How amazing was Radio NZ coverage of the Tsunami today? Wasn't it interesting to be reminded that when you hear a major event within NZ is occurring that you turn straight away to Radio NZ to know what is happening. All the other 'free media' were jammed full of bee pollen adverts and deer horn aphrodisiac jingles. What a time to be reminded of this as the Government seeks to cut back a service which only costs the NZ taxpayer $34 million and the 2007 report on their funding found them to be already 27% underfunded.
This isn't a drive for efficiency, this is a shot across the bow of one of the few bastions of critical media in this country while a wide ranging hard right agenda is rammed through mostly under a misuse of urgency.