These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate Radio New Zealand (RNZ) as Least biased based on minimal editorializing of content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Radio Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
RNZ (Radio New Zealand) is a public service multimedia organization and Crown entity established under the Radio New Zealand Act 1995. Its headquarter is in Wellington, New Zealand. It is owned and operated by the New Zealand government.
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Funded by / Ownership
RNZ is primarily funded and owned by the state and through public funding via NZ on Air. RNZ “currently gets around $48m a year in public funding.” RNZ also receives funding from commercial sources, such as digital advertising.
Analysis / Bias
Radio New Zealand (RNZ) publishes news with moderately loaded language, such as “Week in Politics: Nash’s resignation upsets Hipkins’ family-friendly week.” The author reports what the other sources said through quotes like Newshub’s political editor and Beehive, criticizing Stuart Nash. Stuart Nash is a Labor MP who has resigned as Police Minister amid interference claims.
RNZ utilizes sources through Stuff and mostly factual sources like NewsHub. Another article was published with minimally loaded language “Robertson confident economy will see growth by end of year.” Finance Minister Grant Robertson is from Labor Party. The article is factual and informative on the Finance Minister’s statements and the state of the New Zealand economy. The article also notes that some economists and business groups have expressed caution and skepticism about the prospects for economic growth. Still, it presents these views in a balanced and objective manner.
In general, RNZ is fact-based and holds little bias in reporting.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Radio New Zealand (RNZ) as Least biased based on minimal editorializing of content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (03/17/2023)
Last Updated on March 17, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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