Broadcasting Standards Authority


An independent statutory body responsible for overseeing the maintenance of acceptable standards on radio and television. Among other activities it sets out the Codes and Standards deals with formal complaints about broadcasting standards, and allocates funds to eligible political parties advertising prior to elections. It does not generally deal with matters relating to advertising standards other than in regard to political party advertising.

Governing legislation

Broadcasting Act 1989

Administering body

Broadcasting Standards Authority

Contact details

See the BSA contact page


A searchable database of full-text decisions (1994 onwards) is available from the Authority's website, and via

NZLII (1995 onwards).


Indexed by

BriefCaseand on the BSA web site above.

Reported in


Library holdings of unreported decisions

Waikato University (1991 - Jan 1993); Otago University (1990 onward); Canterbury Law Society (1990 onward); Auckland District Law Society (1990-2006).



For matters relating to advertising standards see Advertising Standards Complaints Board,and the

Advertising Standards Authority website.