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1:06 pm, October 28th, 2016 - 75 comments
Categories: accountability, broadcasting, Media, spin - Tags: BSA, media bias, media ethics, mike hosking, party political broadcast
As reported by John Drinnan:
Giving Hosking the all-clear
The broadcasting standards watchdog has given Mike Hosking’s prime-time editorials the OK, but TVNZ says it will have to look at how they fit into covering issues next year, an election year.
News and current affairs boss John Gillespie said he would need to “work through” how that content was dealt with. It was the same with any other presenter who had a viewpoint, he said.
The decisions effectively clear state TV’s use of conservative comment from Hosking – also a broadcaster for Herald publisher NZME – to punctuate news stories and issues aired on Seven Sharp.
Dr Hayward – an assistant professor of political science – said she was not surprised by the BSA decision, but was disappointed.
State ownership meant TVNZ had to be especially careful in reporting on politics, said Hayward.
Use of Hosking was akin to state TV in China, she said, arguing that the decisions showed the BSA codes were not suitable to deal with Fox News-style comment on New Zealand television. …
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