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RNZ National has maintained its number two spot behind The Edge, following the release of the last radio survey of the year, which reveal a drop in its audience numbers.
The third radio survey of the year gives RNZ National a weekly audience of 625,500 listeners, just 300 shy of the nation’s biggest radio station, The Edge. RNZ National programme manager David Allan shares his thoughts on why the station—and RNZ's other properties—are tracking so well.
RNZ has joined the radio survey party this week and in a similar showing to the previous results, RNZ National sits in second place for audience reach and the top spot for news radio.
Radio New Zealand's radio survey may be a week later than the commercial stations' results, but that doesn't mean it's not a competitor for radio glory. It's number two for weekly audience and takes out the news radio crown once again.
The difference between a nutritious meal and a takeaway: A look at how RNZ’s Checkpoint made it to 50 years
Radio New Zealand has blown out 50 candles this week to mark Checkpoint reaching half a century of current affairs reporting. It’s now the longest-running news and current affairs programme on local radio and television with no sign of stopping. We talk to head of content Carol Hirschfeld about maintaining its remit as a serious news programme, radio with pictures and Checkpoint with John Campbell.
RNZ's latest piece of digital innovation is putting listeners' voices to air through a self-recording app called VoxPop.
In the wake of last week's commercial radio celebrations, Radio New Zealand has something to cheer about following the release of its survey results by GfK. RNZ National has maintained its spot at number two for audience reach against its commercial competitors and saw growth where other news stations saw a drop.
In a very challenging environment, media companies have had to get increasingly creative to increase their revenue or decrease their costs. Fairfax has started selling fibre. Sky is looking to shack up with Vodafone. And in a recent staff email, the RNZ executive team announced that it was looking for potential buyers to take over ownership of its central Auckland building. We talk to CEO Paul Thompson about why it's selling the asset.
No one in the industry has found the perfect solution to consistently making money from online journalism, but this isn't due to a lack of trying. We look at three recent examples of the digital experimentation going on in the industry.
While RNZ exists on the periphery of the commercial world, the organisation’s chief executive sees it as increasingly important to work with the nation’s major media companies.
Industry happenings at One Plus One Group, PwC, Energi Advertising, TRA, Uno Loco, Kordia, Spark PR & Activate, Interbrand and RNZ.
After 18 months of having its comment section switched on, RNZ has decided it will no longer allow comments on its website and it will phase out the capability on its site by the end of the week, instead encouraging comments on its social media channels. We chat to RNZ's Megan Whelan about why it made the decision and what it means for its audience. PLUS: how technology might improve comment sections in the future, and Fairfax’s approach to its comment sections.
Industry happenings at TVNZ, Thrive, Designworks, Intelligent Ink, Data Insight, RNZ, BNZ, The Clemenger Group and the Herald.
Over the past few years the country's main media companies have spent millions creating the integrated newsrooms of the future to keep up with the demands of a fragmented audience. RNZ has made similar multi-media moves (and even changed its name recently to mark its cross-platform aspirations), but as a government-funded, non-commercial broadcaster it has had to make these changes within its existing budget, which hasn't changed for eight years. But last week the Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill was passed after being under consideration for ten years, finally providing clarification for RNZ’s commercial capacity as well as its values, new and old, as New Zealand’s national broadcaster.