Labour’s whiny complaint rejected

Labour’s whiny complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority about RadioLive’s Prime Minister’s hour has been utterly rejected.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has cleared RadioLIVE of any wrongdoing in having Prime Minister John Key host his own show.

A complaint laid by the Labour Party over the hour-long broadcast, The Prime Minister’s Hour, was not upheld because it did not fit the definition of an ‘election programme’, nor did it breach any standards.

The show was broadcast on RadioLIVE on September 30, 2011. Broadcasting election programmes within the election period is not permitted under section 70 of the Broadcasting Act.

Labour had argued that despite Mr Key and RadioLIVE’s promise election issues would not be discussed, the nature of the show and its proximity to an election effectively made it an advertisement for the Government.

The BSA disagreed, saying that although it could “see that some political advantage will accrue to the Prime Minister and the party to which he belongs from exposure of this kind… it it not for us to say whether this should or should not be permitted.

“We think it goes too far to say that when somebody makes it clear they will not discuss what can broadly be called political issues, this statement is a political statement.”

The BSA also says in Mr Key did not “actively encourage, persuade, advocate or oppose a political outcome”.

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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. 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.

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