – broadcaster was sufficiently mindful of the effect the programme’s content would have on children listening – not upheld This headnote does not form part of the decision. Broadcast [1] At approximately 7. 30am on Wednesday 16 June 2010 on the radio station Easy Mix, the presenter and newsreader had a brief discussion....

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Clark and The Radio Network Ltd - 2014-018
2014-018

Summary [This summary does not form part of the decision. ]The hosts of the Dave and Guy show on Classic Hits encouraged callers to phone in with stories about dealing with unwanted visitors at the front door. One caller joked that he had answered the door ‘stark naked’, surprised that the ‘god botherers’ were an elderly lady and a 16-year-old girl. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the caller’s comments about ‘indecent exposure’ breached standards. This was clearly intended to be a joke and most listeners would not have been offended taking into account the station’s and the programme’s target audience....

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Chapman and The Radio Network Ltd - 2007-076
2007-076

Complaint under section 8(1)(a) of the Broadcasting Act 1989Classic Hits – host told a joke about two people in a “mental hospital” – allegedly in breach of good taste and decency, fairness and social responsibility standards Findings Principle 1 (good taste and decency) – contextual factors – not upheld Principle 5 (fairness) – standard only applies to people taking part or referred to in a programme – not upheld Principle 7 (social responsibility) – item was clearly signalled as a joke – legitimate use of humour – not upheld This headnote does not form part of the decision. Broadcast [1] An item broadcast on Classic Hits Breakfast at 7. 45am on 13 June 2007, included a segment called “the 7. 45 funny” in which the following joke was broadcast: Jim and Edna were both patients at a mental hospital....

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Robinson and The Radio Network Ltd - 2005-030
2005-030

Complaint under section 8(1)(a) of the Broadcasting Act 1989Classic Hits – Bunty’s Big Drive Home – anecdote about white South African’s racist views towards black South African – complainant alleged anecdote was offensive to South Africans as it portrayed them as racists – complaint upheld by broadcaster as a breach of Guideline 7a (denigration) – complainant dissatisfied as believed no apology was madeFindingsPrinciple 7 (denigration) – apology sufficient – further action unnecessary – not upheldThis headnote does not form part of the decision. Broadcast [1] Mental Berocca, broadcast on Classic Hits at around 5. 30pm on 15 February 2005, contained an anecdote about a white South African woman who was upset to be sitting next to a black South African man on a plane. In the anecdote, the woman referred to the man as a “kaffir”....

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Hardie and The Radio Network Ltd - 2009-151
2009-151

Complaint under section 8(1B)(b)(i) of the Broadcasting Act 1989Easy Mix news – report stated that Christchurch man had pleaded guilty to murdering his wife and neighbour and to having sexual intercourse with his victims’ bodies after strangling them – allegedly in breach of good taste and decency Findings Standard 1 (good taste and decency) – details of the case were widely reported – standard does not apply to certain groups of people or individuals – contextual factors – not upheld This headnote does not form part of the decision. Broadcast [1] A news report was broadcast on Easy Mix radio station at 2pm on Monday 9 November 2009. The news reader said: In this update, the Christchurch man who’s admitted to killing two women and burying them under his house will be sentenced at the end of the month....

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SF and The Radio Network Ltd - 2001-094, 2001-095
2001-094–095

ComplaintClassic Hits – news items – privacy – complainant named in relation to theft charge – name suppression granted after broadcast FindingsPrinciple 8 – tape retention inadequate Privacy – public facts – no uphold Principle 5 – broadcasts not incorrect – no unfairness – no uphold This headnote does not form part of the decision. Summary A woman who had been charged with theft as an employee was named in news items broadcast on Classic Hits in Hamilton on 18 April and 2 May 2001. SF complained to The Radio Network Ltd, the broadcaster, that the news items broadcast on 18 April were incorrect and breached her privacy. TRN did not accept that the 18 April broadcast was incorrect. It noted that, at the time of the broadcasts, no name suppression order had been made by the court....

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Bayley and The Radio Network Ltd - 2004-177
2004-177

Complaint under section 8(1)(a) of the Broadcasting Act 1989Audience poll on Classic Hits – discussed whether or not the listeners would be interested in watching an execution – alleged breach of good taste and decencyFindingsPrinciple 1 (good taste and decency) – no obscene language or content – context – not upheld This headnote does not form part of the decision. Broadcast [1] During a broadcast in Blenheim on Classic Hits on 9 September 2004 at 4. 30pm the announcer ran a poll asking whether or not the audience would be interested in watching an execution. [2] He introduced the segment by explaining that he had dreamt about watching an execution, and commented that there were many examples of people watching executions in the past. [3] The announcer then asked if listeners would go and watch a legal execution....