The terrible truth about TVNZ7
As the former Broadcasting Minister gets caught out lying about the numbers of viewers TVNZ7 had attracted so as to justify killing it off are finally unmasked...
Coleman: Number's up for TVNZ7, regardless
Former broadcasting minister Jonathan Coleman has admitted using incorrect audience figures for the soon-to-be-defunct TVNZ7 but says the free-to-air channel was to be scrapped anyway.
Those campaigning to save TVNZ7, which is due to turn into a TV One Plus One channel next month, say the error has contributed to the demise of New Zealand's only commercial-free, public-service television station.
In April last year Dr Coleman said TVNZ7 attracted about 207,000 viewers a week, compared with the 600,000 people who tuned in nightly to One News, and the Government would not be putting new money into the channel because it was not a high priority.
He was questioned about the figure earlier this year after a report on TVNZ7's own programme Media 7 said it was wrong because Dr Coleman had divided a monthly figure by four. Audience data was only collected once a month and weekly audience numbers were much higher, it said.
At the time Dr Coleman said the figures were provided by officials or by TVNZ itself.
However, papers released under the Official Information Act show the only figure officially provided to Dr Coleman was that Channel 6 and TVNZ7 together had a monthly audience of 2.1 million.
...a new revelation revealed last night was that TVNZ purposely didn't promote TVNZ7 because they feared it would eat into their own ratings. TVNZ management went so far to smother TVNZ7, that Wallace Chapman had to put his own hand into his own pocket to buy advertising for Backbenchers so that the public had any idea the show was on.
The lies spread by National regarding ratings coupled with the attempted assassination by TVNZ management should be considered cultural treason by both of them.
The anger at these Save TVNZ7 meetings is not going away.