Judge bans TV3 from court

3-newsTV3 have had their news cameras banned from the High Court after inappropriately covering the John Banks trial last week.

TV3 has been banned from filming John Banks’ trial after it breached media guidelines by recording the MP pulling something from his ear and eating it.

Justice Edwin Wylie said that TV3 last week had broadcast a clip of Banks sitting in the High Court in Auckland. Banks appeared to pull something from his ear, look at it and eat it.

The judge went on to say that the footage appeared, on the face of it, to be intended to expose Banks to “ridicule and derision”.

TV3 lawyer Claire Bradley said there was “no getting round that it was a bad judgment call”.

She and deputy editor of news and current affairs Richard Sutherland had decided to run the clip. They had considered that there were no fair-trial implications and that Banks was a public person who would be able to withstand the attention, Bradley said.

The clip was aired to demonstrate Banks’ reaction to audio of his police interview, she said.

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  • Tania

    Hee hee – couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.
    I see this all the time driving to work … usually it’s their noses I see people graze from though.

  • mick le prick

    Its time that Hack Manager of news Mark Jennings was sent packing.

    • TK

      What planet are you on? This just sounds spiteful and childish.

      • mick le prick

        Boo Hoo That hack Mark Jennings has long been past his use by date.
        Always has ben a lweft hack loser

    • Regan Cunliffe

      To be fair, I don’t believe Jennings had any involvement with the decision to air the footage

  • TK

    This is so strange – as I understand it, the footage was recorded in the 15 minutes the judge said they had to film in, he knew he was on camera, and it showed his reaction to evidence: very, very relaxed. I think the judge made a mistake here.

  • bc

    I can’t say I’m surprised. TV3 have lost the plot. They don’t even try to hide their bias any more.
    Maybe John Campbell can do a full half hour on this. They can find some link between the judge and John Key and create some conspiracy theory. Cue lots of recreations complete with spooky music.