Kiwiblog moving to The Press Council

Stuff reports:

People unhappy with digital stories run by the country’s six most biggest broadcasters will soon be able to take their complaints to the New Zealand Press Council.

The broadcast members of the Online Media Standards Authority (OMSA) have signed a deal with the Press Council for complaints against their digital content to come under its jurisdiction.

The broadcasters are TVNZ, MediaWorks, Sky Network Television, Maori Television, NZME Radio and Radio New Zealand.

This is very sensible. I have long advocated a unified media (self) regulator. Was silly having separate bodies judging complaints.

There is a flow on effect to Kiwiblog. Kiwiblog has been a member of OMSA, which will cease on 31 December 2016. However we are joining the Press Council and will come under its jurisdiction from 1 January 2017. I will update links and policies in the next week or so.