11 Feb 2020

RNZ boss discusses miscommunication with govt on RNZ Concert

From Checkpoint, 5:06 pm on 11 February 2020

RNZ's chief executive has admitted the public broadcaster did not ask for an additional FM frequency for its proposed youth channel before going public with plans to take Concert off FM in favour of the new station.

Last week RNZ revealed its plans to transform Concert into an automated nonstop music station, which will stream online and play on AM radio.

The Prime Minister on Monday expressed her frustration with RNZ saying the broadcaster had been asked put its plans on hold to give the government a chance to look at alternatives but RNZ went public anyway.

Now the government is looking at freeing up the 102 frequency for the new youth channel - allowing Concert to stay on FM.

RNZ chief executive Paul Thompson talks to Lisa Owen.