Nine responds over complaints to Married at First Sight
Nine apologises for "any concerns which may have been raised by your viewing of the Program" but says MAFS met industry codes.
Nine has sent formal responses to viewers who lodged complaints over the recent season of Married at First Sight (which it is required to do under ACMA regulations).
The response is a lengthy two page letter in which Nine apologised for “any concerns which may have been raised by your viewing of the Program” but it defended the content as keeping with its classification (M on weeknights but PG for 7pm Sundays).
It also follows a petition which accused the show of leaving participants subjected to “gaslighting, emotional manipulation, isolation, and countless other TEXTBOOK signs of a controlling and or abusive relationship.” Over 15,000 people have signed the petition.
Those viewers who are not satisfied with Nine’s response are free to escalate the complaint to the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The media watchdog reportedly received more than 50 official complaints.
The letter published by reality gossip blog The Wash indicates:
- Any views raised by participants ‘are their own and not the views of Nine’
- The participants’ statements and behaviour ‘are unscripted and captured by the program as part of the social experiment’
- Psychological support and assistance is available for the participants 24/7
- Just because a participant is not shown receiving psychological support and assistance, ‘does not indicate that they received no support’
- Nine ‘adheres strictly to the requirements of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practise 2015’
- Nine ‘do not consider that the material broadcast is of such a level as to have breached the M (Mature) guidelines’