Regan Cunliffe at Throng was explicitly not invited to the TVNZ do, but he turned up to report on the event anyway.
Just as well, how else would we have known this is how Andrew Shaw operates as TVNZ’s General Manager Acquisitions, Production and Commissioning? (Program buyer)
Delegates from Fox were in attendance at TVNZ’s new season launch last night as the state broadcaster attempts to woo them into an output deal and were treated to some good ol’ fashioned racism by TVNZ’s General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions, Andrew Shaw.
Shaw danced his way onto stage in his typical high energy fashion and could easily have been mistaken for one of the geriatric auditionees from New Zealand’s Got Talent before embarking on his impassioned speech about what was to come from TVNZ in 2014.
Shaw went on to describe the Topp Twins’ new show, Topp Country (they’re his good friends he tells us).
They’re going to be doing the country we mythically relate to. Those dusty roads, those small villages, those fabulous towns. Unlike Auckland, what a shit hole. Let’s face it, it is isn’t it. You can have all the motorways and all of the over passes you like but Auckland isn’t really up to much.
I beg your pardon?
This is in front of people from Auckland, around the country and Fox representatives from overseas? Is the man out of control?
There were multiple groans from the mainly Auckland crowd of advertising executives who were also supposedly being wooed to depart with their cash. Sensing the crowd may have been turning on him, Shaw qualified his comments:
I’m doing that for the people who’ve come up from Christchurch and Wellington because they just don’t get enough love really. Do they, you know? Or taxes. Or roads. [pause] Or Polynesians.
What a vile racist unprofessional way to behave.
Perhaps Little Andy and Hey Hey it’s Racist Andy can get together and start an anti-PR company.