Public media makes an essential contribution to the overall health of New Zealand’s media. Government is committed to ensuring public media is fit for the future and able to thrive amid the changing media landscape.
In January 2020, Cabinet agreed to commission a business case to examine the viability of creating a new, fit-for-purpose public media entity.
The business case will look 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.
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A potential new public media entity
Any new public media entity would draw on the skills and experience of TVNZ and RNZ but with the flexibility to meet the needs and expectations of 21st century audiences. It would deliver content across 21st century platforms to an increasingly diverse and selective audience of New Zealanders.
A new public media entity, if created, would operate with a mixed funding model, drawing part of its revenue from commercial sources, and part from government funding. It would have editorial and operational independence from government, enshrined in legislation.
Current work underway
Work is underway to complete the business case to provide Ministers with final advice on options to create a new public media entity. Work on the business case initially commenced in February 2020 but was paused due to COVID-19.
Minister for Broadcasting and Media Kris Faafoi has appointed a Governance Group, reporting to him directly, to lead work to complete the business case. Deloitte has been appointed to complete work on the business case.
The Governance Group has two important roles for the business case phase of the work:
- it will deliver the business case
- it will lead stakeholder engagement to inform the development of a Charter for the potential new public media entity.
The business case for Strong Public Media is expected to be completed around the middle of the year.
Cabinet will be provided with advice on the option to create a new public media entity before the end of the year.
Strong Public Media Business Case Governance Group
The Strong Public Media Business Case Governance Group is made up of a group of individuals with a broad range of knowledge and experience. They were chosen for their expertise in public broadcasting; other media business experience, including within the Māori media sector; government policy making and public engagement processes; change processes; and business case processes.
The Governance Group members are: Tracey Martin (Chair), Glen Scanlon, Michael Anderson, Sandra Kailahi, Bailey Mackey, William Earl, John Quirk and Dr Trisha Dunleavy. The Governance Group will operate until Cabinet have considered the outcomes of the business case work.
The business case
The business case will identify the best way to establish a new entity successfully, including costs and a preferred operating model.
The business case will consider details of how a new public media entity would operate in the future including:
- How the organisation could best meet the expectations of audiences about when and how they access content
- How to manage funding for the new entity, consistent with its role as a public media entity and its relationship with NZ On Air
- The best legal structure for the new entity
- How it could support Māori media and Pacific audiences
- How it would collaborate with and complement the work of private media
- What it would cost to develop, implement and operate the new entity
The business case is made up of the following phases:
The strategic case considers what needs to change and why, and what the change needs to achieve.
The economic case identifies options to achieve the change, identifies the costs and benefits of the options and selects a preferred option.
Commercial and financial case
The commercial and financial case will identify the procurement and funding requirements to implement the preferred option.
The management case will develop the plan to implement the preferred option including, time, costs, risks and how to move from the status quo to a fully implemented new public media entity.
Cabinet Paper: 28 January 2020: Strengthening Public Media: Report Back
Cabinet Paper: 31 March 2021: Strong Public Media business case Governance Group - see also Terms of Reference
Cabinet Minute: 31 March 2021: Strong Public Media business case Governance Group: Establishment of Governance Group