The CEO of Mediaworks is complaining about RNZ getting so much juicy public money…
Hit pause on RNZ+, urges Mediaworks CEO
Mediaworks CEO Michael Anderson is about to go to war with the Government over RNZ’s planned new TV venture.
“It won’t work and it puts at risk the very thing they want – media diversity.”
…which is funny because I don’t remember the CEO of Mediwaorks complaining about state support when they managed to get a sweet heart loan from the National Government for their licence fees.
The irony that Mediaworks are bitching about Labour’s broadcasting policy when it was John Key’s mate, Mark Weldon, who killed off Campbell Live for political reasons is eye rolling, but let’s put aside all the self interest and consider the argument against RNZ being the de facto public broadcaster because there are good reasons why Labour’s plan to drown RNZ in cash is a bad idea.
The issue is this. Radio NZ, for all the wonderful things it does, is still an elitist establishment first and foremost.
Remember they only started caring about Te Reo once Willie Jackson had called them out on it?
Don Brash was resentful that he has to wake up and listen to Te Reo on Radio NZ each morning, while the rest of us feel resentful having to wake up to Guyon Espiner each morning. Espiner has such a smug level of undeserved self importance that he probably cries out his own name during orgasm.
RNZ is elitist and at a time when we have looming economic crashes and vast upheaval of ideas, RNZ doesn’t have the depth of class based ideology to cover those challenges because Radio NZ is as far from working class as humanly possible without actually taking up residence in Mike Hosking’s arsehole.
Let’s be clear, I believe RNZ should get extra funding, but not ALL the extra funding because as Mediaworks CEO Michael Anderson points out, that dramatically reduces the media diversity – the irony of course is that Mediaworks don’t bother attempting to put a progressive or openly left wing current affairs alternative to market because they’re still fighting over a diminishing audience of angry reactionary rednecks.
The new Government would be far better placed to put some of this money with NZ on Air while removing many of the current barriers that stop NZ on Air funding current affairs shows that are prepared to challenge the neoliberal hegemonic economic and cultural structure.
We saw in America and the UK that elite media missed the populist response to Trump and Brexit, if the new Government wants the populace to debate and understand the super structure of the system they are operating under, then funding media that actually does that rather than chase the cheap screams or the elitist high brows is required.
More money for RNZ is a solution to part of the problem, it are as hell isn’t the solution.