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Paul Thompson on how RNZ grew its weekly audience by 60,000 listeners
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Nielsen’s All National Radio survey showed that the weekly cumulative radio audience for RNZ National and Concert was 564,000 people aged 15 and over, a decent year-on-year lift when compared to the 503, 000 listeners recorded in the previous survey. We talk to Paul Thompson some of the moves that led to this uptick in weekly listener numbers.

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The son guiding the father: The Wireless editor takes a more central role as Radio New Zealand restructures digital teams
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Since its inception in 2013, Radio New Zealand’s (RNZ) digital brand The Wireless has grown quickly, attracting a new audience of readers that were largely disconnected from the legacy structures of the state broadcaster. This upward trajectory has seen the website’s average audience climb from 700 daily users last year to 3,000 this year. And the RNZ executive team is now hoping to spread this success across all its digital properties with the appointment of The Wireless editor Marcus Stickley as the digital features editor. PLUS: digital teams restructure, a tale of two Tobys and a RNZ new website on the cards.

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Radio New Zealand and NZME embark on public/private partnership with iHeartRadio deal—UPDATED
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The Campbell Live saga has shown that commerce and current affairs often make uneasy bedfellows. But across on a different medium, the publicly funded Radio New Zealand and the commercially minded NZME are jumping into bed, with iHeartRadio now streaming Radio New Zealand National, Radio New Zealand Concert and Radio New Zealand International. And both sides think it’s a win-win.

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Radio New Zealand’s Paul Thompson on the decline of radio
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On 12 May, Radio New Zealand’s chief executive Paul Thompson delivered a speech at the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Conference held in Glasgow—and his thoughts on the industry stood in stark contrast to the optimism that has been voiced by the respective PR teams of the commercial stations. From the first line of the speech, which is currently available on the Radio New Zealand website, it’s clear that Thompson is bracing himself for a significant challenge in the role that he only stepped into nine months ago.

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A brief history of Morning Report told through theme tunes
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This morning, Susie Ferguson and Guyon Espiner hit the airwaves as the new co-presenters of Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report, and the start of their tenure coincided with the release of new theme music for the long-running show. Since 1970, each decade of the show’s history has been given its own theme tune, and the new version, which comes a day after Geoff Robinson’s last show, serves to usher in a new era for the radio show.

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Geoff Robinson: the voice of a nation hangs up his headphones
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Radio New Zealand stalwart and “probably New Zealand’s best-known voice” Geoff Robinson gets his gold watch today, after almost 35 years in the host’s chair of Morning Report. Today’s show went back over some of the big stories he’s covered in his time, like 9/11, the Rainbow Warrior and the Christchurch earthquakes, as well as some of the lighter moments, like struggling to talk into a recorder while riding a rollercoaster in Texas. And a number of the country’s best-known broadcasters—including some of the more than 30 co-hosts he’s worked with in his time—were there to pay tribute to the man Kim Hill called “continuity at its best”. Radio New Zealand put together its own tribute to his remarkable 44 year career at the national broadcaster and created a short clip featuring some of his and his colleagues’ reflections.

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Radio New Zealand shuffles its lineup—UPDATED
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Radio New Zealand (RNZ) has announced that Simon Mercep will leave the Morning Report in April when Geoff Robinson, the co-host on the show, retires. And according to a Herald report, the empty seats left at the Morning Report by the imminent departure of the two hosts will be filled by Auckland-based Guyon Espiner and, if speculation is to be trusted, Wellington journalist Susie Ferguson, who has previously filled in on the show.

Movings/shakings
Movings/Shakings: 21 June
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Jae Morrison shifts to Finch, farewelling Nick Coombe, more gold for Kim Hill, Spark PR picks up Pacific Brands, Trio shacks up with Tourism Malaysia, changes at Positively Wellington Tourism, the arrival of AAANZ, and Tourism Fiji welcomes a new regional director.

Movings/shakings
Movings/Shakings: 13 June
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New Radio NZ head, PRINZ announces its top brass, new shopping channel announces a familiar face as chief executive, Media Design School makes a couple of upgrades, AWARD School opens its Auckland doors again, Naked Sydney takes EA games PR biz and Ad2One adds another site to its list.

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