Category Archives: Broadcasting Policy

Nanny State Backdown Continues

We awoke to the news in this morning’s Herald that the review of broadcasting, internet and telecommunications regulation ordered by the previous Government has been canned. The National-led Government has concluded that the current market “appears workably competitive” and there is no need for new regulation. Most of those who put forward submissions to the… Read More »

Freeview: Catch 22

In today’s “Show Me The Money” blog entry on Stuff, Bernard Hickey takes TVNZ to task for the money it spends creating and narrowcasting TVNZ6, TVNZ7 and SPORTS EXTRA to a favoured few on Freeview. Bernard asks the not unreasonable question “why doesn’t TVNZ, which is spending my money to build these new channels, put… Read More »

National Announces Broadcasting Policy

The NZ National Party has now announced its Broadcasting Policy. The most significant ingredients: 1. State ownership of Television New Zealand will continue, as will financial support for Maori Television, Radio New Zealand, National Pacific Radio Trust, and Access Radio. 2. The “TVNZ charter funding” will become contestable through NZ on Air – in other words, available to other… Read More »