Broadcasting (New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāho Reporting Requirements) Amendment Bill

  • defeated on 11 March 2020

Broadcasting (New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāho Reporting Requirements) Amendment Bill

Member’s Bill

89—1

Explanatory note

General policy statement

The purpose of this Bill is to require New Zealand on Air (the Broadcasting Commission) and Te Māngai Pāho (Te Reo Whakapuaki Irirangi) to publish quarterly reports that show the viewership figures of every project they fund. This would involve the publication, where relevant, of television ratings, radio ratings, online views, and any other viewership reporting tools, along with the breakdown of costs associated with the funding. This Bill would ensure that television shows, visual online media, and non-music-based radio programming would be reported on and tracked, in order to safeguard public funds for appropriate content that New Zealanders care about while also encouraging better funding analysis by the agencies before projects are confirmed or renewed.

Clause by clause analysis

Clause 1 is the Title clause.

Clause 2 is the commencement clause. It provides for the Bill to come into force 3 months following the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

Clause 3 provides that this Bill amends the Broadcasting Act 1989 (the principal Act).

Clause 4 inserts a new definition in section 2(1) relating to the definition of quarterly reporting.

Clause 5 inserts new section 41A relating to reporting requirements of the Broadcasting Commission.

Clause 6 inserts new section 53GA relating to reporting requirements of Te Reo Whakapuaki Irirangi.

Clause 7 inserts new Schedule 1A, which lists types of content funded that are subject to or exempt from reporting requirements.