THE Broadcasting Authority yesterday reprimanded TVB Pearl for televising graphic scenes of animals mating and fighting. It also rebuked the English-language channel and its ATV World counterpart for inaccurate reporting of financial news. The authority found that both stations had provided incorrect information about the dividend payments of some shares during the morning screening of financial reports last October. Scenes from The Sex of the Animal Kingdom, screened by TVB Pearl in November, were described by one complainant as ''an animal equivalent of a very low-budget sex film complete with supermarket music in the background''. Badgers, dogs, lions and tigers were filmed mating and fighting in what Stanley complainant Maggie Looms condemned as ''a sequence of almost pornographic clips'' and ''barbarian torture''. Authority members concluded that the scenes were ''contrived, stage managed and inhumane''. It found that TVB had breached the television code of practice on programme standards. Mrs Looms, who wrote letters of protest to the South China Morning Post and the World Wide Fund for Nature over the ''orgy'', yesterday applauded the decision. ''I could not believe that the programme was allowed to be broadcast - it was absolutely disgusting,'' she said. ''The sex part was okay to watch, but the commentary that went with it put me off.'' Authority chairman Sir Roger Lobo said one redeeming aspect was its 9.50 pm screening, outside normal viewing hours for children. ''I saw the programme. It's not a Category III - it's animals doing their thing. I don't know what kind of pleasure it gives people,'' Sir Roger said yesterday. TVB said it viewed the action seriously, adding that The Sex of the Animal Kingdom would ''serve as a very good guideline for our future censorship of programmes''. ''We did not expect this would arouse such discomfort from the public. We definitely won't be repeating it,'' said Lily Chan Chu-kiu, TVB's controller of external affairs. She said human error and deadline constraints contributed to the inaccurate financial report. News controller for ATV World Garmen Chan Ka-yiu, said: ''We broadcast it in what we call 'television language'. We cannot go into every detail of a financial statement.'' The authority also warned ATV World for broadcasting too much non-English material.