Public service broadcasting in New Zealand is in a sad state. Our only public national broadcaster, Radio New Zealand, is chronically underfunded. We are the only country in the OECD (except Mexico) without a public service television channel.
The digital age has allowed new models of journalism and broadcasting to flourish, some of which could be argued to be fulfilling a public service function.But many of these operate on precarious funding models or have limited reach. According to NZ On Air data, the majority of New Zealanders still get most of their media through TV.
New Zealanders overwhelmingly support public service broadcasting - that is, broadcasting that has the primary purpose of public service, speaking to and engaging New Zealanders as a citizens - but the Government seems reluctant to fund it. That needs to change.
What's our plan?
We've gathered a panel of experts - journalists, economists, broadcasters and industry watchdogs from across the political spectrum - who will host a people-powered inquiry into the decline of public service broadcasting in New Zealand.
The panel will take submissions from the public on the importance, current state and possible future models of public service broadcasting in New Zealand. They will also look at international models.
The panel will then put the results of this inquiry into a report which we will use to launch the second part of the campaign - which is about putting public broadcasting on the political agenda for 2017.
We'll use the report's recommendations - which could include for example calling for more funding for public broadcasting, and support for new models of public service journalism - to set the election agenda.
Our high-profile panelists, and their report, will give us a platform to engage with key influencers and opinion makers, to get media and social media coverage and public attention on our findings.
To make this people-powered broadcasting inquiry happen we'll need funds - for holding and advertising public consultations, travel and accommodation for our panelists and the report itself.
Can you chip in to help fund this project and help us fix our public broadcasting?
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