Newstalk ZB 29 Nov 2011
The Broadcasting Standards Authority is being criticised for refusing name suppression to a complainant. It was in relation to a programme on the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra screened on Prime, which included references to sexual activity and bodily functions. The complainants asked for name suppression but were denied it. Family First has hit out at the BSA, with director Bob McCoskrie saying that could prevent others from speaking up on moral issues. He says the key issue is whether a complaint is warranted, rather than who lays it. The BSA dismissed the complaint, saying the programme was screened outside children’s viewing times.
‘Number Two’s’ Complaint Denied
Dominion Post 29 Nov 2011
A Mosgiel couple who tried to complain anonymously to the Broadcasting Standards Authority have been denied name suppression. EA and WN Dunlop complained about a Prime documentary in which satirist Jeremy Wells followed the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on a tour to China and Europe….Family First reacted last night by saying that naming people who complained about breaches of broadcasting standards might prevent others coming forward. “The issue is not who complained, but whether the complaint was warranted,” national director Bob McCoskrie said. “This is no different to Crimestoppers, CYF, the Department of Labour, and the IRD all which allow for anonymous complaints.”