The best bit about Scoop, Gordon Campbell’s Werewolf, has finally jumped ship from Scoop. It follows the Pacific Media Centre leaving.
Werewolf has become a daily version and highlights the rumours that the final demise of Scoop is on the table. Werewolf was built in a way that made it easy to detach from Scoop if any problems arouse, those problems have arisen, walked around and are now impossible to ignore.
These problems have been well recorded here on TDB. We pointed out the Selwyn Pellet debacle that saw him lose quarter of a million to Scoop, the issues of paying the other members of Scoop’s advertising cartel (Public Address, Pundit and The Standard) and its constant claims of calling for money to take back the news, when they never seem to do that.
The deep seated problems within Scoop that Alistair Thompson fled seem to finally be too large for the shell he left to continue. Once people realise the money they are donating is just paying debt for something that is going to collapse anyway, the game will be up.
NZ desperately needs to find a new way to fund media that can be a real counter weight to corporate media and a neutered fourth estate. I don’t think Scoop will be around long enough to be part of that solution.