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Radio NZ being 'punished'

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11.07.2018

BILL RALSTON

Last updated 15:07, July 11 2018

Radio NZ is keen to expand to television.

OPINION: Announcing a $15 million dollop of government funding for public media Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran made the claim that, "public media in New Zealand is poorly funded" adding the $216 million currently allocated to broadcasting this financial year "is clearly inadequate".

She may be right but strangely, the country's most popular public service broadcaster, Radio New Zealand, received only a small $4.5 million slice of that extra funding to help it reach more people in different ways, such as online.

It might be churlish to suggest the minister is punishing RNZ for its recent refusal to take up the idea of also running a full-scale television service but some observers could see it that way.

Radio New Zealand Morning Report presenters Susie Ferguson and Guyon Espiner have seen a lift in listener ship over the years.

Instead the minister has dished out $4 million to NZ On........

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