So boring TVNZ dumped him

David Shearer has been ditched by TVNZ from his regular slot with them:

Television New Zealand has dumped the Labour leader’s weekly appearance on its Breakfast show, telling David Shearer it’s not about him “as a person”.

Prime Minister John Key has a Monday morning slot on the show and last year former Labour leader Phil Goff regularly appeared on Tuesday mornings.

Labour approached TVNZ at the beginning of the year to confirm its recently-elected leader would continue in his place, but was told he would only be invited on to the show on a case-by-case basis.

Shearer has a fortnightly appearance on Breakfast’s rival Firstline programme on TV3 and has regular radio slots on Newstalk ZB, Waatea News, Radio Dunedin and student radio including BFM in Auckland and Radio One at Otago.

It is understood Labour put its case to TVNZ, saying its leader needed to have the right of reply when Key attacked the Opposition.

In a letter back to Labour, TVNZ said the Prime Minister was a newsmaker in his own right and the state broadcaster was merely doing what it always had.

We all know what those letters look like.


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  • Gazzaw

    Hope that you can access Fran Mold’s begging email response WO. Is she losing her touch or pissing off her old mates in the media?

  • Super_Guest

    Who is this guy and why is he trying to clog up valuable air time with himself?

    • Kosh103

      He is the leader of the opposition and a better man than Key.

      • toby_toby

        Are you referring to Winston Peters? I don’t think I’d say he’s a better man than Key.

      • Super_Guest

        He’s a republican wanker.

  • Seems a crazy thing to me that only the PM should get a placement, looks too much like the Radio NZ mistake of overtly showing they are tools of the government of the day.

    • you think Radio NZ is pro the Key regime, what planet are you on? In the main their ‘reportage and commentray seems constructed to push the Green/Labour barrow with dollops of Winston on the side


    Media in this country biased towards National.Have I died and woken up in an alternative universe.

  • Euan Rt

    “Don’t contact us. We’ll contact you….”

  • Bobo the Idiot

    Bugger that used to be the time I could turn the volume down and read the paper…..  He was as interesting as the test pattern.