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How do we keep our media free from political interference?

Posted by on November 9th, 2012

The case for a strong, independent, modern, commercial free public broadcaster is strengthening. The appointment yesterday of Richard Long, by Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss to the board of TVNZ at the very least creates a perception of a political appointment.

Long was chief of staff to Bill English and Don brash. He is competent and qualified for the position.

But this is our state broadcaster.

Media independent of political interference is a critical cornerstone of a functioning democracy. I contend we have crossed a line in the last four years. This is a deeply important issue.

The voice of opposition #OpenLabourNZ

Posted by on May 31st, 2010

Being in Opposition  is an important part of our democracy. Better to be in government obviously. But Opposition has an important role. One of the things you get to be is a voice for people who, for whatever reason, can’t or wont speak up.

To hold the government to account on their policies and their tactics, and to voice alternatives that are better.

In other words, to articulate the public interest. Yes?

Public interest

Posted by on May 24th, 2010

It’s not usual to post our own media releases on Red Alert. In fact it’s a bit naff coz we should be original about what we write and not reconstitute stuff.

I’m breaking my own rule because it’s important to reinforce this message in the light of Telecom’s announcement today that they will structurally separate and speculation that the govt might buy up its network arm Chorus to lay taxpayer funded broadband to the nation. My media release said:

Caution must also apply to any suggestion the Crown should own part of Telecom’s entire core network or access layer. Whatever the situation with Telecom, the decision around who gets to rollout fibre for NZ’s broadband network must be made with the public interest in mind.

It must not be a decision to bail out a troubled telco or deliver profit to shareholders, especially if those shareholders are not New Zealand based.

For me, public interest is paramount. In this case what is the public interest?