Clause 11(9) of the Broadcasting Code for Free-to-Air Broadcasters provides as follows:      

television(9)        Broadcasting service licensees must not include explicit or graphic language     related to news of destruction, accidents or sexual violence which could disturb      children or sensitive audiences, except where it is in the public interest to include such material. 

A complaint relating to the explicit showing of snakes, kept as house pets, during the 19:00 news, was not upheld, since the scenes did not fall within the ambit of the above clause.

[2013] JOL 30097 (BCCSA)

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