The Coalition for Better Broadcasting cautiously welcomes the appointment of Amy Adams as the new Minister of Broadcasting.

“We welcome the fact that broadcasting is now in the hands of a senior Cabinet Minister who can bring her expertise and that of the related government ministries into broadcasting policy,” says CBB Chief Executive, Myles Thomas. “This will be a Broadcasting Minister who can speak to policy that she has had a role in formulating.

“The CBB also welcomes the fact that the same Minister holds the portfolios for both Broadcasting and Communications. Continue reading »

Nat12 - photography for Office of JK & National PartyNational’s MP for Selwyn, Amy Adams, has been named Minister for Broadcasting in this mornings cabinet reshuffle.

Adams replaces Craig Foss who has become a minister outside of cabinet with the Small Business, Statistics and Veterans’ Affairs portfolios alongside associate roles in Immigration and Transport.

With talk of the switch-off of analogue television being set back to 2015, Vodafone is saying the country’s broadband future is at risk.

John Key and Broadcasting minister Jonathan Coleman are backing the decision to delay the planned end of analogue broadcasts from 2013 to 2015 despite the risk of falling behind in terms of 4G technology.

The analogue switch-off is planned in order to clear the path for prime radio spectrum which would be used to support the launch of 4G mobile networks.

However the Prime Minister surprised the industry last week in saying he believe the change should be made later in 2015 whereas many ministers were backing the earlier 2013 option.

Vodafone are pushing for the move to be made earlier as they believe the that the changes are critical if the Government want to achieve the goals it set out in its $300m rural broadband initiative.

Source: Stuff