Fans of the popular Save Radio New Zealand Facebook group will be coming together outside of Radio New Zealand House in Aukland at 12:30pm Monday 1 March. They will be there to show their support for public service broadcasting in New Zealand and to send a clear message to Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman: “hands off Radio NZ”.
The Save Radio New Zealand Facebook group, which has attracted over 16,000 fans, was set up to oppose proposals outlined by the Broadcasting Minister, and in Radio New Zealand documents released to TVNZ, that suggested drastic and unwelcome changes to the way RNZ runs its business, in response from calls from the Minister to save money. Such measures included; sponsorship of flagship programs or channels, introducing advertising, closing down FM frequencies outside of Auckland, closing offices outside of Wellington and more.
Commentators Chris Trotter and Bomber Bradbury will be joining Save RNZ founder Jake Quinn, actress Alix Bushnell, Assoc Professor Martin Hirst and others, in saying a few words at the event.