In a bewildering move that shows how desperate Fairfax and APN have become, they have the audacity to come out and threaten ‘aggressive’ job cuts if the Commerce Commission doesn’t give them their precious monopoly…
Fairfax New Zealand and NZME have warned it may be now or never for their proposed merger, and refusal will mean “aggressive” cuts to journalism.
…looking past the audacity of these media monoliths threatening the Commerce Commission publicly with threats to self mutilate their fourth estate responsibilities, maybe this will be a good thing?
Think of NZ Herald without Mike Hosking, Rodney Hide, that dreadful Clare Trevett – no more right wing lunatics dominating the newspaper.
No more cartoons like this?
But then you read deeper into the threat these companies are making…
The companies said they had nearly exhausted opportunities to cut costs in administration. If the merger was rejected they were likely to “aggressively consider cuts to frontline news functions such as reporting”.
Cuts would be felt deepest in “regional and local coverage and minority issues”, they said.
…ah ha, the white male right wing lunatics won’t lose their positions, the ‘minority issues’ will. That sounds a lot like coded language to the Commece Commission doesn’t it?
“You don’t let us have the monopoly we demand and we’ll gut reporting of the very democracy you’re using to deny us our merger.”
In other words, ‘give us what we want or we’ll take you all down with us”.
In other countries with a sophisticated enough media, such threats by Media Corporates would dominate headlines alongside a critical analysis providing insight into how these media monoliths undermine the quality of our democracy. Unfortunately we live in NZ and have a media with the maturity of your average can of coke.