Finally co-operation not taxpayer funded competition

The Herald reports:

Prime Minister John has intervened in the television rights row, issuing a directive that Maori TV 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 and co-leader Pita Sharples today said Maori TV, TVNZ and TV3 were meeting in 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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