This post by TOM FREWEN is one of two being published on Point of Order today on the restructuring of state broadcasting and the fate of RNZ’s Concert programme.
Tom is a journalist and broadcaster who has worked for both commercial and publicly funded media. He reported on the NZ House of Representatives for 22 years, starting the Today/Week in Parliament programmes in 1994, and he established Mediawatch on RNZ, fronted first by Russell Brown and now by Colin Peacock.
There was never any need for the QC trio, hired by local orchestras to fight RNZ’s plan to turf Concert off its high-quality FM frequency, to go past the first of the three legs of their proposed legal action.
That was the claim that RNZ was in breach of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 which, together with the Broadcasting Act of the same year, provides the legislated foundations for the broadcasting system established by the Fourth Labour government 31 years ago.
Section 174 of the Radiocommunications Act entitles RNZ to use “certain frequencies” for “the operation of four services including “the service known as the FM Concert Programme”. Section 175 specifies the conditions of the licences relating to the FM Concert Programme and National Radio
RNZ’s chief executive, Paul Thompson, assured Lisa Owen on Checkpoint on Tuesday this week that legal advice had been obtained when they hatched what they call their “strategy” to become more relevant to younger people. Continue reading “Pulling the FM plug on the Concert programme was a matter for Parliament to decide”
This post by BARRIE SAUNDERS is one of two being published on Point of Order today on the restructuring of state broadcasting and the fate of RNZ’s Concert programme.
In the 1970s Barrie worked for the NZBC, ABC, UPITN, NBR and the BBC, he was a director of TVNZ from 2011-2017, and he listens via the internet to the ABC, BBC and other public radio.
The RNZ Concert programme train wreck is but a prelude to what is likely if the proposed RNZ-TVNZ merger goes ahead.
The Government has asked PWC to flesh out a plan that doesn’t stack up. But we can be 100% confident that PWC will find the proposed merger is viable when they report to the government in mid-year. Consultants rarely produce reports that customer don’t like and – unlike the private sector – this one will be taxpayer underwritten. And we all know what that means.
In a small democracy and economy, I accept there is a case for a publicly owned broadcaster. But it should exist alongside a thriving private media, which at present is in deep trouble as foreign digital media hoover up most of the digital advertising, without providing any real NZ content. Continue reading “The TVNZ–RNZ merger – is this another broadcasting train wreck? “
Back in September, when reporting its annual assessment of what it calls “Mood of the Boardroom”, the New Zealand Herald featured an article on how CEOs ranked Cabinet ministers on performance.
Lo and behold, 17th-ranked Kris Faafoi emerged as the minister who most impressed “top chief executives”.
The report quoted a “leading banker” (who sensibly remained anonymous) as saying the
“ … unsung performers of this Cabinet are David Parker and Kris Faafoi. Both have reached out to the business community to genuinely ask for our views and listened. They also put government policies in their areas into perspective”.
Point of Order can only wonder whether those top CEOs are still clinging to the view they expressed last September that Faafoi is a “safe pair of hands”. Continue reading “The future of broadcasting is in Faafoi’s hands (which might not be as fumble-free as CEOs decided last year)”