A complaint about sex and alcohol consumption featuring on
the much talked-about reality show The GC has not been
upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
The eight-part TV3 series which followed a group of young
Maori living on Australia's Gold Coast in Australia aired
earlier this year.
The first episode, which screened in May, drew a complaint
alleging the programme breached legal standards and
children's interests in that it "glamorised heavy drinking
and promiscuity which was inappropriate for broadcast at 8pm
during children's viewing times".
In its finding the authority accepted that sex and drinking
were present in the episode but these themes were consistent
with its PGR rating.
"While there were brief sexual references, we agree with the
broadcaster that these were sufficiently inexplicit for
broadcast in a PGR timeslot, and that no sexual activity was
shown. Similarly, the presence of liquor in the programme was
The authority said none of the cast was drunk and they were
all legally able to consume liquor.
The BSA's decision was not unexpected said Mediaworks
publicity manager Rachel Lorimer.
"I think we're pretty unsurprised. We tend to let the
decisions stand for themselves," she said.
The authority was also satisfied the broadcaster adequately
considered children's interests in broadcasting the episode
at 8pm during the PGR timeslot and that upholding this part
of the complaint would "unjustifiably restrict the right to
freedom of expression".
The BSA also declined to uphold the complaint that it
breached the standard of law and order.
"While one of the participants had apparently acted out and
broken some glasses, this behaviour was clearly condemned by
the other cast members. The episode did not encourage viewers
to break the law or otherwise promote or condone criminal