Keep complaining

Record number of broadcasting standards complaints
3 News 17 Nov 2010
Official complaints about New Zealand broadcasters reached record levels in the year to June 2010 – and they could hit new highs next year. The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) said today it received 210 complaints in the year to June 30 this year. This is nearly 30 percent higher than the 162 complaints received for the previous year, and just ahead of the record of 206 in 1996-97 and 1999-2000. The most complained about programmes were One News (25 complaints with six upheld), 3 News (18 with four upheld), Close Up (16 with six upheld), Breakfast (13 with one upheld) and Sunday (10 with four upheld).

Good stuff. Keep complaining and perhaps they will get the message that people are sick of the network channels racing towards the bottom regarding standards of decency

The incoming tide of sexual content disguised as news is a disturbing trend – highlighted by the number of complaints against current events programmes. 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.

Of the 193 decisions, 45 (or 23%) were upheld in full or in part, compared with 25 (17%) in the previous year.

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. But we should still let them know our concerns.