Regional TV knows more than the advertising industry?

I find this a little hard to believe – that the reason why Stratos went under was because the advertising industry “had never got its head around cumulative figures“.

It may well be that Stratos TV never got their head around the fact that their shows weren’t generating enough advertising support because they simply didn’t have enough viewers.

Perhaps if their political content wasn’t moderated by people as unappealing as Martyn Bradbury, they might have a better chance of generating support from people with discretionary spending – i.e. centre-right viewers. But why would anyone centre-right want to watch a TV show with the main host so offensively negative about people who believe in conservatism or centre-right politics?

There might be a lesson in there somewhere.

Why I won't be on Citizen A anymore

I have decided not to appear on Citizen A anymore.

The decision hasn’t been taken lightly and I consulted widely with people who’s opinions I respect.

Firstly I have to say that the people and staff of Triangle/Stratos are first rate. The producer Debz is great to work with and I have enjoyed my time working with her. She has taught me a great deal.

Over time however I have come to despise turning up for an hour of left wing cant being shoved down my throat all the while I have to sit and suck it up. I?have?learned the patience of Job as insult after insult was hurled my way, while deference was paid to the other guests in an almost fawning,?obsequious manner.

I have?enormous?respect for Chris Trotter, for Selwyn Manning and for Phoebe Fletcher. I?have?enjoyed working with them and enjoyed the debates we managed despite the mad raving and shrill editorialising of Martyn Bradbury coming between us. There, I would like to think, is mutual respect, and that could well be indicated by the offline information sharing and discussions we have via email or over the?occasional?beer or coffee.

However I can not and will not tolerate complete disrespect and abuse any longer. I will no longer be the token righty copping a flogging each week like a punch drunk boxer hoping for that one last win in the ring. It is demeaning and unbecoming and rude, more to the point that I am about as far form a broken down old boxer as you can get, and I’m not losing.

Martyn has lined up as many left wing commentators as he could to try and “get” me. He even said this to me several times….as in “right this week I’ve got X up?against?you, he will tear you apart”. They almost always end up by issuing forth the immortal lines “You know what? I agree with Cam on this”. Martyn even tried to train Phoebe to not say she agreed with me.

One of the final things that brought this to a head was when Martyn instructed the producers to change the subtitles to hurl even more abuse at me. It was embarrassing and shameful and it was not my doing. Then two shows ago he tried to link me, my hobbies and my?Christian?beliefs with the mass murdering coward who killed so many, so shamefully in Norway. It was a scurrlious, low blow. My anger at that attack in the middle of the show was such that I found it ?difficult to contain.

The final straw was Martyn’s blog post on Friday where he has simply followed the party line and?insists?that despite the law of the land the SIS should not have released to me that which was applied for under the OIA, not because they were secret, but because I am a right wing blogger.

Martyn Bradbury likes to think he a crusader holding the powerful to account, he should have embraced what I did to the SIS, in opening them up just a little but, instead he went for the?political?and?personal?attack that is so common amongst the left.

I have canvassed my decision with 10 people and the opinions of those I respect were 100%, with not even a slight equivocation, ditch the show.

And so I will. Last week was my last appearance on Citizen A. I will not be returning.

Citizen A online

Citizen A is online.

Enjoy this episode because it will be my last. I will post my reasons?separately.

Citizen A – 28 July 2011

Citizen A this week Martyn Bradbury hosts the debate between Scoop Co-Editor Selwyn Manning and Whaleoil blogster Cameron Slater.

Issue 1: Discussions on suicide and child poverty this week saw the Maori Party’s MP Te Ururoa Flavell suggest those who take their own lives should be?buried?away from others. Is there any merit to this seemingly awful approach that Flavell advocates? And are those on the bottom being looked after or not?

Issue 2: Prime Minister John Key visits Washington and all he got was the lousy US Marines ? The panel assesses Key’s romp around the USA and analyses his comments regarding Norway and Afghanistan.

Issue 3: Is the Rugby World Cup going to be an economic fizzier for Auckland, and New Zealand?

Plus there’s a final word from each of the panel.

Citizen-A broadcasts on Sky channel 89 & Freeview channel 21 on Thursday and Sunday evenings. Also, check out Bomber onFacebook…

The show broadcasts weekly on Triangle/Stratos TV and on Scoop.

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Citizen A this week with political commentator Chris Trotter and that awful Bomber Bradbury

Issue one: Has John Key run out of horsemen of the Apocalypse to terrify NZers with over Labour’s ‘dagger through the heart of growth’ Capital Gains Tax

Issue two: ACT Party racist meltdown – Is it the Christmas Gift that just keeps giving

Issue three tonight: The Police threaten an investigation into TVNZ after they highlight the bashing of a looter with Aspergers, is it time to reign the Police in?

Citizen A now plays 8pm Stratos Freeview 21 & Sky 89 Fridays


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Tune in to join Whaleoil and a couple of Pinko bloggers as they offer an up-to-date half hour review of the political media issues of the current week from a very Auckland perspective.

THIS WEEK: Bloggers Phoebe Fletcher and Cameron Slater

Issue one: Mana won the by-election well beyond the 1% parroted from the mainstream media, Cam now owes me $200, what are the ramifications and how dull is the anti-MMP campaign?

Issue two: Is Alasdair Thompson the Grand Cyclops of Chauvinist pigs? How alive and well is sexism in NZ and we’ll get thoughts on the slutwalk

Issue three tonight: Bomber jumps the shark on Cathy Odgers.

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Citizen A – 16 June – online now

Citizen A this week with blogger Phoebe Fletcher and that awful Bomber Bradbury

Issue one: Another tragedy at Kings and the focus has conveniently gone on youth drinking. When will NZ grow up over its alcoholism?

Issue two: John Key greenlights Casino masquerading as a conference center in what amounts to a Hate Crime against Auckland Architectural Heritage

Issue three: Should Right Wing black ops thug, Cameron Slater be allowed to breach Labour Party supporters privacy and will this election see the rise in online dirty tricks from the Slater sewer? [Bomber writes this stuff]