The NZ Actors’ Guild lends support to a growing call for a government broadcast policy review

April 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Over the last 2 days the Screen Directors’ Guild of New Zealand has come out in support of an open letter sent to the Government by a group of academics regarding the closure of TVNZ 7. The NZ Actors’ Guild would also like to endorse these sentiments and the four key points called for in a review of current broadcasting policies.

 The decision to discontinue funding TVNZ 7 is the latest in a series of moves that has put public broadcasting in an increasingly weak position in New Zealand. Radio New Zealand is under threat, TVNZ seems destined to sell off a valuable asset in the Avalon Television studios and a dedicated commercial free children’s channel being re-formatted are further examples of the steady erosion of public broadcasting.

The New Zealand Actors’ Guild believes that not only is strong public broadcasting necessary to give real choice to the country’s diverse population but it is also vital to continue the development of our film and television industry. The commercial imperative present in so much of the nation’s broadcasting has lead to limited opportunities for new practitioners to have a voice and the gradual dwindling of public broadcasting will further serve to strangle the development of actors, directors, writers, crew and a host of other industry professionals. Especially those with a point of view outside the mainstream.

We also call upon the government to suspend current broadcasting policy and immediately begin a review of its policies and regulatory practises surrounding television, and in fact, public broadcasting in general.

ENDS

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