Big hole in NZ On Air argument

Clare Curran, Labour, and Winston Peters have been making a big play about what they say are politically motivated decisions being made by NZ On Air.

The problem for these opportunists cashing in on the Whanau Ora and Poverty doco non-scandals, is that NZ On Air Funds a huge range of projects at arm’s length from the Government.

That’s just the way it should be.

For instance, in October last year, just a month before the election – this same agency (supposedly highly political and controlled by the ever powerful Chair of John Key’s electorate) made the decision to fund a two hour documentary on Helen Clark.

The Helen Clark Story, has received nearly $300,000 of taxpayer funding, and it shatters the opportunists’ arguments that NZ On Air is somehow controlled by National.

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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.