The Nine Network aired a political ad during an election blackout in the Victorian State Election in November, the media watchdog has found.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority found the ad, which played during Getaway on November 25th last year, was a breach of its license conditions.
Broadcasters are banned from running election advertisements during a 3 day ‘blackout’ period in the lead up to polling day.
GTV9 claims the error occurred while Nine was relocating its traffic system to a new facility, but advises that all traffic for GTV is now administered from Sydney using an automated ‘cart’ system.
In its report, ACMA surprisingly did not name the political advertisement or party in question.
Less surprisingly, it says it will monitor any future complaints given that there are no previously recorded breaches of this kind by a Nine licensee.