TVNZ fined over explicit clips

NZ Herald Mar 23, 2011
TVNZ has been fined and ordered to apologise for showing sexually explicit clips from porn movies on its flagship current affairs programme Close Up.

The article on August 11 last year was about porn star Nina Hartley’s thoughts on feminism and sexuality. It showed Ms Hartley posing in only a push-up bra and g-string for photo shoots and acting in porn moves.

One scene showed her rubbing her bottom against a man’s face while wearing a garter-belt and no underwear, with her pubic hair visible. A decision released today by the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) said those images represented an “egregious breach” of good taste and decency and children’s interest rules. It ordered TVNZ to air a comprehensive summary of its breaches on Close Up within a month and issued a $3000 fine.

…Lobby group Family First has welcomed the BSA decision. Its national director Bob McCoskrie said the sexualisation of news and current affairs was “disturbing”. He said the article promoted the porn industry under the guise of news. “Parents are sick and tired of lunging for the remote to protect children from offensive and inappropriate content during family viewing hours and family movies,” he said. Mr McCoskrie took credit for helping rally together an “unprecedented” number of complaints over the article.