Complaint over ‘raunchy’ soap opera upheld Kirsty Johnston Stuff News 20/09/10
A “raunchy and sexually charged scene” from an episode of Home and Away has earned TV3 a slap on the wrist for breaching standards of good taste and decency….
The Broadcasting Standards Authority today upheld a complaint about the inappropriate nature of the scene for child viewers. It found the scene breached standards relating to responsible programming, children’s interests, and good taste and decency…
In its second decision, the BSA ruled an episode of Hung, described by a complainant as “soft porn,” breached the good taste and decency standard. The episode screened on TV One at 9.50pm on March 22…. “In the majority’s view, the scene complained about was prolonged, explicit and gratuitous, leaving nothing to the imagination and designed solely for the purpose of shocking and titillating the audience,” the decision said.
“In these circumstances factors such as the programme’s AO classification and the use of a written and verbal warning were not sufficient to prevent the broadcast breaching standards of good taste and decency.”
The BSA did not issue penalties for either decision.
Lobby group Family Fist NZ [a registered charity] national director Bob McCoskrie welcomed the decisions and said he hoped they would set a precedent.
“Finally, the authority has put the welfare and protection of families before the rights of broadcasters to offend children and families with sexual and offensive content.”
FAMILY FIRST NZ MEDIA RELEASE
20 September 2010
BSA Finally Wakes Up To TV Sleaze
Family First NZ is welcoming the decison by the Broadcasting Standards Authority to uphold complaints against sexual content in Home and Away – shown during ‘family viewing’ times, and the programme Hung.
“Finally, the authority has put the welfare and protection of families before the rights of broadcasters to offend children and families with sexual and offensive content,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“Our research has shown that the 5.00-8.30pm viewing slots, ironically named ‘family viewing’ times, are anything but family friendly. They are saturated with foul language and sexual images, themes and innuendo. TV3 in its defence of its programming has shown that the broadcasters simply don’t self regulate or respect the family viewing expectation. Both main broadcasters have been in a race to the bottom of broadcasting standards.”
A recent independent survey of 1000 people found that 2/3’rds were concerned with the lack of standards during family viewing times.
“Unfortunately, the BSA is going to find it difficult to get traction on a slippery slope that they have created through their ‘missing-in-action’.”
“Perhaps, finally, they have woken up,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“We hope this decision sets an important precedent, and that families can grab back their family viewing times.”