Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Redundancies at Radio NZ? The funding freeze in action

Redundancies at Radio NZ? The funding freeze in action

6 June 2014

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is deeply concerned about potential redundancies at Radio NZ as reported in the DomPost and Herald today.

“It’s great that Radio NZ is branching out into online services but that shouldn’t come at the expense of existing radio or news services,” says Myles Thomas of the CBB. “It shows that Radio NZ is under-resourced as a result of the government funding freeze, and this is starting to effect the quality of services at Radio NZ.”

In 2007 an independent KPMG report said Radio NZ was already under-resourced and recommended funding increases of $6m plus. Instead the government has effectively cut funding by 9% as inflation continues to rise.

Radio NZ has managed the freeze by selling assets, grand pianos and land around its Auckland transmission site, but recently CEO Paul Thompson admitted to the parliamentary commerce select committee this - “to answer the question, how much longer can we cut the cloth? Not much longer.”

“To continue Paul Thompson’s analogy, Radio NZ may soon look decidedly undressed!”

“We note that rumours of job cuts surfaced last week and were denied by Radio NZ’s Board, yet now they’re admitting it. This indicates a Board trying very hard to conceal the detrimental effects of the funding freeze. Clearly the reality is that the freeze is starting to bite and will inevitably begin to undermine the quality of our only public service broadcaster.

“Rumours at the time were of 12 to 15 redundancies to the news operation. That out of a newsroom of less than 100 staff would be significant.

“New Zealand legislation has strict rules about political interference in Radio NZ’s editorial decision-making. But funding allocation is one way governments can weaken or strengthen state media organisations. This government has placed impossibly tough funding restrictions on RNZ and TVNZ since it came to power in 2008. It is therefore no surprise that TVNZ moved away from current affairs and into entertainment, eg Seven Sharp, no local 20/20 items, shortened Sunday. So far RNZ has resisted significant on-air changes but that seems to be about to change.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gaza.Scoop: UNRWA School, Ambulances Attacked - Gaza MOH

The Ministry of Health Gaza expresses its horror and outrage at the latest Israeli massacre moments ago at an UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons in Beit Hanoun. Ten people have been killed and there is a large number of wounded. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Valedictory Season: Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament Thursday outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news