Nov 072016
 November 7, 2016  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Non-U.S.

From Fuseworks Media:

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has found hosts on the Hauraki Breakfast Show seriously breached broadcasting standards when they intentionally broadcast live on air a caller who had asked to make a complaint off air.

The BSA has ordered broadcaster NZME Radio to pay $4,000 in privacy compensation to Deborah Stokes, $4,000 in costs to the Crown and to broadcast a statement summarising the Authority’s findings.

Mrs Stokes, the mother of New Zealand-born English cricketer Ben Stokes, called the station to complain about comments made by the hosts regarding her son, and to defend him. When she asked to speak to someone off air, host Matt Heath assured Mrs Stokes she was off air. The conversation was actually being broadcast live on air.

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