Minister for Media and Communications
The Minister for Media and Communications[a] is a minister in the government of New Zealand with responsibility for the government's broadcasting and media policies, including the diversity and accessibility of broadcast content, broadcasting standards, the regulation of the print media, and the oversight of state media corporations TVNZ and Radio New Zealand. The current Minister is Melissa Lee, a member of the National Party.
|Minister for Media and Communications|
|Television New Zealand|
Radio New Zealand
|Member of||Executive Council|
|Reports to||Prime Minister of New Zealand|
|Appointer||Governor-General of New Zealand|
|Term length||At His Majesty's pleasure|
|Formation||1 July 1936|
(as Minister of Broadcasting)
|First holder||Michael Joseph Savage|
In 1936 the First Labour Government decided that broadcasting would be run by the state. As a result a government minister in charge of Broadcasting was appointed and new legislation (the Broadcasting Act 1936) was passed that abolished the existing New Zealand Broadcasting Board and established the new National Broadcasting Service in its place. A Director of Broadcasting was appointed and a Broadcasting Advisory Council formed as a result of the act to advise the minister. The Labour Party had specifically sought to broadcast parliamentary debates via radio as a means of allowing the public to listen and make their own judgment of events, rather than relying solely on the press, whom Labour were distrustful of.
Between December 2016 and October 2017, the broadcasting portfolio was disestablished, with portfolio responsibilities shared between the Minister for Communications and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. The position was recreated from October 2017 with a title change reflecting a broader scope. The Minister is advised by officials from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Under the Sixth Labour Government, the focus of the portfolio was on creating a new Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media entity which would have been formed by merging TVNZ and Radio New Zealand into a single state broadcaster. The plan was later scrapped.
List of ministers edit
The following ministers have held the office of Minister of Broadcasting.
|No.||Name||Portrait||Term of Office||Prime Minister|
|As Minister of Broadcasting|
|1||Michael Joseph Savage||1 July 1936||27 March 1940||Savage|
|2||Peter Fraser||27 March 1940||21 January 1941||Fraser|
|3||David Wilson||21 January 1941||8 April 1944|
|4||Fred Jones||8 April 1944||13 December 1949|
|5||Frederick Doidge||13 December 1949||19 September 1951||Holland|
|6||Ronald Algie||19 September 1951||12 December 1957|
|7||Ray Boord||12 December 1957||12 December 1960||Nash|
|8||Arthur Kinsella||12 December 1960||20 December 1963||Holyoake|
|9||Jack Scott||20 December 1963||15 February 1967|
|10||Lance Adams-Schneider||15 February 1967||22 December 1969|
|11||Bert Walker||22 December 1969||8 December 1972|
|12||Roger Douglas||8 December 1972||12 December 1975||Kirk|
|13||Hugh Templeton||12 December 1975||12 February 1981||Muldoon|
|14||Warren Cooper||12 February 1981||11 December 1981|
|15||Ian Shearer||11 December 1981||26 July 1984|
|16||Jonathan Hunt||26 July 1984||24 August 1987||Lange|
|17||Richard Prebble||24 August 1987||4 November 1988|
|4 November 1988||8 November 1988|
|(16)||Jonathan Hunt||8 November 1988||2 November 1990|
|18||Maurice Williamson||2 November 1990||10 December 1999||Bolger|
|19||Marian Hobbs||10 December 1999||23 February 2001||Clark|
|23 February 2001||27 March 2001|
|(19)||Marian Hobbs||27 March 2001||15 August 2002|
|20||Steve Maharey||15 August 2002||5 November 2007|
|21||Trevor Mallard||5 November 2007||19 November 2008|
|22||Jonathan Coleman||19 November 2008||14 December 2011||Key|
|23||Craig Foss||14 December 2011||8 October 2014|
|24||Amy Adams||8 October 2014||20 December 2016|
|No separate appointments||20 December 2016||26 October 2017||English|
|As Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media|
|25||Clare Curran||26 October 2017||7 September 2018||Ardern|
|As Minister of Broadcasting and Media|
|26||Kris Faafoi||7 September 2018||14 June 2022||Ardern|
|27||Willie Jackson||14 June 2022||27 November 2023|
|As Minister for Media and Communications|
|28||Melissa Lee||27 November 2023||present||Luxon|
See also edit
Works cited edit
- Prevously (Minister of Broadcasting), (Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media) and (Minister of Broadcasting and Media).
- "Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination 2016" (PDF). www.parliament.nz. New Zealand Parliament. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 November 2023. Retrieved 1 December 2023.
- "Broadcasting and Media". Broadcasting and Media. 6 November 2020. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
- "Control by Minister". The Evening Post. Vol. CXXI, no. 135. 9 June 1936. p. 5. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
- "Broadcasting Portfolio". Nelson Evening Mail. Vol. LXX. 1 July 1936. p. 7. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
- Gustafson, Barry (1986). From the Cradle to the Grave: A biography of Michael Joseph Savage. Auckland, New Zealand: Reed Methuen. pp. 193–4. ISBN 0-474-00138-5.
- "Television in New Zealand; TV emerges in New Zealand". NZ History online. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
- "Our Ministers | Ministry for Culture and Heritage". 31 January 2017. Archived from the original on 31 January 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
- "New details revealed as Cabinet agrees on RNZ, TVNZ public broadcasting decision". RNZ. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
- "Watch: TVNZ/RNZ merger scrapped, income insurance and hate speech laws delayed". RNZ. 8 February 2023. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
- Wilson 1985, pp. 89–97.