13 Feb 2020

RNZ bosses face intense questioning at Select Committee

From Checkpoint, 5:20 pm on 13 February 2020

RNZ's chief executive Paul Thompson and board chair Dr Jim Mather faced intense questioning by MPs this morning after a week of controversy.

RNZ announced last week Concert FM would move off FM and become fully automated on an AM frequency to make way for a new youth radio station.

Consultation with 18 RNZ Concert staff was underway - they believed they were going to be losing their jobs.

But the government came out strongly against this, saying it had asked RNZ to wait to see if a spare frequency, which was sitting unused at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, could be freed up.

Logan Church reports.