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Appointments to Broadcasting Standards Authority

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Broadcasting

4 December 2009
Media Statement

Appointments to the Broadcasting Standards Authority

The Minister of Broadcasting announced today the appointment of Peter Radich as the chair of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and Leigh Pearson as a board member.

Peter Radich is a partner in Radich Law and has been a solicitor of the High Court since 1969. He was previously the Chair of the New Zealand Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal until it was disbanded in January 2009. He also serves as Milk Commisioner for the Fonterra Dairy Group, District Solicitor to the Marlborough District Council and is a member of the Law Practitioners and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.

Leigh Pearson is a self-employed government relations and communications advisor. She has worked for TVNZ, Radio NZ, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is a former Chair of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority is a quasi-judicial tribunal established under the Broadcasting Act 1989. The Authority is tasked with overseeing New Zealand’s broadcasting standards regime, covering programmes on television and radio.

Peter Radich and Leigh Pearson are appointed for three-year terms until 30 November 2012.

ENDS

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