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Post Election Update

amy adams.jpgThe good news is we have a new Minister of Broadcasting, Amy Adams, who is more senior than previous ministers so more likely to control her own portfolio. She is also Minister of Communications so we hope to see better government responses to the convergence of broadcasting, telecommunications and online media industries. 

The bad news is that current broadcasting policies seem set to continue - Radio NZ funding will probably remain frozen, there’s no chance of a public service television channel and TVNZ remains fully commercial (maybe even preparing for sale).

Since the election public service broadcasting has been dismantled further:

  • TVNZ has closed it’s Māori And Pacific Department creating uncertainty for some of the last public service programmes on our screens
  • Māori Television continues ‘right-shifting’ itself towards the Māori establishment and possibly away from investigative journalism
  • Some of our largest news outlets continue committing atrocities against our intelligence – see here, here and here.

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