The Herald reports:
Television NZ bumped Prime Minister John Key from its prime-time current affairs show so it could feature former All Black Robin Brooke saying sorry for groping a teenage girl. …
John Key’s office has refused to comment on the Close Up show’s decision not to talk to the PM about his state of the nation speech.
Instead, most of Tuesday’s show was devoted to host Mark Sainsbury interviewing Brooke about his explanation for the New Year groping incident in Fiji, a story that has featured in newspapers.
Close Up ignored the changes the PM foreshadowed to the tax system.
Mr Key’s chief press secretary, Kevin Taylor, said: “It is TVNZ’s editorial decision for the programme and we will not be saying any more about it.”
But it is understood the Prime Minister was surprised by the decision to ditch a scheduled interview with him just two and a half hours before it was due to go out live.
Such “bumping” is common in television entertainment shows when they run out of time or there are better offers.
From a ratings viewpoint, sadly I guess more people would tune in to Robin Brooke. But having already pencilled in the PM, I am surprised they didn’t find a way to include both. It is meant to be a news and current affiars show after all.Tags: John Key, Media, Robin Brooke, TVNZ