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Broadcasting Standards Authority

Broadcasting Standards Authority - Te Mana Whanonga Kaipāho

Established under the Broadcasting Act 1989, the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) is a regulatory body that oversees complaints received on alleged breaches of broadcast standards.  

You can complain about any programme that has been screened or played in New Zealand on television or radio. This includes live streaming. Visit BSA's website for more details about their complaints service. The BSA does not accept complaints about advertising, internet content or programme scheduling. For complaints about advertising, visit the Advertising Standards Authority's website.

The Ministry manages the BSA's relationship with the Crown on behalf of the Minister of Broadcasting, monitoring the funding agreement between the Minister and the entity.

Organisation Details

  • Chair – Bill Hastings
  • Chief Executive –  Glen Scanlon

Contact details

  • [email protected]
  • Tel (04) 382 9508
  • Postal Address - PO Box 9213, Wellington 6001
  • Street Address - Level 2, 119 Ghuznee Street, Wellington 6011

The board is appointed by the Minister of Broadcasting which consists of four members, one of whom must be appointed as a Chair. The Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of Broadcasting appoints four members of the Authority. Its Chairperson is required to be a Barrister or Solicitor of not less than seven year's practice of the High Court. One member is appointed after consultation with broadcasters and another appointment after consultation with public interest groups.

Board Membership (expiry dates in brackets):

  • Bill Hastings – Chair (August 2021)
  • Susie Staley (August 2021)
  • Paula Rose (April 2021)
  • Leigh Pearson (May 2021)

Related links

Broadcasting Act 1989

Broadcasting Standards Authority website

Updated on 2nd June 2021