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'Troublesome tradie' costs MediaWorks

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/09/2016

Broadcaster MediaWorks has been ordered to pay $1500 after a tiler featured on reality building show The Block NZ: Villa Wars was cast as a troublesome tradie without his knowledge.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a fairness complaint from Ljubisa 'Bob' Djurdjevic and says his conduct was misrepresented. The $1500 is for costs to the Crown.

The authority says the show inaccurately described Mr Djurdjevic as a "temperamental European tiler" who allegedly wanted to be paid in advance and went AWOL when he was not paid.

He complained he was treated unfairly, his work ethic misrepresented and he had made it clear he didn't want to be shown on the programme.

It also found that Mr Djurdjevic was not adequately informed of the nature of his participation in the programme or that he would be portrayed as temperamental or that the theme would be "tradie troubles".

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