Public media makes an essential contribution to the overall health of New Zealand’s media.
Public and private media in New Zealand, like other media organisations around the world, are responding to rapidly changing audience habits, driven by advances in technology and the impact of on-line content providers and platforms such as Google and Facebook.
Digital transformation has given people more choices about when and how they access content and has reduced the commercial revenue that is available to both public and private media entities in New Zealand.
The Government is committed to ensuring public media is fit for the future and able to thrive amid the changing media landscape.
The business case
In January 2020, Cabinet agreed to commission a detailed business case to examine the viability of creating a new, fit-for-purpose public media entity.
Minister for Broadcasting and Media Kris Faafoi appointed a Governance Group, reporting to him directly, to lead work to complete the business case. Deloitte has been appointed to undertake work on the business case.
The business case is looking at how public media can meet the changing expectations of audiences and support a strong, vibrant media sector. It will consider options for how a potential new public media entity could operate - including how it would complement Māori media and private media.
The Governance Group is also responsible for overseeing targeted stakeholder engagement on the possible characteristics of a new charter for the proposed new public media entity.
Current work underway
The Governance Group (with the support of the Strong Public Media Programme) is overseeing the development of the business case for a proposed new public media entity.
The Group is also overseeing targeted engagement with stakeholders to help inform a charter for the proposed new entity.
The Charter will define the purpose, objectives, and functions of a new public media entity as well as its operating principles. It would be part of new legislation required to establish a new entity.
In this phase, the targeted engagement is with key groups most affected by the purpose and function of a proposed new public media entity.
If Cabinet decides to go ahead with establishing a new entity there will be an opportunity for further engagement in mid-2022 to consider the proposed new legislation.
The business case for Strong Public Media is expected to be completed around the middle of 2021.
Cabinet will be provided with advice on the option to create a new public media entity before the end of 2021.
Once there’s been a decision on the business case, it’s expected the public will get a chance to give their views on a charter and the proposed legislation for a new entity.
Strong Public Media FAQs
Why is Government proposing to make changes to public media? Public and private media in NZ face the same challenges as their counterparts across the world. Digital transformation has provided audiences with more choices about when and how they access content and has reduced the level of commercial revenue available to traditional media entities - public and private.
Public media under pressure
Public media contribute to the health and vibrancy of democratic societies by providing trusted news and a diverse range of entertainment and information that reflects languages, experiences, and communities. New Zealand media is competing with large international media and on-demand content organisations for audience attention and advertising revenue.
Updated on 27th July 2021