Married At First Sight is officially under investigation by media watchdog after receiving record number of complaints
The eighth season of Married At First Sight Australia caused a lot of controversy when it hit theaters earlier this year.
And the Australian media watchdog has now officially launched an investigation after receiving a record 54 viewer complaints. The Herald Sun reports.
Speaking to the publication, a representative of the Australian Communications and Media Authority confirmed: ‘The ACMA has begun an investigation into MAFS’ 2021 season episodes and is currently assessing the scope of the investigation, pointing out the range of issues that in complaints about various episodes.’
Complaints: The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched an investigation into this year’s season of Married At First Sight after receiving a total of 54 complaints. Pictured: MAFS star Bryce Ruthven
A significant proportion of complaints alleged that the program involved personally violent interactions between participants through gaslighting, social, verbal and mental abuse, and that the program perpetuated and promoted the theme of domestic violence.
In April, Nine sent a lengthy two-page letter apologizing for “any concerns that may have been raised by your viewing of the Program,” but defending that the content was in accordance with its classification.
Many viewers took offense at scenes with the controversial couple Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven.
Statement: “The ACMA has launched an investigation into MAFS’ 2021 season episodes and is currently reviewing the scope of the investigation, pointing to the range of issues raised in complaints over several episodes,” an ACMA spokesperson said. to The Herald Sun.
ACMA revealed that at the time, it had received 14 complaints about this year’s season of MAFS, and four of those were about Bryce and Melissa, both 31.
“As part of the co-regulation, the ACMA will initially refer complainants to the broadcaster,” the media watchdog said in April.
If the complainant does not receive a response from the broadcaster within 60 days, or is not satisfied with the response, they may refer their complaint to the ACMA, which may elect to investigate it.
Details: According to a report from The Wash in May, many viewers took offense at scenes featuring controversial couple Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven, both pictured
In a long letter obtained by The laundryNine apologized for the way the reality show made some viewers feel.
“We sincerely apologize for any concerns or issues that may have arisen from viewing the program,” Nine’s compliance department wrote.
The network stated that the views of the contestants on the show did not align with Nine as a whole, and that everyone on the show has access to psychological support.
Nine also acknowledged that “bullying and conflict” are “serious issues” but emphasized that Married At First Sight did not violate any broadcasting standards.
‘Our sincere apologies’: In a lengthy letter obtained by The Wash, Nine apologized for the way the reality show made some viewers feel
No issues: Nine acknowledged that ‘bullying and conflict’ are ‘serious issues’ but insisted that Married At First Sight did not violate any broadcasting standard
The eighth season of Married At First Sight Australia was the most lamented season in the show’s history.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) received more than 50 official complaints – a record number for the watchdog.
“A significant number of complaints allege that the program involved personally violent exchanges between participants through gaslighting, social, verbal and mental abuse and that the program perpetuated and promoted the theme of domestic violence,” an ACMA spokesperson said in a statement.
Triggered: In addition, a Change.org petition demands that Channel Nine apologize for broadcasting ‘triggering’ scenes involving the ‘gaslighting’ groom and his long-suffering wife
Change Wanted: The petition, which has already received 2,500 signatures in less than 24 hours and now has more than 14,000, also calls on Nine to acknowledge its alleged ‘failure of duty of care’ to Melissa