Oh bloody hell, the insanely talented Rachel Smalley is leaving Firstline, but it get’s worse than that.
She’s leaving to go to ZB. I have never actively listened to ZB ever once in my entire life and I’m certainly not intending to start tuning into far right knee-jerk talkback radio this late in my life , so I’ll never hear her again, but it gets worse than that.
It seems the razor blades are out at TV3 and the first thing they are going to do is kill off quality morning news and replace it with a shaggy dog version of blah to compete with the clowns on Breakfast TV at TVNZ.
So we lose Rachel, she’s moving to the willfully ignorant ZB AND Firstline is to be dumbed down.
This is a lose, lose, lose situation. As much as I respect Nadine Chalmers-Ross, the others on Breakfast are as palatable as repeatedly slamming my hand in a car door. I’d tune into Radio NZ, but those two dreary ducks in the morning are like being forced to watch Russell Brown, sure it’s good for you, like cardboard muesli, but no fun at all.
Rachel has been dynamite on Firstline and her loss and the demise of intelligent interviews in favor of dickhead dribble is another sad indictment on what passes as public discourse on current affairs in NZ.