Part 1 Programme standards

4 Responsibility of broadcasters for programme standards

(1)

Every broadcaster is responsible for maintaining in its programmes and their presentation, standards that are consistent with—

(a)

the observance of good taste and decency; and

(b)

the maintenance of law and order; and

(c)

the privacy of the individual; and

(d)

the principle that when controversial issues of public importance are discussed, reasonable efforts are made, or reasonable opportunities are given, to present significant points of view either in the same programme or in other programmes within the period of current interest; and

(e)

any approved code of broadcasting practice applying to the programmes.

(2)

Where, in respect of any film within the meaning of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993,—

(a)

there is in force under that Act a decision classifying that film as objectionable; or

(b)

there is in force under that Act a decision classifying that film as if certain excisions had been made,—

no broadcaster,—

(c)

in the case of a film to which paragraph (a) applies, shall broadcast that film or any part of that film; or

(d)

in the case of a film to which paragraph (b) applies, shall broadcast the film, or any part of the film, if the film or, as the case may be, that part includes any part of the film required to be excised,—

except with the consent of the Chief Censor of Film and Literature and subject to any conditions subject to which the Chief Censor has given the consent.

(3)

No broadcaster shall be under any civil liability in respect of any failure to comply with any of the provisions of this section.

Compare: 1976 No 132 ss 24(1)(c), (e), (f), (g), (2), (4), 95(1)(c), (e), (f), (g), (2), (5); 1982 No 178 ss 5, 19; 1983 No 130 s 76(2), (3)

Section 4(1): amended, on 14 March 2008, by section 14 of the Broadcasting Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 3).

Section 4(2): substituted, on 1 October 1994, by section 150(1) of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 (1993 No 94).