WIN Television has breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice for screening a TEN Eyewitness News item that was deemed too violent by the media watchdog, The Australian Communications and Media Authority.
The report broadcast on 8 September 2018 showed a victim repeatedly punched in the face following an AFL final. It was deemed excessive and disproportionate to any public interest reasons supplied.
Despite some post-production blurring of the footage, not enough care was taken in selecting the material for broadcast.
ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin said, “Broadcasters can report matters of public interest, including topics such as violent attacks. However they must exercise care in selecting material that will not seriously distress or offend a substantial number of viewers.”
ACMA has requested that both Network 10 and WIN Television incorporate the investigation into its compliance training for all relevant news and other staff to ensure future compliance.
“The ACMA will continue to track complaints about the depiction of violence during news and other unclassified programs on commercial television,” said Ms O’Loughlin.
The footage was also screened by other broadcasters.