2 Nov 2015

TVNZ reduces Southland cuts following feedback

10:35 pm on 2 November 2015

TVNZ has reduced cuts to its Dunedin news bureau because of staff and public feedback.

The state-owned broadcaster had proposed shedding its second, part-time reporter and a full-time cameraman, leaving just one of each to cover all of Otago and Southland.

The plan was criticised by most of the region's mayors and some former broadcasters.

In a statement, TVNZ said it would now keep the second reporter position unchanged, but reduce the full-time cameraman to part-time to match the reporter.

Head of news and current affairs John Gillespie said TVNZ took on board feedback from staff, and also from Southern New Zealand, which showed how passionate the region was about services.