Radio NZ to receive funding injection
The state broadcaster, Radio New Zealand is still in line to get a funding injection from the government.
An overall funding boost of $15 million has been allocated for public media.
Minister of Broadcasting Clare Curran says the funding could cater to a more diverse audience.
“We've been very clear about the expectations that we have for the kind of content - Māori, Pasifika - all parts of New Zealand are right up there in terms of what we want to see.”
But it's not the $38 million in additional funding that was promised by Labour in last year's election campaign for Radio NZ and NZ on Air, which included developing a free to air TV channel at the state broadcaster.
Curran says a compromise took place.
“Everybody across government had to make compromises with this budget because there was so much to do. We acknowledge that we can't do everything in one budget.”
Earlier this year, former senior manager and Māori broadcaster Carol Hirschfeld resigned over a meeting with the Broadcasting Minister.
But the station's new chairman, former Māori Television CEO Jim Mather welcomes the new fund.
“He huarahi hou mō mātou. Kei te āta titiro mātou katoa ki tēnei mahere hou.”
While there'll be no free to air set TV station at the state broadcaster, Radio New Zealand promises to boost more Māori programming.