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Dual obligations

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, December 12th, 2009 - 19 comments
Categories: culture, Media, national/act government - Tags: ,

The more I ponder the scrapping of the TVNZ charter the dafter it seems. There are obvious downsides. What is the upside? What possible reason could there be to further weaken the already vestigial representation of our own culture on our main free to air TV channel? The only reason I’ve seen given is “dual obligations“:

The charter was criticised by some for giving TVNZ an impossible task in meeting dual obligations of a strong commercial performance as well as public broadcasting requirements.

Or as it was put in our comments: “The only credible media models are either ‘wholly Public’ or ‘wholly Private'”. Well I’m no media expert, but I call bullshit. Mixed public and private broadcasters can work just fine. The best known example of course is the BBC:

As we have sought to show in this chapter, the UK has a unique system of mixed public and private broadcasting that has been constructed over the past century on solid economic and cultural principles. It overwhelmingly reflects the lives and culture of the British people. It provides one of the most independent and trusted news services in the world. It makes learning opportunities available to all. And, because it is a universal system, it is able to bring large parts of the UK together. Once dismantled, it could never be rebuilt.

The Canadian CBC has a similar mixed model, as do various countries in Europe. In fact according to Wikipedia “Modern public broadcasting is often a mixed commercial model”.

The so called impossibility of “dual obligations” is just a smokescreen. Many organisations deal with dual (if not multiple) obligations. Any SOE for a start, which is expected to be both “(a) As profitable and efficient as comparable businesses that are not owned by the Crown” and “(c) An organisation that exhibits a sense of social responsibility by having regard to the interests of the community … and by endeavouring to accommodate or encourage these when able to do so.” Or how about Tertiary institutions, which have the dual obligations to run at a surplus of at least 3% and provide a world class education. Or District Health Boards with dual obligations of funding requirements and health targets. In fact, how about Parliament itself, which has the dual obligations of both fiscal and social responsibility (“Parliament makes laws and holds the Government to account for its policies, actions, and spending”).

Plenty of organisations cope with dual obligations and more. If TVNZ’s lavishly remunerated execs can’t cope then sack them and find some that can. Only – it isn’t really about dual obligations at all, is it. That’s just the smokescreen – so much humbug. What it’s really about is the same old story – maximising profits. Who cares about culture and national identity anyway. Not the Nats…

19 comments on “Dual obligations”

  1. Tim Ellis 1

    What an interesting and thoughtful discussion to spark off on a Saturday morning, r0b.

    As Judy Callingham points out, there never was truly public service television in New Zealand, and the Charter was a mess and gave TVNZ quite conflicting goals that didn’t work.

    It might be nice to have a public service TV channel in New ZZealand, but I’m not sure it’s the biggest priority for the taxpayer as we’re clawing our way out of recession and the messy finances that the last government left us with. WIth a decade of deficits and a generation of indebted taxpayers ahead of us, I don’t think spending $300 million on a mini BBC each year is sustainable.

    • Tigger 1.1

      So why can we not create a model that works for us and delivers a public-oriented broadcaster? Let TVNZ make cash, let TV One serve the public and stop expecting it to all return money to the government.

      • Lew 1.1.1

        This is really the nub of it: the problem with public service broadcasting on NZ TV is not with the broad structural problem of serving two masters, but the narrow implementation problem of a vague and badly-enforced charter.

        L

    • Rex Widerstrom 1.2

      there never was truly public service television in New Zealand

      Ms Callinghan seems to have forgotten the NZBC, or the short lived BCNZ, let alone the NZBS.

  2. spot 2

    BBC as mixed ?

    The UK broadcast market itself is a good example of “mixed” broadcasting, with private companies also sharing in a slice of licence fees for PSB remit related programming, regional news, children’s programming etc (ITV, Ch4, S4C etc)

    The BBC itself as an example of mixed, and akin to TVNZ, not so sure.

    Licence fee funded and a curious legislative status rather than our “crown entity” TVNZ – most of any revenue it derives commercially via BBC Worldwide, JV production deals, publishing and kick-back on rights sale.

    A lot of the pressure on the BBC comes in the form of licence fee renewal conditions, which in themselves ensure certain “commercial behaviours”, but not in the same way as TVNZ is required to produce a return on asset.

    As an example, the BBC has over recent years had to come to grips with PSB reviews, its modern role (and cost). It has commercialised and then privatised a huge part of its distribution functions, its transmission functions, it’s engineering and technology group, and more recently attempted the same with it’s production and post-production areas.

    It has in effect done a lot to “sell itself off”, at least in terms of the supporting operations.

    TVNZ’s main problem is not the Charter, it has never stuck to that in any other way than lip service.

    It’s problem is a declining FTA advertising market, a legacy of costs and structure based on an old-school broadcast model and a well known inability to set a clear direction, adhere to it and drive the kind of investment and change needed to knock itself into shape.

  3. Jade 3

    Your arguments is spurious at best: you completely ignore the role of television licences.

    Using your first and primary example, that of the BBC, a quick look a their financial report of 2009, shows a graphical breakdown of income for the years ’06 – ’09 ¹. In total, BBC income from television licences made up roughly a good 75% of their total income each year, with the rest from advertisements, grants and ‘other’. In comparison, TVNZ for the year ending 2009 had total revenue of $384 million, of which, $298 mill or nearly 80%, was from advertising ². It’s clear BBC has a completely different model to TVNZ, so unless you propose instating a television licence, TVNZ cannot work as both.

    Also, a quick search through the book³ you linked to shows a similar model of income for European broadcasters: “Swiss… primarily financed through the licence fee and advertising” (p 254); in Denmark “DR is financed exclusively by license fees, TV-2 partially by advertising and license fees” (p 50) and 43% of the Austrian state broadcaster ORF is funded by license fees, 42% by advertising (p 8).

    ¹ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/annualreport/pdf/bbc_ar_online_08_09.pdf, p. F07
    ² http://online.textpacific.com.au/default.aspx?cdn=0&xml=TVNZ_Annual_Report, p 10
    ³ http://books.google.com/books?id=_KRfXsBUBeAC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_navlinks_s#v=onepage&q=&f=false

  4. Deus ex Machina 4

    I can call bullshit too, and some of the biggest bullshit around is this idea of a ‘national culture and identity’.

    What passes for ‘national culture and identity’ on “our” broadcaster is a macho drumbeat that,we should all be rugby-loving, boozing, Australia-hating, sports-mad, anti-intellectual morons. My gorge rises at the number of times per day on the main national news when I am by its definition of a ‘Kiwi’ expected to rejoice at some sporting victory, or glow with internal warmth simply because some celebrity I’ve never heard of apparently thinks New Zealand is a great place to work/visit/buy up.

    Up to the 1940’s the UK was a nation of regional cultures and identities but the BBC levelled all that – “BBC English” replaced regional dialects and the ethos of Z-Cars and Coronation Street replaced the cultures of a thousand localities until they became simply historic curiosities. Any New Zealand ‘national culture and identity’ promulgated by the media will simply be what the media’s controllers think it is, or (worse) want it to be, and the sooner people return to looking at their neighbours to see what their culture and identity is, or should be, rather than the TV, the better.

    • Tigger 4.1

      National identity is only one part of the equation. Social cohesion is, these days, arguably more important. A public broadcaster can be an immensely powerful promulgator of social cohesion.

      • Oh yes. Just look at the way Fox News promulgates social cohesion in the US – there’s nothing promotes social cohesion better than a common enemy.

        The BBC’s stated mission is “To enrich people’s lives with programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain.” The moment TV starts PROMULGATING anything it steps beyond that remit and becomes a tool of mass persuasion, and that should never be allowed.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2

        Social cohesion comes with talking to your neighbours not from staring at your television screen.

  5. chris 5

    Has anyone been to TVNZ’s offices? They’re quite sad how cramped and small they are

    captcha: cumming (lol)

  6. randal 6

    gosh what a lot of verbiage to describe the personal enrichment of an ideological claque who see any state activity simply as a vehicle to flog off for their own personal aggrandisement and going into government to achieve their desires.
    no matter.
    If the national party does perpetrate this act then they will be out on their ear very soon and any new government will have a clear field to set up a new state system without the accretions and hangers on that this one has managed to gather since its inception.

  7. Draco T Bastard 7

    TVNZ needs to get back to being a service that, get this, costs us. That service is to inform us of what our politicians are doing/debating and WTF else is happening in the world. It should not be an entertainment service.

      • Noko 7.1.1

        I agree with this, however if it had just one channel dedicated to this I wouldn’t be too disappointed.
        BBC is amazing, and the number of times we were shown a BBC produced video in any of the Sciences, Classics, History, English or even Drama throughout high school is more than I can remember. I don’t think we were shown one New Zealand produced video, because they are no resources as nearly as good as those the BBC has generated.

  8. Rex Widerstrom 8

    I think what Michael Grade means when he says:

    …the UK has a unique system of mixed public and private broadcasting…

    he’s referring to the BBC standing alongside ITV etc, surely? Not that the BBC has had forced upon it some dual personality as a (supposedly) quality programme maker and broacaster on the one hand and a voracious money- and ratings-grabber on the other?

    The ABC, for instance, has plenty of commercial operations, from it’s “ABC Shops” in shopping centres and online to various internet ventures to the provision of technology to other broadcasters. But these stand separate to their TV and radio programme making and broadcast operations, which have no commercial imperatives at all.

    I’m sure many people would be more than happy if TVNZ were to dump its advertising, start producing quality programming, and make it’s money selling Paul Henry bobble head dolls at the local Westfield because the commercial imperatives wouldn’t impact upon the on-air ones.

    And as for your argument that “SOEs can manage it”… well… it was the left which decried the SOE model when it was introduced and is still occasionally critical of it today, so it’s a little disingenuous to fall back on them as an example of supposed success in balancing conflicting obligations now.

    It’s an excellent model for some activities, not so much for others, as was proven with the entire Folole Muliaga debacle. Mercury Energy can’t be highly profitable as an energy supplier and worry whether people can afford their bills. It’s as daft as asking The Warehouse to discount Christmas toys for poor families. TVNZ can’t be profitable (or at least as profitable as it’s expected to be) while producing quality progamming.

    Anyway, it’s an apples-with-oranges argument. DHBs, for instance, ration government money. They’re not out there trying to get sponsorship from the local car dealer to fund the next hip replacement (though that surely can’t be far away).

  9. infused 9

    I don’t think I’ve watched much TV at all… I don’t see much of a point. This generation doesn’t watch TV. TV will be gone (in the current model) in 10yrs imo. Most devices stream youtube now and various other broadband services.

    Why even bother debating it?

  10. tc 10

    Alot of really spot on comments here which I’d sum up as:

    Lamenting that TVNZ should become a BBC/ABC is misplaced, it let the talented program makers go in the 90’s and has a commercial management/culture so it’s not achievable.

    TV’s a yesterday industry with most of its regular viewers now ageing or habitual viewers…..good broadband/technology sees it attracting very few new viewers to replace old.

    It’s a content game and TVNZ produces little or no desired content. Charter was a nice idea but decades too late as it should have been there from the start.

    The only saving grace would be a solid news/current affairs section but TVNZ doesn’t have that just kids running around and personality focused egos like Paul henry and Mark Sainsbury who as the flag bearers are shocking examples of it’s top talent.

    Sell sell sell……unlike Water/power TV’s not essential, in fact TVNZ are self serving and irrelevant and their election coverage in 2008 was embarrassing, as an example ot an area the nations voice should excel at. So flog it before Recycling Rick devalues it even more…..tis the national way after all.

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    2 days ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    2 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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    3 days ago
  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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    3 days ago
  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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    3 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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    3 days ago
  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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    3 days ago
  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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    3 days ago
  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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    4 days ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    5 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    5 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    6 days ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    6 days ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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    7 days ago
  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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    1 week ago
  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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    1 week ago
  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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    1 week ago