MediaWorks claim that threatening to axe Campbell Live is a commercial decision and not a political decision.
Here are the comparable ratings for Campbell Live…
…as you can clearly see, Campbell Live IS THE TOP TV3 show that is pulling more viewers in their time slot than any other show. Claiming their top show isn’t rating well enough is simply not true. Campbell Live takes a greater percentage of viewers than 3 News, Paul Henry, TV3 and the midday news.
This isn’t political? I feel there’s a Tui billboard in that.
John Key decided to add ‘TV Critic’ to his CV yesterday by describing Campbell Live as entertainment that didn’t have a job to hold the PM to account.
Just think about the sentiment in that comment from Key. The TV Show that has been at the forefront of holding him to account is written off by the PM as lite entertainment and told it’s not their job to hold him to account?
Isn’t that the short of shit the leader of Russia would say?
Key spies like Nixon and threatens like Putin.
It’s not the PMs role to publicly define a Journalist’s job when that Journalist has been one of the most critical voices. Let’s not forget, this is a PM who ran a dirty ops team from his office, while colluding with the Secret Intelligence Services to smear the Leader of the Opposition months out from the 2011 election, while passing vast new State Agency Surveillance powers, while lying about those mass surveillance powers, while privatising social infrastructure, while borrowing billions in tax cuts for the rich, while lowering worker rights, while handing out vast corporate welfare, while killing off public broadcasting, while enriching the rich, while building a property bubble to create false wealth, while just being a dick sometimes and as such demands intense scrutiny.
We crucified Helen Clark for signing a painting she didn’t paint, Key is not a Prime Minister who should be facing less critical public attention – he should be facing vastly more of it.
With the TPPA around the corner, with economic tides turning, with a media watchdog muzzled into a lap dog, with pollution stats being manipulated to hide our gas emissions, with water being undemocratically seized by farming interests, with big oil calling the shots we require genuine debate with fearless urgency. If the vast ocean of apathetic consumer addicts don’t care – then it’s the skill of the broadcaster to make them care.
John Campbell has that ability.
So is the game rigged against Campbell Live? Bill Ralston at last nights excellent Table Talk event at IKA made some damning points on TV3s marketing of Campbell Live, that they have been set up to fail because the network is not driving mass promotion of Campbell Live.
Here’s their website…
…Campbell Live is their biggest show, yet look at the nothing promotion it is getting on their home page.
There are other ways the game has been rigged against Campbell Live. The 300 000 NZers with hearing problems only have Seven Sharp and Shortland Street to watch because funding for subtitles on Campbell Live has not been allowed.
So those with hearing disabilities who may have much more sympathy for the activism of Campbell Live are barred from joining his audience and have to stick with Hosking or a dreary old drama trying to be young like Shortland St, and let’s be blunt, it’s easy to get Mike Hosking and a dreary old drama trying to be young mixed up.
Campbell Live fights on a slanted battlefield, given minimal publicity support by their network and is gated off from a significant part of the audience.
That Campbell Live can do what they do with the pittance they’ve got is testament to the dedication of the journalists he works with.
You can sign the petition here.