Finally co-operation not taxpayer funded competition

October 14th, 2009 at 3:12 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Prime Minister has intervened in the rugby television rights row, issuing a directive that will be the lead bidder.

In a major u-turn for the Government, Mr Key’s directive means the competing TVNZ bid backed by Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman will be taken off the table.

Mr Key and Maori Party co-leader today said Maori TV, TVNZ and TV3 were meeting in Auckland this afternoon to sort out the bid.

This sounds greatly preferable than having rival taxpayer-funded bids ratcheting the price up. A pity it has taken Prime Ministerial involvement to bring this about – it should have never gotten to this stage in the first place.

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29 Responses to “Finally co-operation not taxpayer funded competition”

  1. Elijah Lineberry (306 comments) says:

    David can you remind me what you were saying yesterday about 5 MPs dominating a Government of 69? ;)

    Looks to me like the Maoris are running the show and Key is the tea boy…

    http://www.nightcitytrader.blogspot.com

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  2. Grant Michael McKenna (1,158 comments) says:

    I’m waiting for the leftist claims that it was all a conspiracy to showcase Key as a leader and to suck up to the Māori Party. oh, and the right-wing claims that it was all a conspiracy to suck up to the Māori Party and to showcase Key as a leader.

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  3. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    “..to showcase Key as a leader.”

    John Key has capitulated to the Maori Party again. So, in either case the above statement is a gross exaggeration.

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  4. Rex Widerstrom (5,346 comments) says:

    And as for all this “they only cover 90% of the country” nonsense, the answer is simple — further co-operation (Ministerially ordered if possible).

    TVNZ isn’t broadcast from one big tower in the middle of Cook Strait — there are multiple transmitters, some covering very small areas.

    All that’s required is for TVNZ to be told that they must carry the games only on those transmitters which provide coverage to areas which are substantially lacking in Maori TV coverage. It’s often done in remote countries like Australia, where no channel (other, perhaps, than the ABC) can claim 90% coverage but combines with others (9 with WIN, for instance) to achieve something close to that, breaking out to carry local programming, special events etc.

    Perhaps we can hope that if Maori TV wins, NZers will realise that all television doesn’t HAVE to come from Auckland!! There are local transmitters which could be used to broadcast a lot more than just the occasional footy game, if only TVNZ were made to relinquish their control of them.

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  5. george (398 comments) says:

    Once again, the Prime Minister has saved the day. Time for him to sacking some of his incompetent ministers so he doesn’t have to keep riding to the rescue.

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  6. projectman (208 comments) says:

    Pita Sharples must take much of the responsibility for the situation that arose. If he had spoken himself with John Key about the Maori TV bid in the first place, this could well have been a non-issue.

    If Maori TV gets the rights, let’s hope they do a great job – but please, don’t try to hang the justification for it on promoting the Maori language. This is not the way to achieve that end, and any effects will not be long-lasting.

    By the way, how did Te Puni Kokiri manage to find $3m to enhance the bid? Which of their programmes that were funded in their last budget bid will not be achieved (or is the link to promoting Maori language the way they got round this one?).

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  7. jams (48 comments) says:

    Well seeing as my money is being spent on Maori TV anyway, might as well let them spend it on something I’d watch.

    The best thing is that it’s only going to increase the freeview uptake, which will bring the analogue switchoff closer. Now how do we convince MTS to start broadcasting in HD?

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  8. big bruv (13,701 comments) says:

    Again, this is bullshit.

    I don’t care who gets the broadcasting rights, what I do care about is the fact that I am fucking paying for it.

    It seems that if you are a bludger this government will bend over for you, real sports fans have sky, real sports fans will find a way to watch the RWC, bludgers (of which this nation has an abundance) want to see the RWC for nothing.

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  9. Jeff83 (771 comments) says:

    Bruv has it right, and the 90% thing is also total bullshit, freeview you can get anywhere, and it costs jack diddly shit, further the analogue transmission will be shut down in the near future so again total bullshit.

    All this was was first an improper use of money to fund what should have been a commercial bid, and then secondly a terrible reaction from the red neck parts of National.

    Total fail.

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  10. Murray M (455 comments) says:

    bruv, walked through any low decile areas lately, bloody near every house has a sky dish, so i doubt the bludgers would be missing out.

    What GMK said @ 3.21pm

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  11. tvb (4,322 comments) says:

    I feel annoyed that Dr Sharples has got this result through playing “cunning”, going into grievance mode and much else. All I can say then I hope John Key has got the Maori Party to swallow some dead rats instead of skiving off when it suits them when difficult decisions have to be made.

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  12. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    Holy complete and utter fuck-up, Plastic Key Man! Was there ever such a displays of gross incompetence from a Government over such a simple issue? The useless clots couldn’t even use the tv controls!
    What’s next!
    How’s Melissa Lee’s little foray into financial gymnastics going?

    Mr Coleman? How’s it scrubbing up for you?

    Less than impressive, National. Less than.

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  13. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Coleman gets another smack!

    This time it is from the Prime Minister, which I suspect will be far more damaging that one from some punter next to the British American Tobacco corporate box at a concert.

    BTW, why the hell are taxpayers subsidising big business like the Rugby World Cup? Whether it is through Maori Television or TVNZ? I pay my Sky subscription largely so I can watch sport, so it pisses me off when taxpayer funding for watching particular sports events means I’m double charged. The taxpayer subsidy effectively means Sky can’t compete, and the only winner is the RWC.

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  14. mickysavage (786 comments) says:

    Well done Mr Key.

    It is good that he has done something about diversity and recognised the special treatment that tangata whenua deserve. It is also good that he is doing something about supporting Te Reo. I look forward to watching rugby with a Te Reo commentary.

    Those other Ministers who tried to torpeto the deal because of bigotry ought to be ashamed.

    Now if we could only get him to do something real about global warming, the kneecapped superannuation fund and ACC fund, and tax increases for the wealthy so that support for the poor could be increased I would start to reconsider my political allegiance …

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  15. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    Sharples has his mana back, pai kare!

    Coleman. McCully have their noses in the mud. Key can’t be trusted by either side.

    (Nice defecit, btw. Thanks National)

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  16. jabba (280 comments) says:

    thank god we have a Govt who can come to their senses and sort this out well out from the Cup start .. the last lot lost us co hosting rights after threatening to shove a Heineken bottle up somones arse .. .. least we forget.

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  17. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    deficit

    jabba – yeah, thank god ! The Government handled it beautifully with grace and panache.
    That John Key! What a master!

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  18. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    @greenfly 6:44 pm

    Well, normally I would have said that would have driven Coleman and McCully into the English camp, and that Key might have a caucus revolt on his hands.

    But English is a dead man walking, and there are not too many things to do in Dipton when you’re dead.

    So John Key gets away with it, because lining up in the English camp is not a good look at the moment. Clever John!

    Still can’t work out why the taxpayer should be subsidising the Rugby World Cup once cent though???

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  19. Jack5 (5,007 comments) says:

    John Key –> Bro. Key –> Little Bro. Key.

    It’s all Bro-partheid. Racial separation, with the smallest racial group calling the shots.

    One consolation: it will make it harder for National to mandate “Whanganui”.

    If it does, it will be proof Bro. Key is in Pita’s Pocket.

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  20. jackp (668 comments) says:

    John Key is waiting for his ETS bill to pass with the Maori support. I think this is why he is on his knees giving Sharple a you know what. It is truly a sad situation for National. More divisiveness. There is a lot more coming down the pike like the foreshore and seadbed and the UN declaration of indeginous people. I can start to see the mass migration to Australia happening. New Zealand is becoming more of a racial seperate country.

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  21. jabba (280 comments) says:

    come on Village .. Key is a breath of fresh air compared to Helen Clark .. check out all contentious issues and there are winners, losers, compromises blah blah (Ak Super City, ACC, the tax cut we got followed by those we didn’t, Waterview bypass etc). Huge issues for a PM during a recession to get through. He is surrounded by a large team which include class acts, good pople, average people and dead losses many if not all with over inflated egos.
    He has shown himself to be a deal doer without being a dominating dictator.
    Jack re the dreaded H .. it’s in the hands of Maurice Williamson god help us all. I was in the Big Harbour (didn’t get wet) a couple of weeks ago and where in gods name is this big harbour .. I crosses the river dozens of times?

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  22. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    Well jabba, I’m glad you are buoyed by a ‘deal maker’ at the helm. Who ever offers the best deal, gets the nod. Nice. But you might like to ask, ‘The best deal for whom?’ New Zealand, you think? That’s where Plastic Key has his heart!

    Ha!

    As for ‘a breath of fresh air’ – the halitosis from the top seems as fetid as ever it was to me!

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  23. kisekiman (224 comments) says:

    Maybe we should call Key “Falafel”, if he’s in Pita’s pocket.

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  24. jabba (280 comments) says:

    wow .. such hostility about someone you barely know and who is new to the high position of PM. (I took about 5 years to loose all respect for Clark). At least Key and English and indeed so many Nat Mp’s have had real jobs .. Clark Cullen and many Labour MP’s have never collected a $ of salary from the private sector.
    The thing is, I respect your opinion in following your choosen political party so strongly.

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  25. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    “Key is a breath of fresh air compared to Helen Clark .” He has shown himself to be a deal doer without being a dominating dictator.”
    Who are you kidding? Key is shameless in his readiness to appease and bend over for the Maori Party.

    Never truer than ever: each country get the government it deserves. We’re pretty f***d with Key as our PM.

    Once again, what is the difference between socialist Labour and neo-socialist National?

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  26. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    kisekiman – funny as! (Careful though, you’ll be thought anit-semetic!)

    English had a real job??? Do tell jabba! What was that job? Not going to say, ‘Treasury Official’ are you?
    Key? Financier ? No! You’re not citing that are you?

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  27. cubit (356 comments) says:

    The RWC is only able to take place at all because of huge injections of taxpayer and ratepayer funds to provide stadiums and a heap of other infrastructure and operational costs.

    This has all been sold to us as an investment for the future. Well we will wait and see the results of that investment.

    The solution that seems to be proposed is that since the people of NZ are paying big bucks for the IRB to make a profit (note IRB and not NZRFU or NZ Inc) it might just be appropriate that everyone can actually see the circus that it is at the centre of it.

    The proposal that all three channels cover is the best yet. Give it to them all and then let them compete for the viewers with some innovative programming and incentives to watch their packages. This will also determine who will place advertising with the best deal channel.

    Oh by the way doesn’t TVNZ pay a dividend to the government (us) who will be making the investment in the first place. Will this dividend arrangement be in place for the other two who will be provided with funds to get coverage. That $3M that MTV has to spend came from us also.

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  28. ben (2,419 comments) says:

    Perhaps this is the payoff for a no to Whanganui. What does iPredict say?

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  29. Shunda barunda (2,977 comments) says:

    Pita Sharples will be very proud of himself, playing key like his little lap dog bitch.
    As cunning as a Maori hen.

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