Nelson Bay TV will not screen Express Report - 11-Feb-1996
Nelson Bays Television, which is part owned by Horizon Pacific, has stated it will not screen Express Report.
Bays TV co-owner Bob Hansel today said the station's schedule was compiled from only part of the line-up offered to Horizon-owned Canterbury Television, and Express Report would have "too small an audience attraction to warrent its commercial viability", due to the "wide TV audience" which Bays attracted.
Kevin Jensen, co-ordinator of Spectrum, Nelson's group for gay and bisexual men, said the station's decision, coupled with the the earlier Broadcasting Standards Authority complaint, indicated Bays TV was making anti-gay programming decisions.
He said a Spectrum member had been told by Bays management that the programme, scheduled to start at 10pm last night, was not screening because it did not cater for the "family" target audience.
Mr. Hansel said one of the reasons was that the show did not fit the target market, but would not comment further.
Last year Bays TV had a Broadcasting Standards Authority complaint against it upheld over a documentary it ran called Still Craving For Love, described by gay spokespeople as "staunchly anti-gay".