Latest Broadcasting Complaint Decisions Published

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (28th October) published the most recent broadcasting complaints decisions.

At its meeting held in July 2015, the Compliance Committee of the BAI considered 8 complaints. One complaint has been upheld in part and 7 complaints rejected. In addition, 24 complaints were considered and rejected by the Executive Complaints Forum at meetings held in June, July and August 2015.

The complaints related to the following broadcasts:-

Upheld in Part by the BAI Compliance Committee

72/15 – Cork 96FM: The Opinion Line: 3rd February 2015

Rejected by the BAI Compliance Committee

75/15 – RTÉ 2FM: The Dave Fanning Show: 24th January 2015

76/15 – Classic Hits 4FM: Niall Boylan at Night: 9th April 2015

78/15 – RTÉ One TV: The Week In Politics: 12th April 2015

81/15 – Newstalk: Newstalk Breakfast: 20th May 2015

82/15 – Newstalk: Newstalk Breakfast: 20th May 2015

83/15 – TV3 & 3E: Advert: Subway Chicken Chipotle: 12th April 2015

85/15 – RTÉ Radio 1: Liveline: 11th May 2015

Rejected by the BAI Executive Complaints Forum

40/15 – RTÉ Radio 1: Drivetime: 28th January 2015

41/15 – Newstalk: Lunchtime: 4th February 2015

42/15 – Newstalk: Lunchtime: 6th February 2015

45/15 – RTÉ One TV: Six-One News: 29th January 2015

37/15 – Newstalk: Newstalk Breakfast/ The Pat Kenny Show: 13th February 2015

54/15 – RTÉ Radio 1: Morning Ireland: 10th March 2015

55/15 – RTÉ Radio 1: Morning Ireland: 10th February

57/15 – RTÉ Radio 1: Drivetime: 10th February 2015

61/15 – RTÉ Radio 1: Morning Ireland: 13th February 2015

24/15 & 25/15 – RTÉ One TV: 6.01 & 9.00 News: 7th November 2014

32/15 – RTÉ Radio 1: The Marty Morrissey Show: 21st January 2015

36/15 – RTÉ One TV: Nationwide: 23rd February 2015

38/15 – RTÉ One TV: Primetime: 18th December 2014

43/15 – RTÉ One TV: Six-One News: 6th March 2015

30/15 – Newstalk: Newstalk Breakfast: 26th January 2015.

49/15 – RTÉ One TV: Six One News: 17th February 2015

63/15 – 64/15 – RTÉ One TV: 6.01 & 9.00 News: 9th March 2015

144/14 – RTÉ Two: Mom: 11th November 2014

51/15 – RTÉ Radio 1: Ray D’Arcy Show: 6th February 2015

56/15 – RTÉ Radio 1: Ray D’Arcy Show: 10th February 2015

60/15 – RTÉ Radio 1: Ray D’Arcy Show: 13th February 2015

62/15 – RTÉ One TV: The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne: 15th February 2015

Details of all these decisions are available to download here.


Media Queries to:

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Note to Editors Under the Broadcasting Act 2009, viewers and listeners can complain about broadcasting content, which they believe is not in keeping with the BAI’s broadcasting codes and rules. In line with the BAI’s complaints handling process, the viewer or listener should direct their complaint to the broadcaster in the first instance. This must be done within 30 days of the date of the broadcast.

If a viewer or listener is not satisfied with the response from the broadcaster, or if the broadcaster does not respond within the timeframe specified in their Code of Practice for Complaints Handling (usually 21 days after receipt of complaint), the viewer or listener can refer the complaint to the BAI for consideration.

In assessing complaints, and having regard to its codes and rules, the BAI considers the material submitted by the relevant parties together with the broadcast material. Complaints are assessed at Executive level and/or by the Compliance Committee of the Authority.

When a complaint has been adjudicated upon:

  • A copy of the decision is sent to the complainant and the broadcaster before its publication.
  • Where a programming complaint is upheld in whole or in part, the broadcaster concerned will broadcast the Compliance Committee’s decision, if the Compliance Committee believes it appropriate to do so. This could include the name of the person who made the complaint. This will be done at a time and manner suitably similar or close to the timing of the original broadcast which prompted the complaint. The only exception to this will be a situation where the Compliance Committee considers it inappropriate to broadcast the decision.
  • The decisions of the BAI are distributed to the media and posted to the BAI’s website, unless it considers it inappropriate to do so.
  • When the BAI has considered the matter and issued its determination, that is the end of the process.