As I have been saying for months

June 14th, 2012 at 4:45 pm by David Farrar

For months and months I have been saying the faux outrage over is misguided. I have consistently said that what matters is the programmes, not trying to make TVNZ into a hybrid part-commercial, part-public broadcaster.

has announced:

NZ On Air is pleased to announce funding for Media 3 (formerly ).

The Top Shelf-produced programme examining local media will move to TV3 on Saturday mornings in August with an encore screening late on Sunday evenings. It will also be available on-demand at tv3.co.nz.

“We are thrilled to support this excellent programme” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson. “Host Russell Brown and the team already enjoy a dedicated following and we are delighted that TV3 has chosen to extend their schedules even further by adding this series”.

“We are really pleased to be adding Media 3 to the TV3 line-up,” says MediaWorks TV Acting Director of Programming Mark Caulton. “It is an ideal addition to the thought-provoking programming we have developed for our weekend schedule, such as The Nation, Three60 and Think Tank.”

I predict Media 3 will get far larger audiences that Media 7 ever got. This is a good thing – it is a good quality show, and I enjoy watching it.

Again, this shows that the we do have funding for good public broadcasting in New Zealand.

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17 Responses to “As I have been saying for months”

  1. Tristan (63 comments) says:

    any news on backbenches that’s the other weekly show I never miss

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  2. adze (2,090 comments) says:

    Hopefully the science shows (mostly imported) will find a home on another channel also – and hopefully not at 10pm (after 6 hours of reality TV, cooking shows, and crime dramas).

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  3. Chuck Bird (4,835 comments) says:

    “any news on backbenches that’s the other weekly show I never miss”

    Any news on backbenches that’s the one weekly show I will miss

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  4. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    “any news on backbenches that’s the other weekly show I never miss”

    Any news on backbenches that’s the one weekly show I will miss

    Any news on backbenches that’s the one show I always miss

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  5. Redbaiter (8,348 comments) says:

    Marxist crap.

    No self respecting right winger would have a bar of taxpayer funded broadcasting.

    Its just theft.

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  6. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Millions of dollars wasted on unwanted stuff. The socialist radio and its satellites should be sold immediately.
    No need to have a “public” broadcaster entirely funded by the tax-payer. Let the buggers compete and earn their keep..

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  7. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I’m convinced that there remains a role for public broadcasting. Radio NZ does an excellent job at a modest cost, as does Maori TV, which I see becoming more and more a national TV channel by default. Maybe we should just get rid of TVNZ and channel more NZOA funding to Maori TV.

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  8. Lloyd (125 comments) says:

    I have consistently held the opinion that National Radio is the only real political opposition, given the woeful performance of the Labour Party over the past 4 years. I’m not entirely certain that’s a good thing, but given that the best Khandallah Trev can achieve is embarrassing rants, while his leader flounders around, that’s what we are left with!

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  9. Michael (903 comments) says:

    Backbenchers won’t work in prime time on a TVNZ or TV3 channel – maybe Prime as it’s more a niche thing, but don’t hold your breath.

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  10. Nick K (1,223 comments) says:

    Again, this shows that the we do have funding for good public broadcasting in New Zealand.

    Who is the judge of whether this is good public broadcasting? That’s just a value judgment, subjectively assessed. That’s why the State picking winners always fails. We can’t fund a professional cycling team in Europe that could have a chance of entering the Tour de France, but we give $30million to the Americas Cup. It’s just bollocks. Taxpayers shouldn’t fund any of it.

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  11. boredboy (250 comments) says:

    Manolo, your opinions are rubbish and make you appear as if you never made it past fifth-form economics.

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  12. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,743 comments) says:

    What a waste of taxpyer money.

    Meet the new Government, same as the old government. Lets borrow another $250 million dollars this week, and next week, and next week…

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  13. JeffW (325 comments) says:

    Another loss for the taxpayer. When do we have any wins?

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  14. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Did anyone see the Seven Sisters doco on TVNZ 7 re the big oil companies ? It was excellent and relevant to today’s various situations.

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  15. flipper (3,950 comments) says:

    Having seen “public broadcasting” under many guises, and having always been puzzled as to its purpose (apart from sinecure employment for certain folk), I wonder whether those that support it would be kind enough to give us 10 reasons WHY taxpayers should fund such activity.

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  16. flipper (3,950 comments) says:

    So Joana has discovered the seven sisters.
    Big deal.
    It was a docu-fiction book when published, and simply reflected the “government is better” belief of all socialist/left-wingers.

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  17. Allan68 (1 comment) says:

    Closing TVNZ7 and putting some of its content on a commercial channel seems like closing the Louvre Museum and putting the Mona Lisa on display at a nearby MuckDonalds.

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