Q+A returns

March 17th, 2011 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

TVNZ proclaims:

Paul Holmes and Guyon Espiner return to co-host TVNZ’s flagship political programme in this crucial election year along with Victoria University’s Dr Jon Johansson who will lead the panel of expert political analysts. 

 The new series of Q+A kicks off with a feature interview at 9am this Sunday with Prime Minister, John Key, looking at our new world after the earthquakes.

 We have a television exclusive with renowned author, film-maker and political campaigner Tariq Ali, about the jasmine revolutions in the Middle-East, what has sparked them and what’s likely to emerge to replace the dictatorships.  Tariq is visiting NZ and will be live in the Q+A studio on Sunday morning.

 Q+A returns to its usual slot – LIVE on TV ONE 9-10am Sundays.

I must set the My Sky!

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25 Responses to “Q+A returns”

  1. BeaB (2,057 comments) says:

    Johansson is so far to the left he walks with a limp.

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  2. Frederick (39 comments) says:

    I agree. Johansson is so biased agaisnt National that he remains a very unobjective political analyst. In fact you could say the panel is two for the left and one for the right (sometimes). I find him incredibly irritating – just a constant one dimensional attack on the right. I don’t think hes recovered from Helen leaving the political scene.

    Can’t we have that lady from massey Claire Robinson instead. She is much more to my liking.

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  3. Pongo (371 comments) says:

    I agree that Claire Robinson was far more objective, Johanssen is just a hand wringing wet blanket and he should be on there as the voice from the left.

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  4. poneke (280 comments) says:

    In Australia the equivalent programme (with the same name and a better format) is on ABC1 at 9.30pm on Monday night and regularly draws one of the biggest audiences of the week.

    Why is the New Zealand equivalent tombstoned with a minuscule audience on a Sunday morning by what is meant to be our “national public service broadcaster” ? What a joke.

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  5. Jimbob (640 comments) says:

    What more can I add about Johansson? Well I refuse to listen to him, he is a disgrace and to call him a political analyst is a joke.

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  6. thedavincimode (6,531 comments) says:

    Oh goody. Another 3-ring nothing and hopefully more in-depth and incisive journalism from P Holmes. Will there be a ‘cat stuck up tree’ segment? ‘Rat leaps out of toilet’?

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  7. lloydois (268 comments) says:

    Dunno, but I would really struggle to give any program featuring Paul Holmes any credibility.

    Surely to god NZ has moved past this moron?

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  8. Red Sam (122 comments) says:

    Exactly, why isn’t a show like this broadcast during an evening week night, like the former Ian Fraser or Linda Clarke shows from a few years back?

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  9. kino flo (81 comments) says:

    @Red Sam, cos they rated so poorly?

    @Poneke, does that ABC show make the top 100 watched programmes each week on Aussie TV?

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  10. Right_Wing_Dad (62 comments) says:

    What you can guarantee is that TV One will lead the Sunday 6pm bulletin with a story spun from Espiner’s interview.

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  11. adze (1,863 comments) says:

    We had a far superior programme called Agenda that filled that slot, hosted by Rawdon Christie. Then the cuckoo bird Holmes was added – presumably to boost ratings – when the timeslot itself was no doubt the problem if there was one.

    The panel quality suffered as well, though not nearly as much as the interviewing quality, as Holmes inevitably hits them with his Jerry Springer stick.

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  12. SPC (5,392 comments) says:

    The first part will be a soft core version of the Shock Doctrine to prepare the way for the electoral campaign by National.

    The second part could be interesting with the right questions.

    Why did the West abandon democracy in Libya and is this a sign portending the likely lapse in Egypt ending the momentum towards democracy in the ME? Is there a link to Saudi Arabia’s troops going into Bahrain to impose martial law – with the Gulf states complicit by defining democratic advocacy as a security threa? Did the Gulf states and the Arab League deliberately sabotage the Libyan rebels by calling for a no fly zone – despite knowing Russia and China would veto it and NATO would not impose one without UN Security Council mandate. The US Defence Secretary Gates caution against involvement in any further military intervention (shades of Acheson in 1950 and already followed by military attacks in South Sudan) has become connected to not even imposing a no fly zone as this would involve air attacks on Libyan air defences and military airports.

    What of the pro democracy freedom loving USA having only this to offer “we were not consulted before Saudi Arabia sent troops to enforce the martial law in Bahrain” – with not one word of criticism.

    And then ask yourself how many dictatorships have been armed by the Americans and other arms suppliers. Ask how many militant groups have had weapons channelled to them (including mujahadeen with Stingers in Afghanistan) and yet no body is arming the rebels in Libya or even suggesting this idea.

    And why is no one calling for a boycott of Libyan oil – the military would not support Gaddafi if we did that, then if rebels werre armed they would win – and at no cost to the west. The arms could be by a loan repaid by future oil exports. A costless win for democracy was possible but the world chose to allow the killing of Libyans and a tyrant to prevail – because that is what Saudi Arabia chose for itself and the Gulf, tyrants using military power and crushing democratic opposition.

    The entire world should be ashamed about what its dependence on Saudi oil results in. Shame on all of us.

    So what does Tariq Ali have to say …

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  13. starboard (2,471 comments) says:

    ..and please get rid of that Threeeeesa Arsenew…shes a shocker…

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  14. reid (15,942 comments) says:

    Why is the New Zealand equivalent tombstoned with a minuscule audience on a Sunday morning by what is meant to be our “national public service broadcaster” ?

    Why doesn’t anyone I talk to ever watch the 6:00PM nightly news anymore and if they admit to it, says it’s complete crap?

    Same reason TVNZ News managers seem to hallucinate that we actually “invite” the anchor people into our living rooms and that Sainsbury offers “compelling viewing.”

    Nothing will change until they realise that actually, most people in their target audience are actually – newsflash – just as well informed and intelligent as they are and they don’t need to “dumb it down” indeed they need to “smart it up” by many degrees.

    Unfortunately it would appear from past behaviour by the time they realise that, One News will have an audience of 3, consisting of philu, paws and the cat.

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  15. magic bullet (776 comments) says:

    What’s up with tvnz hiring all these moronic right-wing racists for serious political discussion? They’re supposed to provoke thinking, not racial hatred.

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  16. Dave Mann (1,168 comments) says:

    Well I certainly won’t be setting my DVD to record this rubbish. I watched it a couple of times and I found it to be irritating dumbed down leftist crap.

    I’m surprised you would bother to watch it, DPF.

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  17. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Are you freaken kidding me? Dr Jon Johansson is a professional recuitment officer for the communist party. Even other left wing hacks say jeeze that guys a bit left isn’t he?

    The bugger does little more than tell everyone who didn’t vote for his beloved labour party why they are too stupid to be permitted to vote.

    Whats up with TVNZ hiring this left wing morinic racist for serious political discussion? They’re supposed to provoke thinking, not racial hatred.

    Tell Paul to bring a stun gun and at least make the show entertaining.

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  18. Manolo (13,357 comments) says:

    What’s up with tvnz hiring all these moronic right-wing racists for serious political discussion?

    What are you talking about? Johansson, as any other trendy academic, is a leftie and shows his colours every time.

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  19. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    I believe I just covered that Manolo.

    And just out of interest a lot of academics are actuallu conservatives. They just aren’t profressional media sluts and tend towards the classics departments.

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  20. Fisiani (953 comments) says:

    Johansson is incapable of objective thinking. He is a deluded hard line leftist.
    Paul Holmes is simply incapable of asking a decent question.
    Which idiot thought these two were in any way acceptable for Q and A

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  21. dog_eat_dog (743 comments) says:

    I had a read through Johansson’s old (?) blog. This man is not impartial enough to be a commentator on a political show on a state-run network.

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  22. gnadsmasher (47 comments) says:

    The one academic worth listening to on politics was Paul Buchanan. Not sure what happened to him after the Auckland Uni debacle, but he pops up from time to time on radio. If I recall correctly, he was doing consulting work so might be available.

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  23. Steve (4,499 comments) says:

    But but but it’s not Q & A, it is the Phomes Show

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  24. simo (150 comments) says:

    SPC – No Fly zone over Libya tonight, ya opened ya trap too soon, the UN Security Council grew some brass ones finally, and Jon Johansson still hasn’t got over Helen taking the strap-on to the UN to find some fresh meat, he does have that “walking dead” look which might stir up Holmes to give him a few lashes. By the way did ya see Ruth Dyson stalking the Bonnie Prince in Sumner?

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  25. Maggie (674 comments) says:

    Johansson is a Fulbright schlar. We must be breeding a strange bunch of communists this season!

    The link is to a piece he wrote recently in the herald. Pretty evenhanded, stronger criticism of Clark than Key. Hardly the work of a Labour acolyte. Still, never let your prejudices get in the way of the facts……….

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10606390n

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