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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  • Wayne Hodge

    Is it a leaky boat?

    • Dave

      Exactly what i was thinking,like Split Enz, is Tim committing to 6 months in a leaky boat.

  • Keeping Stock

    Shown the door at Mediaworks by any chance Tim. Or did you leave of you own accord, BEFORE you were pushed?

    • Wayne Hodge

      Perhaps he got a bunch of flowers as a parting gift – deadly nightshade perhaps?

  • john Doe

    The whole shamozzle should be called six months in a leaky boat. Sorry Split Enz. But with that mottly lot the ship will be sunk in six months and the ever burdened tax payer shall be unshackled and relieved for ever more.

  • Oh Please

    Anyone who starts a sentence with “So” has zero credibility in my book – or is aged 12. Should fit in well at RNZ.

    • Wayne Hodge

      12 would make him too old for the infants

  • Wayne Hodge

    To steal Muldoon’s famous quote ‘He has raised the IQ in both organisations”

  • Vutekno

    What a sorry lot! At least they are all in one place now! Red Radio will not be a nice place to visit at all now.

    The bile these people dribble will soon permeate the total enterprise.

  • Usaywot

    And Jesse Mulligan

  • Wayne Hodge

    RNZ = Really Nasty Zombies

  • Usaywot

    I used to like Jim Mora but not any more. His guests are relentlessly angry, vitriolic lefties. Sad, really, he’s completely soiling his previously good reputation.

    • Wolfman Jack

      The old saying “lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas” may be appropriate in Mora’s case

      edit: space

    • Caprice

      I still like Jim Mora, he is fast, witty, leaves any ego at the door, and tries to be neutral when he does have the vitriolic ones on.
      (I do have to turn off the unhinged, like Dita, when they guest.)
      I would have to say I enjoy listening to Jesse Mulligan for the same reason.
      My finger cannot move fast enough at 5 o’clock, when Campbell oozes in behind the microphone.

  • Wolfman Jack

    I saw that movie in black and white when I was a kid. “ship of fools”

  • JEL51

    Oh dear, how sad……………does that mean we won’t be hearing his wonderful tones of negativity on zb anymore ? ……………….. :)

    • Mav E Rick

      Ha ha …..that was the first thing I thought of as well. Mind you his negativity is quite entertaining and Larry is able to rark him up like a little clockwork train. He is quite predictable in that respect and it provides a bit of humour.

      • JEL51

        Luv how in the lifeboat above, he is down so low in the vessel he will be assigned the job of bailing-out, where as St John at the helm, so engrossed at himself he will undoubtably fail to notice the MARVELOUS iceberg they are all approaching…… ;)

  • Wolfman Jack

    The twit twittered and the echo back was many tweets from twits according to his twitter feed with many tweets from the nest RNZ

  • Left Right Out

    “this offers huge scope to create radio in a new way”

    I found it interesting he used the word create. Is he admitting that they create whats heard on the radio rather than what should be reported??

  • XCIA

    Rename Pakatoa Island Castaway Island and that mob could bring Desert Island Disks to a new level.

  • Wolfman Jack

    It might be that during the Clark era they had to put something about welcoming every type of person into their charter. I guess taking in refugees (economic as most are) or reuniting ‘families’ is part of the legacy

  • Aucky

    What a shame. I’ll miss his weekly bashing from Larry.

  • greendogg

    The Life Boat analogy is excellent! Here we have more failed “journalists” with limited options feeding of the public teat as quasi beneficiaries, I guess their only other option is the WINZ office as the only other relevant alternative. Friday night drinks will be a hoot with their collective sanctimony as they guzzle a box of cheap chardonnay, despairing of how they are so misunderstood. They will take solace as they are doing “God’s work.” –(morons.)

  • Eddie

    For a group of people who claim to want diversity, there is almost a single political view among them. Tim will fit in but my tax being used to advance Leftist ideology needs to stop.