Broadcasting

The New Zealand media sector is under enormous stress and needs to be supported with fresh ideas, new policy and investment to ensure its ongoing viability. The guiding principle is to develop a broad range of interconnected policies that supports a diverse, sustainable and independent media sector that (i) keeps New Zealanders connected and informed; (ii) gives people a choice of outlets and sources of information; (iii) celebrates our unique arts, culture and languages; and (iv) supports a strong participative democra

Policy:

  • Establish a new stand-alone industry led journalism funding entity to manage a contestable "Public Good" journalism fund
  • Examine tax deductions for domestic news subscriptions, press patron subscriptions, and large corporate sponsorships of news outlets
  • Facilitate collaboration of media entities through simplifying competition rules for merger activities whilst protecting national interest
  • Require and mandate Radio New Zealand (RNZ) to support the health of the broadcasting sector by providing shared services, facilities, content, training and staff development, and infrastructure for the wider industry
  • Secure and futureproof RNZ Concert as an important entity in our public broadcasting stable noting the station plays a crucial and unique role within the arts sector in New Zealand
  • Strengthen RNZ Pacific’s role as an international service that connects New Zealand with our Pacific neighbours
  • Enable the broadcasting industry to get efficiency of scale through mandating that TVNZ and other Crown media entities work together in creating efficiencies and capabilities that provide greater value for the New Zealand public
  • Release TVNZ from its obligation to return a dividend to the government
  • Return Māori Television’s operation to Auckland CBD to enable all Crown media entities to work together and share resources, helping provide greater value for the New Zealand public while ensuring plurality is maintained across the 4th estate and Māori media
  • Future proof funding to enable Iwi radio to develop its full potential as valued community radio stations and integral community hubs including as a media training pipeline for rangatahi in provincial New Zealand
  • Consider a funding review for Access Radio 
  • Consider a review into extending the definition of community radio in recognition of the role these other community broadcasters play in New Zealand’s media landscape.