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"STOP PRESS" - 'BillBarcBlog' First Blogger Admitted to Press Council Membership!

I have been notified this morning by the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Press Council that I have been admitted as an associate member (blogger!) of the New Zealand Press Council.

I have been told that I am the first blogger to be admitted to this new status within the Council ranks, and it follows a  review of the manner in which this blog has operated since its advent in November 2010.

Naturally, I am chuffed at this turn of events - I hope it leads to a great deal more bloggers making application (it is only $100 a year to obtain associate membership, after all), and it should serve to improve standards all around - including my own.

I have posted formal notification regarding the complaint procedure to which I will be subjected at the bottom of this page.

It should be noted however that I am a commentator, not subject to the normal constraints that apply to journalistic endeavour, but in accordance with recent court decisions, my sources are as protected as those of any jounalist.




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Reader Comments (7)


Congratulations on being the first cab off the rank.



November 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Now maybe, just maybe, the TCDC will give you a table, chair, agenda, a pitcher of water and a glass!!.
And all of this, even before Whaleoil made the grade- well done Bill.
Maybe the Fourth Estate will engage [and pay] you to write for them??

November 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterToe Nail

Well done mate, and keep fighting the god fight!

November 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSailing Away

I too offer congratulations on this achievement.
Now maybe the TCDC will be able to successfully manipulate you as they have done other local media....LoL

November 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Belated congratulations Bill. This recognition is well deserved, as you provide very useful and accessible insight into a wide range of affairs of concern and interest to the community. I hope that with this recognition, even more members of the community will follow your blog - even though they may not necessarily agree with all of your views!

November 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Many thanks to all commenters' - it only means that I was the first to send in my $100, and go through the admission process - I promise I won't get carried away!

November 26, 2014 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

belated congratulations

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterreihana

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