News programmes criticised for showing NZ gunfire
Viewers were angry that news programmes showed too much of the "live streaming" footage recorded by Christchurch shooter, and they weren't holding back.
News programmes have been slammed for showing footage filmed by an Australian charged with murder following the massacre of 49 people in New Zealand.
Disturbing footage shows a gun firing inside and outside a Christchurch mosque. NZ Police urged media not to give it airtime but it ran on Australian television on Friday and Saturday.
Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online. We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed.
— New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) March 15, 2019
Weekend Today opened yesterday with excerpts of the dramatic scenes at the top of its show, which were uploaded to social media platforms.
Viewers were outraged, with hundreds of comments slamming the show on Facebook.
I’ve just switched onto Today and am disturbed and disgusted that channel 9 would allow and condone showing some of the live footage from yesterday’s massacre. My daughter is confused as to what she just witnessed and I have had to explain exactly what she had watched- needless to say, she is upset that anyone would show that on television and we’ve changed the channel. I will no longer be watching Today, this showing of sensational journalism is demeaning and sick. My thoughts are with family and friends of the victims and anyone else who had the bad luck of tuning in to Today this morning. You should all be ashamed. — feeling disgusted.
I definitely WONT be tuning in if you continue to show that horrendous footage – NZ police and officials and countless others have asked the media to not show it – yet it continues – have some respect for the victims, their families and the wider community-PLEASE TAKE IT DOWN
YOU SHOULD NOT BE SHOWING THIS FOOTAGE… disgusting journalism
FFS Take this footage down now FB… We dont need to see this. From a from a family living in Chch!!!
Unbelievable … why is this allowed so disrespectful … take it down!
Why are you showing his coverage!!!!!! ?????Our Prime Minister & all media have urged people not to share or view the coverage. Show some respect!
Why have you put this atrocious vision up of the gunman’s viewpoint??
I live in new Zealand plz take this down u are being so disgusting showing this clip over and over have so respect 4 the lost of life
Was fairly shocked & disgusted to see this footage on my newsfeed this morning. NZ police & Prime Minister have repeatedly urged people not to watch that footage & NZ media have shown the utmost respect for that request & declined to air it. I don’t know how much more of the footage you are going to air but I certainly won’t be tuning in to find out – what you’ve shown in your promo is enough to ensure I won’t be watching your show again & will no longer follow you on fb. Incredibly disrespectful.
TODAY why on earth are you showing the perpetrators own video images, it’s a disgrace that you are are doing so, just what he wanted yet other news channels are showing respect and not airing. Have some common sense and take it down
A Nine spokesperson told TV Tonight, “We elected to show a small segment of the footage but certainly did not show any graphic vision. Our footage stopped well before any violent images.”
Both Seven News and Nine News are understood to have screened elements of the man’s “live streaming” vision on Friday night.
Meanwhile SKY New Zealand also made the decision to remove SKY News Australia from its platform.
A SKY News Australia spokesperson told TV Tonight, “Sky News Australia provides a live feed into New Zealand on the SKY television platform.
“As the live rolling events of the Christchurch shooting unfolded, an editorial decision was made by Sky News Australia to offer sports programming to SKY NZ in place of Sky News Australia’s live feed to ensure any footage or reporting did not compromise the ongoing investigations taking place in New Zealand.
“Sky News Australia acted responsibly and prudently in replacing the service as soon as it was able to early yesterday evening after consulting with SKY NZ management.”
Yet while the vision caused an uproar in NZ, SKY News maintains it ran heavily edited footage that did not show vision inside the mosque, the shootings or the victims “in line with other broadcasters.”