Welcome to the Ideas Channel

The Ideas Channel offers quality global news, free education, commentary, and a platform for innovation and change.

Trusted news sources include BBC News, The Guardian, an independent UK newspaper owned by a Trust, The Washington Post, respected for investigative journalism, Al Jazeera for a Middle East perspective, The Atlantic, which describes itself as 'America's leading destination for bold thinking and brave ideas that matter' and the New York Times, winner of 130 Pulitzer prizes, more than any other news organization.

Free education sites include Coursera, founded by Stanford University, EdX, with MIT and Harvard, and the Royal Institution for science. The Ideas Channel believes that education and communication are the tools of empowerment.

The Ideas Channel is also a platform for those who facilitate change.

Dr Mike Minehan

Mike Minehan is CEO of the Ideas Channel. He graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, with two degrees and the New Zealand literary award, the MacMillan Brown Prize. Mike's first job was as a TV News Director with the then New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. He went on to become a Parliamentary Reporter for the NZBC, the foundation reporter on the primetime Town and Around, and an investigative TV journalist with New Zealand’s weekly analysis program, Compass.  

Dr Allan Martin OBE

Dr Allan Martin is the Associate Director of the Ideas Channel. Allan has worldwide experience in radio and TV. For eight years, he was a Producer/Director for Associated-Rediffusion Television, London, after which he became Chief Producer TV for the New Zealand Broadcasting Service. This followed extensive experience in radio as a producer in New Zealand, Australia and Mozambique.