Fairfax not happy with Labour’s bribe for Red Radio

Fairfax isn’t at all happy about Labour’s boost for Red Radio:

A Labour Party proposal to boost Radio New Zealand’s role in the media market and pay for it to launch a television channel has copped criticism from Fairfax New Zealand.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday morning that the party would provide funding for Radio NZ to set up a new non-commercial television channel if elected, with the radio broadcaster morphing into a multi-media “public digital media service”, which it has dubbed “RNZ Plus”.

The plan would likely see Radio NZ get the bulk of an additional $38 million a year that Labour would allocate to public broadcasting, said Labour broadcasting spokeswoman Clare Curran, who denied the plan was a snub to Television New Zealand.

Fairfax NZ chief executive Sinead Boucher said it was “great that Labour recognises the importance of high-quality journalism to a sound democracy”.

“But I would question their approach of piling more money into state-owned media, and their plans to turn Radio NZ into a super-media platform and broadcaster.

“Whilst Radio NZ is a great organisation, it has just had a big funding boost and I am not convinced New Zealanders have much appetite for more of their journalism to ultimately flow up to government control,” she said.

Labour’s policy is to establish a Public Media Funding Commission. They claim it will be free from political influence. Yeah, right.

Labour has a history of padding out such organisations to featherbed and payoff their supporters.

You can just imagine who will be appointed to this, all the luvvies who have seen their crap shows defunded over the years.

Buggered if I know why Red Radio and TVNZ aren’t merged and one of the many channels that TVNZ has that aren’t well utilised sidelined for the Red radio content…but then again they already tried that with TVNZ7.

Red Radio does do some things very well, but the major problem it has is all the pinkos and lack of conservative views on their shows as either hosts or as guests.

 

-Fairfax

 


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