The Australian Communications and Media Authority says WIN owned-NWS9 Adelaide incorrectly classified the film Spiderman as PG (Parental Guidance Recommended), rather than M (Mature).
ACMA ruled it breached the Code of Practice due to frequent violence, including violence that was stronger than mild.
Films broadcast on commercial television are classified according to the Guidelines for Classification of Films and Computer Games. For PG-classified films these guidelines state that, “violence should be mild and infrequent, and be justified by context.”
‘While the code allows licensees to modify films for broadcast, licensees must ensure that films are modified in accordance with the guidelines to guarantee that they are suitable for broadcast at particular times,’ said Lyn Maddock, Acting ACMA Chair.
Originally classified M by the Classification Board for theatrical release, the film was modified by the licensee for broadcast as PG. However ACMA concluded that the film was not correctly modified from its original M classification and should have been broadcast in the later M time zone with the corresponding M classification.
ACMA is discussing remedial action in relation to classification with the Nine Network, which provided and classified the film, as well as with the WIN Television licensee that broadcast the film.