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10:03 pm, August 31st, 2014 - 40 comments
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I’ve been at the Broadcasting debate in Auckland tonight, organised by the Coalition for Better Broadcasting. There was strong support from most of the speakers for public service broadcasting to be reformed and/or strengthened in NZ. For the parties of the left particularly, the manipulations exposed by Dirty Politics has intensified many people’s desire for for a new version of public service media. This is necessary to ensure democracy thrives.
The biggest news at the debate was that Labour will be setting up a new public service TV channel if they lead the next government.
Kris Faafoi’s idea is to locate it with RNZ. Tracy Martin said NZ First already had such a policy on their website. Actually, further questioning showed there was a difference. NZ First want to bring RNZ and TVNZ together.
Combine Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and Radio New Zealand under one state-owned enterprise known as New Zealand Broadcasting (NZB), modelled on similar public broadcasting systems overseas, and with clear aims that include promoting our nation’s unique qualities, and the coverage of significant national events.
Re-establish a non-commercial public service free-to-air channel with a concentration on quality programming based on the TVNZ 7 model.
Faafoi said that TVNZ and RNZ have totally different cultures, so they couldn’t be integrated.
Labour wants to locate their new public service TV channel with the long established values of RNZ.
Establish a working group to report on funding options to re-establish a Public Service Television Station.
Continue its strong commitment to the New Zealand content sector and a platform for free-to-air regional TV.
Work alongside the media industry to set up a new omnibus self-regulatory standards body to cover all media complaints and standards issues.
More details here. This includes:
establish a working group to report on funding options and the cost of re-establishing a commercial Public Service Television Station paralleling and probably within Radio New Zealand(RNZ).
ring fence television spectrum for regional and public broadcast
support the development of Pasifika television content to ensure its ongoing production and availability.
investigate, as part of our wider commitment to public broadcasting, and set a timeline for the establishment of a Pasifika television channel to celebrate our talentsand diversity.
Julie Anne Genter said that the idea of a new channel located with RNZ, would be something the Greens would be open to exploring.
Genter also produced this great line, which Miriam Prieard included in a tweet:
"To say we can't afford public broadcasting is like saying we can't afford to hold elections" @JulieAnneGenter
— Moomin del Sur 🕊️ (@mincandescence) August 31, 2014
Genter said we need good public service broadcasting to achieve the Green Party election priorities of a fairer society, a smarter economy and a clean environment. She said we need a proper non-commercial TV channel with adequate funding.
Laila Harre focsed strongly on industrial relations: many of the problems we have now with the media and journalism are due to the demise of collective bargaining.
With collective bargaining a collective sense of professionalism develops. This produces a team environment, with senior journalists supporting and mentoring junior journalists. This helps to develop and protect professional standards.
She also had an idea of providing funding for regionally based journalists to enable them to do the necessary research and analysis. And talked of the paper produced during Helen Clark’s term in government that proposed a public service radio network. It got sabotaged by commercial interests and Clark gave up on it.
The speakers also showed a strong understanding that broadcasting of the future will be integrated with digital and online capabilities.
Colin Craig talked in general about having good quality broadcasting for all New Zealanders, but was short on practicalities. He did say there were funding limitations. I felt he did Kiwi talent down by saying it wasn’t possible to produce good quality programmes here for children – eg of the quality of Dora the Explorer. He also wanted some sort of gateway to the Internet, where adults would have the capability to let children through.
Maggie Barry defended the abolition of TVNZ 6 and 7, saying it was all Labour’s fault: they had set the channels up only to be funded for a short period, and would also have axed them if they’d stayed in government.
The most heated response came from the audience when Barry responded to a question about the Dirty Politics of National and its allies. She resorted to a diversionary tactic, saying the dirtiest politics in NZ was Kim Dotcom, a non Kiwi with a dubious/criminal past, funding a New Zealand political party.
It was a very interesting evening, with some good ideas expressed about ways to achieve a better, more democratic NZ media.
National Party MP Maggie Barry and Internet Party leader Laila Harre clashed head-on at a public meeting last night, with personal insults flying in each direction.
The clip also reports on Faafoi talking about sustainable funding for the public service TV channel and RNZ; on the Greens policy for a minimum level of free to air children’s TV, and on NZ First’s support for free to air broadcasting of major sports events.
Martyn Bradbury asks a question, Maggie Barry and Laila Harre respond.