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Funding Boost for Radio New Zealand International

Funding Boost for Radio New Zealand International

Radio New Zealand Chief Executive, Peter Cavanagh, has applauded the Government announcement of a funding boost for Radio New Zealand International.

The Government is to provide $2.64 million dollars capital in 2005 – 2006 for a new digital short-wave transmitter. An additional $421,000 will be provided next year and in subsequent years to cover operating costs. Radio New Zealand International’s current analogue transmitter is nearing the end of its serviceable life.

Commenting on the funding announcement, Peter Cavanagh, emphasised the importance of the country’s highly regarded short-wave broadcaster servicing listeners in the Pacific Islands.

“ The new digital transmitter will secure the long term future of what has become a vitally important service to the people of the Pacific region. This very welcome funding recognises the significant part played by Radio New Zealand International in increasing understanding and awareness of New Zealand’s role in the Pacific.

“ We value our relationship with our Pacific neighbours and see broadcasting as a two way process with news and information from the region flowing back to this country through Radio New Zealand’s domestic services – providing an invaluable link home for the country’s growing Pacific Island communities. “

Radio New Zealand International Manager, Linden Clark, says the Government announcement is a great boost for the broadcaster.

“Today’s funding announcement means that our Radio New Zealand International programming can be delivered to the Pacific via a high quality signal ... it'll sound like FM. We’ve known for a long time that our Pacific content is the best there is – and now we’ll know that our delivery system can match it.” “This is a great vote of confidence, it not only protects, but also strengthens the voice of New Zealand in the world’s most widespread region, a region where New Zealand really does make a difference. “

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