A Cabinet decision on the future on RNZ and TVNZ has been delayed until early next year.
The Broadcasting Minister will not meet his commitment to announce the government plan for public media by Christmas, because ministers want more work done before making a final decision.
Cabinet had one proposal to consider - disestablish RNZ and TVNZ and create one new public media entity.
RNZ understands a boost to New Zealand On Air funding was also part of the package.
Minister Kris Faafoi said he intended to make a public announcement by Christmas, but that was not going to happen.
"There are a few i's to dot and t's to cross before Cabinet will make a decision so we'll come back in the New Year and hopefully deal with some of those," said Mr Faafoi.
"Cabinet colleagues had a few questions and I think that's fair to go and make sure that those issues are addressed before we make a final decision."
He would not go into detail about the kind of questions other ministers had, but said they needed to make sure "strengthening public media is a commitment that the government wants to make".