Parents Warned about ‘News at Sex’

Family First NZ is warning parents that the Broadcasting Standards Authority’s decisions released today have given the green light to full frontal nudity and other offensive sexual content in news coverage – as long as it’s deemed humourous.

Family First made complaints to the BSA against TV3’s 6pm News and Nightline, the latter which featured full frontal nudity of a group of men including their genitalia. An earlier complaint had been made to TVNZ regarding a porn feature on Close Up.

“The morally dysfunctional BSA has given the green light to full frontal nudity in our current events and news programmes and has no problem with sexual innuendo and offensive comments, as long as it’s said in humour. They have effectively said that news programmes can now include full frontal images of women as well.

The BSA has set a dangerous and harmful precedent and parents and teachers should be aware that encouraging young people to watch the news for educational purposes may not be safe anymore.

Ironically, the BSA decisions follow on from an apology from TVNZ after a huge number of complaints from families regarding a recent Close Up programme which offended many families with its promotion and explicit images of the porn industry.

The incoming tide of sexual content disguised as news is a disturbing trend. Parents are sick and tired of lunging for the remote to protect children from offensive and inappropriate content during family viewing hours. The tv channels are trying to mask sexual innuendo and pornographic material as news and current events.

In a recent poll of 1,000 NZ’ers, respondents were asked, “Television broadcasters are obliged to protect children from sexual content, violent material, and language that exceeds current norms of good taste and decency. Are you concerned about the type of language used, or the level of violence and sex shown on TV before 8.30 pm when children are likely to be watching?”, 65% said they are concerned, 29% said they aren’t, and 6% didn’t know or refused to answer. Women and over 60 year olds are most concerned.

Unfortunately we have no watchdog with the moral backbone to put the welfare of families first and protect them from this increasing level of offensive and sexual material.

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15 comments for “Parents Warned about ‘News at Sex’

  1. Craigy
    4 November 2010 at 1:14 am

    Congratulations on your stand against this stuff. I know that many families are right behind you. What else can we do?

  2. Bob
    4 November 2010 at 1:16 am

    The best thing we can do is continue to put in complaints to the BSA http://www.bsa.govt.nz/complain-formstandard.php and the ASA http://www.asa.co.nz/complaint_form.php. We may not win every battle, but we’ll lose every battle if we don’t show up! It’s disappointing that the government are turning a blind eye to this also

  3. Peter Burns
    5 November 2010 at 10:44 am

    Congratulations on your stand, we need more people like you advising us on how to cover up table legs and avoid looking at each other lest we become aroused.

    How odd that god didn’t think to clothe us on the day we were born. Nudity is Man’s natural state, your prudishness is the unnaturalpart that leads to sexual disfunction and sexula violence.

  4. kowtow
    8 November 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Let’s face it,the news has not been news for a long time and our national broadcasters are cheer leaders for low standards for just about every thing that is going wrong in NZ nowadays.

  5. Kirsty Bassett-Burr
    27 November 2010 at 11:45 am

    Reply to Peter Burns…It’s human beings (usually men’s) inability to behave appropriately about nudity that is the problem…those who promote nudity are often the same people who leer at sparsly dressed or nude women and consider them to be just eye candy…or worse…and abuse or laugh at those with less than perfect bodies. This sort of behaviour makes women feel like their only validity is their nude body.
    Do YOU have the ability to take an attractive women seriously, and be attentive to her words, when she is standing in front of you advocating the rights of children to be disciplined appropriately, if she is in the nude!?…I thought not!! Perhaps you need to reconsider your approach and understand that God has sent us to Earth for the opportunity to grow in character.

    With regards to the actual issue, the easiest thing of course is to turn off the T.v and I urge all those who care about thier children’s wellbeing to do so. My children are quite happy watching a decent video for entertainment…and lets face it thats all T.V is,(including the news!!) If they must get the news, the national Radio do a really good broadcast that chidren will shut off to, but start listening to as they get older and more interested in current affairs.
    We must still work to change the Broadcasting Standards however, for the sake of all those who don’t have the insight to look out for their children’s wellbeing, and rely on the Government to set the standards

  6. Kirsty
    27 November 2010 at 1:15 pm

    It’s human being’s (particularly men’s)inability to behave appropriately about nudity that is the problem.
    It’s often those people who promote nudity the most, who leer,(or worse) at sparsely dressed or nude women and abuse or laugh at women with less than perfect bodies. As a consequence, women often feel that their only validity lies in their nude body.
    Do YOU have the ability to take a woman seriously and be attentive to her words when she is advocating the rights of children to be disciplined, if she is standing in front of you in the nude!?…I thought not!
    Perhaps you need to reassess your attitude and remember that God sent us to Earth for the opportunity to grow in character.

    With regards to the real issue here, the easiest thing of course, is to turn the T.V off. My children are quite happy watching decent DVD’s or videos (which can be obtained extremely cheaply these days)…and let’s face it, even ‘the news’ is purely entertainment. The National Radio provides a very effective news bulletin that young children will ‘shut-off’ to and older children will start ‘tuning-in’ to when it’s appropriate.
    The problem of the lowering of the Broadcasting Standards still needs attention of course. There are many people out there who rely on the Government to set the standards and don’t have the insight to see the harm that’s being done to their children…So GO FAMILY FIRST!! Keep up your good work. You’ve shown us that you have the best interests of family’s at the core of your existence and we will continue to support your work.

  7. Kevin Tinker
    10 January 2011 at 1:56 am

    Time to clean up our act. Do viewers of this blog believe that there is possibly a connection between the gradual breakdown of censorship controls by the government and govt appointed authorities, with condom use being taught in intermediate schools, with the responsibility of being a parent being taken away and given to the Police and CYFs…
    AND
    the high rate of teenage pregnancies, teenage binge drinking and teenage suicides.
    We need to clean up our act and tell the authorities we no longer want sex, drugs and violence in public, to make it easier to control it in our homes.

  8. Andrew
    4 February 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I wonder in whose interests the BsA is actually operating, and what ‘STANDARDS’ will be left to defend soon? They might as well drop the ‘S’.

    About 5 years ago, the BBC ignored around 50,000 complaints and went ahead to screen a show that even the British newspapers reported as ‘utterly blasphemous’. They would previosuly have acted on much fewer complaints than that (maybe 500). The BsA obviously also believes that it can impose it’s own ‘standards’ on the general public (including many your families) and expect that we will continue to put up with it.

    I agree with you, Bob, let’s complain to the BsA but how about taking it a step further and organising a national TV watching ‘fast’? If enough people join in it might hit advertising revenue and families will certainly benefit from a few days off TV anyway!

  9. c sweden
    9 February 2011 at 6:46 pm

    The countries where porn is easily accessed have the highest rates of sexual crime. Most of the worst serial killers had childhood access to porn.

  10. Jason Follett
    31 March 2011 at 10:17 pm

    How odd that God clothed Adam and Eve when they left the garden. Pride leads to sexual disfunction and sexula violence. Having prudence is being temperate.

  11. 24 April 2011 at 6:01 pm

    as a Christian mother, I am challenged to raise three healthy young boys into wholesome men who will become great fathers and husbands and an asset to our world. we love music in our home but i cannot let my children watch the music channels because of the gratuitous sexually explicit material that is there. and we’ve been caught out in what we thought were family themed movies and comedies, and did the ‘lunge for the control’. its definitely getting harder as peoples tolerance lowers regarding violence, sexual material, and adult themes. now i’m no prude. sex is fantastic in a loving committed relationship. but we humans need morals. we need safety. we need laws. and we need a right of reply. and if we have children, we retain the right to raise them safely. please continue to advocate and inform Bob. and its good to that we can all have a say, for or against these issues. that is all.

  12. steve
    14 July 2011 at 11:43 am

    The new way winz sends girls out for work.
    MY DAUGHTER has been told to apply for work at this place. wwww.genevas.co.nz. A brottal. If she offered a job she has to take it. New way winz doz things. If she don’t she has her benfit cut.
    I think the goverment should stop this sort of thing by changing the way they have it now in place.
    Genevas, say they have 3 new 18 yer olds. they have lots more soon comming. It is so very wrong.

  13. Bob
    15 July 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Steve. Would like to know more about this. Can you contact me. [email protected]

  14. Liz
    18 July 2011 at 4:01 am

    Hi, would just like to say I totally agree. I too am a christian mother (for now only to my 7 month old daughter – but we plan to have a big family), but we don’t have a tv as I’m not ok with everything that goes on. If we want to watch a movie or have a favorite program, we download it or watch on demand. I’m utterly disgusted at the content that goes on in tv today. I remember seeing the burger king ad a few years back and was shocked at the woman riding a horse – very protectively i might add, in a skimpy bikini. This was in the middle of the day.

    Good on you Bob for getting out there. I have all of a sudden gotten quite passionate about it and will endeavor to protect my children from things like this. and get the world out there. By exposing them, the truth will come out.

  15. aileen haeata
    6 September 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Before an evil Family Court judge gave custody of my two children to an absent, socipathic father – my children and I barely watched TV. I don’t have TV at all now.

    There’s no programmes like “Little House on the Prairie” anymore (we got those out from the library) and my children were allowed half an hour of cartoons in the morning, or after school. Most days they wouldn’t even put the TV on. Unless my 9yr old son wanted to watch a World War 2 doco or such.

    TV programmes are sexualised and full of crap. Adverts are too sexualised.

    Evil seems to be infiltrating everything, and people in positions of power seem to be all perverted by money, greed and sex. I mean look at Sally Ridge. Her and her daughter, both are beautiful, but they both look like high class hookers in Women’s Mag for Fashion Week. What sort of mother would dress her beautiful daughter up for perverts to toss off to? In the name of fashion?

    We ALL must voice our disgust at all of this trollop, OR turn the TV off. Boycott.

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