2014 television investigations | ACMA

2014 television investigations

The table below contains details of the ACMA's 2014 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

Investigation number / Report

Station / licensee

Program or issue

Description

Outcome

24 December 2014

National TV

 3244

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Catalyst 

Accuracy and harm and offence – in a program about cholesterol medication

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 2.2 [materially mislead] or 7.6 [appropriate steps to mitigate risk] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

23 December 2014

National TV

3226 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Q&A 

Due impartiality and diversity of perspectives and harm and offence – in a panel discussion about human rights that included coarse language

No breach of standards 4.1, 4.2 and 4.5 [due impartiality and diversity of perspectives], 7.1 [harm and offence], 7.2 [warnings or advice], 7.4 [steps to mitigate] or Part III [resolved complaints] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

17 December 2014

National TV

 3214

ABC  / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30 

Accuracy, due impartiality and fair and honest dealing - in a segment about a budgeting company

Breach of standard 5.3 [fair opportunity to respond] and
no breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 4.1 [due impartiality], 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over
another] or 5.1 [participation]
of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

17 December 2014

National TV 

3265 

ABC  / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News Mornings
Four Corners promotion 

Harm and offence – in a news program and program promotion that contained repetition of inappropriate Islamic extremist footage

No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.6 [mitigate risks] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

4 December 2014

Commercial TV 

3240 

Nine / Swan Television & Radio Broadcasters Pty Ltd

Nine News Perth (promotion)
Nine News Perth
Today

Accuracy, fair representation of viewpoints and creating public panic – in broadcasts reporting on illness following a Whooping Cough vaccination

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [factual accuracy/fair representation of viewpoints],  4.3.2 [creating public panic] or
4.5 [factual accuracy/unfair representation of viewpoints in promotions] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

28 November 2014

Commercial TV 

3255 

Ten / Australian Capital Television Pty Ltd

Advertisement for the Lithgow Valley Plaza 

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences - inclusion of a tobacco franchise logo in an advertisement

No breach of paragraph 7(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 

20 November 2014

National TV

3251 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7pm News 

Accuracy and due impartiality - in a news segment about an Australian who had travelled overseas to fight for ISIS

No breach of standards 2.1 [factual accuracy], 2.2 [materially misleading audience] or 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013) 

18 November 2014

National TV

3218

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Media Watch

Accuracy, corrections, due impartiality and fair and honest dealing - in a report about media coverage of chemical levels in Botany Bay

No finding on standards 2.1 [factual accuracy] and 3.1 [corrections] and no breach of standards 4.5 [due impartiality]
or 5.3 [fair and honest dealing] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

13 November 2014

Commercial TV 

3249 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

A Current Affair 

Accuracy and privacy - in a report about a legal dispute 

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy and viewpoints] or 4.3.5 [privacy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

13 November 2014

Commercial TV  

3268 

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

A Current Affair 

Privacy - in a segment about a man facing criminal charges, that included pixelated footage of his children

No breach of clauses 4.3.5 [privacy] or 4.3.5.2 [privacy of a child] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

11 November 2014

Commercial TV

3225 

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

House Husbands 

Captioning - quality of captions 

No breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] or 130ZR(1) [basic rule] or clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 or the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

7 November 2014

Commercial TV 

3239

Nine / Queensland Television Ltd

A Current Affair 

Accuracy and fair representation of viewpoints - in a segment about auto mechanics inflating prices

No breach of 4.3.1 [accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

6 November 2014

Commercial TV 

3258

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

A Current Affair 

Proscribed material, accuracy and portrayal in a negative light - in a segment about tax exemptions given to religious organisations in Australia 

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [perpetuating intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person on the grounds of religion], 4.3.1 [fair representation of viewpoints] or 4.3.10 [portray in a negative light by placing gratuitous emphasis on religion] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

6 November 2014

National TV

3252

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News 

Harm and offence - in a news item about jihadist recruitment videos 

No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.6 [mitigate risks] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

3 November 2014

Commercial TV 

3199

Southern Cross Television / Southern Cross Television Pty Ltd

Today Tonight 

Privacy, accuracy and viewpoints - in a segment on a dispute over a contract of sale that included the complainant’s personal details

Breach of clause 4.3.5 [personal information and privacy] and no breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy and viewpoints] or 4.3.5.2 [child’s privacy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

28 October 2014

Commercial TV 

3248 

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

A Current Affair

Accuracy - in a segment about the administrator of a Facebook site 

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

14 October 2014

National TV 

3233 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30 

Due impartiality and diversity of perspectives and harm and offence - in a segment concerning the Australia Defence League 

No breach of standards 4.1 and 4.5 [due impartiality] [diversity of perspectives] or 7.1 and 7.6 [harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

9 October 2014 

National TV

3215 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Four Corners 

Accuracy, due impartiality and harm and offence - in a report on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict 

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 4.1 [due impartiality] or 7.7 [discriminatory content] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

1 October 2014

Commercial TV 

 3177

WIN / WIN Television NSW Pty Ltd

Nine National News 

Captioning - quality of captions 

Breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] and 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

24 September 2014

National TV 

3195 and 3224 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

Media Watch 

Accuracy, corrections and opportunity to respond -  in a program about the pressures facing the print media industry in Australia

No breach of standards 2.1 or 2.2 [accuracy], 3.1 [corrections and clarifications], 5.3 [opportunity to respond] or Part III [handling of complaints] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

23 September 2014

Commercial TV 

3184 

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

Today Tonight 

Proscribed material, accuracy, portrayal in a negative light and corrections – in three segments about a council seeking expressions of interest in the sale of aged care facilities

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [perpetuating intense dislike],  4.3.1 [factual accuracy, fair representation of viewpoints]
4.3.10 [portrayal in a negative light] or 4.3.11 [corrections] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

28 August 2014

Commercial TV 

3176 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Channel Nine Cricket 

Captioning - quality of captions 

Breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] and 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

27 August 2014

National TV

3253 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

Catalyst 

Harm and offence, warnings and classification - inappropriate nudity in a G classified program  

No breach of standard 7.2 [warnings and advice] or 7.3.1 [television classifications - G General] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013) 

22 August 2014

National TV 

3234 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

Q&A 

Due impartiality - in a panel discussion of youth training, deregulation of universities and fee increases

No breach of standard 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

21 August 2014

Subscription TV

3245 

World Movies / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd

Do Me Love 

Classification - inappropriate sexual content in an MA15+ classified film 

No breach of clause 3.1 [program classifications] of the ASTRA Subscription Broadcast Television Code of Practice 2013

18 August 2014

Commercial TV

3201 and 3202 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Love Child 

Captioning - quality of captions

No breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] or 130ZR(1) [basic rule] or clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 or the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

15 August 2014

Commercial TV

3228 

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Seven News

Portrayal in a negative light - in a segment about a man who had punched a police horse

No breach of clause 4.3.10 [portrayal in a negative light] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

11 July 2014

National TV

3221 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30

Due impartiality – in an interview with the Finance Minister

No breach - standard 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

9 July 2014

National TV

3219 

SBS / Special Broadcasting Service

Legally Brown

Prejudice, racism and discrimination - in a program satirising racial and religious stereotypes

No breach of clause 1.3 [prejudice, racism and discrimination] of SBS Codes of Practice 2006 

7 July 2014

National TV

3168 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7pm TV News

Accuracy and failure to correct an error - in a news story about the side effects of a drug

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 2.2 [materially mislead the audience], 3.1 [corrections and clarifications] or Part III [resolved complaints] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

4 July 2014

National TV

3205 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30

Accuracy - in a segment about an electrician who died working on the Home Insulation Program

No breach of standards 2.1 and 2.2 [accuracy] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

27 June 2014

Commercial TV 

 3141

Nine / Queensland Television Limited

A Current Affair 

Accuracy, privacy and complaint handling - in a segment about obtaining a doctor’s certificate for claiming to be tired

Breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy]
and 4.3.5 [privacy] and no breach of clause 7.9 [complaint handling] of the Commercial Television Code of Practice 2010

16 June 2014

National TV 

3178 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Media Watch

Fair and honest dealing - in a segment about print media coverage of the 2013 federal election campaign

No breach of standard 5.3 [opportunity to respond to allegations] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

6 June 2014

National TV 

3206

 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Drum 

Accuracy and harm and offence - in a segment about the Australian Bicentennial celebrations

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy] or 7.7 [unjustified use of stereotypes] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

30 May 2014

Commercial TV

3110 

Ten / Network TEN Melbourne Pty Ltd

Advertisement -Clever Smoke

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences – broadcast of a tobacco advertisement, in an advertising an electronic cigarette replacement product

No breach of paragraph 7(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

30 May 2014

Commercial TV

2472 

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Channel Seven News

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences – broadcast of a tobacco advertisement in a news segment about cigarette imports

No breach of paragraph 7(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

30 May 2014

Community TV

3185

C31 / Melbourne Community Television Consortium Ltd

Oz Fish TV
The Australian Seafood Show

Conditions applicable to services provided under community broadcasting licences - broadcasting advertisements

Breach of paragraph 9(1)(b) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

30 May 2014

Commercial TV

3060

 

Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd

Today Tonight
Today Tonight

Accuracy, proscribed material, lack of sensitivity in interview with bereaved relative, unfair identification of an individual, gratuitous focus on religion, and provocation of intense dislike on the grounds of religion - in a segment about a religious community
Inaccuracies in the promotion for the segment

Breach of clauses 4.5 [present factual material accurately] and 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] and no breach of clauses 1.9.6 [proscribed material], 4.3.1 [fair representation of viewpoints], 4.3.6 [sensitivity in broadcasting images], 4.3.7 [unfairly identifying] or 4.3.10 [portrayal  in a negative light] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

27 May 2014

National TV

3119

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Hamster Decides

Harm and offence – in a comedy segment on the 2013 federal election

Breach of standard 7.1 [harm and offence – must be justified by editorial context] and no breach of standards 7.2 [harm and offence – labels, warnings or advice] or 7.3 [harm and offence – classification and scheduling] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

22 May 2014

Commercial TV

3105

 

Nine / General Television Corporation Pty Ltd

Nine News

Captioning - quality of captions

Breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] and 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

16 May 2014

National TV

3158

 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News Breakfast

Accuracy and due impartiality – in a segment about the Emissions Trading Scheme

No breach of standards 2.1 [factual accuracy], 4.1 [due impartiality], 4.3 [editorial opinion] or 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

16 May 2014

Commercial TV

3124

Prime7 / Prime Television (Northern) Pty Ltd

My Kitchen Rules Grand Final

Captioning - missing captions

Breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] and 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

9 May 2014

National TV

3188

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Insiders

Accuracy and due impartiality - in relation to comments made about the ABC being ‘left-wing’

No breach of standards 2.1 [presentation of material facts] and 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

9 May 2014

Commercial TV

3179

Nine / Queensland Television Ltd

A Current Affair

Privacy - in a segment about theme parks that included footage of an employee

No breach of clause 4.3.5 [privacy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

8 May 2014

National TV

3174

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Dumb, Drunk and Racist

Due impartiality and harm and offence: stereotypes – in a documentary about international perceptions of Australians

No breach of standards 4.1 [due impartiality] or 7.7 [unjustified use of stereotypes] of ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

2 May 2014

National TV

3183

SBS / Special Broadcasting Service

JFK: The Smoking Gun

Diversity of perspectives – in a report on the assassination of John F Kennedy

No breach of clause 1.2 [diversity of perspectives] of the SBS Codes of Practice 2006

1 May 2014

Commercial TV

3200

 

Nine / Nine Network Sydney Pty Ltd

Today

Inappropriate depictions of nudity and sexual behaviour - in a segment containing footage of burlesque style performers

No breach of clause 2.4.1 [exemption for news, current affairs and broadcasts of sporting events] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

29 April 2014

Commercial TV

3085

 

Ten / Northern Rivers Television Pty Ltd

Rugby Union – Australia v British and Irish Lions

Captioning - delayed and missing captions

Breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] and 130ZR(1) [basic rule] and clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013

15 April 2014

Commercial TV

3128

 

Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd

Today Tonight

Accuracy and viewpoints - in a segment concerning a dermal laser clinic

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [accuracy and representation of viewpoints] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

3 April 2014

National TV

3172

 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

News 24

Due impartiality and editorial opinion - in a scrolling news update

No breach of standards 4.1 [due impartiality] or 4.3 [editorial opinion] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

31 March 2014

National TV

3138

 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Catalyst

Accuracy and due impartiality - in a program about chiropractic treatment

No breach of standards 2.1 [reasonable efforts to ensure accuracy], 2.2 [factual content that will materially mislead], 4.1 [gather and present information with due impartiality], 4.2 [diversity of perspectives] or 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

18 March 2014

Commercial TV

3094

 

Ten / Northern Rivers Television Pty Ltd

Rugby Union – Australia v New Zealand

Captioning - missing captions

No breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] or 130ZR(1) [basic rule] or clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

17 March 2014

Commercial TV

3106

 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Nine News

Captioning - captions delayed and improperly placed

No breach of subsections 130ZZA(4) [captioning standard] or 130ZR(1) [basic rule] or clause 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

14 March 2014

Commercial TV

3143

 

Channel Seven Queensland Pty Ltd

Seven Local News

Privacy - in a news report on a man who died as a result of a work site accident

No breach of clauses 4.3.5 [privacy] or 4.3.5.2 [privacy of a child] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

14 March 2014

National TV

3107

 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Catalyst

Accuracy and due impartiality - in a segment on water fluoridation

No breach of standards 2.1 [reasonable efforts to ensure accuracy], 2.2 [factual content that will materially mislead], 4.1 [gather and present information with due impartiality], 4.2 [present diversity of perspectives over time] or 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

11 March 2014

Commercial TV

3153

 

GWN7 / Golden West Satellite Communications Pty Ltd

Seven News

Accuracy, exercise care and warnings - in a news report on a highway dispute where a driver hit another driver over the head with a shovel

No breach of clauses 2.13 [exercise care in selection of broadcast material], 4.3.1 [present factual material accurately], or 4.3.4 [warnings to accompany certain material] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

5 March 2014

Commercial TV

3148

 

Prime7 / Prime Television (Southern) Pty Ltd

Weekend Sunrise

Accuracy - in a segment on measles immunisation that included comments from an anti-vaccination group, the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN)

No breach of clause 4.3.1 [factual accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

3 March 2014

National TV

3149

 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Q&A

Due impartiality and diversity of perspectives, and harm and offence – in a panel discussion on sexuality, gay rights, gender roles and moral values

No breach of standards 4.2 [diversity of perspectives] or 7.1 [harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

7 February 2014

Commercial TV

3146

 

Ten / Network Ten Melbourne Pty Ltd

The Biggest Loser: The Next Generation

Provocation of dislike, and presentation of participants - in a reality program about competitive weight loss

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [provoke or perpetuate intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule on the grounds of disability] or 1.9.7 [present participants in reality TV programs in a highly demeaning or highly exploitative manner] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

5 February 2014

National TV

3122

 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Lateline

Accuracy – in an interview with Fairfax Chairman and Reserve Bank Board Member that discussed his political affiliations

No breach of standards 2.1 and 2.2 [factual accuracy] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

24 January 2014

Commercial TV

3150

 

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

The Morning Show

Classification - Inappropriate depictions of sexual activity in a M rated program

No breach of clause 2.4 [classification of other material] of the Commercial Television Code of Practice 2010

23 January 2014

Subscription TV

3120

 

Sky News / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd

Paul Murray Live

Conditions applicable to subscription television broadcasting licences - election advertising during blackout period

No breach of paragraph 10(1)(i) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (BSA), requiring compliance with clause 3A(2) of Schedule 2 [political advertisement during election blackout period] to the BSA

17 January 2014

National TV

3139

 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Gruen Planet

Due impartiality - in a panel discussion about advertising campaigns on same sex marriage  

No breach of standards 4.1 [gather and present information with due impartiality] or 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Codes of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

16 January 2014

National TV

3137

 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News  -Fact Check

Accuracy and due impartiality - in a segment discussing asylum-seeker policies

No breach of standards 2.1 and 2.2 [factual accuracy], or 4.1 and 4.4 [due impartiality and diversity of perspectives] of the ABC Codes of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

16 January 2014

Commercial TV

3145

 

Seven / Channel Seven (Perth) Pty Ltd

Motor Mate

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences – broadcast of a tobacco advertisement, in an segment containing footage from a 1989 car rally, where the logo of a cigarette manufacturer was visible on vehicles and jackets

No breach of paragraph 7(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

15 January 2016

National TV

3066

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Four Corners

Accuracy and due impartiality – in a segment on allegations made against a public figure

No breach of standards 2.1 [reasonable efforts to ensure accuracy], 2.2 [materially mislead the audience], 4.1 [gather and present information with due impartiality] or 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

10 January 2014

National TV

3082

 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30

Accuracy, due impartiality and harm and offence - in an interview discussing asylum seekers and the ‘stop the boats’ policy

No breach of standards 2.2 [materially mislead], 4.1 [due impartiality] or standard 7.7 [unjustified use of stereotypes or discriminatory content] of the ABC Codes of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

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