MAFS Australia: Series investigated by media watchdog amid complaints
Several episodes of season 8 of Married At First Sight Australia is under investigation by a media watchdog after triggering complaints.
MAFS Australia has become one of the most talked about shows on television, with viewers being taken by the antics of the attendees who are paired with complete strangers to get married.
While season six of the reality show recently aired on E4 in the UK, the eighth season recently aired in Australia, bringing even more drama and mayhem.
It has been announced that several episodes of the 2021 series are under investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, an organization that regulates communications and media in Australia.
In a statement sent to Metro.co.uk, the company said a “range of issues have been raised in the complaints” it has received.
“The ACMA has opened an investigation into the 2021 season episodes of Married at First Sight and is currently evaluating the scope of the investigation by noting the range of issues raised in the complaints over multiple episodes,” the statement said.
According to The Herald Sun, the media watchdog received 54 complaints from MAFS Australia viewers, as reported by Daily mail.
It is said to be a record number of complaints ever received by the company.
In April of this year, Nine released a two-page letter responding to complaints about the final season, a statement which was obtained by The Wash.
In the letter, the network apologized for any “concern or distress caused”, saying the network takes concerns raised by its viewers “seriously”.
“While Married At First Sight seeks to capture and convey the opinions of the participants in order to provide a true representation of their characters, the opinions expressed by the participants are theirs, and not those of Nine,” he said. .
The network added that it was “aware that bullying and conflict – especially in the context of relationships are extremely serious issues in our community, and to the extent that they are described, they require careful presentation.”
“However, the Code does not prevent broadcasters from describing behavior that falls into these categories and which could be interpreted as difficult for some viewers to watch, provided that such representations comply with the provisions of the Code and can be contained in the code. appropriate classification. ” It said.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Nine for comment.
MAFS Australia airs on Nine in Australia and E4 in the UK.
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