I hadn’t seen the Bill English ad until now. I guess I had kind of assumed it couldn’t be that bad – surely it would be a promo for the show with a few stock clips of English because he’ll be appearing. Nope:
It’s just an ad for English. In fact, I’ve got no idea what the show will actually be – presumably just more unbalanced and unanswered political rhetoric from English.
TVNZ claims there was no intention to create a political ad for English “It’s a creative idea not a political idea.” Sorry, that doesn’t wash. Maybe TVNZ’s creatives are idiots who didn’t understand they were giving a million dollars in free political promotion to a political party but their bosses sure as hell did.
You don’t accidentally make a political ad for someone. This has the fingerprints of TVNZ’s pro-National leadership, including Rick ‘110K bonus’ Ellis, and the minister’s office all over it.
The Electoral Commission needs to investigate this as a possible breach of the broadcasting rules.