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Digital Broadcasting Regulatory Review To Be Canned

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Jonathan Coleman
Jonathan Coleman

Wellington, April 7 NZPA - A review of broadcasting, internet and telecommunications regulation ordered by the previous government has been canned.

The Government said the current market "appears workably competitive" and there was no need for new regulation.

Former Broadcasting Minister Trevor Mallard said last January broadcasting was undergoing a period of significant upheaval world-wide and the review was timely.

Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman said today the review would not proceed any further.

A departmental analysis of submissions made during the review process found the market was competitive and there were "no compelling indications of future issues".

Useful information emerged from the research but the review as a whole went beyond the broadcasting priorities set out before the election, Dr Coleman said.

The policy development on post-digital switch-over spectrum allocation, regional television broadcasting and options for sensory disabled viewers will continue.

"Our broadcasting priorities include achieving a successful digital switch-over and supporting public broadcasting through contestable funding."

The regulatory review paper was to include a discussion paper and research report and to look at competition, standards and copyright in the areas of content, distribution and networks.

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