Join the debate tonight

September 23rd, 2008 at 3:20 pm by David Farrar

The 7 debate with between four parties on Internet and ICT issues in on tonight starting at 9.10 pm. The first hour is on TVNZ7 and the second hour (plus the first hour also) is webcast at debate.net.nz.

It is a fully interactive debate and you can ask questions online, vote for the party (via website or text) with the best policies and have fun discussing it in a chat channel.

The MPs taking part are David Cunliffe, Maurice Williamson, Rodney Hide and Metira Turei.

The two journalists on the panel are Fran O’Sullivan and Russell Brown. The moderator was to be but he has been replaced by Damien Christie.

The Herald reports on why Sean will not be doing the debate. Despite it being as small and un threatening as you can get, the Chief Executive refused permission for Sean to do it. This has led to Sean announcing he is planning to leave and is looking for a new job after 11 years there.

Damien will do a very good job, but I am annoyed Radio NZ has refused to let Sean do the debate – are they not meant to support public good broadcasting? I suggested Sean as the moderator, and never had any idea that it could lead to problems with Rado NZ.  Some questions should be asked about whether Radio NZ are being too precious here.

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8 Responses to “Join the debate tonight”

  1. FletcherB (60 comments) says:

    I too, am having trouble understanding the Radio NZ position on this…

    I understand if one commercial radio/TV station doesnt want it’s “talent” appearing on another…. but one state broadcaster stopping a presenter from appearing on a different state broadcaster is just a little strange.

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  2. adc (581 comments) says:

    my understanding is his chances of getting a job with anyone else are pretty slim – he’s taken too many employers to court with grievances.

    Maybe RNZ is just trying to piss him off on purpose to get him to leave.

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  3. Colonel Masters (420 comments) says:

    As a huge generalisation, I imagine most people who listen to Radio New Zealand are uninterested in digital TV and don’t want to understand it. Cavanagh need hardly have been worried about losing listeners to the new medium.

    Sean Plunket is one of the best reasons to listen to Morning Report as one can never quite tell when he will “go off”. Without him (and Geoff R) then most days will be like the “Rainy Day at the Bach” show that plays during the silly season and is practically unendurable.

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  4. Zippy Gonzales (485 comments) says:

    Don’t TVNZ7 and Radio NZ share a dial on Freeview? So much for sharing government-funded resources between departments…

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  5. Rex Widerstrom (5,307 comments) says:

    Sean has long been one of the best interviewers the NZ media has, and when it comes to getting an answer from a reluctant interviewee, far and away the best.

    I think he’s going to find it hard to find a niche. I hope I’m wrong, but the NZ media is an infinitesimally small pond that is rife with people of mediocre talent whose tenure in their positions is secured not by their ability to perform but by their ability to block challenges from potential competitors.

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  6. emmess (1,385 comments) says:

    Go ACT!
    31%

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  7. Colonel Masters (420 comments) says:

    the NZ media is an infinitesimally small pond that is rife with people of mediocre talent

    Well, there is always the newly available “Food in a Minute” position?

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  8. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,819 comments) says:

    Was the debate any good or a waste of taxpayer money?

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