Monday, March 27, 2006

America versus New Zealand - first in an occasional series

In America, CBS gets fined $3.63 million dollars for airing a Without a Trace episode which included a teenage orgy plotline - a ripped-from-the-headlines bit. Apparently, Oprah can talk about it, but CBS can't dramatize it (further down in that story).

Meanwhile, in New Zealand, the Broadcast Standards Authority
reprimanded a satirical TV show for over-the-top sexual content (no monetary fine levied), saying: "
This decision and its publication serve as sufficient notification to TVNZ of the need to exercise more care when broadcasting sexually explicit material of this nature." (Click the link to find out which two sex acts were involved.)

Advantage: New Zealand! (No, I don't want to live there - I just want the BSA to live here.)
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