Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media Bill

Subpart 4—Minister’s role

15 Minister’s role

(1)

In relation to Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media, the responsible Minister must exercise or perform the powers, duties, and functions conferred or imposed by this Act (or by the Crown Entities Act 2004) in a manner that is consistent with the Charter.

(2)

The Minister may, in accordance with section 112 of the Crown Entities Act 2004, add to the functions of Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media (if the additional function is consistent with the Charter).

Editorial independence

(3)

The Minister may not give a direction to Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media (or any of its members, subsidiaries, or employees) for any reason relating to broadcasting, selecting, commissioning, or producing particular content.

(4)

For example, the Minister must not give a direction in respect of—

(a)

any content; or

(b)

any allegation or complaint relating to content; or

(c)

the gathering or presentation of news or the preparation or presentation of any current affairs content; or

(d)

standards administered under the Broadcasting Act 1989.

(5)

The Minister may not remove a member of Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media or any of its subsidiaries for any reason relating to broadcasting, selecting, commissioning, or producing particular content.

(6)

For example, the Minister must not remove a member for any reason relating to—

(a)

any content; or

(b)

any allegation or complaint relating to content; or

(c)

the gathering or presentation of news or the preparation or presentation of any current affairs content; or

(d)

the responsibility of Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media or any of its subsidiaries for compliance with standards administered under the Broadcasting Act 1989.

Compare: 1995 No 52 s 13(1), (2); 2003 No 1 s 28(1), (2); 2003 No 21 s 10