Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

BSA Decision On Holmes’ Kofi Annan Comments

BSA Releases Decision On Holmes’ Kofi Annan Comments

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has released its decision concerning comments made by Paul Holmes on Newstalk ZB in September. Among many other controversial statements Mr Holmes twice referred to the Secretary General of the United Nations as a ‘cheeky darkie’.

The Broadcasting Act requires broadcasters to determine formal complaints first. The Radio Network (TRN, the broadcaster) upheld all complaints received about the broadcast and took a range of actions in mitigation. Among other things, Mr Holmes broadcast two nationwide apologies, sent a letter of apology to Mr Annan, met with the leaders of the Ghanaian community in New Zealand and the Race Relations Conciliator.

TRN took internal disciplinary action, also wrote and apologised to Mr Annan, hosted a staff training seminar on racism run by the Race Relations Conciliator and made a donation to charity.

When this matter was subsequently referred to the BSA by ten complainants, the main task was to consider whether or not the action taken by TRN was sufficient. Some additional grounds of complaint were also considered.

The BSA agreed with TRN that the comments went well beyond the limits of acceptability and were a serious breach of broadcast standards. That such editorial opinion was made in the context of a news and current affairs programme, and made by one of New Zealand’s leading broadcasters, compounded the damage.

The BSA noted that the actions taken by TRN were swift, comprehensive and reflected the seriousness of the complaints. It also noted that some of the remedial actions voluntarily undertaken by the broadcaster were beyond its own powers to order.

Therefore the BSA has determined that the broadcaster’s actions were sufficient and has not upheld the complaints that further action should be taken. Other aspects of the complaints were also not upheld. A copy of the full decision is available on http://www.bsa.govt.nz.

The BSA advises that, in accordance with its usual practice, there will be no comment about this decision other than the information contained in this statement.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>

ALSO:

Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>

ALSO:

Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election