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Greens Show Naivete On Broadcasting

The Green Party's opposition to splitting BCL from TVNZ shows naivete, ACT Broadcasting Spokesman MP Penny Webster said today.

"The Greens oppose splitting BCL from TVNZ because they don't want the state broadcaster to be forced to come cap-in-hand for funding. Have the Greens been asleep? The Charter will destroy TVNZ - the state broadcaster will have to ask for funding, regardless of whether BCL is split.

"Green MP Sue Kedgley claims she is scared TVNZ could become a pawn in political games. Political pressure and interference has been rife as Chairman Ross Armstrong's recent headline-grabbing antics have proved.

"Splitting BCL from TVNZ is beneficial because it makes TVNZ easier to sell. It also restores a semblance of independence to BCL, and makes charges transparent - CanWest and other private broadcasters will be charged the same as state television.

"Splitting BCL from TVNZ can only create a more even playing field," Penny Webster said.


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