Sharon Crosbie Recognised by Commonwealth Broadcasters
Radio New Zealand’s former Chief Executive, Sharon Crosbie, has been honoured by international radio and television broadcasters with the presentation of a prestigious Elizabeth R Award in recognition for her services to public service broadcasting.
The Elizabeth R Award for an Exceptional Contribution to Public Service Broadcasting was made by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, Elizabeth Smith, at a ceremony in London today.
The Award was established in 1998 by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, with money from the Elizabeth R Broadcasting Fund, set up through the generosity of the Queen who donated her royalties from the UK TV Programme “Elizabeth R” to develop broadcasting in the Commonwealth.
Nominations for the Award are made by any senior executive of a CBA member organization and the final decisions about the winner are made by the CBA Committee. In making the award announcement the Committee recognised the part played by Sharon Crosbie in defending the role of public service broadcasting in New Zealand:
“ Sharon Crosbie, a distinguished New Zealand broadcaster, was CEO of Radio New Zealand at a time when many other public bodies in New Zealand were losing their public service remits, including TVNZ. Sharon spoke up against commercial excesses in her Commonwealth Broadcasting Lecture in London in 2000. “
Commenting on the award announcement Radio New Zealand Chief Executive, Peter Cavanagh, also noted the contribution Sharon Crosbie had made to broadcasting in New Zealand.
“This prestigious award is well deserved recognition for a broadcaster who has played a significant role in New Zealand Public Service Broadcasting over many years. Sharon Crosbie’s contribution was immense, both as a broadcaster of outstanding talent and more recently as my predecessor at the helm of Radio New Zealand. “