Studio 10 reprimanded by watchdog after showing images from Rob Lowe sex tape

The media watchdog has reprimanded Ten’s Studio 10 morning program for airing still images from the Rob Lowe sex tape on its morning broadcast placing it in breach of its PG classification.

Studio 10The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that Network Ten breached the Code of Practice, back on January 1, in a segment that featured a discussion about the Rob Lowe sex tape scandal from 1988 where producers chose to include two inset still images that were sourced from the original video footage.

The ACMA found that Ten breached the Code as the material was not correctly classified in accordance with the show’s PG classification, with the report noting that Studio Ten aired images of “an erect penis in blurry silhouette.”

Network Ten told the watchdog that it conceded the still images exceeded the PG classification of the program and were aired due to human error.

The TV network also indicated it has taken a number of steps to minimise the chance of such a breach occurring in the future with Studio 10 staff being giving training on the classification requirements.

The ACMA said that after taking into account Ten’s compliance history it felt the station’s actions address the compliance issues raised by the investigation.


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