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Movement on Merged Public Media Entity… Finally

Last week Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi announced the names of a panel to finalise the business case for the merger of TVNZ and Radio NZ. It’s members are: Chair—former NZ First party deputy leader Tracey Martin. Broadcasting Standards Authority chair Glen Scanlon – a former head of news at RNZ. Former MediaWorks chief executive Michael […]

Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always

I was listening to a podcast this morning in which Eliza Hittman, the director of the feature film Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always was being interviewed. It very clearly highlighted to me that she is a talented filmmaker, although I have yet to see this film or any of her others. She just talked like one, […]

Cutting Through The Hype

Scrolling through my Facebook feed yesterday to catch up on industry news, a Stuff article caught my eye. “Can Aotearoa make the screen the next primary industry?” the hook headline blared. Diving into the article, I read that SIGANZ President Brendon Durey believes the “constrained” rebate doesn’t go far enough (the rebate offered to international […]

Show Me the Money

The standoff between the Australian Government and the global digital platforms has been a fascinating insight into the power the platforms, particularly Facebook, now hold. Australia’s News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, just passed by the Australian Senate in the last 24 hours, allows the Australian Treasurer to designate global platforms who then […]

The COVID Boomerang

With the vaccine within sight and just when we thought all we had to worry about was who was going to win the America’s Cup… here we go again. It’s only through the news, our friends and other sources do we comprehend the horror of what COVID has perpetrated on many parts of the world. […]