Samantha Hayes and Ingrid Hipkiss have been appointed to replace Hillary Barry at the two news flagships of 6pm News and the Paul Henry Morning Insult.
Unfortunately TV3 could appoint the second coming of Jesus Christ co-hosting with Lorde and it wouldn’t help them.
TV3’s news problem is all our problem.
A democracy is only as strong as the media holding it to account and when right wing fanatics like Paul Henry and Mike Hosking are the dawn till dusk echo chamber, that democracy becomes as weak as it currently is now.
It’s easy to see how the interests of the wealthy, the property developers, the banks and the farmers become the dominant political voice in this country when the media watch dogs are lap dogs to those interests.
Our news has been degraded to a competition of clickbait where the importance of an issue is dependent on how well it rates against gossip about Kim Kardashian.
The revenue model for free to air TV is broken and warping its values. If we as citizens want a 4th Estate to gain teeth, we need to see NZ on Air funding public interest News that has autonomy and independence from market forces to focus on the important issues.
Without fixing the revenue problems, news will continue to deteriorate into a carnival of lies playing to our worst angels to sell consumer crap.