Time to boycott TVNZ to save TVNZ7
I have been hosting these save TVNZ7 meetings all across the country and what amazes me is the genuine fury by so many at these meetings at the decision to close TVNZ7, and they demand a strategy to stop it. They like what the other political parties have to say on their new and sudden commitment to fully fund public broadcasting but they want a strategy that stops the death of TVNZ7 now, not by 2014.
So here is the strategy. There is no point attacking the Government, public broadcasting is as high on National's agenda as Republicanism is on Labour's, and when you watch the last Backbenches in Auckland and Nikki Kaye's whipping, you clearly see why National want to kill off critical media. National like soft media, like the morning madhouse on the Edge, or Sports Talk Radio, or ZB, or Michael Laws - they don't like public broadcasting so appealing to them is as pointless as praying for divine intervention.
If we really want to save TVNZ7, the pressure has to go on TVNZ. For them, this is an economic issue, TVNZ claim they can't afford the $16million in costs to run the station, so let's make it real easy for them. Boycott TVNZ.
TVNZ7 has 1.4million cumulative viewers, if they all refuse to watch TVNZ, then the blow to their ratings will be a far higher cost than keeping TVNZ7. It's time to vote with your remote, I urge every NZer who actually cares about having a public broadcaster to email TVNZ's publicity department and inform them that you will no longer watch TVNZ if TVNZ7 is switched off at the end of this month.
Make the cost of cutting TVNZ7 off higher than keeping it by removing your eyeballs from their ratings and think about it, really what are you missing out on by boycotting TVNZ? Their 6pm news hour isn't better than TV3's and Campbell Live is so far ahead of Close Up it's an insult not to watch.
Let's remember that TVNZ themselves were one of the biggest haters of TVNZ7. They refused to promote the station throughout it's life because they feared it would take ratings away from TV1 and 2, they have smothered TVNZ7 and should be held responsible for their hate crimes against public broadcasting.
Email their PR department...
Katherine Klouwens - Katherine.Klouwens@tvnz.co.nz
...and their CEO and tell them you are boycotting TVNZ if they cut TVNZ7.
We have 18 days left to change TVNZs mind, if enough of those 1.4million TVNZ7 viewers refuse to watch TV1 or 2, they will turn because the blow to their ratings will be far higher than keeping TVNZ7.
If you care about Public Broadcasting, it is time to vote with your remote. Hit the buggers in the only place they give a damn about, their pocket.
DATES FOR SAVE TVNZ7
13th June 7pm Hamilton
17th June 5pm Takaka, Golden Bay
18th June 7pm Masterton
22nd June 7pm Auckland North Shore
24th June 4pm Orewa
25th June 7pm South Auckland
26th June 7pm West Auckland
28th June Wellington. March to present petition to Parliament
30th June Auckland. Public Broadcasting Funeral March, marking TVNZ 7's last day of transmission, through Auckland.
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