NZ Herald celebrates the death of regional TV
The NZ Herald have posted a a celebration death dance for regional TV while pretending to be objective, it's like David Farrar crying crocodile tears for Labour's 27%
The show I host and write, Citizen A, is funded by NZ on Air and appears on Triangle TV as part of the regional tv budget, so I think I have some ideas on the topic.
The NZ Herald of course misused their position as the only daily newspaper to promote their flawed landline polls to claim their de facto editor, John Key would gain over 50%, 3 years of that propaganda saw the lowest voter turn out in 120 years, that iPredict on Stratos TV called it minus any of the Heralds news room budget must have grated as this editorial celebrating the death of Stratos and regional TV is so counter to their own philosophical free market pretensions it seems like the editorial team are still on holiday and this was written by a jealous intern.
What the NZ Herald misses is that extra NZ on Air funding won't extend to regional TV if they are unable to gain a certain percentage of country wide reception coverage, that leaves the usual monoliths of TVNZ and Mediaworks to battle it out for what is left in the budgets. If public private partnerships and lowering the costs of TV production via competition are the way forward, denying regional TV from accessing those NZ on Air budgets EVEN AFTER they gain the same reception coverage by being on Freeview, then the PPP mix for broadcasting will be nothing more than a joke used to strangle off the last vestiges of public broadcasting.
Effectively, Kordia - a Government department - will charge regional TV to get onto freeview, but NZ on Air won't consider those regional TV stations to compete against TVNZ and Mediaworks for public broadcasting money even when they are off the analogue signal and all on the same digital platform of freeview.
As for the bitching of audience numbers, STRATOS was rating over a million viewers a month, to pretend as the Herald does that the numbers are not there to justify public support simply shows they didn't do their research when writing the editorial.
The dumber the media, the sleepier the Hobbits. That the NZ Herald smugly cheers this demise speaks volumes of their own role as corporate media in the brain deading of the nation.