Close Up Apologises to Families for Porn Programme

Family First is welcoming an apology from TVNZ regarding a recent Close Up programme which offended many families with its promotion and display of the porn industry.

“As a result of a campaign by Family First supporters, TVNZ received a record number of complaints regarding this programme. They have agreed that it should not have been shown and have promised that it won’t occur again,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“The Close Up story was based around the promotion of the porn industry – all under the guise of so-called ‘daily news and current events.”

In response to the complaints and in a letter to the many complainants, the Complaints Committee agreed that “some of the footage shown (from the adult movies) was not acceptable to screen in PGR time and should not have screened during Close Up. The Committee therefore finds that the interests of child viewers were not considered in the screening of the programme. The Committee also considers these few images would have offended a significant number of viewers in the context of current affairs programming screening at 7pm.”

“This decision is good news and will hopefully set a family-friendly precedent. Parents are sick and tired of lunging for the remote to protect children from offensive and inappropriate content during family viewing hours. The tv channels are having a race to the bottom regarding standards of decency, and now they’re trying to mask it as news and current events. It’s a disturbing trend,” says Mr McCoskrie.

Family First is calling on Close Up to apologise during their programme tonight to all viewers.

“This will show that they are serious about their contrition and will set a good example for younger viewers about appropriate standards of broadcasting,” says Mr McCoskrie.

Family First has written to both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Broadcasting demanding a clean-up of government funded broadcasting.
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