Regan Cunliffe blogs at Throng about the disconnect with the liberal elite who think NZ on Air should fund their pet projects and not programmes likeÂ New Zealandâ€™s Got Talent. The show isn’t my cup of tea, but then again neither is Citizen A and their endless stream of niche lefty opinion munters:
What is it with our inbred desire, as kiwis, to want to find fault with everything? Â Particularly when it comes to local versions of highly successful and incredibly expensive TV shows.
With New Zealandâ€™s Got Talent returning to our screens, it appears as though there are a lot of people who were simply desperate for it to be bad. Â While oneÂ New Zealand Herald reviewerÂ desperately wanted it to be bad, andÂ Stuff desperately wantedÂ theÂ ratings provided by TVNZ to be â€śmassagedâ€ťÂ and inflated,Â people likeÂ Martyn BradburyÂ continue to suggest NZ On Air should onlyfundÂ non-popularÂ programming.When #NZGT became a top trending topic on twitter, despite the blur of tweets whizzing past in the scrolling mess, numerous comments were along similar lines that the show wasnâ€™t nearly as cringeworthy as theyâ€™d expected. Â Many, in fact, were quite pleasantly surprised.
It is important to note that NZ On Air is:
an independent government funding agency. We invest in a colourful range of cost-effective local content, to extend choices for different New Zealand audiences.
Forget what youâ€™d like NZ On Air to be, this is what it is. Â It funds a broad range of shows for a broad range of audiences. Â Thankfully its funding model isnâ€™t restricted to niche, low rating shows but also shows with mass appeal that require a significant amount of finance in order to go to air.