Seven Sharp fires, and misses

Seven Sharp has topped the list for BSA complaints this year.  They tried to be more irreverent, but discovered their audience wasn’t ready for it.  Too much of a leap.

Just a note to Seven Sharp producers… when I am on TV, do I speak like I write on the blog?

Let that sink in for a while.

Charlie Gates reports on 2013’s biggest “controversies” on television

Seven Sharp:

Presenter’s comment “wet fart in a wedding dress” – ruled immature, crude and a departure from the language of primetime news, but not a breach of standards.

Shortland Street:  

A character threw a cigarette butt on the ground – ruled that it would not have offended most viewers and did not encourage viewers to break the law.

Radio talkback:

Caller claimed Prince Charles raped Diana – ruled the conversation was not unduly offensive in the context of a late-night talkback programme, and the host acted responsibly by asking the caller to clarify her point.

One News:

Footage of Miley Cyrus, pictured right, twerking at the MTV Awards – ruled provocative and challenging but relevant as it illustrated for viewers why the performance had attracted worldwide publicity.


Lana Del Ray song lyrics “let’s go get high” allegedly encouraging drug use – ruled no breach of standards as the lyrics and footage did not glamorise drug use nor encouraged viewers to break the law.

So there you go.  Pretty much what I do here on a daily basis – push people’s sensibilities – but few would even trigger the considered eyebrows of the BSA.

I note that since Pete has set up a formal complaints avenue on Whaleoil, we’ve yet to receive our first.  Not sure what that means, to be honest… am I getting too soft?

Anyway, for a bit of fun, tick any and all of the top BSA complaints for 2013 that you consider offensive.

Which of the ones below trip your "beyond-the-pail-o-meter", if any?

  • None of the other options trigger my beyond-the-pail-o-meter (51%, 123 Votes)
  • Radio talkback: Prince Charles raped Diana (20%, 48 Votes)
  • Seven Sharp: wet fart in a wedding dress (15%, 35 Votes)
  • One news: Miley Cyrus twerking at the MTV Awards (8%, 20 Votes)
  • Shortland Street: a cigarette butt on the ground (oh ffs, NZ, get a life...) (3%, 8 Votes)
  • C4: Lana Del Ray song lyrics "let's go get high" (3%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 203

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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.

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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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