Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran says MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson is running a campaign using Murdoch-style language against public media, Thomas Coughlan reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.