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Radio New Zealand Expands Regional News Coverage

15 September 2004

Radio New Zealand Expands Regional News Coverage

Radio New Zealand Chief Executive, Peter Cavanagh, has announced that Radio New Zealand is to expand its coverage of regional news and extend its network of regional news correspondents with the creation of three new positions in Tauranga, New Plymouth and Queenstown. Announcing the new positions, Radio New Zealand Chief Executive, Peter Cavanagh emphasised the importance of Radio New Zealand’s network of experienced local correspondents

“ Radio New Zealand News is the nation’s leading news provider, and these new positions will enable us to expand our coverage of local stories as they happen”. “It is important that Radio New Zealand reflects communities throughout the country, not only in the main cities, but also in the heartland. Our audience research shows that we are a vital information source for New Zealanders and we value that reputation.”

Peter Cavanagh also acknowledged the importance of increased Government funding in the delivery and expansion of public broadcasting services.

“The new regional correspondent positions are a direct result of the extra funding for Radio New Zealand announced by the government in its latest budget. Radio New Zealand already has the reputation as the country’s number one radio network and having additional funding will make a real difference in allowing the organisation to fulfill its charter requirements”.

Radio New Zealand received an increase in base line funding of $2.646 million last year to offset rises in operating costs and to protect the company’s critical public service broadcasting role. In addition to Wellington and Auckland newsrooms, Radio New Zealand already has regional correspondents based in Whangarei, Hamilton, Napier, Palmerston North, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. The three new positions will be advertised in coming weeks and appointments will be made as soon as possible.

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