Radio NZ ratings and what does it need to do to satisfy National Party philosophy of success?

By   /   May 12, 2017  /   18 Comments

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This is the political Party who champions individual success and claims that the market will righteously reward those who succeed, yet they won’t apply the basic principles of their own political philosophy to a State owned Radio station who is taking on the private players and beating them.

Radio nz ratings are out and they are huge…

…yet the National Party continues  funding freeze on Radio NZ.

Why?

This is the political Party who champions individual success and claims that the market will righteously reward those who succeed, yet they won’t apply the basic principles of their own political philosophy to a State owned Radio station who is taking on the private players and beating them.

The reason of course is because the National Party hate having a watch dog that still has teeth.

The National Government would prefer to ignore their own political principles to continue slowly suffocating one of the last bastions of the Fourth Estate.

Surely a decade of this kind of self interested corruption needs to come to an end in September?

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18 Comments

  1. Mike the Lefty says:

    We could improve Morning Report a lot by replacing National Party apologist Guyon Espiner.
    That man fawns so much over National ministers that the dribble leaks out of my radio. At first I thought it was just the rain.

  2. They would improve Morning Report by replacing both presenters, neither Ferguson nor Espiner have the intelligence to be effective, subtle, impartial interviewers – all noise and no light. In an election year especially, listeners expect more than silly repetitive shouting. There must be people out there who could do better.

  3. Tiger Mountain says:

    yep, good on RNZ for pounding the likes of “Key Love” Club founder, and life President, Hosking, into ratings dust

    they have laid off many old time staff and those that remain are suffering under an oppressive sinking lid, the RNZ web site has been updated and is a reasonable news source, but unrecompensed younger staff dedication cannot be expected to last for too much longer (which is what the torys want I guess, starve them into submission)

    time to reinvigorate “Save RNZ!”

  4. SpaceMonkey says:

    Kim Hill remains for me the best interviewer to have presented on Morning Report. I will never forget her “that was a bit silly Prime Minister” to John Key. He had no comeback!

  5. Shona says:

    Yes Kim is still a must listen to each week via mp3. Sadly I haven’t had Radio NZ on all day every day for many years due to the prevailing right wing bias. I use their website daily to keep up. Should make an effort to listen to John Campbell but simply prefer to read transcripts of interviews these days.

  6. simonm says:

    This is the standard they’re competing against – it’s no surprise they’re doing well…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/video.cfm?c_id=466&gal_cid=466&gallery_id=175832

  7. Mike in Auckland says:

    While I am critical of RNZ at times, at least they report a lot of news that matter, but which other radio or TV media never report on.

    For that very reason it offers better service overall and better quality service. Consequently they deserve to get a boost.

    The reason for the government’s tight purse police on RNZ is of course, that the government would rather not have RNZ report such things as this:

    ‘Emergency housing providers instructed not to talk to media’:
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201843510/emergency-housing-providers-instructed-not-to-talk-to-media

    “The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has apologised to emergency housing groups after one of its managers tried to gag them from speaking to the media.”

  8. Im right says:

    National should sell RNZ, its not called ‘red radio’ for nothing. Im pleased National have frozen their funding and hope they keep it up till at least 2020 if not sold prior.

    • Red Buzzard says:

      how about right fascist?

    • whispering kate says:

      IM RIGHT – why don’t you go and reside in North Korea where the lifestyle will suit you admirably. You don’t have a place here in a democratic society. Keep off this site please, you are lowering the standard of the commentators.

      • Im right says:

        “Keep off this site”….oooh Kate, and then you tell me to go live in NK how deliciously hypocritical of you! Im for the Govt to sell RNZ, and TVNZ also, im not advocating the Govt. Run any radio/TV stations (Unlike NK) so perhaps it’s you and your fellow Marxists and Corbynistas that should move there as the state owns everything…nirvana eh? Perhaps Venusuala? They are doing what you dream of for NZ with their country…hows that working out..:)

    • Mike in Auckland says:

      Labour should nationalise strategic businesses and firmly restrict broadcasting licenses for so called private media operators, keeping them limited in number and size, so not to exceed the number and sizes of public broadcasting and web based media services such as RNZ. Bring back also TV6 and TV7, return TVNZ to be a full, accountable public broadcaster that is less dependent on advertising, and ensure that ‘right’ wing extremists are not given a chance to pollute and corrupt the minds of the people.