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1:08 pm, February 28th, 2010 - 23 comments
Categories: broadcasting, Media, news - Tags: jonathan coleman, mike hosking, national radio, radio nz, save radio nz, steven joyce
One of the best pieces I’ve seen about the idiotic minister of broadcasting Jonathon Coleman wanting to starve or bend National Radio into the level of stupidity that the NACT’s prefer. Rosemary McLeod writing “Quality radio easy target for the barbarians” in the Sunday Star Times this morning.
LET’S BY all means shag about with National Radio. For one thing, it’s there. It’s always there. Isn’t that a drag?
For another, let’s do it just because we can, and because so many other things we’ve tinkered with railways, telecommunications, building regulations, stuff like that have been such triumphs that we can proceed with confidence, whistling.
Having been inflicted with an apartment in a leaky building that we had to start rebuilding at enormous expense before getting a settlement four years later, I have a distinctive aversion to knuckleheads barbarians of the right fiddling with things that they don’t understand. It appears that Jonathon Coleman is either one of them or that he is being a victim of some sock-puppetry by Stephen Joyce as has been speculated.
Joyce definitely is a knucklehead barbarian in my opinion – good on boasting, and largely useless on delivering anything constructive, and barely adequate on the destructive. Just look at his stupidity on SH20 extension in Mt Albert. Somehow now going back to the tunnel option is going to cost half what it used to. Yeah right..
Service is a boring word. It makes you think of the old public service, when people who worked for the government didn’t get paid a hell of a lot, and consequently didn’t have monstrous egos. That was a regrettable state of affairs. Monstrous egos are far more amusing.
And let’s call National Radio elitist. Let’s assume that real people don’t appreciate radio without ads, and that waking up to Sean and Geoff on Morning Report is some kind of terminal agony for them. Let’s take it that intelligent questioning as opposed to frenetic babbling or raucous opinion is something proper people place no value on.
Talking about monstrous egos, my bedside radio tuner glitched last week. I had to try listening to Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB first thing in the morning. Freed from the constraints that used to bind him on national radio he sounds like a total f*cking moron babbling about nothing much. It is difficult to determine where the boundaries are between the advertisements and the news. I guess that the salary is a bit better for Hosking.
But I found I preferred the religious station down the frequencies a bit that I could also tune to, and not in way religious. But at least the guy there doesn’t sound like he put ‘P’ into his morning dietary supplement that he is pushing between slogans and headlines of ‘news’. Perhaps Jonathon Coleman is more subtle than expected and simply wants to make the religious stations the only save haven from the drug-crazed egos of advertisement laden radio.
The weird thing about it is that in Aucklands hyper-saturated radio market, Mike and his show are one of the better news sources – if you remove National Radio. Of course that really shows the difference in level between any radio station with ads and one without.
Like all media, the need to make your running costs with advertisements means that the media will always fall to the lowest common denominator. Just look at TV1 and two. There appears to be a valiant attempt to raise the standard on TVNZ7 (on FreeView), and News at 8 is now the only NZ TV news I watch because it is less stupid than the others. But I don’t think that it last and will eventually fall to endless trivial entertainment dressed as news. As McLeod says..
We killed serious current affairs on television long ago, so let’s follow through with its last hideout. Serious current affairs can be embarrassing for so many reasons to so many people: let’s pause to admire TV’s endless forensics, celebrities, chefs, degrading competitions, and soap operas with tons of ads. They’re a far, far better thing.
It costs $45 per year each for the ad-free parts of Radio NZ.
It is the national broadcaster for potential emergencies like the tsunami alert this morning. If we have a real emergency, then it is the only effective national network that will work on batteries and doesn’t waste them with advertisements
It provides the voice of the country to our enormous expat community overseas who want to keep informed on events back home (and therefore have zero interest in ads). Facebook blocking international signups is why the growth in the facebook group “Save Radio New Zealand” has slowed – now a bit over 16k people on there. If you haven’t signed up then do so.
Yeah, I’m sure that the advertisers and ‘sponsers’ want to get into National Radio’s enormous audience. Of course they will make that audience dissipate. We have more valuable things to do with our time and the literate amongst us will just switch to net. I’m afraid that I have a distinct aversion to advertisements and idiotic broadcasters babbling in the morning. They soak up my valuable wakeup time, and I don’t learn a damn thing.
BTW: There is a protest in Auckland tomorrow.