RNZ is the most trusted media organisation in New Zealand
Released at 5:41 pm on 22 September 2022
RNZ is proud to be the most trusted media organisation in New Zealand. Two independent reports* highlight the value of RNZ as an independent, non-commercial media organisation. In a time when trust in media is trending down, these results are a reminder of the importance of strong, independent public media.
The quality, dedication and professionalism of our journalists has been acknowledged at both the NZ Radio Awards and Voyager Media Awards. Notably, In Depth journalist Anusha Bradley took out awards at both events for her investigative journalism into the health system.
It has just been announced that RNZ has been shortlisted three times in this year’s AIBs – the international media awards run by the Association of International Broadcasters. The categories are: The Aotearoa History Show - Best Historical Video, Let’s be TRANSparent - Best Human Interest Audio and Red Line: A United Front - Investigative Audio Documentary.
RNZ continues to focus on two priorities as we head toward the conclusion of 2022 and what promises to be a watershed year in 2023. Our focus is on delivering our audiences the benefit of current RNZ charter and strategic priorities and preparing for the beginning of a new era with the establishment of the new public media entity on 1 March.
In the day-to-day operations of RNZ, the conclusion of the Covid Protection Framework brings with it a shift in daily news and the opportunity to focus on more predictable news patterns, including planning for major events such as next year’s general election and the upcoming Women’s Rugby World Cup.
RNZ has operated in ‘resilience mode’ throughout the winter months, with radio and news teams showcasing their outstanding agility by ensuring on-air and support shifts were covered through a challenging period of staff absences due to COVID-19 and other winter illnesses. In addition to moving back to normal programming with full strength teams, new faces and refreshed programmes are on the way for RNZ National, RNZ Concert and RNZ Pacific.
A new co-host to join Corin Dann on Morning Report will be announced in the coming weeks and Karyn Hay has been confirmed as new Nights host weeknights on RNZ National. The RNZ Concert schedule is strengthened with three key host appointments – new breakfast hosts Sani Muliaumaseali'i (Monday-Thursday), and Carey McDonald (Friday - Sunday) and Bryan Crump (Afternoon Drive) will be on air next month. In addition, RNZ Pacific is planning a new live daily news show to be transmitted across the Pacific via short wave radio that will launch in the new year.
RNZ’s rangatahi platform TAHI celebrates its first birthday in December and plans are underway for additional programming to add to the music stream and audio and video content currently on offer.
Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media
RNZ has made a submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media Bill. The submission broadly supports the bill and has suggested amendments, primarily focusing on ensuring editorial independence, giving more clarity to the public good outcomes, the appropriate crown entity model, the funding period, and cultural expression. RNZ's submission has now been published on the Parliamentary website.
RNZ’s Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief Paul Thompson is wrapping up a trip to England and Canada, researching how BBC and CBC run as public media organisations, and connecting with the Public Media Alliance (PMA), the world’s largest association of public media organisations. Thompson became president of the PMA in 2016 and was recently elected for a third term.
Thompson says it is clear from his talks with the PMA that there are lots of challenges across public media worldwide.
“New Zealand is one of the few countries going against that trend with the prospect of more funding and a stronger public media mandate in train. The select committee process that is under way is an enormously important opportunity to strengthen the Bill, particularly in the areas of the public media focus and independence.”
* Myllylahti, M. & Treadwell, G. (2022). Trust in news in Aotearoa New Zealand 2022. AUT research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD).
Value Indices (2022) Kantar Public commissioned by RNZ.
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