National’s Jonathan Coleman has announced a bullet-point excuse for a broadcasting policy. Essentially, it adopts the status quo but moves TVNZ charter funding to NZ on Air’s control (there goes any hope of TV1 ever becoming a proper public broadcaster) and preps the ground for privatisation in a second term.
Amongst the bullet points is the statement that National will set a date for switching off analogue broadcasting when 75% of the population have digital or in 2012, whichever comes first. When Labour announced exactly the same policy eight months ago, here’s what Coleman said in a press release titled ‘How many TV viewers will Labour switch off?’
“National supports digital television, but there has to be a firm plan to deal with the final group of New Zealanders who haven’t made the switch to digital.’
Strangely, that â€˜firm plan’ is not to be found in Coleman’s broadcasting policy. Just another hit and run.
[PS. Why are National calling these one page documents ‘policy summaries’ when there are no full policy documents? To create the illusion of substance when there is none?]