A ‘range of issues were raised in complaints’ about MAFS Australia (Picture: Nine)
Several episodes from season 8 of Married At First Sight Australia are being investigated by a media watchdog after sparking complaints.
MAFS Australia has become one of the most talked-about shows on TV, with viewers becoming gripped by the antics of participants who are paired up with complete strangers to wed.
While season six of the reality show recently aired on E4 in the UK, the eighth season recently aired in Australia, bringing with it even more drama and mayhem.
It has been announced that several episodes of the 2021 series are being investigated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, an organisation that regulates communications and media in Australia.
In a statement sent to Metro.co.uk, the firm said that a ‘range of issues were raised in complaints’ that they received.
‘The ACMA has commenced an investigation into episodes of the 2021 season of Married at First Sight and is currently assessing the scope of the investigation noting the range of issues raised in complaints over several episodes,’ the statement said.
Media watchdog reportedly received 54 complaints. (Picture: Nine)
According to The Herald Sun, the media watchdog received 54 complaints from viewers of MAFS Australia, as reported by the Daily Mail.
It’s said that this was a record number of complaints ever received by the company.
In April this year, Nine released a two-page letter in response to complaints about the latest season, a statement that was obtained by The Wash.
In the letter, Nine apologised for any ‘concern or distress caused’, stating that the network takes the concerns raised by its viewers ‘seriously’.
‘Whilst Married At First Sight seeks to capture and convey the views of the participants in order to provide a true portrayal of their characters, the views expressed by the participants are their own, and not the views of Nine,’ it said.
The network added that it is ‘aware of that bullying and conflict – particularly within the context of relationships are extremely serious issues in our community, and to the extent they depicted, they require careful presentation’.
‘The Code however, does not preclude broadcasters from depicting behaviour that falls within these categories and that could be construed as difficult for some viewers to watch, provided those depictions are compliant with the provisions of the Code, and containable at the relevant 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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