The new Radio New Zealand CEO

June 13th, 2013 at 4:11 pm by David Farrar

I understand that the new CEO of is . This has not yet been announced publicly.

Paul is currently the Group Executive Editor of New Zealand. He has been a journalist basically all his adult life, starting as a cadet reporter at age 17. He has been Editor of both the Nelson Mail and The Press.

I predict the appointment of someone with such a strong media background will go down well with Radio New Zealand staff. My congratulations to him on the appointment.

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33 Responses to “The new Radio New Zealand CEO”

  1. Kleva Kiwi (289 comments) says:

    Almost as bad as a career Politician.

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  2. Redbaiter (9,528 comments) says:

    Doubtless a commie.

    Wish there was a party out there with the balls to shut RNZ down.

    They would get my vote.

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  3. Manolo (14,041 comments) says:

    Time for the government to sell it as an ongoing concern instead of hiring a new CEO.

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  4. metcalph (1,433 comments) says:

    So he’s given up on the Melbourne Age?

    [DPF: That’s Andrew Holden]

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  5. James Stephenson (2,223 comments) says:

    Time for the government to sell it as an ongoing concern instead of hiring a new CEO.

    An ongoing waste of money, that’s a worry and a concern, certainly.

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  6. bc (1,377 comments) says:

    Redbaiter thinks everyone is a commie!

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  7. All_on_Red (1,644 comments) says:

    From Fairfax?
    So more of the same bias and suppression of conservative views then.
    I see Fairfax shares in Oz are down to 55 cents. Apparently break up value is around 35-40 cents. Wont be long now. They are fucked.
    Anybody want a well used paper? Tired and overwrought. Leans strongly to the left but the printing presses still work ok.

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  8. mikenmild (11,684 comments) says:

    God old Radio New Zealand. Makes me proud to be a taxpayer.

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  9. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    The only reason the Government needs to own a radio station is so they can tell everybody who doesn’t have a TV or a computer that all is well in Godzone! :)

    Sell the bastard! :)

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  10. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    What a load of bunkum! Radio NZ is a class act – an island of quality journalism in a sea of populist drivel. God help any government that dares to cut it back.

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  11. Redbaiter (9,528 comments) says:

    “Makes me proud to be a taxpayer.”

    I doubt very much you would be.

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  12. mikenmild (11,684 comments) says:

    Yes. I am a taxpayer. And proud to be a part-owner of Radio New Zealand.

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  13. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    If I had been asked Red I would have suggested your name as the new CEO.

    That would have really put the shit amongst the cronies! :)

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  14. mikenmild (11,684 comments) says:

    They might have wanted seomone who could and write and turn on a radio.

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  15. Redbaiter (9,528 comments) says:

    “Yes. I am a taxpayer.”

    You can assert that as often as you like. It doesn’t make it true. I would say if you are paid at all it would come out of the money paid by the real taxpayers of NZ, who in reality pay their own wage, and their own tax, but are forced by the corrupt socialist politicians to also pay your wage and your tax and to fund disgusting Castro style rorts like RNZ.

    And you do not own it, by the very reason that you have very likely never put one real dollar into its creation or existence.

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  16. mikenmild (11,684 comments) says:

    Who does own it, if not the taxpayers or the wider citizenry? And yes, I’m glad that my taxes cover part of the cost of my own wages as a dedicated public servant.

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  17. mikenmild (11,684 comments) says:

    And if I got a pay rise, I could contribute even more…

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  18. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    You are the cruelest HOBM supporter I have ever met Milkey! :)

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  19. Redbaiter (9,528 comments) says:

    Milky if the Martians invaded tomorrow and vapourised every “dedicated” pen pushing public servant like you in NZ, I guarantee that in a week or two we’d all be getting on famously without you.

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  20. mikenmild (11,684 comments) says:

    And it’ll be cruelr for Wainiui this Satruday JB!

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  21. mikenmild (11,684 comments) says:

    There’s more chance of a Martian invasion than seeing any traction in Reddy’s crusade for whatever the f**k he’s on about.

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  22. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    There is hope yet Milkey. I shall sacrifice a virgin lamb on Saturnalia morn! :)

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  23. mikenmild (11,684 comments) says:

    Good luck reading those entrails.

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  24. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Meh, If he lasts a week…..

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  25. Jack5 (5,149 comments) says:

    Make Radio New Zealand pay its own way with advertising. Why should champagne socialists have advertisement-free radio at taxpayer expense. Gentleman Jim Mora’s show would boom, leftist twaddle like Chris Laidlaw’s and Kim Hill’s would shrivel.

    As for Orewa1’s 6.55 post:

    Radio NZ is a class act – an island of quality journalism in a sea of populist drivel. God help any government that dares to cut it back.

    That’s the voice of champagne socialism! Bird calls, boring feminist novel readings, recipes and wine recommendations for the green-leaf suburbanites, and a leftist slant on nearly everything.

    We don’t need state radio any more than we need state newspapers.

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  26. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Radio New Zealand is the voice of reason in a divided nation. Hey check out the marine forecast at 4am.
    Put commercials on Radio NZ?
    And listen to the mindless repeating crap that satisfies the mindless majority

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  27. thedavincimode (6,869 comments) says:

    Paul is currently the Group Executive Editor of Fairfax New Zealand

    It’s official. It’s now completely fucked.

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  28. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Jack5?Is Talk back radio red neck closet cock sucking more your thing? or is constantly repeating top 5 girly and or boy bands that tickles your under performing manhood. Whatever, you need to grow up. FFS, DPF treads the boards at RNZ

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  29. Jack5 (5,149 comments) says:

    Frank DB posted at 9.23:

    …DPF treads the boards at RNZ…

    Yep, I’ve heard him on Gentleman Jim's, one of the few reasonable parts of Radio NZ's Labour Programme.
    DPF allows quite free speech here, and doesn';t seem to object if posters differ from him in opinion.

    (Actually I misread your post at first glance, and shook my head. I thought for a second you were saying DPF treads the broads at RNZ. Talk about a foot in the door.)

    What is "top 5 girly"? Is it as bad as the 1970s feminism that survives at Radio NZ Labour? There aren't a lot of men on Radio NZ's Labour Programme. So why do you think that's the right programme for "manhood"? More like the right channel for sisterhood.

    If you want the PC, champagne-socialist, soft-left chatter of Radio NZ Labour, you're welcome to it, Frank. But why should it be advertisement free at the cost of the taxpayer?

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  30. Tauhei Notts (1,746 comments) says:

    Can any Kiwiblogger give the name of at least ONE public servant, who complained about lack of resources (code for pay more tax you mugs and let me have it) but was not given coverage on National Socialist Radio.
    Compare the wall to wall coverage given teachers’ unions on National Socialist Radio with, say, Newstalk ZB.
    But after all that nauseous bullshit, they come out with a gem like Jim Mora.

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  31. Jack5 (5,149 comments) says:

    In all this one no-one seems to spare a thought for the crew of SS Fairfucked Media. How do they feel with Cap’n Thompson headed for a Government ship?

    Perhaps they regret the old law of the sea doesn’t still apply: the skipper goes down with the ship, or at very least, is last into the lifeboats.

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  32. Paulus (2,659 comments) says:

    Getting out from Fairfax before they go under – good move (for him).

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  33. E. Campbell (91 comments) says:

    Personally, I think it’s okay for the state to own RNZ. It’s a fairly lean ship and it produces some quality programming. The real issue is whether the state should own a commercial broadcaster like TVNZ. Sell that expensive beast off. I have to say though, that during the crisis of the Christchurch earthquakes, commercial NewstalkZB outperformed RNZ by some margin in my view.

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