Waatea 5th Estate-What has gone wrong in public broadcasting?


What has gone wrong in public broadcasting and are TVNZ and Radio NZ doing enough to live up to their 4th estate and treaty obligations.

Programme Leader of Pasifika Journalism at AUT – Richard Pamatatau
Waatea English News editor – Adam Gifford
AUT Communications Lecturer and media commentator – Dr Wayne Hope
And the Labour Party Spokesperson on Broadcasting, Clare Curran


  1. Good line-up you bring Martyn, as we need to see these voices heard on a broad list f subjects that impact negatively upon our 99% of the population at the hands of the one per cent.

    Long live free speech.

    Please invite Winston & Sue Moroney to talk about the flag and National’s deliberate withdrawing funding of our publically funded previously safe NZ rail system, by killing of our regional rail lines and ruining them and closing them down forever.

  2. Four comments on this discussion:
    1.RNZ is badly hamstrung by lack of funding because their board, and especially the chair (Richard Griffin) are Nats to the core. Griffin was Bolger’s media-man and has retained very close links to the power-elite. He’s is doing their bidding in his capacity of Chair of RNZ. He’s running the place down. Shame on you Dick! Especially as it served you very well in your day there as a political journo.
    2.NZOA are an unnecessary and expensive middle-person. Why they exist is a mystery. Take them out of the equation and give the money saved directly to the public broadcasters. They add nothing to the final broadcast media product. The actual broadcasters could do much more with NZOA’s money, and it would get rid of NZOA’s high-handed dictatorial attitude in what programmes they will/will not fund.
    3. Labour desperately need effective, detailed broadcasting policies, properly funded, that they can put before the public. I hope that such are part of the total package they will put up prior to the next election. Hope you’re working on them, Clare!
    4. And Willie, why not commission a comprehensive, professional survey of Maori that asks what they want to see/hear in the media? It seems to me the professionals in the business are the ones telling the rest of us what Maori want. How do you know?? Have you extensively asked? It would give a lot more power and persuasiveness to your arguments if you could back them up with substantive research.
    Just saying….

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