Audiences and independent production sector win – NZ On Air

By   /   July 12, 2018  /   1 Comment

NZ On Air’s role as a funder of quality and diverse NZ public media content will be enhanced by new opportunities arising from a funding boost in 2018/19 announced today by the Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media.

NZ On Air’s contestable fund will receive a one-off $4m boost, while RNZ receives $4.5m, and the two organisations will jointly manage a $6m fund for innovation.

“Well-resourced public media is vital to national identity and informed democracy. We are heartened by this first step towards greater investment, encouraging further innovation and greater diversity of quality public media for all New Zealanders,” said NZ On Air Chair Dr Ruth Harley.

The $4m for NZ On Air to invest will be contestable funding targeted towards particular audiences, for example children.

“We recognised the need for more content for children and developed the ad-free platform HEIHEI with TVNZ and are keen to explore further ideas for our youngest media consumers. We’ll also look at other options such as on-line drama as we seek the most effective impact from the funding,” she continued.

NZ On Air’s Board will meet in a week and discuss options.

“Undoubtedly the winners from this announcement are audiences, who will enjoy more quality public media, and the independent production sector who will have access to more funding this year,” said Dr Harley.

NZ On Air looks forward to working with the Minister and RNZ on the next steps in this plan to increase public media funding.

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1 Comment

  1. cleangreen says:

    This is just no good for many who were promised a new commercial free TV network with current affairs channels with wide levels of ‘investigative Jouralism’ in a media platform that offers the regions a vioce to view their issue of comunity concern.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1805/S00107/budget-2018-questions-remain-over-new-broadcasting-spending.htm

    “This is good news and signals the government’s commitment to investing in a stronger, multimedia RNZ that provides freely-available, high-quality journalism and programming,” RNZ’s chief executive Paul Thompson said.

    This is a lie and here is the proof;

    Our
    HB/Gisborne communities are now still unable to have a RNZ reporter contact them after they asked for invervews to be broadcast on their Radio/TV channel.

    The only time we got a phone call was when the reporter said sjhe was not available in february this year!!!!!

    This is a clear ‘fail’ from the ineffective policies of Clare Curran, the Minister of Broadcasting who need to be replaced.

    Ms Curran send us a letter in January 2018 saying she would not help us in our request to get media coverage services.