Radio Live PM broadcast referred to police

The  Electoral Commission has referred Radio Live to the police over the politics-free hour hosted by John Key last year.

Newstalk ZB’s obtained a copy of the commission’s decision regarding a Labour Party complaint over a show the Prime Minister conducted on Radio Live during last year’s election period.

The commission’s found the broadcast was an election programme and a breach of the Broadcasting Act.

Newstalk ZB understands both Labour and National have been given advance copies of the decision but are bound by a confidentiality agreement not to talk about it until its officially released at five this afternoon.

Radio Live had checked with the commission before the broadcast and understood that as long as there was no discussion of politics the broadcast would not be in breach the Act.

Obviously there is now doubt about that which once again raises questions over the clarity of campaign regulations.

It also raises questions over the effectiveness of the law when it takes this long to make a decision.

Kathryn Ryan discussed the isssue with Graeme Edgeler on Nine to Noon.

 

8 Responses to Radio Live PM broadcast referred to police

  1. XChequer says:

    Thanks for the link, Ele. Graeme, as always, is eloquent and clear.

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  2. johnsonmike says:

    Interesting too that a complaint made by John Key against the media resulted in instant action including raids on newsrooms.

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  3. homepaddock says:

    JM- that one was referred to police immediately, this one has taken months to be referred.

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  4. pdm says:

    It seemsto meit isgoing to be a big `non event’ given that Radio Live had sought and apparently been given clearance by the Electoral Commission.

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  5. tip says:

    “Obviously there is now doubt about that which once again raises questions over the clarity of campaign regulations.

    It also raises questions over the effectiveness of the law when it takes this long to make a decision.”

    Not really because I’m fairly sure it was written by the Bueracrazies in Labour wasn’t it?

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  6. MacDoctor says:

    Given that RadioLive actually asked the commission up front and that the BSA think it was not a problem, I find it hard to see how the police could put together a case that even a halfway decent lawyer couldn’t demolish in 10 minutes flat. I would be very surprised if the police lay any sort of charge at all.

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  7. “Radio Live had checked with the commission before the broadcast and understood that as long as there was no discussion of politics the broadcast would not be in breach the Act.”

    The Electoral Commission did give general advice, but they didn’t “clear” the broadcast; they certainly didn’t advice that if there was no discussion of politics that it would be fine. Mike Smith over at the Standard sought the advice under the OIA, and put it up online: http://thestandard.org.nz/what-the-commission-said-key-on-radiolive/

    His descriptions are a fair summary, and he has a link the OIA response if you want to read the whole thing. Radio Live were warned they’d be scrutinised closely and would have to be very careful.

    I would note, in reply to a comment above, that these breaches of the Broadcasting Act are fine only, so don’t allow for search warrants.

    MacDoctor – the BSA’s expertise is in respect of broadcasting standards, not electoral law. They should have been applying a different definition of election programme, and in my opinion came to right result (although I think their arguments were wrong, given the different wording of the Act as it applies to them).

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