The ACMA

2009 television investigations

The table below contains details of the ACMA's 2009 television investigations and investigation reports. Details of television investigations in other years are available on this page. Details of ACMA radio investigations are available on this page.

Date Finalised Service Type Call Sign Program Name Outcome Reports
23/12/2009 ABC Television ABS Stateline (SA) No Breach—Accuracy of factual content in news and current affairs programs 2237 Stateline
23/12/2009 Commercial TV TNT Going Bush No Breach - Broadcasting political matter without the required particulars 2253 Going Bush
23/12/2009 Datacasting American Swing No Breach - MA classification guidelines 2308 American Swing
22/12/2009 Commercial TV NEW Rove Live No Breach - M classification guidelines 2330 Rove
10/12/2009 Commercial TV ATN Flash Forward promotion No Breach - clause 5.7.1 [non-program matter 6pm-midnight] No Breach - clause 7.9 [provide substantive response] No Breach - clause 7.10 [respond within 30 working days] 2319 Flash Forward promotion
2/12/2009 SBS Television SBS Dateline No Breach - Transmission of words of identifiable person; Accuracy; Impartiality; Prejudice, racism & discrimination; Reply to complaint within 60 days 2239 Dateline
30/11/2009 Commercial TV TCN GO! Breach - Not providing a captioning service 2271 Go!
24/11/2009 ABC Television ABV The New Inventors No Breach—Accuracy of factual content 2231 The New Inventors
23/11/2009 Commercial TV CBN Home and Away No Breach - PG classification guidelines 2247, 2325, 2326 Home and Away
23/11/2009 Commercial TV STQ Home and Away No Breach—PG classification guidelines 2248, 2311, 2312 Home and Away
23/11/2009 Commercial TV NEW Supernatural No Breach - Restrictions in PG programs; PG classification guidelines 2262 Supernatural promotion
13/11/2009 ABC Television ABC Sesame Street No Breach—Material complied with G classification 2307 Sesame Street
4/11/2009 SBS Television SBS Dateline No Breach - Accuracy 2216 Dateline
27/10/2009 Commercial TV GTV Channel Nine News Breach – Factual accuracy; Present news fairly and impartially No Breach – Proscribed material 1952 (1.1 MB) National Nine News
22/10/2009 Commercial TV BTQ Desperate Housewives No Breach—Restrictions in G viewing periods; G classification guidelines 2246 Desperate Housewives promotion
16/10/2009 Commercial TV GTV No Breach – Clause 5.6 & 5.7 [hourly limits on the broadcast of non-program subject matter] No Breach – Clause 7.9 & 7.10 [complaint-handling] 2250 Amount of non-programme matter
1/10/2009 Commercial TV HSV Channel Seven News Breach – Factual accuracy No Breach – Present news fairly and impartially; Proscribed material 1943 (821 kb) Channel Seven News
25/09/2009 Commercial TV ATV Bad News Bears ·         Breach – Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice: Clause 2.3.1 (Classification of Films);  PG (Parental Guidance Classification of Appendix 5 (Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games 2003)  2203 Bad News Bears
25/09/2009 Commercial TV BCV Bad News Bears ·         Breach – Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice: Clause 2.3.1 (Classification of Films);  PG (Parental Guidance Classification of Appendix 5 (Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games 2003)  2221 (1.1 MB) Bad News Bears
25/09/2009 Commercial TV ATV Bad News Bears ·         Breach – Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice Clause 7.10 (Time Limits on Responses to Code Complaints)  2256 Bad News Bears
10/09/2009 ABC Television ABC ABC News Breach—Correction of significant errors and balance 2126 National News
8/09/2009 ABC Television ABV ABC News No Breach—Impartiality, balance and service of the public interest 2191 ABC News
4/09/2009 Commercial TV ATN Today Tonight No Breach - Factual accuracy; Provide substantive response 2082 Today Tonight [28 May 2007; 8 June 2007 and 5 May 2008]
2/09/2009 Commercial TV GTV A Current Affair Breach – Clause 4.3.1 of the Commercial Television Code of Practice 2004 2162 A Current Affair
26/08/2009 SBS Television SBS World News Australia No Breach - Accuracy; Impartiality; Non-SBS sources; Violence and distressing events 2199 World News Australia
19/08/2009 Commercial TV STW Underbelly - A Tale of Two Cities: Episode 5 ·         Breach - Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice:Clause 7.10 (Time Limits on Responses to Code Complaints) 2245 Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities - Episode 5 - A Tale of Two Hitmen
18/08/2009 Commercial TV NBN Underbelly - Sneak Peek ·         Breach - Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice: clause 7.9 (Time Limits on Responses to Code Complaints)  2157 Underbelly: Sneak Peek promotion
18/08/2009 Commercial TV TCN Underbelly - Sneak Peek ·         Breach - Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice: clause 7.9 & 7.10 (Time Limits on Responses to Code Complaints)  2223 Underbelly: Sneak Peek promotion
18/08/2009 Commercial TV TCN Underbelly - Three Days to Go ·         Breach - Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice: clause 3.8 (Restrictions in G Viewing Periods and in Certain Other G Programs)  clauses 7.9 & 7.10 (Time Limits on Responses to Code Complaints)  2224 Underbelly: Three Days to Go promotion
6/08/2009 Commercial TV NBN NBN News Breach - Not providing a captioning service 2152 NBN Evening News
23/07/2009 Naked Wild On Breach - ASTRA Subscription Narrowcast Television Codes of Practice 2007: Clause 3.1 Clause 3.5 Breach - Section 3.1 of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2007 2142 (2 mb) Naked Wild On
22/07/2009 ABC Television ABQ ABC News No Breach—Accuracy of factual content in news and current affairs programs 2186 ABC News
21/07/2009 Commercial TV TEN Johnnie Walker Classic - Golf No Breach of clause 1.8.4 [broadcast a program promotion] No Breach of clause 5.6 & 5.7 [hourly limits on the broadcast of non-program subject matter] 2200 Johnnie Walker Classic - Perth Channel Ten
15/07/2009 Commercial TV TCN Getaway No Breach of clause 7(1)(a) [Tobacco advertisement] 2190 Getaway
13/07/2009 Commercial TV STQ Cyclone Warning No Breach—Captioning 2168 Local news cyclone update
13/07/2009 Commercial TV TCN Today No Breach of clause 1.8.6 [ridicule] 2188 Today Channel Nine
30/06/2009 Commercial TV ATN Today Tonight No Breach - Factual accuracy; Provide substantive response; Use service in commission of offence 2103 and 2117 Today Tonight
26/06/2009 Commercial TV SAS Desperate Housewives No Breach - Material complied with PG classification 2209 Desperate Housewives Marathon
22/06/2009 Commercial TV WIN WIN News Breach - Advise refer matter to ACMA Breach - Advise refer matter to ACMA in response to further letter No Breach - Provoke or perpetuate intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or group of persons on the grounds of race, ethnicity or national origin 2153 Today
18/06/2009 Commercial TV VTV WIN News Breach – Accurate presentation of factual material 2129 WIN News
10/06/2009 Commercial TV NEW Channel Ten News Breach - Not exercising sensitivity in broadcasting images of a bereaved relative, survivor and witness of a traumatic incidentNo Finding Recorded - Use of material that invades a person's privacy 2027 TEN News at Five
10/06/2009 Commercial TV ATV Channel Ten News Breach – Take all reasonable steps to ensure that accident victims are not identified before their immediate family have been notified by the authorities; Complaint-handling 2130 TEN News at Five
5/06/2009 Commercial TV NEW The Truth About Binge Drinking Breach - Program exceeded PG classification and complaint handling 2139 The Truth About Binge Drinking
5/06/2009 Commercial TV NEW Black Hawk Down Breach - Film not correctly modified for an M classification and complaint handling 2140 Black Hawk Down
4/06/2009 ADS Californication - Series 2 - Episode 8 Breach - Program displayed incorrect consumer advice 2146 Californication (Series 2, Episode 8) Going Down and Out in Beverly Hills
4/06/2009 ADS Californication - Series 2 - Episode 10 Breach - Program did not display consumer advice 2148 Californication (Series 2, Episode 10) In Utero
3/06/2009 Commercial TV HSV AFL Program Promotion No Breach – Transmitting messages below the threshold of normal awareness 2172 AFL - program promotion
28/05/2009 Commercial TV TCN A Current Affair Breach of clauses 1.8.3 (Inducing a hypnotic state); 7.10 (Complaints handling) 2111 A Current Affair
27/05/2009 ABC Television ABC The 7.30 Report No Breach—Factual content and in context and impartiality 2163 The 7.30 Report
20/05/2009 Subscription Broadcasting Television Cathouse ·         Breach - ASTRA Code of Practice 2007 - Subscription Broadcast Television: Clause 3 (Program Classification Code); Annexure: Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games 2141 (2.4 mb) Cathouse - Hot to Trot
20/05/2009 Subscription Broadcasting Television Naked Wild On 2 Breach - ASTRA Subscription Narrowcast Television Codes of Practice 2007: Clause 3.4 Breach - Section 3.1 of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2007 2143 Naked Wild On 2
20/05/2009 Subscription Broadcasting Television The Wonderful World of Sex - Episode 2006 ·         Breach - ASTRA Code of Practice 2007 - Subscription Broadcast Television: Clause 3 (Program Classification Code); Annexure: Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games 2144 (2 mb) The Wonderful World of Sex - Episode 2006
20/05/2009 Subscription Broadcasting Television The Wonderful World Of Sex - Episode 2026 ·         Breach - ASTRA Code of Practice 2007 - Subscription Broadcast Television: Clause 3 (Program Classification Code); Annexure: Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games 2145 (2.1 mb) The Wonderful World of Sex - Episode 2026
5/05/2009 SBS Television SBS World News (SBS) No Breach - Balance and impartiality 2122 World News Australia
27/03/2009 Commercial TV GTV The AFL Footy Show Breach – Clauses 1.8.6 and 7.9 of the Free TV Code 2024 The AFL Footy Show (3 Apr & 1 May 2008)
27/03/2009 Subscription Broadcasting Television Cathouse ·         Breach - ASTRA Code of Practice 2007 - Subscription Broadcast Television: Clause 3 (Program Classification Code) Annexure: Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games 2088 Cathouse - Episodes: Never Too Late to Learn and Superstars
25/03/2009 Commercial TV TEN The Inauguration of President Obama Breach - Failure to caption a news program 2131 The Inauguration of President Obama
23/03/2009 Commercial TV TVQ House No Breach—Clauses 1.11–1.14 [Loudness of advertisements] 2110 House
20/03/2009 Commercial TV TCN A Current Affair Breach - Accuracy No Breach - Viewpoints; Accuracy & viewpoints in promotions, Complaints handling 1995 A Current Affair
10/03/2009 Commercial TV ATN Non-Program Matter No Breach - Non program matter 2104 Non program matter
26/02/2009 Commercial TV ATV Jamie's Minstry of Food promotion No Breach – Material was not proscribed and complied with G classification time zone 2120 Promotion for Jamie's Ministry of Food
20/02/2009 Commercial TV NEW Big Brother Big Mouth promotion Breach - Promotion was broadcast at a time when promotions for MA classified programs are not permitted 2049 Big Brother Big Mouth promotion
20/02/2009 Commercial TV ATV Big Brother Big Mouth promotion Breach – Promotion displayed incorrect classification symbol and was broadcast at a time when promotions for MA classified programs are not permitted 2093 Big Brother Big Mouth promotion
20/02/2009 Commercial TV ATV Don't Forget The Lyrics Breach – Promotions displayed incorrect classification symbol 2094/2095 Don't Forget The Lyrics promotion
20/02/2009 Commercial TV ATV Animalia Breach – Promotion displayed incorrect classification symbol 2097 Animalia promotion
20/02/2009 Commercial TV ATV Friends Breach – Promotions displayed incorrect classification symbol 2098 Friends promotion
16/02/2009 Commercial TV ATN How I Met Your Mother No Breach - Material complied with G classification time zone 2136 Promotion for How I Met your Mother
11/02/2009 Commercial TV BTQ Today Tonight Breach—Accurate presentation of factual material; Accurate presentation of factual material in a program promotion No Breach—Provoke or perpetuate intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or group of persons on the grounds of ethnic origin; Portrayal of a person or a group of persons in a negative light by placing gratuitous emphasis on ethnic origin 1909 Today Tonight
6/02/2009 Community TV CTQ38 Broadcasting advertisements/ Broadcasting tobacco advertisements 2077 Dragnet
5/02/2009 Commercial TV TVW Today Tonight No Breach - Vilify a group of persons on the grounds of raceNo Breach - Gratuitous emphasis on national or ethnic origin 2115 Today Tonight
5/02/2009 Commercial TV TEN Friday Night Download No Breach - Vilify a group of persons on the grounds of race 2127 Friday Night Download
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