DAN HARRIS AGAINST NEWSHUB
Case Number: 3091
Council Meeting: AUGUST 2021
Decision: No Grounds to Proceed
Publication: Discovery TV3 Newshub
Ruling Categories: Offensive Language
This complaint is about a headline published by Newshub on August 18, 2021 which read‘Dan’s a dickhead’; Kiwis mock UK TV host’s claim NZ in a ‘never-ending nightmare.’
Mr Harris said it was not appropriate to use obscene language to promote an article. Children could read the headline and it was not appropriate for children to pick up this word.
Dickhead is a commonly used word of light condemnation and is not an obscenity. Its use would not in our view offend most New Zealanders, particularly when used in this chiding way. Mr Harris may think it inappropriate and he is entitled to that opinion but its use does not breach any Media Council principles.
There are insufficient grounds to proceed.