Broadcasting Standards Authority Audio

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Various audio relating to complaints made to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
all information written on cassettes, and or sleeve, together with brief content descriptions is entered below.
Many tapes have little or no accompanying information regarding dates, times, broadcasters or complaints.

04/137/96 "Mz Watkins withdrawn privacy complaint"

Voice breaks where listener's faxes and emails concerning R K Watkins' complaints to the BSA are discussed. Features announcers from The Morning Rumble, Nick and Roge, Darcy Crispin Waldegrave and Jono. While the complaint was withdrawn according to the label, the decision below has some relevance to this tape. duration 10'00" approx.

04/137/97 "News Bulletin 17/9/02"

A news bulletin regarding the sentencing of those who murdered Michael Choy and other stories from National Radio's Morning Report, from 17/9/02. The tape's outside cover is labelled "Off the wire 4/8/02" but contains no relevant audio.
*No BSA result found for the News bulletin audio. bp 11/2/05* duration 10'00" approx

The Off the Wire complaint indicated by the tape cover can be found at

04/137/98 "Thurs May 3 8.40-900"

Wellington's Newstalk ZB's Open Line Talkback discussion about Wellington's transmission gully hosted by Justin De Fresne. Please also see 04/137/32 [ID # 105058] and 04/137/175 id 105319

Other callers discuss power companies requiring a bond. duration 20'00"

04/137/99 "17/11/2000 J. Banks / BSA"

NB a duplicate of 04/137/87 .See ID 105201.
This tape was broken but has been spliced by BP 11/02/05
John Banks explains that the New Zealand yacht team in the America's cup should not 'throw' a yacht race to the Itallian team, but should "grind them right into the mud at the bottom of the Waitemata harbour". Banks accuses the Itallian team of showing off and refers top them as "Italian fairies'. Several callers discuss John Banks' opinions. This tape does not contain the term'greasy italian's referred to in the tape below, but does contain other phrases. The below complaint relates to a broadcast from 23/2/2000 and appears to relate to the tape labelled as above.Please note BSA reference to 'incomplete tape'.

Complaint: talkback – John Banks – critical of Italian team at America’s Cup – greasy Italians – unfair – offensive language – discriminatory – incomplete tape
Findings: Principle 1 – offensive – uphold; Principle 7 – no uphold
Order: Costs to the Crown in the sum of $1000.00. duration 10'00" approx

04/137/100 "Mana News 27/9/01"
From BSA site:
Complaint: Mana News – call for voters to vote for one mayoral candidate – unbalanced – encouraged discrimination against non-Māori – broadcaster upheld Principle 4 balance aspect – procedures revised to ensure longer period to vet Mana material
Findings: (1) Principle 7 – Guideline 7a - does not meet high threshold required for discrimination – no uphold - Guideline 7f – call to support candidate with understanding of Māori issues – not an advertisement for a specific candidate – no uphold; (2) Action taken – appropriate in context of breach

Mana News is folllowed by Radio New Zealand News, weather duration 20'00" approx

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Year 2002

Reference number 31686

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Ngā Taonga Korero Collection

Credits Trott, Nick
Farrelly, Roger, 1973-
Waldegrave, D'Arcy
CHOY, Michael
Banks, John, 1946-
McCarten, Matt, 1959-
Newstalk ZB (Auckland, N.Z.)
Radio Network (estab. 1996, closed 2014)
Rock FM (Radio network)
National Radio (N.Z.) (estab. 1986, closed 2007)
New Zealand. Broadcasting Standards Authority
Radio New Zealand (estab. 1989)
RadioWorks New Zealand

Date 17 Sep 2002

Subject Transmission Gully (Motorway)
Mayors -- New Zealand/Topical
Privacy, Right of -- New Zealand/Topical
America's Cup

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