ImperatorFish: JT and Willie in shock Radio NZ deal

Written By: - Date published: 4:25 pm, November 13th, 2013 - 16 comments
Categories: broadcasting, humour, making shit up, Media, radio, Satire, Social issues - Tags: ,

Scott at Imperator Fish has kindly given us permission to syndicate posts from his blog – the original of this post is here.

jt-willie-rnzRadio New Zealand management have confirmed that they are in talks with controversial broadcasters John Tamihere and Willie Jackson about a new afternoon radio show.

The pair was spotted leaving Radio New Zealand’s Auckland office yesterday, but neither Tamihere nor Jackson would confirm the rumours of a new show.

However, Radio New Zealand’s new CEO, Paul Thompson, today confirmed that Tamihere and Jackson were in line to host a new afternoon weekday show.

While Radio New Zealand National continues to rate highly, bosses have been concerned for some time that racists, anti-Semites, homophobes and misogynists are ill-served by the network’s current programme schedule.

“Like it or not, we are a public broadcaster,” said Mr Thompson. “We owe it to our listeners to provide programming that caters for a diverse group of perspectives. Even if we find some of those perspectives challenging.”

The new show would replace Jim Mora’s Afternoons, which currently broadcasts every weekday afternoon.

“It’s going to be difficult to let Jim Mora go. Jim’s understandably shocked and devastated, but he’s also realistic about the need for change,” said Thompson.

“We were faced with the choice of continuing with a popular magazine-style radio show that covers diverse topics such as the arts, food and wine, science, travel, news, and politics, or just going with two dickheads shooting their mouths off.

“In the end we had to remind ourselves what our core values were. Radio New Zealand exists for all New Zealanders. Even dickheads.”

Radio New Zealand’s commercial-free format would suit Tamihere and Jackson, said media expert Brian Bannister.

“There won’t be an advertiser backlash the next time one of them says something utterly offensive,” said Mr Bannister. “It’s a brilliant career move by the pair.”

Meanwhile. Radio Live bosses say they have no plans to replace Tamihere and Jackson with another person.

The duo were taken off air even before news of the Radio New Zealand deal broke, after they failed for once to get away with saying awful things about people.

Their comments about the Roastbusters victims proved deeply offensive to Radio Live’s accountants, after an advertiser walkout threatened the company’s financial prospects.

In place of Tamihere and Jackson Radio Live has been playing a sound recording of two yapping dogs, rewinding and replaying it several times during the show’s three-hour slot.

Listener feedback on the changes has so far been positive.

“It’s great to hear Michael Laws back on the radio, even if he sounds a bit shriller than before,” said one listener. “I agree with pretty much everything he has to say.

“I’m not sure who that other bloke is, though. I hope he’s not one of them queers.”

16 comments on “ImperatorFish: JT and Willie in shock Radio NZ deal”

  1. rilsildowgtn 1

    I read this yesterday on 1 of the feeds on here and I thought it was a joke…..

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 1.1

      Nothing gets past you…

      • rilsildowgtn 1.1.1

        At least I have a brain fool.. you on the other hand all you have is failed ideology everytime your brain functions.
        You should let it go……really

        • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 1.1.1.1

          At least I have a brain fool..

          But it is no good at recognising sartire (even when there a a tag saying “satire”)?

  2. Crunchtime 2

    I’m offended on behalf of yapping dogs everywhere for being considered anything at all similar to Michael Laws.

  3. Tracey 3

    former politicians ought to be banned from radio shows. One thing that JT has done is show that dickheadedness knows no colour

  4. Tracey 4

    Touche

  5. Ad 5

    Tamihere to replace Laidlaw – you’ll really wake up after Country Life then.

    And Kim Hill’s just a weird science nerd these days; Willie would bring it.

    And now, Murray Deaker for Morning Report …ahhh smell that coffee…

  6. Crunchtime 6

    Michael Laws and Murray Deaker for something extra in your coffee. And here’s Paul Henry with the weather.

  7. greywarbler 7

    I ought to ask Radio Live to play something better than two yapping dogs, better some NZ classic that many young listeners would never have heard before. It is a ‘country’ record uniquely prepared by NZs – the Ashley Clinton Sheep’s Choir
    You may be able to hear this flock that can rival Mongolian throat singing any time on Radionz
    presentation of Chris Bourke’s Blue Smoke, http://bluesmokebook.wordpress.com/
    another unique piece of Kiwiana.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/concert/programmes/bluesmoke/2011120

    The sheep go for it last on this 60 minute collection.
    Track: Now is the Hour
    Artist: Ashley Clinton Sheep’s Choir
    EP: Ashley Clinton Sheep’s Choir
    Composer: Clement Scott/Maewa Kaihau
    Label: Kiwi SB-1

  8. Peter B 8

    It’s kind of sad really. Up until their verbal assault on a rape victim and expression of some bizarre attitudes towards teenage pedophiles I enjoyed Willie and JT’s show.
    To me they represented an important voice for the left with a range of economic and political views that simply don’t get heard anywhere else.

    While clearly it is important that these two gain some understanding of sexual assault – they’ll be most strongly affected by those closest to them – we shouldn’t forget that the deepest horror of the whole situation comes down to the fact that the NZ police had irrefutable knowledge of a pedophile gang operating in Auckland in 2011 and they didn’t do anything.

    Utterly chilling and frightening is the indifference of the community involved. The friends and peers of the perpetrators, the schools, the parents – they did nothing. A conspiracy of silence and inaction – quiet literally sacrificing their female children to meet the sexual needs of young alpha males in their community. This is not a new phenomenon this is primitive, tribal behavior and I suspect the Roast Busters are only the most visible and obvious perpetrators of this type of thing. One has too ask how many other underage rape complaints sit forgotten in police vaults around NZ and how many other young men are growing up thinking that pedophilia is fine as long as you can get away with it.

Leave a Comment

Show Tags

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Bring back the Mental Health Commission
    The People’s Mental Health Review is a much needed wake up call for the Government on mental health, says the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   “I applaud their proposal to restore a Mental Health Commission and their call for ...
    2 days ago
  • And the band played on…
    Making Amy Adams the Housing Minister five months out from the election is just the orchestra playing on as National’s Titanic housing crisis slips below the waves – along with the hopes and dreams of countless Kiwi families, says Labour’s ...
    2 days ago
  • Hotel no place for children in care
    ...
    5 days ago
  • Maybe not, Minister? Nick Smith’s housing measure suppressed
    Sir Humphrey: Minister, remember the Housing Affordability Measure work you asked us to prepare back in 2012? Well, it’s ready now.Minister Smith: Oh goodie, what does it say?Sir Humphrey: Nothing.Minister Smith: Nothing?Sir Humphrey: Well, sir, you asked us to prepare ...
    5 days ago
  • Inflation data shows many New Zealanders are worse off under National
    The latest inflation data from Statistics New Zealand shows that too many New Zealanders are now worse off under the National Government, said Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson “Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) is now running at 2.2 per cent, and ...
    6 days ago
  • Another emergency housing grant blow out
      Emergency housing grants data released today show another blow out in spending on putting homeless people up in motels, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.   ...
    6 days ago
  • Families struggle as hardship grants increase
    The considerable increase in hardship grants shows that more and more Kiwi families are struggling to put food on the table and pay for basic schooling, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. ...
    6 days ago
  • More tinkering, no leadership from Nats on immigration
    National’s latest tinkering with the immigration system is another attempt to create the appearance of action without actually doing anything meaningful, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    7 days ago
  • Suicide figures make for grim reading
    The 506 suspected suicides of Kiwis who have been in the care of mental health services in the last four years show that these services are under severe stress, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.   “If you do the ...
    1 week ago
  • Pay equity deal a victory for determination and unions
    The pay equity settlement revealed today for around 55,000 low-paid workers was hard-won by a determined Kristine Bartlett backed by her union, up against sheer Government resistance to paying Kiwis their fair share, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Labour welcomes ...
    1 week ago
  • DHB’s forced to make tough choices
    The Minister of Health today admitted that the country’s District Health Boards were having to spend more than their ring fenced expenditure on Mental Health, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.   “The situation is serious with Capital and Coast ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nats break emergency housing pledge – deliver just five more places
    Despite National’s promises of 2,200 emergency housing beds, just 737 were provided in the March Quarter, an increase of only five from six months earlier, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Research underlines need for KiwiBuild
    New research showing the social and fiscal benefits of homeownership underlines the need for a massive government-backed building programme like KiwiBuild, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Social data security review too little, too late
    The independent review into the Ministry of Social Development’s individual client level data IT system is too little, too late, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “The Minister of Social Development has finally seen some sense and called for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • More questions raised on CERA conflicts
    With the admission that three more former CERA staff members are under suspicion of not appropriately managing conflicts of interest related to the Canterbury rebuild, it’s imperative that CERA’s successor organisation Ōtākaro fronts up to Parliamentary questions, says Labour’s Canterbury ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour to tackle Hutt housing crisis
    Labour will build a mix of 400 state houses and affordable KiwiBuild homes in the Hutt Valley in its first term in government to tackle the housing crisis there, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “Housing in the Hutt ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Farewell to John Clarke
    This wonderfully talented man has been claimed by Australia, but how I remember John Clarke is as a young Wellington actor who performed satirical pieces in a show called “Knickers” at Downstage Theatre. The show featured other future luminaries like ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Valedictory Speech
    Te papa pounamu Aotearoa NZ Karanga karanga karanga; Nga tupuna Haere haere haere; Te kahui ora te korowai o tenei whare; E tu e tu ... tutahi tonu Ki a koutou oku hoa mahi ki Te Kawanatanga; Noho mai noho ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Buck stops with Gerry Brownlee
    The fact that the State Services Commission has referred the CERA conflict of interest issue to the Serious Fraud Office is a positive move, but one that raises serious questions about the Government’s oversight of the rebuild, says Labour Canterbury ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Teachers deserve a democratic Education Council
    Teachers around New Zealand reeling from the news that their registration fees could more than double will be even angrier that the National Government has removed their ability to have any say about who sits on the Council that sets ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Free trade backers are simply out of touch
    Are the backers of free trade out of touch with public opinion? This was the question asked when the Chartered Accountants launched their Future of Trade study. I was astonished by the answer in a room of free trade enthusiasts ...
    GreensBy Barry Coates
    2 weeks ago
  • John Clarke aka Fred Dagg will be missed by all Kiwis
    The man who revolutionised comedy on both sides of the Tasman, John Clarke, will be sadly missed by Kiwis and Aussies alike, says the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   “I grew up with Fred Dagg and I am ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s modern approach to monetary policy
    A commitment to full employment and a more transparent process to provide market certainty are the hallmarks of Labour’s proposals for a new approach to monetary policy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens back Labour’s plan for monetary policy reform
    Labour plans to change the way we do monetary policy in New Zealand and the Green Party supports them fully. We’re now of a single mind on this. Labour will move away from our reliance on a single, unelected person ...
    GreensBy robert.ashe
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens back Labour’s monetary policy reform
    Labour plans to change the way we do monetary policy in New Zealand and the Green Party supports them fully. We’re now of a single mind on this. Labour will move away from our reliance on a single, unelected person ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt drops ball on Masters Games housing squeeze
    Families currently living in emergency accommodation face being forced out onto the street as motel accommodation in Auckland is filled up by contestants and visitors of the World Masters Games in coming weeks, says Labours social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • State inquiry for Nga Morehu – The Survivors of State Abuse
    The Prime Minister must show humanitarian leadership and launch an independent inquiry into historic claims of abuse of children who were in State care, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coleman – ‘overwhelmed by disinterest’ and ‘conked out’
    Today’s trenchant criticism of the Government’s health policy by Ian Powell the executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists must trigger action by the Minister, says Labour’s spokesperson for Health David Clark. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Statement on Syria
    Like the rest of the world, I have been horrified at the chemical attack on innocent Syrians that led to the deaths of so many men, women and children,” says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “The deliberate attack on civilians as ...
    3 weeks ago
  • The hard truth about that soft drink ad
    I am relieved that Pepsi has pulled its ridiculous commercial that obscenely co-opted the #BlackLivesMatter movement. At the very least, it was an awkward failure that tried too hard to be something it could never be. At its worst, it ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    3 weeks ago
  • Journalism Matters: Interesting the public in the public interest
    Last week I launched two policies to support Kiwi journalism because as Bill Moyers put it, “the quality of democracy and the quality of journalism is deeply intertwined.” Journalism matters because it’s how we discover what’s happening in our world, ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    3 weeks ago
  • Homeownership rate hits new low; KiwiBuild needed now
    The homeownership rate has fallen to just 63.1 per cent, according to Statistics New Zealand’s newly released Dwelling and Household estimates. That’s down three per cent under National to the lowest level since 1951, confirming the need for Labour’s KiwiBuild ...
    3 weeks ago
  • OECD endorses Labour’s Future of Work approach
    An OECD report released today, highlighting the need for increased support for workers who are made redundant, is a strong endorsement of the direction of Labour’s Future of Work Commission, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “We welcome the OECD’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • The Government knows diddly squat about health funding
    Asked about the funding of the Auckland Regional Public Health Service, the Associate Minister of Health was at sea today on the typhoid outbreak, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.   “When I asked Nicky Wagner who was responsible for the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Nicky Wagner blames disability workers for Govt’s funding failure
    Nicky Wagner displayed disrespect and sheer arrogance when she insulted disability support workers today, says Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Poto Williams. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Parata in denial over special education crisis
    Hekia Parata has her head buried in the sand when it comes to the pressure that schools are under as they attempt to cope with an increasing number of children with severe behavioural and other learning support needs, says Labour’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Data-for-funding move hits Privacy roadblock
    The Government’s much-criticised grab for private client data from social service organisations has suffered another defeat after the Privacy Commissioner’s damning report, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “This is a defeat for the Government’s plans to force social ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New research shows need for government-led house building
    Research by economist Shamubeel Eaqub shows the need for the government to lead the building of affordable starter homes, as would happen under Labour’s KiwiBuild policy, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    3 weeks ago