Decisions

Kowalczewski vs The Radio Network (14/004)

Content: Coast FM Book Review

Publisher: The Radio Network

Outcome: Settled

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The Chairman viewed a copy of the content, the complaint and the preliminary comments from The Radio Network.

The Chairman noted the Second Schedule of the OMSA Constitution sets out the jurisdiction of the Complaints Committee which covers news and current affairs content; published online; by any of OMSA’s members.

The Chairman confirmed the content subject to complaint was a book review.  It had been published online, on the website for Coast FM, a radio station which was part of The Radio Network, an OMSA member.

The Chairman considered a book review to be current affairs for the purposes of the OMSA complaints process.  The Chairman then noted the content had been edited and the offending statement removed by The Radio Network. Further, he noted The Radio Network had apologised for any offence caused.

On consideration of the above, and noting the self-regulatory actions of the Media, the Chairman said it served no further purpose to place the matter before the OMSA Committee Members for consideration and ruled the matter was settled.

Chairman’s Ruling: Settled

Date of Ruling: 28 May 2014