Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BREAKING. BCCSA finds M-Net's Carte Blanche in 'substantial breach' of Broadcasting Code in several respects; must broadcast a correction.

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M-Net's Carte Blanche has again be found in "substantial breach" of the Broadcasting Code by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA).

The Combined Artistic Productions show has been ordered to broadcast a correction, following a February 2014 story regarding the wedding venue La Montanara and the ANC's Ekurhuleni metropolitan member Neil Diamond.

The Carte Blanche story which according to the BCCSA contains several errors, related to the sale of the wedding venue La Montanara, and with Neil Diamond acting as the executor of a deceased friend's estate.

The BCCSA found that "a substantial breach of the code of Subscription Broadcasters has taken place" and that M-Net's weekly investigative magazine show made "several errors" in the story which it will have to correct on-air.

"The integrity of Neil Diamond was undoubtedly placed in question by omitting to broadcast countering evidence made available to Carte Blanche. A correction must be broadcast," the BCCSA ruled.

"The broadcast succeeded in unjustifiably portraying Neil Diamond as a person whose integrity is questionable. This result was in the main achieved by omitting to broadcast material made available to Carte Blanche and that was likely to have cast a different perspective on the entire matter," the BCCSA tribunal found.