A good decision by the High Court today:

The Broadcasting Standards Authority failed to recognise context when it ruled TVNZ had breached broadcasting standards, the High Court has found.

The BSA upheld a complaint against TVNZ in April this year for using the F-word during its current affairs programme Sunday, broadcast at 7.30pm on November 14, 2010.

The programme featured an item on the anniversary of the Aramoana massacre, and used the F-word twice in an interview with the police officer who shot and killed gunman David Gray.

The Authority had ruled the majority of viewers would consider the F-word unacceptable before 8.30pm and that TVNZ had breached the standards of good taste and decency, and children’s standards.

TVNZ appealed the decision to the High Court.

Justice Simon France said the Authority’s 3-1 majority decision had been “plainly wrong”, as it had placed too much emphasis on the time at which the programme aired, and not the context in which the F-word was said.

“It does a disservice to the programme to isolate this word which, when used in context, did not stand out, and on the second occasion was very quietly said.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.