Tim Watkin joins the cast of ‘The Lifeboat’

And with that tweet Tim Watkin announces he is off to join the cast of the ‘The Lifeboat’.  

Sad to have to point out to Tim Watkin that podcasts are hardly a new way of creating radio. According to Wikipedia the word was first coined some time between 2001 and 2003. It is at least 13 years old in terms of the concept and idea, so hardly new an innovative.

Radio New Zealand meanwhile has become somewhat of a real life metaphor of a life boat for failed or sacked journalists.

the lifeboat

Left to right: Wallace Chapman, Pip Keane, John Campbell, Mihi Forbes, Tim Watkin, David Slack, Carol Hirschfeld, Guyon Espiner

What I want to know, though, is was Watkin pushed or did he leave before his past at TVNZ caught up with him? Or the fact he is currently under active Police investigation?

Meanwhile a good case could be made for a NZ on Air funded comedy called ‘The Lifeboat’.


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