The Broadcasting Standards Authority has not upheld two complaints against TV presenters John Campbell and Jeremy Wells.
The BSA overruled a complaint by Tower Insurance against TV3’s Campbell Live after a story relating to its replacement insurance policies and the Christchurch earthquake.
The current affairs programme had interviewed a resident living inside the red zone who had been told his replacement would cover the cost of repairs to his house but not its replacement value.
Tower filed a complaint regarding the story, which they argued was unfair and inaccurate but the BSA ultimately ruled in favour of Campbell Live.
It said that Campbell was polite and non-confrontational in his approach to seeking comment from Tower on the matter and that the story was of public interest to homeowners.
Another complaint was directed at Jeremy Wells regarding comments he made in his documentary on the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on Prime.
The complainants argued that Wells made references to sexual activity, nudity and bodily functions during The Grand Tour.
However the BSA ruled that they did not breach standards of decency and good taste due to the fact the documentary screened at 8.35pm, outside of children’s viewing times and was classified as PGR.
“While we acknowledge that some of Mr Wells’ comments were clearly designed to shock and may have been unexpected for viewers unfamiliar with his style, in our view, overall, he was duly respectful towards the programme and towards the NZSO,” the BSA said.
“We agree with the broadcaster that employing Mr Wells as presenter made the documentary more accessible for a younger audience and for viewers less familiar with the NZSO, by highlighting its achievements in an interesting and down-to-earth manner.
“According to the broadcaster, the NZSO was fully co-operative throughout the programme’s production, and approved the final product before it went to air.”