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Classic Blunder; The Sequel - Part 4

Friday, 26 February 2021, 4:24 pm | Tom Frewen

The sheer folly of Radio New Zealand’s plan to sacrifice half the public broadcaster’s classical music listeners to attract a new audience to a multi-media youth music “brand” was obscured somewhat by the outraged protest after news of Concert FM’s ... More >>

A Classic Blunder: The Sequel - Part 3

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 10:26 am | Tom Frewen

“Things have changed,” Radio New Zealand’s chief executive, Paul Thompson, advised staff in an email on Wednesday 12 February last year, a week to the day after they were summoned to hear RNZ’s Music Content Director, Willy Macalister, “consult” ... More >>

A Classic Blunder: The Sequel. The Malady Lingers On

Saturday, 13 February 2021, 11:39 am | Tom Frewen

With apologies to Irving Berlin — the song is ended but the malady lingers on. It’s been a year since Radio New Zealand suddenly stopped singing the praises for its proposed new youth music multi-media brand/platform. But uncertainty and disquiet, ... More >>

A Classic Blunder - The Sequel (Part One)

Friday, 5 February 2021, 9:34 am | Tom Frewen

It’s not an anniversary that Radio New Zealand’s board and management will want to celebrate but it was a year ago to the day that they unveiled their new youth music strategy — only to see it crash and burn within a week. Like the proverbial ... More >>

Missing The Point: RNZ Concert Petition Rejected By MPs

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 11:00 am | Tom Frewen

A call for RNZ’s board and management to be sacked for their botched attempt to use Concert FM’s funding and broadcast frequency for a youth music station has been rejected by Parliament’s Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select ... More >>

RNZ And Concert FM: Still More Bum Notes

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 4:48 pm | Tom Frewen

Days after RNZ’s chief executive Paul Thompson wrote to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s chief executive Bernadette Cavanagh inquiring about access to the 102FM network for a proposed multimedia youth music platform, his senior management ... More >>

RNZ And Concert FM: More Bum Notes

Saturday, 20 June 2020, 9:42 am | Tom Frewen

Glaring in its absence from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s 46-page document dump on Tuesday, flowing from RNZ’s disastrous decision to replace Concert FM with a multi-media youth music platform, is the ministry’s response — if it exists ... More >>

Concert FM - Timeline Of A Blunder

Friday, 15 May 2020, 12:43 pm | Tom Frewen

The controversy over RNZ’s plan to replace its Concert FM classical music network with a new youth-oriented multi-media music brand looks set to head back to Parliament. A petition seeking the sacking of RNZ’s board is under consideration by Parliament’s ... More >>

Concert FM: Yes/No/Maybe Minister

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 5:19 pm | Tom Frewen

One of the first things that Parliament did when MPs returned to the House on Tuesday was accept a petition calling for the sacking of Radio New Zealand’s board of governors. From long-time Concert FM listener, Rutherford Ward, and carrying 450 signatures, the petition ... More >>

Alternative Voices Online And On Air

Friday, 17 April 2020, 5:35 pm | Tom Frewen

Stopped at a Lockdown Compliance checkpoint on SH1 between Tauranga and Wellington, Simon Bridges could have used the same reason for being out and about that he gave Morning Report on Thursday 8 April — that he was the Leader of the Opposition and ... More >>

Benefit Of The Doubt

Saturday, 11 April 2020, 6:19 pm | Tom Frewen

The benefit of the doubt is a gift that political journalists and commentators reserve primarily for themselves. More >>

Dobbing In, Via Smart Phone

Thursday, 9 April 2020, 9:47 am | Tom Frewen

In the beginning there was the word. In the end there will be the video. Inbetween there is the smart phone. First, though, let’s clear away one of the big questions: why do we need state surveillance when we have neighbours? One of the most depressing ... More >>

Richard Long Gets Another Tough Job

Friday, 30 November 2012, 12:24 pm | Tom Frewen

Although Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, publicly announced the appointment of his friend, SKY TV lobbyist Tony O'Brien, to the Antarctic New Zealand management board on Wednesday, he kept quiet about appointing another media friend, former Dominion ... More >>

The G.C. — Aussies to see Mozzies

Thursday, 28 June 2012, 12:31 pm | Tom Frewen

Australian television viewers will be the next to judge the merits of The G.C., the controversial reality series about young Maori “working hard and playing even harder” on their “glittering” Gold Coast. More >>

Tom Frewen: The G.C. – Part Three

Monday, 11 June 2012, 3:22 pm | Tom Frewen

In a fresh embarrassment for government funding agency, NZ on Air, one of the four females in the taxpayer-funded reality tv show The G.C. has got herself on to the cover of Swedish lads’ mag Slitz as “Australia’s new supermodel.” More >>

Tom Frewen: GC In Breach Of Funding Agreement?

Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 10:31 am | Tom Frewen

An apparent breach of the funding agreement between the producers of The G.C. and NZ on Air is revealed in papers released under the Official Information Act. More >>

Strongman Mine Doco - Another Disaster at NZ on Air?

Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 3:06 pm | Tom Frewen

On Sunday night, courtesy of government broadcast funding agency NZ on Air, taxpayers spent $884,782 for 226,220 TV3 viewers to watch an hour-long documentary about the Strongman mine disaster plus half-an-hour of commercials. More >>

Storm About To Blow Up Over Gold Coast

Thursday, 3 May 2012, 11:57 am | Tom Frewen

Another embarrassing political storm is about engulf the government’s broadcast funding agency, NZ on Air, as last night’s screening of the first episode of “reality” tv show, The G.C. (TV3, 8pm) raises questions about its funding. More >>

Tom Frewen: NZoA Board Members Commission Political Docos

Wednesday, 8 February 2012, 3:10 pm | Tom Frewen

Fresh controversy surrounds Prime Minister John Key's electorate chairman, Stephen McElrea, as documents released under the Official Information Act reveal his involvement in commissioning television productions for screening on TV3. More >>

NZ On Air Chairman Neil Walter Steps Down

Thursday, 2 February 2012, 8:09 pm | Tom Frewen

The government’s broadcasting funding agency, New Zealand on Air, is looking for a new chairman to replace Neil Walter who is leaving next month. More >>