A politician should be nowhere near the media merger

The Herald reports:

Former New Zealand First MP and Minister Tracey Martin has been put in charge of the Government’s plans to assess a TVNZ/ RNZ merger as she “gets stuff done”.

Martin’s group will oversee how the business case, being produced by Deloitte, could be implemented in “real life”.

I think it is highly inappropriate for a former politician to be in charge of what should be an independent group to look at whether TVNZ and RNZ should be merged.

We already have a huge issue in NZ with the lack of ideological diversity in the NZ media, and this proposed merger could make it worse.

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