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Inaugural conference set to lift debate level

MINISTRY FOR CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Inaugural conference set to lift the level of debate

The inaugural Public Broadcasting Conference - A New Future for Public Broadcasting - is set to lift the level of debate as to be best way forward for New Zealand broadcasting.

Over the two-day conference, a key line-up of international and New Zealand broadcasters will debate New Zealand’s future in light of domestic challenges and overseas experience.

Presentations and in-depth discussions will cover such crucial issues as: In a 'mixed broadcasting economy', what in fact is the best mix? How can public broadcasting best be delivered? What is the role and importance of the public broadcaster? What options can, and should be, available for consumers, policy makers, broadcasters and producers in the 21st century?

The line-up of speakers includes: Greg Dyke, Director-General of the BBC, Bob Collins, Director-General, Irish National Broadcaster RTE; Tim Gardam, Director of Television, Channel 4; Michael Jackson, Chairman, Universal Television Group; Hon. Steve Maharey, Minister of Broadcasting; Ian Fraser, TVNZ; Dr Leonie Pihama, Maori Television Service; Hone Harawira, Iwi Radio; Sharon Crosbie, Radio New Zealand.

The conference will be held at the Hotel InterContinental, Wellington from Thursday 20 to Friday 21 November.

A New Future for Public Broadcasting is convened by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, NZ On Air, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, the Mâori Television Service, Te Mângai Pâho and the New Zealand Broadcasting School.

A New Future for Public Broadcasting has been scheduled to immediately precede the SPADA (Screen Production and Development Association) Conference.

The complete conference programme, registration form, biographical details and further information are available from the website: www.newfuture.govt.nz

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