11 Feb 2020

RNZ boss discusses new FM channel for Concert, youth radio

From Checkpoint, 6:14 pm on 11 February 2020

RNZ's chief executive has confirmed Concert will stay on an FM frequency but says a proposed new youth radio network is also likely to go ahead.

RNZ's board met after the Prime Minister revealed she would fight to keep Concert on air and a public backlash from a chorus of famous listeners including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, former Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Attorney General Chris Finlayson.

The RNZ board on Tuesday said it welcomed the government's decision to free up another FM frequency and explore the creation of a multi-media music brand to target a younger audience.

CEO Paul Thompson conceded RNZ had not asked the government for another FM frequency.

He told Lisa Owen while Concert would stay, plans for the new youth network would also forge ahead.