Thursday, 4 March 2010

KPMG report on Radio New Zealand, November 2007, released under OIA

The KPMG report on Radio New Zealand
The Hon Jonathan Coleman, NZ Minister for Broadcasting, in his reply to my email, and of course, dozens of others who also emailed him - is at pains to point out that he is a supporter of Radio New Zealand and simply wants to help them figure out ways of maintaining and improving services within their current budget.

However, as the KPMG report below points out, this might be a bit harder than we,  and he,  anticipated. Among a number of other telling comments they baldly state, " we have concluded that RNZ is underfunded in terms of ensuring the sustainability of its current outputs"

Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?
Seems clear as mud to me - RNZ can't do what they are tasked to do within their current budget - so the question Minister is, are you going to change "their outputs" - and make this change public - or are you going to help them achieve their existing outputs with additional resources?

And if the former - they have to do less - then can you make it real clear to them - and indeed the rest of us, just what less means. Or as Mozart - via IMDB - famously had it:
Emperor Joseph II My dear young man, don't take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It's quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that's all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.
Mozart: Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?
The KPMG report
Yesterday, I asked  MCH, the NZ Ministry of Culture and Heritage, for the KPMG report - they sent it by email today - thanks - much appreciated.
Here it is - its a a PDF - 83 pages


Con said...

Thanks Paul; a very cogent and timely post, and the link is much appreciated.

Bomber said...

This should be a discussion about increasing RNZ budget, not decreasing it. I don't think that it is a coincidence that National are threatening one of the last critical bastions of public broadcasting at the same time National are ramming through large amounts of controversial legislation through under a misuse of urgency.

gnat said...

If I understand right, the story is that there's no more money go around. So if RNZ is currently not sustainable because they're doing too much with too little money, then RNZ is going to have to start being sustainable with the same amount of money. This will probably mean doing less, or at best finding cheaper ways to do what they currently do.

In the best of all possible worlds, the choice of what to cut or how to spend less would be left up to them. I'm bothered by newspaper accounts that make it seem as though the Minister and the Select Committee were trying to steer the board into specific areas of cuts or savings.

Chad Taylor said...

Nice parsing of the fine print, Mr Reynolds. Watch out for the mercury...

Jake said...

Hi Paul - just wanted to point out that Jonathan Coleman is "Hon" not "Rt Hot". Rt is reserved for people who have been appointed to the privy council. PM's and the like (oh and winston of course) :)

Paul Reynolds said...

Oops - sorted the Right Hon thing - funny old world - in another life I used to know this stuff - started off my working life as a teenager working as a clerical officer in Dover House in London and spent half my day trundling up and down Whitehall to Parliament.