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Save RNZ protests and Media7 coverage

by Jake on February 25th, 2010
Today the protests to Save Radio New Zealand begin. Starting with Christchurch @ 12:15pm then Wellington @ 1:00pm. And on Monday, Auckland’s kicks off @ 12:30pm(follow the links for invites). Come along, bring ya lunch and a portable radio tuned to RNZ National, and help Save Radio New Zealand from the unwanted political interference and undermining cuts being proposed by Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman. Yesterday, the Save RNZ group put out a press release explaining why we formed, how impressed we’ve been with the success of the group (14,000+ fans in a week), and letting the media know about our Wellington protest today. Read the full release here. I’d like to thank the few folks that were involved in putting it together and distributing it to media. Tonight I am appearing on Media7, Russell Brown’s show on TVNZ7. We discuss the Save RNZ 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 promo’s the 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. Jake Quinn 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.” PS. I understand that the Greens will be asking a question of the government (that’s if there is a question time today, the govt’s been pretty keen on avoiding them lately) on this topic, which is great to see. [Update: Tonight's media7 show can be viewed online here.] Jake

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