Last month New Zealand on Air announced $31 million in funding to broadcasters, but National MP Melissa Lee says there is not enough scrutiny over how that money is spent, Thomas Coughlan reports.
Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran says MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson is running a campaign using Murdoch-style language against public media, Thomas Coughlan reports.
The Green Party has revealed who its ministers are meeting behind closed doors for the first time, saying the move is about “shining a light” on the inner workings of government.
The Government's recent public media funding announcement has been called into question by some, including Newsroom columnist Bryce Edwards . In a response to Edwards, NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson argues the "twin pillar" approach with her organisation and RNZ makes more sense than has been suggested.
RNZ receives a funding boost that takes it back to where it was before its budget was frozen in 2009, but Labour's big public media pledge lies in tatters. Thomas Coughlan reports.
RNZ will receive a $4.5 million boost in direct funding as well as access to a $6 million fund it will jointly administer with New Zealand on Air.
The Minister in charge of digital services believes big tech companies such as Google and Facebook are conducting “extraordinary experiments on our entire civilisation”.
RNZ’s champagne will remain on ice after missing out on additional funding in this year’s Budget, but the Government says it is still committed to boosting the public broadcaster.
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