16 Feb 2012

Broadcast authority defends Radio Live decision

9:24 pm on 16 February 2012

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has defended its finding that a Radio Live show hosted by the Prime Minister two months before the election, did not breach the Broadcasting Act.

The authority appeared before Parliament's commerce committee Thursday for its financial review and was questioned by Labour about its finding the show did not fit the definition of an election programme.

The authority's chair Peter Radich was asked how that squared with last week's decision by the Electoral Commission that the show was an election programme under the same Act.

Mr Radich said the Act can be interpreted in different ways and took exception to the challenge, saying it was a bit rough to suggest the authority's genuinely-held view was illegitimate.