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.
Opinion: As we enter the second half of the Government’s first year in office, can it claim to be the more open and transparent regime it promised to be?
8 things that mattered this week
Questions of party bias were aimed at RNZ's board chair as executives were grilled in select committee over a scandal that still has legs. Thomas Coughlan had tickets to the action.
In the space of a few hours, the heads of two Crown Entities reappeared before select committees to correct or clear up misunderstandings largely created by their new ministers. The unusual scenes cap a difficult month for the Government as it tries to escape the mire of bad news it has found itself stuck in.
Tempers flared in the Economic Development, Science and Innovation select committee on Thursday as RNZ executives again faced questions about the organisation’s independence.
Broadcasting and communications minister Clare Curran has again found herself in hot water after it emerged that she contacted RNZ Chair Richard Griffin last week about correcting an inaccurate claim Griffin made in select committee. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would have been preferable if someone else had contacted Griffin.
Back by popular demand, here's the 8 things that mattered in our political economy in the (short) week that was, along with Weekend Reads at bottom.
Carol Hirschfeld's departure has rocked RNZ. Tensions over how a new $38 million pot of money might be spent rippled underneath the surprise resignation. Thomas Coughlan reports.