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Appointment to the Broadcasting Standards Authority

Ministers’ release: 17 June 2009

Broadcasting Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman today announced the appointment of Ms Mary Shanahan to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

Ms Shanahan’s background in community law will be an asset to the authority. Her experience working with a community trust and with community groups will provide an advocacy and public interest perspective to the role.

The appointment is for a three-year period.

The BSA is an independent statutory body established under the Broadcasting Act 1989. It hears complaints after determination by broadcasters, issues advisory opinions on broadcasting standards and ethical conduct to broadcasters, encourages the development and observance of codes of broadcasting practice, and conducts research on matters relating to broadcasting standards.

Background Information

Mary Shanahan is the Principal of a West Auckland community-orientated legal practice and a board member of Odyssey House Trust.  She is also the honorary Solicitor to a number of community groups.

Updated on 7th October 2019