It was a long week last week wasn’t it?
Watching The Project struggle, stagger, fall over, get up again and still look confused as to what it was doing on screen in the first place was a painful process.
Not as painful as watching Duncan Garner on The AM Show though. I’ve not watched or listened to a lot of Duncan Garner and now I am, I have real doubts as to how on earth he managed to get on TV3 at all.
Duncan has all the insight of a torch without batteries. The questions on The AM Show are the kind of questions a drunk child would write, it’s ignorance broadcast to people who clearly don’t care about they watch or listen to.
It is such an underwhelming show.
That said, The AM Show is still 10 million times better than the awful TVNZ Breakfast who are What Now for Christian adults.
Back to The Project. I still don’t understand who this show is for. I think it’s Edge or ZM listeners, people who have no actual discernible media taste themselves.
Forget them playing the meth story twice on opening night, there was a hell of a lot more to be concerned about during the week.
Adam Dudding did a good job looking behind the scenes at the Australian makers of the show and the type of philosophy to news that they have.
Unfortunately they don’t have one.
It’s just glitzy, lots of audience clapping and news stories so brief you actually wonder if they even happened.
It’s the bewildering shallowness of the stories that surprised me most, I’ve had deeper and more meaningful conversations with my laundry.
Former News God at TV3, Mark Jennings didn’t mince words…
If this imported format doesn’t work here, TV3 will be in trouble; it has literally bet the house on this one.
The network is losing money and time is running out for its board and management. It’s a brave roll of the dice as this show is costing at least double, possibly triple, what its 7pm predecessors Story and Campbell Live did.
Failure would see some of the executive team at Flower Street quietly shown the door.
…and that whiff of desperation stayed with the show for the entirety of last week.
All the hosts looked like they thought they might get sacked at any moment.
Former Campbell Live staff were furious that footage Campbell Live had taken of the Christchurch Earthquake, a story that Campbell Live made their own, was repackaged for The Project which ultimately ended up replacing Campbell Live.
Salt meet wound.
But for me the moment I banged my head on my desk was Tuesday night with guest host Kylie Bax.
There is only one reason why you would have Kylie Bax on, and that’s because of her friendship with Donal Trump.
We have an apparent lunatic running the most powerful country on the planet and some insight into his personality and whether he’s as bat shit crazy as he comes across from someone who has spent time with him would be genuinely insightful.
What did Jessie Mulligan do instead? He said everyone was bored of Trump so he wouldn’t ask her any questions about him.
What other possible reason to have Kylie Bax on the show other than to provide insight to Trump?
If The Project are so limited in their intellectual curiosity that creating insight isn’t even on their agenda, why waste 30 minutes watching it?
I believe that the next Government needs to set up a levy on Sky TV and Telecommunication companies which is used to fund RNZ, TVNZ and buy the NZ Herald.
If we want public broadcasting then we need to rebuild the public broadcasting infrastructure, not continue along the splintered multi-billion online fractures of digital media.
Radio, TV and Newspapers still connect with a hell of a lot of of people who can’t afford monthly internet charges.
But it’s difficult standing up for TVNZ when it is so awful. TV1 should be advert free and run as a public service station while TV2 should be the commercial jammed big overseas TV show channel.
Instead of selling them off, a prudent Government would reinvest and rebuild these public broadcasting assets via a properly regulated media landscape that forced those who make millions from it being unregulated to start paying a levy to fund NZ content.
Once RNZ, TVNZ and NZ Herald are properly funded, anything else from the levy can go to NZ on Air to divy up amongst other media and new experimental formats.
We need new leaders in those public broadcasters who take their job seriously as the guard god of democracy.
Right now we have Breakfast TVNZ, The AM Show, The Project and Seven Sharp all of which manage to make us less compassionate, more ignorant and a lot dumber.
Unfortunately a stupid electorate is exactly what many Politicians want.