Decisions

Robinson v Television New Zealand (15/001)

Content: ONE News Facebook post 2.24pm Friday February 06, 2015

Publisher: Television New Zealand

Outcome: Settled

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

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 content subject to complaint was commentary on news and current affairs and had been confirmed the content had been published online, on Television New Zealand’s ONE News Facebook page, with a link to an article on television website.

The concerns of the Complainant were that the content caused widespread offence and was demoralising.

The preliminary response from the Publisher submitted that the comment was about moving the child across the world, not about his disabilities. However, the Publisher later said “we had the question removed from our Facebook page; we understand that the question is open to a hurtful misinterpretation and we apologise to Mr Robinson for this.”

The statement subject to complaint had been removed by the Publisher, Television New Zealand, on learning of the complaint. The Publisher had issued an apology for any offence caused to the Complainant.

On consideration of the above, and noting the self-regulatory actions of the Publisher to remove the content and issue an apology, the Chairman considered 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 Decision: 11 February 2015