Watch as COVID-19 Epidemic Response Committee hears from media companies hit by coronavirus impact

  • 15/04/2020

The Epidemic Response Committee is meeting for the eighth time and will hear from Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi and media companies hit by the economic impact of COVID-19, including Newshub owner MediaWorks. 

The Epidemic Response Committee is a group of 11 MPs, the majority of whom are in Opposition, who meet via videoconference with the purpose of holding the Government to account on its coronavirus response. 

National Party leader Simon Bridges leads the committee, and is joined by four other National MPs, three Labour MPs, one Green Party MP, one New Zealand First MP, and permanent member David Seymour, leader of the ACT Party. 

As well as MediaWorks, the committee will hear from TVNZ, Stuff, Maori TV, RNZ, Newsroom, The Spinoff, BusinessDesk, the NZ Community Newspapers Association, and NZ Herald owner NZME which has announced plans to cut 200 jobs. 

MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson earlier this month asked all staff to take a 15 percent pay cut after the coronavirus pandemic triggered a decline in advertising revenue.

As an independent witness, the committee will hear from Gavin Ellis, a media commentator and former editor of the NZ Herald

Watch the video below.