Cops complain about Nine factual
Australian Druglords has been repackaged and edited as Under Surveillance after complaints from NSW police officers it compromised undercover members.
Nine’s factual series Australian Druglords, which returns to screens tonight repackaged as Under Surveillance: Australian Druglords, is in the headlines today after complaints from NSW police officers that the show compromised the identities of undercover members.
The Daily Telegraph notes one complaints said while the faces of officers were blurred, their voices could be clearly heard and footage of their bodies could have made them identifiable.
While NSW Police Force media unit had signed off on the series hosted by Gary Sweet, it led to last-minute edits on the second episode about Olympic kayaker turned drug dealer Nathan Baggaley.
The Sydney Morning Herald also asked Nine if the new title was a consequence of legal action or poor ratings. SMH didn’t particularly indicate a clear response, but confirmed the title change for the nine-part series.
Remaining episodes, re-named Under Surveillance: Australian Drug Lords, have been re-edited to tone down police content and limit footage of police methodology. Much of this formed part of the show’s key access.
Southern Star Entertainment managing director Rory Callaghan confirmed the changes.