Hobbs vs Television New Zealand (14/007)

Content: Television New Zealand One News website

Publisher: Television New Zealand

Outcome: No Jurisdiction

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The Chairman viewed a copy of the content, the complaint and the preliminary comments from Television New Zealand.

The Chairman noted the Second Schedule of the OMSA Constitution set out the jurisdiction of the Complaints Committee which covers news and current affairs content; published online; by any of OMSA’s members that is not subject to a complaint to any other regulator.

The Chairman confirmed that the content complained of had been published online on the webpage for One News, by Television New Zealand, an OMSA member.  However, on receipt of further correspondence from Television New Zealand, the Chairman noted the story was broadcast on One News prior to the publication of the content online.  The Chairman received confirmation the content of the broadcast and online versions of the story were almost identical.

The Chairman therefore said the content complained of was outside the jurisdiction of the Complaints Committee and the complaint should be directed to the Broadcaster, under the jurisdiction of the Broadcasting Standards Authority complaints process.

Accordingly, the Chairman ruled that the Complaints Committee was unable to consider the complaint as it did not fall within its jurisdiction.

Chairman’s Ruling:   No Jurisdiction 

Date of Decision: 15 July 2014