TV3 considered boycotting AFTAs

TV3 considered boycotting last weekend’s Aotearoa Film and Television Awards over a dispute involving the broadcaster’s entry in the Qantas Best News category.

TV3 was ordered to change their entry for the important category after the judges ruled thath it fell out of the “daily news programme” criteria.

The broadcaster’s entry included a highlights package of their coverage of the February 22 Christchurch earthquake, which was shown by networks around the world.

TV3 alerted the AFTAs of their submission which led to a specially convened judging panel.

“To their credit they brought it up in a news meeting so there was a discussion and we put it off to the judging chair,” said AFTA co-chairman Rick Friesen.

“Every news organisation would like to take highlights but they can’t, it is not the rules.”

Judge Susan Baldacci eventually ruled against TV3 after both TVNZ and TV3 were given the opportunity to express their views.

Senior executives at TV3 discussed withdrawing from the awards as a stand against the decision.

“We felt shut out of the competition, because we weren’t able to submit what was our best breaking-news coverage. The wording of the entry criteria was ambiguous at best.”

While TVNZ took out the Best News category, TV3’s Hilary Barry and Hamish Clark claimed top individual awards.

Source: Herald

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