Abby Foote appointed to TVNZ Board

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Broadcasting

Headline: Abby Foote appointed to TVNZ Board

Amy Adams | Broadcasting

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has today announced the appointment of Abby Foote to the Board of Television New Zealand (TVNZ).

“Ms Foote is a Christchurch-based professional director with a background in law and accountancy. Her executive career was with major corporates, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom,” says Ms Adams.

“Ms Foote has particular skills in audit and risk governance that will supplement the commercial strength of the TVNZ Board.”

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Changes to modernise election broadcasting

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Broadcasting

Headline: Changes to modernise election broadcasting

Amy Adams | Broadcasting

Justice and Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams says a planned refresh of the outdated format of election broadcasts will modernise them in time for the 2017 General Election.

Ms Adams announced today that the Broadcasting (Election Programmes and Election Advertising) Amendment Bill will be introduced to Parliament next week.

The Bill will remove the requirement for political parties’ opening and closing election broadcasts to be aired on television and radio. It will also remove the requirement for TVNZ and Radio NZ to provide free time for these.

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Minister welcomes new media sector fund

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Broadcasting

Headline: Minister welcomes new media sector fund

Amy Adams | Broadcasting

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has welcomed NZ On Air’s response to the changing needs of the sector with the NZ Media Fund.

“NZ On Air is responding to the rapidly shifting media sector and today’s converging landscape in the way we communicate, conduct business and access entertainment channels,” says Ms Adams.

“With the new fund being open to a broader range of platforms and backing the best ideas, it’s a positive change and a great fit with the cross-Government convergence work programme.

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Convergence programme moving apace

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Broadcasting

Headline: Convergence programme moving apace

Amy Adams | Broadcasting

The Government’s Convergence Work Programme is making excellent progress towards ensuring New Zealand is well-placed to take advantage of an increasingly digital media environment, says Broadcasting and Communications Minister Amy Adams.

“Today’s converged media landscape is changing the way we communicate, conduct business and access entertainment channels. Streaming content on-demand through our mobile devices or obtaining news on the web is now the new norm,” says Ms Adams.

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Digital Convergence Bill captures online content

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Broadcasting

Headline: Digital Convergence Bill captures online content

Amy Adams | Broadcasting

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has today announced the Government’s plans to update the Broadcasting Act to better reflect today’s converged market. 

“The media sector is in a period of great change. New Zealanders are consuming content in completely different ways to even a few years ago,” says Ms Adams.

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Parliament captioning increasing accessibility

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Broadcasting

Headline: Parliament captioning increasing accessibility

Amy Adams | Broadcasting

The captioning of all Parliament TV’s broadcasts will provide better access for deaf and hearing impaired New Zealanders, say Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner.

“The captioning of Parliament TV is a valuable addition to the captioning landscape in New Zealand,” says Ms Adams.

“The Government, through NZ On Air, funds the charitable trust Able with $2.8 million a year to caption content on free to air TV.

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RNZ Board appointment

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Broadcasting

Headline: RNZ Board appointment

Amy Adams | Broadcasting

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has today announced the appointment of Graham Pryor to the Board of RNZ.

Mr Pryor is an Auckland-based media and business consultant, and professional director with a background in accountancy.

For 14 years he led Mai Media, which ran a network of commercial radio stations and provided news and programmes to iwi radio. He currently serves on the Board of Te Kakano Whakatipu and Maitahi Media. 

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Adams to Mexico for Digital Economy Forum

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Broadcasting

Headline: Adams to Mexico for Digital Economy Forum

Amy Adams | Broadcasting

New Zealand’s focus on digital infrastructure will be front and centre at an international forum to discuss the growth of the digital economy.
Communications and Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams will travel to Mexico this week to speak at a meeting on the Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity.

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Appointments to Radio New Zealand Board

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Broadcasting

Headline: Appointments to Radio New Zealand Board

Amy Adams | Broadcasting

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced two reappointments to the Board of Radio New Zealand (RNZ). 

Nelson-based former journalist Richard Griffin has been reappointed as Chair of Radio New Zealand and Jane Taylor, a barrister and professional director from Queenstown, has been reappointed and takes on the role of Deputy Chair.

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Appointments to TVNZ and NZ On Air

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Broadcasting – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Appointments to TVNZ and NZ On Air

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced appointments to the boards of two of New Zealand’s iconic media organisations, Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and NZ On Air.

“These appointments will ensure there is a good balance of new expertise and experience at a time when the way we communicate, do business and access information and entertainment is changing rapidly,” says Ms Adams.

Joan Withers has been appointed for a further term as Chair of TVNZ.

Ms Withers was named Chairperson of the Year at the Deloitte 200 Business Awards last year. 

“She is an outstanding leader and has provided clear direction and leadership to TVNZ over the last year and I am delighted that she has agreed to continue as Chair.”

Auckland-based advertising and marketing specialist Kevin Malloy has been appointed to the TVNZ Board.

“With a significant career in advertising both here and internationally, Mr Malloy’s expertise and experience in advertising, media buying and digital convergence will add real value to the TVNZ Board at an important time,” says Ms Adams.

Wellington lawyer John McCay is appointed as a board member of NZ On Air.

“Mr McCay brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate and commercial law to this role in broadcasting. His work in the film and entertainment industries has involved many significant New Zealand projects and I welcome the contribution he will bring to the board,” says Ms Adams.

Previously an adviser to the New Zealand Film Commission, Film New Zealand, and NZ On Air, John McCay has been a member of the board of the New Zealand Film Commission since 2015.  He also has considerable expertise in the retirement village, infrastructure and technology sectors and has advised some of New Zealand’s largest sporting bodies.

These board members’ terms all begin on 1 May.

Biographies of new appointees

Kevin Malloy is a marketing and advertising specialist based in Auckland.  He recently completed 16 years of service with Starcom (part of the global advertising and media buying company Publicis) where he held the role of global director for the Coca-Cola account.  Prior to this role he held the position of CEO International Operations of Starcom Media Vest Group (SMG) and Worldwide Media Director at D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles. Mr Malloy served for eight years on the Breast Cancer Foundation Board and has recently been appointed to the boards of the Dingle and Halberg Foundations.

John McCay is a partner in the Wellington office of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, with extensive experience in corporate and commercial law. He is an experienced sport, technology, media and entertainment lawyer and has been involved in a range of New Zealand feature films including Whale Rider, World’s Fastest Indian and In My Fathers Den. He also works in the areas of intellectual property, confidentiality and trade secrets. Previously chair of Film New Zealand and a trustee of the New Zealand Arts Festival and the New Zealand Film and Television School, John has been a board member of the New Zealand Film Commission since 2015.  He is currently a trustee for the Wellington Arts Foundation and Limbs4all Trust.