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This content was released on March 10, 2022 – 03:37

Sydney (Australia), March 10 (EFE) .- The New Zealand government on Thursday announced plans to merge Radio New Zealand and the television network TVNZ. Changes in audience and consumption habits in the digital age.

“The new public media company will be based on RNZ (Radio New Zealand) and TVNZ, which will initially be subsidiaries of the new organization,” New Zealand Minister of Media and Broadcasting Kris Faafoi said in a statement.

Faafoi stressed that in order to protect the relevance of the state media, they must provide “high quality, independent, timely and relevant” content in difficult environments such as the Govt-19 epidemic, as well as cover the views of all social actors. Maori minorities in their country.

The new body, which will have an independent panel next month, will be responsible for its creation, funded with government funding and publicity, as well as maintaining editorial freedom in its decisions, according to the minister’s statement. Cuts in actionable jobs.

Fully publicly funded RNZ and TVNZ derive 90 percent of its revenue from advertising, competing with various private media companies, some of which are part of powerful affiliates such as NZME or Stuff.

Upon learning of the announcement, Stuff CEO Sinead Boucher said his company wanted to ensure that “government intervention in the market does not undermine the business credibility of its newsrooms and operations in every region across the country.” Directs.

The NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which ranks New Zealand eighth in the list of countries that respect press freedom, condemned four years ago that the diversity and freedom of journalists in the maritime country is largely affected by the logic of the private media. Seeks to reduce costs.

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The RSF also recalled the Trade Commission’s opposition in 2017 to the merger of NZME and Stuff (formerly Fairfax), part of the New Zealand Herald newspaper. EFE

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