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Another complaint upheld against Campbell

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/08/2015

© Getty Months after being cancelled, current affairs show Campbell Live has been slated for a second time for an unfair story.

TV watchdog the Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against the show for what it called a "misleading and unfair" representation of the South Taranaki District Council over the dumping of excess buttermilk.

Although the watchdog said the story about dumping in the South Taranaki town of Eltham was legitimate and important, it said parts of it were "overblown" and the danger posed to residents was overstated.

The episode, which aired in September 2014, had suggested the council had created a much more dangerous situation than evidence demonstrated, the BSA said.

No penalty has been imposed on the broadcaster.

It's the second hit the show's reputation has taken since its cancellation, being rebuked in July for coverage of the Christchurch earthquake recovery.

In that case, the BSA said the episode was not balanced and accurate and had misled viewers that the insurance industry was "not willing to front" to allegations, despite numerous offers of interviews.

Campbell Live was controversially cancelled in May, prompting public campaigns to keep the long-running show on the air.

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