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NZ First lashes govt over RNZ funding

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/05/2016

The government is being accused of forcing Radio New Zealand to consider selling assets because it has to survive on "starvation funding".

NZ First's Tracey Martin is citing a report in the New Zealand Herald which says the state broadcaster is trying to buy digital equipment without making too many cuts to its radio programmes.

Properties that could go on the block include RNZ's central Auckland studios and land used for the masts that broadcast AM services.

RNZ chief executive Paul Thompson confirmed it was looking at the option, the report said.

Ms Martin says her party is appalled.

"Starvation funding by the National government has forced Radio NZ to consider selling public assets," she said on Friday.

"A public broadcasting service is at the heart of democracy."

Ms Martin says NZ First would reinvest in public broadcasting "so that the public can have greater confidence that the information they are being given has not been first run through a government spin machine".

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