From March 2018 until 30 June 2019 the Ministerial Advisory Group on Public Media advised the Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media on the development of broadcasting and media policy. The Advisory Group’s terms of reference included the roles of assisting the Minister with advice on funding public media for Budgets 2018 and 2019, the idea of a Media Commission and the capacity for more effective collaboration between public media agencies. The Advisory Group also provided advice on how Māori and Pacific People’s language and culture and perspective can be better represented across publicly funded media.
The Ministry provided the secretariat for the Advisory Group and worked with it to develop written advice.
The Chair was Michael Stiassny, and the other members were Sandi Beatie, Josh Easby, Irene Gardiner, Stacey Morrison and Sarona Ai’ono-Iosefa.
In 2019/20 as it pursues its policy programme the Government will need to call on other forms of expert advice. However, the Advisory Group’s advice in the Government’s first 20 months will continue to influence and inform its policy programme.
Submissions to the Public Media Ministerial Advisory Group
A selection of submissions to the PMMAG were published on 23 July 2018
Release of documents to support the Minister's announcement of public media funding allocation for 2018/19
Published 11 July 2018
Recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Public Media Funding Commission (June 2018)
The Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the Ministerial Advisory Group on Public Media looked at the concept of establishing a Media Commission and its possible functions, and found some value in it. The responsible Minister, however, has determined that at this stage the immediate priority is supporting existing public media entities, including RNZ and NZ On Air to follow their strategic directions.
Updated on 23rd September 2020