Should free-to-air TV have similar classifications as movies?

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) is today launching a consultation to find out if television needs a shake-up and whether people still use timebands and parental locks to block some content. 

BSA chief executive Belinda Moffat said on TVNZ1's Breakfast they would be asking the public if they still use children timebands and the Adult Only timeband, or if people restrict content by using parental locks, by reading classifications and looking at warnings. 

Timebands on free-to-air television generally mean children's viewing hours go until 8.30pm, with Adults Only programmes after this time able to be screened.

They are also looking at if there should be one set of labels for free-to-air and pay-television, which is currently different. 

If free-to-air moved to the pay-television classification, audiences would see classifications similar to movies which also include Mature Audiences, 16 years and over and 18 years and over, instead of just G, PG and AO. 

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"It will give the audiences more specific information about the type of content they're looking at," Ms Moffat said. 

When asked by host Jack Tame if it could mean racier content could be played earlier in the evening, Ms Moffat said broadcasters were not looking to try "put more inappropriate content in front of children".

The BSA are appealing to the public for their view. Click here for more information. 

The Broadcasting Standards Authority is today launching a consultation to find out more about the way people watch television. Source: Breakfast

Most read: Young girl convinces NZTA to change linemen sign to be more inclusive - 'women can be line-workers too'

This story was first published on Monday July 30.

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A seven-year-old girl has convinced the NZ Transport Agency to change one of their road signs to be more inclusive to women.

A tweet by Zoe's mother, Caitlin Carew, features an image of the letter written by her daughter after she was concerned about seeing a warning sign that read linemen while out driving with her family.

"We talked about this sign and I wondered why it said 'MEN' when women can be line-workers too," part of Zoe's letter reads.

A response from the NZTA agreed with her concerns and they say they will phase out the signs and replace them with ones that read linecrew instead.

The chief executive of the NZTA Fergus Gammie says he would like a picture with Zoe and one of the new signs when they're ready.


Police praise public for reporting 'very drunk' mum driving with children

A mum has been charged with child neglect and drink driving after another motorist in Te Awamutu reported her driving erratically with two kids in her car, then decided to follow her.

Police in Waikato said the “very drunk” woman, 28, had a breath alcohol result of 917 micrograms – well over three times the legal limit.

“The car had amazingly made it all the way from Morrinsville”, more than 50 kilometres away from where her Suzuki Swift was pulled over at about 2am Sunday along State Highway 3, police said on Facebook.

"There was evidence she had crashed the car at least once on the journey," a police sergeant told the Herald.

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Officers praised the multiple witnesses who called to report the strange driving, describing the arrest as “a prime example of team work” with the public.

“Big thumbs up to that member of the public for following and calling us,” police said on Facebook. “And of course well done to team blue for getting her off the road before anything worse happened.”