Today the government announced their cabinet reshuffle. The Broadcasting portfolio has been disestablished and its responsibilities will now be divided between the Communications and the Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolios. I am not sure how this would work, whether content would go under Arts, Culture and Heritage and the transmission sites would go under Communications? Somebody pointed out to me that the Housing portfolio has also been broken up. That made me wonder whether this might be the first stage in dismantling part or all of Radio New Zealand? I hope not.
The ministers who are now responsible for RNZ are Steven Joyce – Minister of Finance, Simon Bridges – Minister of Communications and Maggie Barry – Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage.
Here is the link to the petition to increase funding for RNZ : https://www.tinyurl.com/jg9e42t