Privatization of TVNZ moves into next phase
Government signals big changes for TVNZ
The Government is moving to set up TVNZ 7 as a public service broadcaster, leaving TV One and the other TVNZ channels to focus on making money. Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman has written to TVNZ chairman Sir John Anderson asking him to prepare a plan "demarcating" its commercial and public broadcasting roles and funding of public broadcasting. Coleman yesterday confirmed his preference was to turn TVNZ 7 – and possibly TVNZ 6 – into public service-style channels.
As has been predicted on Tumeke for sometime, the move towards privatizing TVNZ is on track with TVNZ7 and Maori TV likely to be the 'new' public broadcasters.
The joke here is that Maori TV and TVNZ7 are ALREADY public broadcasters, the Ministers attempt to define them as such is so that he can flog TV2 and TV ONE off post 2011 if National are returned to office.
Privatizing TVNZ is a little like privatizing the prisons. Because both institutions have been so terribly underfunded the public resent them and or don't care. The argument against the destructive influence of allowing corporations to warp social policy by making money out of imprisoning people is lost in the shrill scream generated the Sensible Sentencing Trust who harness the natural outrage generated by the medias irresponsibly myopic 'if it bleeds it leads' ratings driven editorial policy on crime. Likewise the argument of a publicly funded broadcaster that brings light rather than heat to the important issues of the day as an important working feature of a healthy democracy rather than the expansion of corporate news which seeks to promote the interests of corporations over the interests of citizens is lost when the quality of what we currently get from TVNZ is so bad.
If the 6pm National news is reduced to a mere 30 minutes because of duopoly conspiracy between TVNZ and TV3 that's simply 17 minutes of national news to illuminate what is happening in this country while National and ACT quietly conspire to ram their none mandated agenda through under a misuse of urgency.
It's the reason why saving Radio NZ is so important