BSA Covid-19 Update

The BSA is 100% working from home and we will continue to deliver our services to broadcasters and the public from our homes during Alert Level 3. See a message from our Chair, Judge Bill Hastings on 25 March 2020 about how we’re handling Covid-19 here. 

During the Alert Level 4 lockdown the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) provided guidance about news and media as essential services. The focus was on ensuring that news and information remained available to our diverse communities and keeping New Zealand connected, while minimising the movement of people – see the 1 April 2020 guidance from MCH here.

On 23 April 2020 MCH released guidance for media operations in Alert Level 3. The focus is on working safely. Working from home is preferred wherever possible, keeping onsite staff to a minimum, and working in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines is required. Guidance issued by MCH on 23 April 2020 is available here.

On 23 April 2020 Minister Faafoi announced an immediate media sector support package to help media affected by COVID-19.  You can read Minister Faafoi’s press release here.

You can read more information on the support package here. Further information will be available on MCH’s website soon.  Any enquiries on the support package can be sent to

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