Or they could sell advertising

The pinkos are whining about being hard up at Radio NZ.

Radio New Zealand’s financial strategy rests on cake stalls and selling a couple of grand pianos, MPs have been told.

The public broadcaster’s chairman, Richard Griffin, told Parliament’s commerce select committee yesterday that it could only survive a government funding freeze for a further two years.

The board was now considering asking listeners to help fund its Concert station. “We’re looking at the real possibility of setting up a trust … in an attempt to actually have people reach into their pockets on the basis of their belief in public broadcasting.”

The board was unsure if a trust could elicit much extra money. “But something has to be done … We can’t live forever on the [current] funding.”

Here’s a thought…Radio NZ has the largest audience, they are essentially moochers because the station carries no ads. How about they start carrying some advertising, in small amounts, say around news bulletins to make up the shortfall.

People might buy sausages of the local scout group but they sure as hell won’t for Red Radio. Every other radio station has to run ads to survive, time for Red Radio  to join the real world.

Ad free National radio is definitely a “nice to have”


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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. 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.

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