Jacinda is rushing to the rescue by promising to dust off the old FM youth frequency and give it Concert FM so Helen Clark and the rest of the elitist boomers get to keep their bloody Concert station on FM.
My understanding is that the frequency was decommissioned so if Jacinda is happy to spend some money on recommissioning it with an infrastructure upgrade, then we have a solution, but let’s not for one second forget the speed and backlash boomers caused to knife a youth station here.
On the one hand the boomers screamed, ‘the fucking kids don’t listen to radio’, while in the exact same breath pointing to ZM and The Edge as proof positive those audiences were already being serviced.
So what was it you fucking boomers? The kids either did listen to radio or they didn’t?
The second young people were going to gain something, even at the expense of putting your precious barely listened to elitist wank on an AM station, and it was the end of Western fucking civilisation as we knew it.
This was going to reverse the Enlightenment, obliterate the Renaissance and cats and dogs would start living together, so apocalyptic would this be to the Arts.
How about a little less Government subsidy to fucking Peter Jackson’s pension plan and more for public broadcasting?
I was half expecting Helen Clark to claim putting Concert FM on AM was a cultural genocide akin to the burning of the Great Library at Alexandria.
10 000 signature petitions, expensive lawyers, grumpy former Prime Ministers, Jacinda with sad face – EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to stop young people being respected with the exact same privileges that adults wallow in when it comes to giving young people commercial free media space that adults possessed.
The speed with which boomer privilege was immediately acquiesced to is a reminder that the housing crisis, the climate crisis and the equality crisis are all political choices not impossible dreams.
Imagine if the government could get off its arse and react with the speed they did here for the rest of the media broadcasting industry and not the pitiful Kris Faafoi go nowhere do nothing TVNZ-RNZ merger review.
The lesson here is never get in between boomers and their fucking privilege. The naked contempt they showed young people trying to gain the same rights as them shouldn’t be forgotten as the electoral demographics change in 2023.