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TVNZ Media Release: Tvnz Chairman Retires

TVNZ Media Release: TVNZ Chairman Retires

TVNZ Chairman, Rosanne Meo, confirmed today that she would be retiring from her position as Chairman of TVNZ on completion of her current term at the end of December.

"Some months ago I advised the then Minister for SOEs and, more recently the Prime Minister Helen Clark of my decision not to seek a further term, although I have offered to stay on for a further three months to help with a smooth transition for the next Chairman", she says.

"Three years ago I set out with a number of specific goals to achieve in TVNZ and I finish my term feeling well satisfied that they have been met. We have strong executive leadership, the company is performing well at all levels and has grown its audience share despite increased competition. There has been an increase in local content, and TVNZ's share of advertising revenue has grown. And most importantly, TVNZ has a strong path forward into the digital future.

"Our highest priority now is to work with the new Government to bring to reality the exciting opportunities offered by digital television.

"TVNZ has the ability, the resources and the expertise to bring the information revolution into New Zealand homes in a far more wide reaching and imaginative way than at present * through digital television. I believe it is important that New Zealand participates in such an important information development and does not leave it all up to foreign-owned media companies to exploit," says Mrs Meo.

"I'm delighted that Marian Hobbs, the Minister of Broadcasting, has kindled the debate over the role of public broadcasting in New Zealand. TVNZ welcomes it with a willingness to participate fully.

"I hope that all options will be considered including the creation of a new commercial free public broadcasting channel which TVNZ's proposed new digital service could help provide."

In announcing her decision today, Mrs Meo urged TVNZ staff to continue to deal with and conquer the uncertainties of the future and all its inevitable changes.

"Change is a constant part of the television business and TVNZ has always met the challenges and come out the better for it. TVNZ's record speaks for itself," she says.

"I feel honoured to have served my term as chairman of such an exciting and vibrant organisation, staffed by so many fine and talented people. It was with some sadness that I formally informed the Board and staff of my decision this morning."

Contact: Liam Jeory, Communications Manager

Phone: 09 916 7565

Mobile: 021 416 400


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