ATV - Asia Television Limited

Bikini-wrestling ire dismissed

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 November, 1998, 12:00am

Complaints about a beauty pageant in which bikini-clad contestants wrestled with each other were rejected by the Broadcasting Authority.

The authority received 154 letters complaining that ATV's Miss Asia Pageant had been 'indecent, pornographic' and 'denigrating to women'.

It said the complaints were filed before the programme was screened on September 5 and fell outside its remit.

Complaints filed afterwards were unsubstantiated, the authority said.

'Though the female artistes were sometimes featured in swimwear, nothing indecent, unsuitable for children, or of a denigrating nature was found,' it concluded.

Coverage on ATV's Hong Kong Today infotainment programme on September 14 of the murder of a four-year-old girl was found to be in breach of guidelines relating to fair trials.

In other cases dealt with during the past two months by the authority, a radio interview with a suicidal young man on Commercial Radio was deemed irresponsible.

The authority's complaints committee gave the only warning issued last month to the station.

The interview contained details about suicide methods without any follow-up advice, at a time when young listeners may have been tuned in, the authority said.

A report in July on TVB's Focus on Focus about the Telford Gardens murders which speculated about the estate's fung shui was regarded as a minor breach.