TVNZ has been ordered to broadcast an apology to
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig over an item it ran on
The Broadcasting Standards Authority says an item from April
24 - a short skit "lampooning" Mr Craig - was "childish and
The BSA said while it recognised the value of satire and free
speech, it found the comments about his personal character
and attributes went too far, and Mr Craig was given no
opportunity to defend himself.
Another complaint about Seven Sharp's April 17 treatment of
Mr Craig's opposition to gay marriage was not upheld.
In that case the BSA decided the item was topical and
political, and while it might not have been to everyone's
taste, it did not breach standards.
TVNZ has been ordered to broadcast an apology to Mr Craig for
unfair treatment and pay $1500 costs to the Crown.
In another decision relating to Seven Sharp, the majority of
the authority declined to uphold a complaint that an item
about the predictions of a climate scientist breached the