Radio NZ boss confirms exit, apologises
Radio New Zealand chief executive Peter Cavanagh confirmed today he will be leaving at the end of the year and has apologised for his decision being revealed by New Zealand Herald.
Cavanagh was the chief executive who had me banned from Radio NZ for supposedly defaming the Prime Minister. I had always suspected RNZs gutless self censorship in that case had more to do with Cavanagh's dislike of my idea of RNZ2 than me defaming John Key.
How does RNZ survive under a Government that has zero interest in public broadcasting? We can see by the way TVNZ7 was shut down that National just don't care about broadcasting very much so RNZs position when so many other assets are being chopped up and sold off is pretty precarious.
RNZ has the largest radio audience of any other radio station in the game. They are excluded from the ratings survey meaning their dominance can't generate any revenue, (alongside the fact they don't play adverts).
My solution to this was the creation of RNZ2. The Government don't just have RNZ, they also own Kiwi FM. Kiwi FM was what was left over from the Youth Radio Network that Jenny Shipley first mooted. Rather than a commercial free youth alternative to Radio NZ, Labour gave the 3 frequencies valued at 3million to bloody Mediaworks as Kiwi Fm which was supposed to be 100% NZ Music. The impact of this was to ghettoize NZ music onto a frequency no one ever listened to.
Why Labour just handed over 3 frequencies to Mediaworks minus any plan has never been answered by any Labour Party MP I pester on this issue.
My argument was that the Government take Kiwi FM back, create RNZ2, allow RNZ2 to have adverts and use the money that generates to subsidize RNZ. RNZ2 would be news talkback but from a more progressive stance than the other redneck talkback stations. Seeing as there are no public service talkback stations, the market could sustain an alternative to ZB and RadioLive! while generating competition and desperately needed revenue for RNZ.
Cavanagh was against all of this, let's hope the next Chief Executive has more of an open mind. Finding new ways to fund public broadcasting is the challenge, simply sticking ones head in the sand and hoping for a change of Government to one which is friendlier towards public broadcasting isn't much of a solution.