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CBB welcomes NZ First Broadcasting and ICT policy

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting (CBB) welcomes the NZFirst Broadcasting and ICT policy. NZFirst’s Broadcasting Policy is to remove all advertising from TVNZ 1 and partially fund the platform with an increase in the Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL). “Turning TVNZ 1 into a non-commercial channel is a bold idea that will appeal to many voters,” […]

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Contrary to a media report, the Coalition for Better Broadcasting does not support Mike Hosking to moderate TVNZ’s leader’s debates. –

By   /  August 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  5 Comments

Stuff quotes the CBB from a 2014 blog: “So top marks to Mike Hosking for keeping his views to himself”. But the next sentence reads: “The problem was, we already knew what his views were. No amount of poker-face could stop us seeing John Key and David Cunliffe through the Hosking lens.” The thrust of […]

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$11.4m brings RNZ to 2012 funding levels – Coalition for Better Broadcasting

By   /  May 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting (CBB) congratulates the Minister of Finance for recognising the value of public service broadcasting. In today’s budget, NZ’s only non-commercial broadcaster receives an additional $2.85m for four years – the first increase since 2008 when National came to power. “This is a small step in the right direction but not […]

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NZME-Fairfax Merger Decision: A victory for the public but now the Government must step in to save news media – Coalition for Better Broadcasting

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on NZME-Fairfax Merger Decision: A victory for the public but now the Government must step in to save news media – Coalition for Better Broadcasting

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting welcomes the Commerce Commission’s decision to uphold its draft determination and decline the merger between NZME and Fairfax NZ. CBB Chair and Victoria University media studies lecturer, Dr. Peter Thompson called the decision “a difficult but very important ruling which has rightly prioritised the interests of the New Zealand public […]

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CBB applauds Minister Amy Adams (yes, it’s true)

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CBB applauds Minister Amy Adams (yes, it’s true)

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting welcomes the government’s decision to extend responsibility for broadcasting content standards to online content. The move is long-overdue and will help resolve some of the regulatory loopholes between the Broadcasting and Telecommunication Acts. It is also important that content standards across platforms will be underpinned by statute in the final […]

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A Fairfax-NZME Merger Would Be Bad News For All Of Us – Coalition for Better Broadcasting

By   /  May 11, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  7 Comments

The proposed merger between Fairfax’s New Zealand holdings and APN’s NZME subsidiary would effectively create a monopoly with too much market power in the newspaper sector, the Coalition for Better Broadcasting has warned. With the exception of the Otago Daily Times, a merged NZME and Fairfax company would control all the major metropolitan and regional […]

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Coalition for Better Broadcasting alarmed by more job losses at RNZ

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

Yet again RNZ is announcing job losses and explaining them away as a reorganisation of jobs. But the underlying reason is that the government is chronically under-funding RNZ. “The Government is slowly strangling RNZ, limiting its ability to provide core services – quality news, current affairs and entertainment for all New Zealanders.” says Coalition for […]

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NZ has been previously affected by Investor State Disputes Settlement – Coalition for Better Broadcasting

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

“Government claims that New Zealand has never been sued by a corporation under existing trade agreements may be correct,” says Myles Thomas from the Coalition for Better Broadcasting (CBB), “but it is worth noting that the threat of Investor/State litigation did affect government policy in 1998 and early 2000s.” In 1998 the National Government’s Minister […]

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Radio New Zealand job losses are a direct result of the government funding freeze

By   /  July 19, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  5 Comments

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting calls on the Minister of Broadcasting, Amy Adams to improve Radio New Zealand funding as a matter of urgency. Radio New Zealand has announced that 20 staff will lose their jobs over the next six months. “Radio New Zealand is being slowly shutdown by this government with a harsh funding […]

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Will 2015 Be The Year Radio NZ Starts Closing Down?

By   /  December 29, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

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MEDIA WATCH: It’s Time to ‘Activate the Rest Button’

By   /  December 6, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

NZ on Air is failing to create a healthy market for ideas and programmes. It is no coincidence that after 25 years no other country has adopted this failed funding model.

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MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Programmes

By   /  November 22, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

The way TVNZ is outsourcing these programmes is quite simply irresponsible. It smacks of being a rushed decision taken by people who don’t know or care how television is made. Everyone including funding agencies and staff was taken by surprise. The Minister of Broadcasting only got a few days notice.

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MEDIA WATCH – Paora Maxwell, a liability.

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

For some reason most staff at Māori TV didn’t want to work for their new CEO, Paora Maxwell. Apparently he has a reputation for being phenomenally rude to people. But despite unprecedented staff opposition, warnings from the outgoing CEO and the resignation of a MTS Board Member – Georgina Te Heuheu, Paora’s mate and Chair of the MTS Board, got him the job.

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MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David Fisher in the Herald, Andrea Vance at Stuff… TVNZ doesn’t.

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Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Amy Adams: Minister of Broadcasting

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

We have a new Minister of Broadcasting, Amy Adams and the good news is that at last broadcasting is in the hands of a senior cabinet minister. Adams might actually influence National’s broadcasting policy and bring the advice and expertise of the relevant ministries to that decision making process

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Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps Giving

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

If you’re one of the 21% who would consider voting for advert-free television, or part of the huge majority of New Zealanders who simply want better television news, the solution is advert-free television. Take a look at the CBB Broadcasting Policy Guide

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