Save RNZ protests and Media7 coverage

by Jake Quinn

Today the protests to Save Radio New Zealand begin. Starting with Christchurch @ 12:15pm then Wellington @ 1:00pm. On Monday Auckland’s kicks off @ 12:30pm (follow the links for invites). Come along, bring your lunch and a portable radio tuned to Radio NZ National, and help Save Radio New Zealand from the unwanted political interference and undermining cuts being proposed by National Party Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman.

Yesterday, the Save RNZ group put out a press release explaining why we formed, how impressed we have been with the success of the group (14,000+ fans in just one week), and letting the media know about our Wellington protest today. Read the full release here. I’d like to thank the few people that were involved in putting it together and distributing it to media.

Tonight, representing the Save Radio New Zealand campaign, am appearing on Media7, Russell Brown’s television show on channel TVNZ7. We discuss the Save Radio NZ movement, Jonathan Coleman’s poor handling of the issue from a political point of view, and compare Radio NZ to Radio Live. The other guest is Radio Live’s program manager, Mitch Harris.  The Media 7 site promotes tonight’s show:

“On Media7 this week Russell Brown looks at the RNZ imbroglio… the battle between “pure” public service values and commercialism which has engulfed the NZ media landscape.  Mitch Harris, Programme Director of Radio Live reckons that RNZ is ripe for change and needs to embrace some hard realities. A Political and Media Studies tutor at Auckland University has been leading the charge for RNZ on Facebook and he reckons that we risk losing a valuable public discourse which is vital to our democracy.”

Finally, I understand that the Green Party will be asking an oral question of the government (that’s if there is a question time today, the government has been pretty keen on avoiding them lately) on this topic, which is wonderful to see.

Update: Tonight’s media7  TV show can be viewed online here.

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