Broadcasting

BBC union scum – no class whatsoever

BBC journalists are some of the most over-rated repeaters in the world. Right up there with Radio New Zealand union flunkies.

And yet again they have been found out for the left-wing scum that they are.

BBC staff who went on strike yesterday said they were prepared to return to their desks if Nelson Mandela died, however the staff’s generosity stopped there.

After news that the 94-year-old was in hospital broke, union leaders declared that in “the sad event of his death, and for BBC news coverage of that story only” the staff would postpone the strike.

However when the strikers were asked whether the ailing Lady Thatcher, scourge of the unions in the 1980s, would be treated in the same manner, there was a marked change of approach.  Read more »

“A dyke, a bore and a clown”, is this a call to bring back the muppet?

Bruce Russell has caused outrage this afternoon on holiday talkback by asking caller if they thought the changes at 7pm on TVNZ to replace Close Up and Mark Sainsbury with a new show called Seven Sharp and hosted by Alison Mau, Greg Boyed and Jesse Mulligan.

I was listening in the car when he asked callers about it…as best I can recall, I haven’t managed to get the audio yet but I believe he said something along the lines of the show is “populated with a dyke, a bore and a clown” and indicated it wasn’t something he would be interested in watching and asked caller what they thought.

Well it went off…the txts started flowing and Dannews was the first to tweet about it:  Read more »

Liberty Scott on Leveson

Liberty Scott smells a rat in the Leveson inquiry:

  1. Phone hacking is already illegal in the UK.
  2. Attempting to corrupt a public official is illegal.
  3. Stalking was made a crime in the UK a week ago.
  4. Breaking and entering private property in the UK is already illegal.
  5. The UK has one of the world’s toughest defamation laws, which are already blamed for suppressing people speaking up about allegations of sexual abuse by public figures.
  6. In short, the vile events presented in evidence were, in most instances, already illegal.

So consider, for a moment, why new laws and a new regulator is needed to enforce that which the Police have been lax to enforce now.

So really there is no need for any additional regulation or laws governing the media…it could be argued that there should be less laws.

Some more salient facts that the more shrieky out there overlook.

  1. News International is not dominant in the newspaper market in the UK.  It owns the second most popular out of the five serious national Monday-Saturday papers, and the most popular of the five tabloid/populist papers.  Only 34% of national newspapers read in the UK are News Corp papers.  Around 8 million national newspapers are sold every day in the UK.
  2. News International is not dominant in the television market in the UK.    It owns one free to air TV channel (Sky News) compared with the state which owns ten through the BBC and five through Channel 4 (excluding another five “+1” timeshifted channels). It owns the largest pay TV provider (BSkyB in 17% of UK/Irish households), with two major competitors (Virgin Media, BT Vision). The BBC is funded predominantly through a TV licence payable by threat of criminal prosecution.  BSkyB is funded voluntarily through subscription.  BSkyB is forced by the state to onsell its premium sports content to its competitors.  About 9 million people watch the BBC’s two nightly TV bulletins every day.  Another 2.2 million watch the BBC News channel daily, while 1.5 million watch Sky News.
  3. News Corporation has no radio stations in the UK.  By contrast, the state owns 11 national radio stations and 48 regional/local radio stations through the BBC.
  4. Any form of legislation to regulate the press will require the licensing of newspapers, which was last abolished in 1644.   By definition, a regulator will be led by people appointed by politicians, by definition it will be a creature of politics.

Liberty Scott asks about motives:

Look at those asking for a regulator.  What’s their motive?  Ask why a publisher should require permission from the state to publish?  Ask if you think the Labour Party would be so keen on regulating the press if the Times and the Sun hadn’t decided to stop supporting it after the 2005 election and Gordon (“I’ve abolished boom and bust”) Brown became Prime Minister?  Ask why the BBC, which has been at the forefront of supporting press regulation, isn’t regulated by OfCom and itself failed to report on its own former stars committing criminal sexual acts, yet press regulation enthusiasts regard it to be a bastion of ethics?

Can you imagine the resistance by the pro-press regulation left against anyone daring to suggest that the behemoth of a state broadcaster (the world’s largest state broadcaster) be independently investigated and broken up because of the dominance of its influence?

Leveson has recommended legislation, to “protect press freedom”, although he doesn’t identify what threatens it.  Typically the number one [threat] to press freedom, is legislation.

He wants OfCom – the regulator of broadcasting (except the BBC, because it wouldn’t do to have the BBC regulated by the organisation regulating the private sector), to supervise the newspaper regulator.

What’s a newspaper?  Who knows.

This is from a man who has said that newspapers are “uniquely powerful” compared to the internet and social media, which probably reflects he is 63 years old, than any real insights into the media.

The Leveson Report is a doorstop.  Nothing more.

I for one tend to agree with him. No doubt Farrar will take the middle way and whine about this or that instead of standing for true freedom and deregulation.

If the mechanism to protect a free press is the shackles of regulation the we are in a right pickle.

Some facts on Roading

While the Labour Party fundeded bloggers at the Standard continue to lie about roading facts I thought i might provide some perspective.

1. Trucks are meeting their share of roading costs:
*  NZ HMV RUC and registration fees are 200% higher than the comparable diesel tax and registration fees paid by comparable vehicles in Australia.
2. If the Minister is confident of her facts she would agree to the RTF request for a comprehensive immediate review of road funding by heavy motor vehicles and ratepayer.
3. Surface Transport Costs and Charges Report:
* The MOT advised RTF that the STCC Report would not be used for policy purposes.
* That assurance came after the RTF made detailed submissions showing errors and omissions in the report.
4. MOT are currently looking into whether they get the report updated and improved. It is  understood Hyder Consulting are scoping this project.

The STCC Report is where the Stranded are getting their “facts” from. This report has been categorially discredited as woefully inaccurate and Annette King is now resiling from those facts. The lickspittles at the Stranded better contact Helen for new talking points.

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Editorial: Excluding Fijian kids an affront to common sense

Editorial: Excluding Fijian kids an affront to common senseLet the children come. The group of 10 Fijian Scouts and Guides being kept from coming to New Zealand because of someone's interpretation of the sanctions applied by this country against the military regime must be allowed to attend… [NZ Politics]

As if one editorial slamming the government wasn't bad enough try two.

The Herald gets into the silliness that i the banning of 10 Scouts from attending the Jamboree.

One wonders if there are any Scouts from Thailand and Pakistan attending? 

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