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Media Sector Support

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Latest Initiatives

Working with the sector, Government looks at how support for the media sector can be shaped and implemented in the short and long term.

Journalism fund

Minister for Broadcasting and Media, Kris Faafoi has announced a $55 million package to support public interest journalism. The Journalism Fund will support New Zealand’s media to continue to produce stories that keep New Zealanders informed and engaged and support a healthy democracy. The $55 million package will be made up of $10 million in 2020/21, $25 million in 2021/22 and $20 million in 2022/23.
More information on the Journalism Fund

Post Covid-19 relief 

COVID-19 exacerbated the existing challenges facing the media sector.  The drop in advertising revenue through the lockdowns also had a significant impact on many media organisations.

In April 2020, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage worked with the sector to rapidly develop the $50 million media sector support package. This support package focussed on reducing cost and easing cashflow pressure for a range of media organisations.  

$18 million made available to the sector within a month of announcing the relief.

As of January 2021, $46.9 million has been allocated to more than 300 media organisations. Organisations that have received support range from small broadcasters serving specific communities to large media companies that reach a spread of New Zealanders.

The initiatives were:

Transmission fee waiver  in which the Government fund six months of transmission fees for DTT, DTH, FM and AM for eligible organisations.

NZ On Air Platform contribution in which Government fund 80% of the platform contribution fees for 2020/21 for eligible media organisations.

Advance purchase of news subscriptions in which Government make advance purchase on news subscriptions for selected government agencies for 2020/21.

Advance purchase of advertising in which Government make advance payment for government agency advertising space for 2020/21, to eligible media organisations.

Publications grant in which $4 million is targeted at media organisations that have yet to receive significant relief from the fund – in particular magazines and community newspapers.

Strong Public Media

In January 2020, Cabinet agreed to commission a business case to examine the viability of establishing a new, fit-for-purpose public media entity.

A new entity would draw on the skills and experience of both RNZ and TVNZ but would be designed for a 21st century environment. NZ On Air will continue to fund quality New Zealand content.

In April 2020, work on Strong Public Media was paused, following the completion of the draft strategic and economic components of the business case, in order to focus on the immediate COVID-19 response. The Minister of Broadcasting and Media has now directed officials to restart work on Strong Public Media. 

More information on Strong Public Media

Further information 

Other useful sites Unite against COVID-19 and COVID-19: Information for Businesses

If you have any queries please contact [email protected]

Updated on 18th February 2021