4 Feb 2012

Radio NZ 'at risk' of programme erosion

6:56 am on 4 February 2012

Radio New Zealand has told the Government its programming is at risk of being seriously eroded due to the present freeze on funding.

In abriefing to the Incoming Minister of Broadcasting, published on Thursday, Radio New Zealand says it has to save $2 million per year by cutting operating costs in areas such as staff salaries, to protect its charter services.

Radio New Zealand says the Government funding freeze has made the recruitment of senior staff more difficult and will eventually lead to the erosion of programming and public service delivery.

Nearly 90% of the broadcaster's income of $38.9 million is made up of Government funding.

The Government has also been told the renewal of Radio New Zealand's charter is six years overdue.