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2015 television investigations

The table below contains details of the ACMA's 2015 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 2015

Commercial TV 

BI-156 

7mate / Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Ltd

World's Craziest Fools 

Classification - program was unsuitable for broadcast in a PG classified program

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

21 December 2015

Subscription TV

BI-157 

Comedy Channel / Foxtel Australia Pty Ltd

Tosh.0 

Classification - inappropriate content in an MA15+ classified program 

No breach of code 3.1 [program classification] of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013

16 December 2015 

National TV

BI-125 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Four Corners 

Harm and offence - coarse language in an interview with a guest,  without giving adequate warning

No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.2 [warnings] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

4 December 2015 

National TV

BI-123 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Q&A 

Due impartiality - in a panel discussion on marriage equality

No breach of standard 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective over another] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

20 November 2015 

National TV

BI-122 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

 Q&A

Harm and offence - concerning a twitter handle shown on screen

No breach of standard 7.4 [mitigate harm and offence] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

20 October 2015

Commercial TV

 BI-82

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Catching Milat (mini-series)

Classification - program incorrectly classified

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

19 October 2015 

National TV

BI-50 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30 

Accuracy, due impartiality and diversity of perspectives, and fair and honest dealing - in a current affairs segment on alleged corruption in the private vocational education and training industry 

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 2.2 [materially mislead], 4.2 [diversity of perspectives], 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective] or 5.3 [opportunity to respond] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

24 September 2015

Commercial TV

BI-43

7TWO / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Program promotions for the mini-series Catching Milat

Classification and program promotions - unsuitable for broadcast within the G classified program Better Homes and Gardens

Breach of clauses 2.4 [classification of other material] and 3.8 [restrictions in G viewing periods and certain other G programs] of Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

16 September 2015

Subscription TV

 BI-52

Various channels / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd

Marriage Alliance advertisements

Complaints handling and offensive advertising

No breach of codes 5.1(c) [reasonable efforts to resolve complaints] or 6.1(b) [offensive advertising] of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013

15 September 2015 

Commercial TV 

BI-55 

Nine / Queensland Television Ltd

A Current Affair

Proscribed material, privacy and gratuitous emphasis on religion - in a segment about private vocational education and training  providers

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [proscribed material – religious vilification], 4.3.5 [privacy] or 4.3.10 [gratuitous emphasis on religion] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

10 September 2015

Commercial TV

BI-54 

Ten / Network TEN (Sydney) Pty Ltd

Ten Eyewitness News 

Accuracy and privacy - in a news segment reporting on an assault

Breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy] and 4.3.5 [privacy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

10 September 2015

Subscription TV

BI-40 

Fox Sports 1 / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Ltd

Parramatta Eels v New Zealand Warriors NRL Premiership rugby league match 

Betting advertising in a live sporting event - a representative of a betting organisation appeared as part of a commentary team for a live sporting event and appeared on the grounds of a live sporting event

No breach of code 6.6 [betting advertising] of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013 

14 August 2015

Commercial TV 

 3238

Nine /
TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd
General Television Corporation Pty Ltd
NBN Ltd

A Current Affair

Accuracy, proscribed material: religious vilification, public panic and portrayal of a group of persons in a negative light - in a segment about a Christian organisation providing religious instruction

Breach of clause 4.3.1 [accuracy] and no breach of clauses 1.9.6 [proscribed material - religious vilification], 4.3.2 [create public panic] or 4.3.10 [portray in negative light] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

14 August 2015

National TV

3347 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News - Budget 2015 

Due impartiality - in an interview segment with the Treasurer 

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

30 July 2015

Commercial TV 

 BI-31

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Today Tonight 

Accuracy, privacy, unfair identification and correction of significant errors - in a current affairs segment about the SA family day care industry

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy], 4.3.5 [privacy], 4.3.7 [unfair identification] or 4.3.11 [correction of significant errors] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

10 July 2015

Commercial TV

3338

7TWO / Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Ltd

Lewis

Captioning - missing captions

No breach of subsection 130ZS(1) [special multichannel rules] or paragraph 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

10 July 2015

Commercial TV

3337

NEN / Prime Television (Northern) Pty Ltd

Winter, Downton Abbey, and The Chase

Captioning - missing captions

No breach of subsection 130ZS(1) [special multichannel rules] or paragraph 7(1)(o) of Schedule 2 [licence condition] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

1 July 2015

Commercial TV

3336 

Ten and One / Network Ten (Melbourne) Pty Ltd

Advertisement – Vaporfresh e-cigarette

Conditions of commercial television broadcasting licences - broadcast of a tobacco advertisement 

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

30 June 2015

Commercial TV 

3343

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd 

Weekend Today 

Accuracy and proscribed material - in a current affairs segment on guns 

No breach of clauses 1.9.1 [proscribed material]
or 4.3.1 [accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010  

30 June 2015

National TV

3331 

ABC24 / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News24 

Due impartiality - ABC analysis of a statement made by a premier during state elections 

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

26 June 2015

National TV

3345

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Rage 

Classification - depiction of violence and smoking in a music video clip was not appropriate for PG classification

No breach of standard 7.3 [classification] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

10 June 2015

National TV

 3320

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30 

Accuracy – in a stem cell therapy report 

No breach of standards 2.1[accuracy] or 2.2 [presentation of factual content] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

9 June 2015

National TV

 3312

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30

Due impartiality and diversity of perspectives - in a segment discussing #GamerGate

No breach of standards 4.1 [due impartiality] or 4.2 [diversity of perspectives] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014) 

9 June 2015

Commercial TV

3319

NBN / NBN Ltd

Nine Newsbreak

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

15 May 2015

Commercial TV 

3317 

Nine / Channel 9 South Australia Pty Ltd

Nine News update / program promotion

Classification and promotions for news – the news update contained inappropriate content

No breach of clauses 2.4 [classification] or 3.13 [promotions for news] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

24 April 2015

National TV

3266 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

Four Corners 

Accuracy and due impartiality and diversity of perspectives - in a segment about energy supply

No breach of standards 2.1 and 2.2 [accuracy] or standards 4.1, 4.2, 4.4 and 4.5 [due impartiality and diversity of perspectives] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

16 April 2015

Commercial TV 

3318 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

A Current Affair 

Proscribed matter and accuracy 

No breach of clauses 1.9.6 [proscribed matter] or 4.3.1 [accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 

9 April 2015

Commercial TV

3313

Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd

Seven News

Accuracy and fairness and impartiality - the news item was inaccurate and one-sided

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy] or 4.4.1 [fairly and impartially] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

8 April 2015

National TV

3314

ABC3 / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Degrassi: The Next Generation

Classification and children and young people - the program contained material inappropriate for children and was incorrectly broadcast at the PG classification level

No breach of standards 7.3 [harm and offence] or 8.4 [children and young people] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2014)

19 March 2015

Commercial TV 

3269

Seven / Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd

Today Tonight 

Accuracy, privacy and special care with material relating to a child - in a report about a resort complex 

No breach of clauses 4.3.1 [accuracy], 4.3.5 [privacy] or 4.3.5.2 [special care with material relating to a child] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

9 March 2015

National TV

3302 

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Lateline 

Due impartiality - in an interview with a Muslim leader

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

6 March 2015

National TV

3316

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7.30 

Due impartiality – in a segment on the Prime Minister and the Russian President meeting at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit

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

24 February 2015

Commercial TV 

3308

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show 

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

24 February 2015

Commercial TV 

3307 

Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd  

Nine Morning News 

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

19 February 2015

Commercial TV 

 3277

WIN / WIN Television VIC Pty Ltd

Nine News Update 

Identification before notification by authorities – in a news update on a fatal car accident

Breach of clause 4.3.8 [identification before notification by authorities] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010

18 February 2015

National TV

 3217

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News 

Accuracy and due impartiality - in segment about ACT’s building regulator

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

23 January 2015

National TV

3232

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Four Corners

Accuracy and due impartiality – in a segment on the deaths of two young adults who were run over while they were sleeping in a tent

No breach of standards 2.1 and 2.2 [accuracy] or 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2013)

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