No unified media regulator

September 13th, 2013 at 10:09 am by David Farrar

Isaac Davidson at NZ Herald reports:

Justice Minister Judith Collins has given the New Zealand news a vote of support by rejecting proposals for a single, independent regulator which would have had the power to demand corrections and removal of news content.

Mrs Collins said that unlike the UK and Australia, there was no crisis of confidence in mainstream media in New Zealand and no pressing need for changes.

She said the Government would not establish a “one-stop-shop” media regulator – a merger of the existing Press Council, Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) and Online Media Standards Authority – but said it could be considered again if reform was called for.

My reading of this is that the Government thinks the status quo is working well enough, that a change wasn’t justified.

They are right that the status quo is working, and unlike the UK, there is no crisis or even anything close to it.

However I still thought the model was worth pursuing, for two reasons:

  • It would get the Government out of media regulation, by moving broadcasters (for news purposes) from the Government appointed BSA to an independent regulator where board members are not appointed by Government
  • It would mean one regulator, instead of the three we have at the moment, which would be easier for those with complaints to use

I note the Government has not said the model proposed is unsuitable, so it may happen at some stage. But for now it seems the decision is to not fix it, as it isn’t broken.

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10 Responses to “No unified media regulator”

  1. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,819 comments) says:

    Laissez-faire. Who needs regulation?

    Get some decent Freedom of Speech law enacted instead along the lines of the USA.

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  2. kowtow (7,871 comments) says:

    I’ll repost this link as it’s relevant.

    http://www.stephenfranks.co.nz/leveson-charter-and-aus-human-right-not-to-be-offended/

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  3. Redbaiter (7,852 comments) says:

    These people at the Law Commission are dangerous and Collins needs to sort them out.

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  4. Ian McK (237 comments) says:

    Time something was done about the likes of Snake Vance, the Espiners, Soper, Mold, Mutch, Campbell, etc. These losers are nothing but a meal ticket for the leeching left.

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  5. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    unlike the UK, there is no crisis or even anything close to it.

    Righto, so the one sided reporting that blatantly supports the left isn’t a crisis. I guess not.
    Mind you, people are stupid.

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  6. Redbaiter (7,852 comments) says:

    People are not all stupid. They’re working and raising families and they’re too busy to worry about politics. They elect politicians who they rely on to do the right thing for them, but these politicians frequently betray them, as has happened in NZ of late.

    The fact is the National Party is more worried about what the left political bloc that is the media think of them than what their constituents do.

    National have to confront the media as the ideological enemy. Tony Abbot for example refused to appear on any ABC programs in Australia, as the ABC is as infested with left wing propagandists posing as journalists as the NZ media.

    National just don’t seem to have enough balls or brains to defeat this anti-democratic cadre.

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  7. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,731) Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Laissez-faire. Who needs regulation?

    Get some decent Freedom of Speech law enacted instead along the lines of the USA.

    Have you not heard of the freaking FCC? :)

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  8. Griff (6,966 comments) says:

    Red

    The right wing media you expose your self to is often extreme in its blatant bias.

    Those who follow Glen Beck are moronic yokels Have to suspend any objective thought to swallow the flummery he rants.

    The print media is dying. We have yet to see a successful transition to a web based process. The diversity of views the web brings allows some to totally immerse themselves into a altered reality from a biased perspective . Critical thinking about the sources and ideology behind the message is as important as the message itself

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  9. smttc (710 comments) says:

    I could not give a toss about whether we have a single desk media regulator or not. But is she kidding? There is no crisis of confidence in mainstream media in New Zealand? WTF? I do not know a single person who does not yell at their radio, TV or newspaper these days. I call bullshit on whether Collins actually believes what she said. National cabinet ministers avoid Radio NZ like the plague unless they see an advantage in making an appearance.

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  10. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Always amused at how rightwing claims media has leftwing bias. In Australia, they constantly whinge, but cannot produce a single example.

    The Murdoch papers here set out to destroy the Labor government with coverage that was vicious and frequently inaccurate. Independent source estimated that of 293 election articles in the Sydney DT, only six could be considered proLabor.

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