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RNZ Magna Charter Part 7: Treaty Yes; Radio No

Thursday, 2 September 2021, 4:51 pm | Tom Frewen

Radio New Zealand wants just two changes to its Charter — insertion of a clause “embedding” the Treaty of Waitangi and removal of its description as a public radio company. In its submission to the inquiry into review of its Charter being ... More >>

RNZ Magna Charter Part 6 – Govt Meddling With RNZ Review

Monday, 30 August 2021, 11:24 am | Tom Frewen

The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Review of Radio New Zealand’s Charter heard its first public submissions on Thursday 26 August. With Parliament shuttered under Covid-19 Level 4 restrictions, three people made submissions via Zoom to the five ... More >>

RNZ Magna Charter Part 5 – Beyond The Spin

Wednesday, 11 August 2021, 4:31 pm | Tom Frewen

Broadcasting and Media Minister Kris Faafoi was warned when Radio New Zealand’s management revealed their plan to replace classical music on its quality stereo FM broadcast frequency with a youth-oriented programme that RNZ risked “acting in ... More >>

RNZ’s Magna Charter – Part 4

Thursday, 5 August 2021, 11:10 am | Tom Frewen

The parliamentary inquiry into Radio New Zealand’s Charter Review is significant for several reasons, not least of them the Economic Development, Science and Innovation (EDSI) select committee’s decision to proceed with it against the wishes of the ... More >>

RNZ’s Magna Charter – Part 3

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 9:15 am | Tom Frewen

The utter shambles that has developed under Labour’s Broadcasting and Media Minister Kris Faafoi, a former TVNZ political reporter, is revealed in correspondence between his office and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage obtained under the Official Information ... More >>

RNZ’s Magna Charter – 2

Thursday, 10 June 2021, 8:51 am | Tom Frewen

The words “charter” and “charter obligations” are prominent in Radio New Zealand’s 2019 strategy document “The Music Opportunity” which unveiled its staggering ambition to double its total audience from 600,000 people to one million More >>

RNZ's Magna Charter - 1

Monday, 3 May 2021, 9:15 am | Tom Frewen

Two significant events occurred when Parliament resumed after Easter on Tuesday 6 April: the Prime Minister Jacinda Adern revealed her Cabinet’s choice of Monday 19 April as the date for ending Covid-19 restrictions on trans-Tasman travel; and ... More >>

Classic Blunder - The Sequel, Final Part

Thursday, 1 April 2021, 4:27 pm | Tom Frewen

In what TV reporters call “a bizarre new twist” the long-running saga of Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi’s search for a business case for his new media entity has stolen its latest plot line straight out of Noddy Goes to Toyland. In the first of ... More >>

Classic Blunder - The Sequel, Part 9

Tuesday, 30 March 2021, 4:47 pm | Tom Frewen

Good News/Bad News: The Good News is that Parliament will review Radio New Zealand’s Charter after all, cancelling out the Bad News that Broadcasting Minister, Kris Faafoi, refuses to guarantee the future existence of Concert FM. As reported in the previous ... More >>

Classic Blunder: The Sequel - Part 8

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 12:40 pm | Tom Frewen

If Radio New Zealand’s board and management had not been forced to withdraw their plan to replace RNZ’s classical music programme with content aimed at the 18-34-year-old demographic, Concert FM’s audience would now be using their television sets, mobile ... More >>

RNZ's Classic Blunder: The Sequel - Part 7

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 9:13 am | Tom Frewen

Radio New Zealand’s plan to defenestrate its Concert FM classical music network, stillborn and hastily withdrawn at the start of last year, was the surprisingly mute elephant in the middle of the select committee room when the public radio broadcaster’s ... More >>

Classic Blunder: The Sequel - Part 6

Monday, 8 March 2021, 9:08 am | Tom Frewen

Radio New Zealand board chairman, Dr James Mather — “Chairman Jim” to his chief executive, Paul Thompson — didn’t volunteer any information about the public broadcaster’s exciting new youth music platform because there was no news to share. ... More >>

Concert Bungle: The Sequel - Part 5

Friday, 5 March 2021, 9:09 am | Tom Frewen

Hiring a programme director from a commercial dance and electronic music radio station to take charge of a public broadcaster’s classical music programme, with a view to getting rid of it, is a small but nevetheless typical instance of the shambles ... More >>

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 >>