So the Nats have decided to kill public service television broadcasting:
TVNZ’s charter is to be repealed in a move commentators say will end its public broadcaster role and turn it into a “cash cow” for the Government.
Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman introduced a bill yesterday to repeal the charter, which was created by Labour in 2002 to require TVNZ to broadcast a wide range of programmes for all groups in New Zealand. … The head of the Broadcasting School at Christchurch Polytechnic, Paul Norris, said the change effectively gave TVNZ the go-ahead to act as a fully commercial broadcaster, screening the most commercial programmes it could find.
Marvellous! Not. Where is the upside in this move? It’s not as if there is a shortage of fully commercial stations. It removes the last vestiges of public service broadcasting from the main channels. It weakens our culture and our national identity. Although the charter funding has gone to NZ on Air, with no market / TV broadcaster it can only damage the local film and television industry, costing jobs and destroying infrastructure. This seems to be yet another completely stupid policy born of blind ideology.
[I haven’t owned a (working) TV for a decade. Life’s too short. Join the revolution – kill your television]