The Government is committed to ensuring that future generations of New Zealanders can access content that reflects their languages, experiences and communities.
Strong and independent media is an important part of our democracy and our sense of identity as a nation. It is vital that our media showcases our unique identity, culture and languages. Foreign content simply can't do this.
Increased competition from overseas and changes to the way people access content are putting pressure on traditional media. If we want future generations of New Zealanders to continue to benefit from a strong public media, then we must make changes to the way public media currently operates.
Cabinet has agreed to commission a business case to examine the viability of establishing a new, fit-for-purpose public media entity that would operate alongside NZ On Air.
A new entity would draw on the skills and experience of both RNZ and TVNZ but will be designed for a 21st century digital environment. Final decisions about the future of RNZ and TVNZ will be made once the business case is completed.
NZ On Air will continue to fund quality New Zealand content.
The detailed business case will provide the opportunity to identify the best way to establish a new entity successfully, including costs and a preferred operating model.
Following the completion of the business case, the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media will report back to Cabinet. Final decisions on the proposal to establish a new entity will be considered at that time.