Inquiry into TVNZ

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Rodney has called for an inquiry into TVNZ. Fair call I guess, and I see that National has indicated that they will be calling for one also.

But there is an even better solution – SELL IT

Why does government need to own a television station? They don’t – the private sector will happily cater for the nation’s entertainment needs.

Why does the government expect TVNZ to make a large profit when they’ve imposed that politically-correct charter? Because they’re stupid – clearly if you impose restrictions like the charter, their ability to generate revenue is limited.

Why is the media, and consequently the country, concerned about the CEO leaving and multiple pay disputes? Because it is still a political entity with a politically appointed board.

Sell TVNZ and cease it to be a political entity and nobody will care what happens inside as long as they producing quality programming.

And they will produce quality programming because they won’t attract advertisers otherwise – that is how it works in the real world

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.