There’s a discussion started on the “Where is this democracy” thread, about the demise of public service radio. Partly this is in response to Guyon Espiner being appointed to Morning Report on RNZ.
What would it take to set up and run a regular progressive citizens’ online radio show or two? One that is accessible to as many as possible, including those on low incomes?
The discussion began with greywarbler saying:
Didn’t Labour shoot themselves and us in the foot when they gave up on the idea of a dedicated public service channel. That would have put on political discussions (commercially so unentertaining) for people who cared about our country and wanted to think about its direction and events. And watch its shows and give its creatives a regular venue. But now we have people revelling in ‘reality’ shows. Cartoons are where we get stuff satiristic and informative.
Labour gave up the tremendous advantages of mass presentation of views and news for information as well as interest. Petty thinkers of the left have left us without this media type and don’t seem to be able to change from the petty mindset so it goes on. All they aspire to is to be hens picking up bits of ideas from the ground, a bit of policy here and there, but not many useful eggs.
I then suggested running an online radio news/current events how, as this would be financially cheap to do, but would probably involve quite a time commtiment. It would need the involvement of some people with specific skills. This would include some people with leadership and motivational skills, as well as the people to actually front as hosts of the online radio show & conduct interviews.
The way that talk back radio manage contentious opinions, perhaps to the operator, is to cut them off. There would have to be some sort of control through a group that has a mission statement to guide them, and can limit a Kyle Chapman, an anti Peter Jackson activist or an anti-union.
Maybe there is a way around these problems of access. Limited time etc.
From weka, in response to,
“i reckon research and fact checking would be useful contributions.”
Finding out what proportion of intended audience have/don’t have adequate/cheap internet to listen would be a good place to start. And where those with access are.