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TVNZ charter failure a fitting end

Katherine Rich

National Broadcasting Spokesperson

11 June 2002

TVNZ charter failure a fitting end

Failure to get the TVNZ Bill through the House is a fitting end to Marian Hobbs' ineffectual term as Broadcasting Minister, says National's Broadcasting Katherine Rich.

"She ends this term having achieved nothing for TVNZ except ruining what used to be one of the top five organisations owned by New Zealanders.

"It took her 18 months to write one page of the Charter, 2½ years to cut the value of TVNZ by half and it will take her 3 years before the relevant legislation is even close to getting through Parliament. She then says it will take 5 years to fully implement the charter. With progress like that no wonder the public have lost faith.

"Marian Hobbs said that one of the reasons for imposing such a cumbersome 3-board structure on TVNZ was that it could not implement the Charter as a State Owned Enterprise. Now she is expecting the nation's broadcaster to do just that.

"She also confirms a point I have made all along - that TVNZ can aptly cover a wide range of objectives within its corporate intent rather than be buried in new legislation," said Ms Rich.

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