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RNZ Welcomes Public Media Announcement



Radio New Zealand Chairman, Dr. Jim Mather, has welcomed
the appointment of a Governance Group to lead the next phase
of work on a potential new public media entity for Aotearoa
New Zealand.

Minister for Broadcasting and Media, Kris
Faafoi, has announced that a group of eight media experts
will develop a business case and seek input on a Charter for
the new entity, before reporting back to Cabinet by the end
of the year.

Dr. Mather said RNZ is strongly
supporting the development of a policy and business case
that will be critical to ensuring the proposed entity has a
public media focus, mandate and purpose enshrined in a
Charter.

“We believe, as a board and an executive
team, that this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to
create a stronger public media system that will benefit all
New Zealanders and ensure we stay connected, informed, and
part of a cohesive democracy.”

“The new entity
needs to have a mandate to collaborate, not compete, with
other media entities, and great care will need to be taken
to ensure a sustainable and adaptable underlying financial
model is established.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Mather said
RNZ remained committed to ensuring that it reflects what a
progressive, contemporary public media organisation should
look like in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2021 and into the
future.

“Our focus at RNZ is on ensuring that we
continue to perform strongly so that our people, services,
and public media ethos make a significant contribution to
the proposed new
entity.”

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