The GC will be playing as the Public Broadcasting Titanic sinks
The GC got their funding by claiming they would focus on the Tikanga of Maori culture - how can shallow, vacuous, tanned drunks sleeping with everything that moves be described as a focus on the Tikanga of Maori culture?
NZ on Air had to redefine the word 'Documentary' to be able to include this hate crime against public broadcasting into their $420 000 clammy embrace. That's a huge amount of money to spend on bullshit when TVNZ7 is about to have it's throat slashed and replaced with a one hour delay of TV One.
If the GC is a 'documentary', a drunk one night stand with a prostitute is a 'cultural experience'.
All the GC proves is that young Maori can be just as shallow, self-involved and vacuous as young Pakeha - well done NZ, equality achieved!
How can NZ on Air justify this abomination when they were so quick to attack a Child Poverty documentary just because it embarrassed the Prime Minister? Just because NZ on Air broadcasts it to the public, doesn't make it public broadcasting. They should at least be honest and rename themselves appropriately as NZ off Air.
What I find interesting about NZers is that they are very much 'proof is in the pudding' type of folk. Public Broadcasting as an issue doesn't feature much, but when NZers watch locally produced TV, they all have an opinion. Watching the GC suddenly reminds us as viewers how important good broadcasting is because what we are being served up is so awful.
This funding decision and the farce of redefining it as a doco that would focus on Maori Tikanga shows that NZ on Air are part of the problem and that if a change of Government occurs in 2014, NZ on Air must be the first against the wall of any public broadcasting revolution. Sadly David Shearer's private dinners with Sky TV doesn't bode well for public broadcasting.
If Public Broadcasting is the Titanic, National are the iceberg and the GC is what will be played as the good ship PBSNZ sinks beneath the icy depths of multi-channel Sky tv pap.
NZ on Air would be the guy who tried to marry Kate Winslet and who chased her and Leo around with a gun.