AN episode of Australian television soap opera Home and Away which featured the date rape of a teenage girl has breached New Zealand broadcasting standards.
New Zealand’s Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) upheld a complaint about the episode which aired on television at 5.30pm in April and included themes of HIV and rape.
The complainant said the themes were inappropriate for a G-rated program and breached the standard of responsible programming.
The BSA agreed.
“By its very nature, the concept of rape, and specifically the combination of sex and violence, is highly disturbing, likely to cause alarm and distress for viewers of all ages and therefore unsuitable for children and inconsistent with the G classification,” the authority said in a decision released on Monday.
But despite its finding, the BSA imposed no penalty on TV3, satisfied that the decision alone would provide guidance for the station and others on what is appropriate for G-rated programming.
Home and Away has also since moved to TVNZ.
The BSA said the episode could have been broadcast without breaching standards if it had been re-classified and shown in a different time-band.