Ngaro vs The Radio Network (14/003)

Content: Flava Radio Facebook post

Publisher: The Radio Network

Outcome: No Grounds to Proceed

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The Chairman viewed a copy of the content, the complaint and the preliminary comment 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 that the content which was the subject of the complaint had been published online, on a Facebook page for the radio station programme “Full Phat Breakfast on Flava” from Flava, part of The Radio Network, an OMSA member.

However, the Chairman considered the content was not news and current affairs for the purposes of the OMSA complaints process.  The Chairman then noted the post from Flava had prompted negative and positive comments from Facebook members. Further, the Chairman noted the post was in keeping with a common thread of the radio station which catered to the Polynesian community.

The Chairman ruled however that the content complained of was outside the jurisdiction of the Complaints Committee as it was not news and current affairs, and therefore the complaint had no grounds to proceed.

Chairman’s Ruling:   No Grounds to Proceed

Date of Ruling: 12 March 2014