National Broadcasting Spokesperson
14 August 2000
Wait for TVNZ charter halts progress
"The much delayed Charter for TVNZ, which is being heralded as a cure-all for television, is nothing more than a feeble
excuse to postpone some important broadcasting decisions," National's Broadcasting Spokesperson Katherine Rich said
"Most decisions related to broadcasting are on hold until this Charter for TVNZ is developed.
"As a result digital technology, programming changes, and implementing the policies Labour supported prior to the
election have all gone on the back-burner.
"Put questions about those issues to the Minister of Broadcasting and the answers will indicate no real progress before
the charter is developed.
"But in reality the Charter will be a piece of paper not too dissimilar to TVNZ's current Statement of Corporate Intent;
which already deals with issues such as its responsibility to reflect New Zealand culture and to serve the nation's
"The talkfest will be fascinating but let's not pretend that a Charter is going to change the face of New Zealand
broadcasting," Katherine Rich said. "To date, all it has achieved is putting progress on broadcasting into a state of