In the biggest shakeup in New Zealand broadcasting since deregulation six years ago, the pubcaster TVNZ has been reshaped into three key operating divisions.
The major restructuring follows the appointment earlier this year of Australian Chris Anderson as chief executive. Anderson was known to have been amazed at the proliferation of bureaucracy at the top levels of TVNZ.
His restructuring has changed all that. Subsidiary companies, profit centers, and other semi-independent TVNZ operations are now being brought together in a trio of new divisions: television, production and distribution services.
The divisions replace 13 boards of management and eight group directors who are currently responsible for administering the company. The web’s strategic business units, boards of management and the group director system will all be disbanded.
The changes mean that highflying corporate directors will be moved back into the core business of broadcasting and away from the esoteric business of corporate management.
One of the winners in the shakeout is program director Mike Lattin, who will head the new TV division. That incorporates the two channels, news and current affairs, sales and marketing, sports and regional programming.
The former managing director of TVNZ Graeme Wilson now leads a production division that includes production subsidiaries such as South Pacific Pictures and facilities house Avalon.
The third division is distribution services, which includes the web’s technical communications company and its satellite service to the Pacific.
Anderson has not ruled out firings, and it’s now likely that these will occur as a result of decisions made by the new divisional chiefs.