New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority

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Parent organizationNew Zealand
New Zealand government supervision body for corporate media.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) is a New Zealand government entity created by the Broadcasting Act 1989 to develop and uphold standards of broadcasting for radio, free-to-air and pay television.

The BSA is made up of a board appointed for a fixed term by the Governor-General on the advice of the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media meaning that practically the Minister of Broadcasting (and Cabinet) appoint the board. The chair is always a barrister. One member is appointed after consultation with broadcasters and one after consultation with public interest groups.

In March 2013 the Law Commission proposed moving complaints about news and current affairs out of the jurisdiction of the BSA, the Press Council, and the Online Media Standards Authority, placing them under a proposed new body, the News Media Standards Authority. [1]

September 11th, 2001

In 2006 Clare Swinney brought a complaint to the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority in connection to TVNZ's unsubstantiated claim that Osama bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attacks. In response, she was threatened, forcibly incarcerated in a psychiatric ward and subjected to compulsory 'treatment' for mental disorder.[2]


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