RNZ ‘we’ve been flying blind’

Staff Writer

Depending on who you believe Radio New Zealand is either going through a major restructure, or it is a complete beatup.

RNZ Chief Executive Paul Thompson (pictured below) has dismissed the speculation saying there is no substantial restructure occuring. 

However, there have been a number of changes, driven in part by Thompson's desire for RNZ to take a more proactive approach to news coverage.

Thompson commented overnight at a function in Wellington that RNZ has not effectively identified what its listeners require:

"We do fly blind a bit as to what the appetite of the community is. We don't have a strong idea of what they want."

Thompson went on to say that niche initiatives such as The Wireless, a multimedia youth website that was launched by RNZ in October was a sign of the future, and that visual online content would hold equal importance to radio content:

"If we just remain a radio broadcaster we're going to become more marginal."



There has been reports that the long-time Head of News at RNZ has been asked to reapply for his role, however at the Wellington meeting, RNZ Chairman Richard Griffin said that this was untrue.

Nevertheless, there have been significant changes across the RNZ lineup and in the newsroom, that appear to be contributing to a turbulent time for the national broadcaster as it looks to reset its approach for the future.


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