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.