Jackson comes out in favour of media charges at Waitangi

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(Source | Waatea News) The co-chair of iwi radio umbrella group Whakaruruhau o Nga Reo Irirangi has defended Te Tii Marae’s decision to charge mainstream broadcasters who want to cover Waitangi Day events on its grounds.

David Rankin from Ngapuhi’s Matarahurahu hapu says charging Pakeha media but not Maori is racist.

But Willie Jackson says iwi stations such as the Northland-based Radio Ngati Hine lose money when they do outside broadcasts, but they are committed to letting Maori know what is going on.

If anyone should not have to pay its Maori radio and that is not going to be the case this weekend so Im pleased they have decided theyre not gong to charge Ngati Hine because that would be an outrage, Mr Jackson says.

He says it is absolutely right that broadcasters such as Radio Live, where he hosts an afternoon talk-back show, should pay because they can generate advertising revenue from their coverage.

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