The Vote

December 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

announced:

NZ On Air extends support for current affairs with 

The Vote extends NZ On Air’s support for current affairs under the Platinum Fund.  Q + A and The Nation have also been supported for another season on TV ONE and TV3 respectively.

Ten new programmes will involve a series of informative and engaging debates on issues of national importance.  Each programme will incorporate interaction with viewers and conclude with a citizen’s vote.  It will be presented by Guyon Espiner and Duncan Garner.

This is excellent. Ten one hour shows on a topical issue, which hopefully will canvass the variety of views on an issue.

It is ironic that as some people lie and say there is no in New Zealand, in reality we are getting more than ever. TVNZ used to use the charter money as a general revenue source and did almost no with it.

Now with that money in a dedicated contestable platinum fund for current affairs, we have The Nation, Q+A, The Vote, Media 3 and Backbenches. Also Native Affairs on Maori TV.

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19 Responses to “The Vote”

  1. hj (5,674 comments) says:

    Radio NZ could use an on line comments section to counter the (apparent) pro immigration bias. If there is a valid argument against large inflows of foreigners (such as the findings of the Savings Working Group) you wont hear it from that crowd.

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  2. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,786 comments) says:

    What a complete and total waste of money.

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  3. BlairM (2,266 comments) says:

    It’s nice that NZ doubles the price of petrol and has a 15% tax on food and clothing so that the upper middle class can have their indulgences on their tv set…

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  4. Manolo (12,617 comments) says:

    Why is the NZ government wasting our money on this crap?
    If it’s so wonderful, how come nobody has decided to privately fund it?

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  5. hj (5,674 comments) says:

    Society needs a public information system that doesn’t have nasty side effects (such as obesity or beer bottle over the head).

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  6. Manolo (12,617 comments) says:

    It will only get worse: neither Labour nor Labour lite will ever touch the sacred cows of TVNZ, RNZ and NZ On Air, who claim to represent the common folk, while peddling left-wing ideology.

    Shame on the current government for its prevarication and inaction on a long-due privatisation.

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  7. Lucy (32 comments) says:

    This is not public broadcasting. Radio NZ is public broadcasting. TVNZ7 was public broadcasting. Current event shows in ghettoized slots on Sunday mornings is NOT public broadcasting. If we accept these crumbs as public broadcasting we will not be able to do any better.

    [DPF: So you are saying that nothing except TVNZ7 was public broadcasting? That before 2006 NZ had no public broadcasting? And that the less than $15m annually spent on TVNZ7 was more significant than the $150m spent on other public broadcasting?

    And please explain how Media 7 now being on TV3 with a larger audience is a bad thing?]

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  8. mikenmild (8,733 comments) says:

    Lucy is correct – the competitive tendering model is provides a pretence of an effective delivery public broadcasting while steadily reducing the resources that are made available for it.

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  9. Redbaiter (6,464 comments) says:

    Lucy and Milky are communists- they demand that government provide them with access to the pay cheques of other NZers.

    As pissant as the justification might be on this occasion (some statist fraud labouring under the euphemism of “public broadcasting”) it matters not.

    What matters is that these people believe that they have a right to the earnings of other NZers.

    It’s a belief widespread in NZ, and supported by politicians of the Labour/ National Socialist coalition, but the reality is that all of these communist looters are a plague upon any supposedly free society.

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  10. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    12 people get the TV they want next year, neato.

    If these same people rely on TVNZ to supply their information they are too fucking lazy to breathe so why should I pay for it?

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  11. Redbaiter (6,464 comments) says:

    BlairM nutshells it. This is what the looters virtually do-

    They walk up a worker, who might be a Pacific Islander with 6 kids struggling to put food on the table, and meet education and clothing costs, and say to him -

    “You- give me money so that I can watch the programs I want to watch on television”

    And of course the guy has to fork over the money, even though in terms of spending the money HE HAS EARNED he would probably see providing TV programs for the viewing pleasure of smug egocentric urban liberals as pretty low in his priorities. If he would want to do it at all.

    Of course what the looters do in actuality is elect politicians to commit this robbery for them, but the transaction still follows the same dishonest path.

    Its an action that is clearly immoral, and selfish and disgusting. If I want some kind of entertainment, I will pay for it myself, and I would never dream of forcing anyone else to provide it for me.

    Yet leftists do it constantly without turning a hair, without a pang of guilt or regret. They are amoral looters, robbers, crooks and gangsters, and society is so much the worse for their existence today in such overpowering numbers.

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  12. mikenmild (8,733 comments) says:

    Redbaiter struggles to comprehend the concept of a public good, or any ideas that involve members of a community working together.

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  13. BlairM (2,266 comments) says:

    mikenmild – that’s what Marie Antoinette kept telling people, but would those ungrateful bastards listen? Of course not…

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  14. Redbaiter (6,464 comments) says:

    The poor mentally short-changed communist Milky apparently cannot comprehend that people may be quite capable of working for the “public good” voluntarily and without the compulsion of government legislation enacted by craven socialist politicians who have nothing but contempt for such concepts as individual liberty.

    So he robs workers and then writes nauseating and trite attempts to justify his immorality and selfishness, that are absent of even a skerrick of logic or reason.

    What utterly offensive people communists are.

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  15. the conservative (57 comments) says:

    “Now with that money in a dedicated contestable platinum fund for current affairs, we have The Nation, Q+A, The Vote, Media 3 and Backbenches. Also Native Affairs on Maori TV.”

    And all are liberals; how can this be ‘getting more than ever?’

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  16. Johnboy (13,340 comments) says:

    Hey. If publicly funded TV can get little fat bald guy’s in front of the camera who’s to worry eh! :)

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  17. thedavincimode (6,102 comments) says:

    It will be presented by Guyon Espiner and Duncan Garner.

    So it’s already fucked then.

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  18. Manolo (12,617 comments) says:

    Comrade mike, thanks but no thanks. I neither want nor need any of your “public good“.
    Leave me alone. Life with the least interference from the state is a vastly better option.

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  19. tristanb (1,133 comments) says:

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/disclosure_statement

    DPF: “I self identify as a classical liberal, which the Institute for Liberal Values of New Zealand succinctly summarises as a belief in individual rights, limited government, private property, free markets, tolerance, and reason.

    On the political compass test I score +10 (right) on economic issues”

    You might want to retake that test!

    I don’t want to be paying for wanky “current event” shows. They’re just vehicles for douchebag NZ media “personalities” to play with themselves in public. No-one watches these shows except for pol-”sci” students, and the parents of the presenters.

    People don’t care about this shit! It neither educates us nor improves our healthcare. Why are “the elite” making the taxpayers pay for it? It could just as well be ballet, or cross-stitch, or palm-reading shows – but at least those things have economic benefit. Hearing soundbites from politicians doesn’t.

    Turn it into a YouTube channel, then you can cut production costs by 90% and easily monitor whether people are actually watching it – at the same time allowing the handful of people who like it to get their Dunc fix.

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