Politician of the Week

Mojo Mathers might be bringing a bit of sense to the Greens.

Mojo Mathers (Green) asked RNZ whether people from all over the world are now listening to RNZ through the internet. Griffin responded that about 75% of internet customers are from New Zealand and the rest are from around the world. Cavanagh added that online broadcasting was hugely beneficial to RNZ as it enabled them to supply on-demand content and reach New Zealander’s anywhere in the World. Mathers suggested charging international internet users of RNZ and Cavanagh not sure about the idea.

Radio New Zealand are pleading they are broke because they give away free content and don’t sell advertising. It is about time they stopped bludging and sticking their hand out, and excellent (if technically wrong) suggestions like this one from Mojo are a really good start.

Ignore that she was technically challenged and wrong-headed in trying to restrict or charge for access…She raises, if somewhat obtusely, that delivery via the internet is different from free to air and commercial free radio. I can’t see any problem whatsoever with Radio New Zealand putting advertising on their website and also on their online delivered content. The proposition is simple…if you want commercial free content listen to the wireless, if you want content delivered anywhere, any time then be prepared for advertising.

Mojo is the first of the 2011 intake to be award Whaleoil’s politician of the week. Well done Mojo for at least speaking up.


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