McCallum vs MediaWorks Ltd (14/001)
Content: Jay Jay, Mike and Dom from The Edge Facebook Page
Publisher: MediaWorks Ltd
Outcome: No Grounds to Proceed
The Chairman viewed a copy of the content, the complaint and the preliminary comment from MediaWorks.
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 that the content which was the subject of the complaint had been published online, on a Facebook page for radio personalities Jay-Jay, Dom and Mike employed by MediaWorks, an OMSA member.
However, the Chairman did not consider the content could be considered news and current affairs for the purposes of the OMSA complaints process. The Chairman noted the post from Jay-Jay promoting a bag as a prize received negative and positive comments from Facebook members regarding the prize and ‘fake’ merchandise.
The Chairman ruled that as content was not news and current affairs, it was outside the jurisdiction of the Complaints Committee and therefore the complaint had no grounds to proceed.
Chairman’s Ruling: No Grounds to Proceed
Date of Ruling: 14 January 2014