Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Better Public Media looking forward to better public media

Better Public Media looking forward to better public media.

20 October 2017


The Better Public Media Trust congratulates the winners of the 2017 election – Labour, NZ First and the Greens.

“After nine years of slow destruction of public broadcasting and media we can finally look forward to better public media in New Zealand,” said Myles Thomas, BPM Director. “While the National Government has overseen the repeal of the TVNZ Charter, the closure of TVNZ 7, loss of quality television documentaries, evening current affairs plus much more, and the slow strangulation of RNZ and NZ on Air – the new government marks a turning point. We look forward to a government which genuinely cares about the state of New Zealand’s media – both public media and problems with the commercial media business model.”

Both NZ First and Labour produced ambitious and exciting media policies this election, recognised with an 8 and 7 out of 10 in the BPM election score-card. Both were written with input from Better Public Media and both aim to create a non-commercial public service media platform that includes at least one television channel.

NZ First would utilise the Telecommunications Development Levy to partly fund the removal of advertising from TVNZ1. This would allow viewers to turn on their favourite channel to watch a NZ version of the BBC or ABC in Australia.

Labour’s policy would increase funding to expand RNZ so it can create a digital television channel and new content initiatives. Labour would invest specifically in investigative journalism.

The Greens also signalled inflation-adjusting RNZ’s budget to pre-funding freeze levels, and like Labour, a specific investigative journalism fund.

Maybe New Zealand television will be worth watching again?

"We would like to thank Labour, NZFirst and the Greens for their commitment to supporting journalism, ensuring Kiwis have something decent to watch on television, that RNZ stays strong, and that future generations can enjoy New Zealand content for all Kiwis without marketing," said Mr Thomas.

"We have been waiting a while to say this - Better Public Media looks forward to seeing better public media in New Zealand."

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Reserve Bank: RBNZ To Implement $30bn Large Scale Asset Purchase Programme Of NZ Govt Bonds

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided to implement a Large Scale Asset Purchase programme (LSAP) of New Zealand government bonds. The negative economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak have continued to intensify. The Committee ... More>>

ALSO:

Elevate NZ: Venture Fund To Lift Productivity

The Government’s new $300 million venture capital fund - announced in last year’s Budget – is now open for business as the Elevate NZ Venture Fund. Finance Minister Grant Robertson says lifting New Zealand's productivity requires well-functioning ... More>>

ALSO:


COVID-19: Case Confirmed In NZ – Expert Reaction

After spreading across the globe for months, the first case of COVID-19 has been reported in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health says the risk of a community outbreak is low, due to their preparedness and the high awareness of the disease. The Science ... More>>

ALSO:

Agriculture: New Legislation To Boost Organics

New organics legislation will boost consumer confidence and help grow an innovative sector, says Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Organics Product Bill, introduced to Parliament this week, aims to increase consumer confidence when purchasing ... More>>

ALSO:

Biodiversity Policy: Misinformation Circulating

Forest & Bird is concerned at misinformation circulating regarding a policy statement aimed at protecting New Zealand’s unique biodiversity. The National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity is being consulted on by the ... More>>

ALSO: