March 31, 2021
Martin to oversee potential TVNZ-RNZ merger
Former New Zealand First Minister Tracey Martin has been appointed to chair a governance group looking at the formation of a new public media entity.
Broadcasting and Media Minister Kris Faafoi says the group will oversee the development of a business case to consider the viability of an entity which can meet the changing expectations of New Zealand audiences.
It will also work on its charter.
The new organisation would build on TVNZ and Radio New Zealand and operate with a mixed funding model, drawing part of its revenue from commercial sources, and part from Government funding.
It would provide content across a variety of platforms and have full editorial and operational independence from Government, enshrined in legislation.
He says group members were chosen for their expertise in public broadcasting, private media, the Māori media sector, government policy, public engagement, change management and business case processes.
Other members are Maori independent producer Bailey Mackey, Broadcasting Standards Authority chief executive Glen Scanlon, former MediaWorks chief executive Michael Anderson, journalist and media production company director Sandra Kailahi , veteran media executive William Earl, Kordia Group chair John Quirk and Victoria University media studies associate professor Dr Trisha Dunleavy.
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