This appointment by the Broadcasting Minister is the single best thing he has done since he became Broadcasting Minister!
Former New Zealand First MP and Minister Tracey Martin has been put in charge of the Government’s plans to assess a TVNZ/ RNZ merger as she “gets stuff done”.
Martin’s group will oversee how the business case, being produced by Deloitte, could be implemented in “real life”.
This comes after numerous delays in the plan to assess the viability of the creation of a new public media entity, likely a merger of TVNZ and RNZ.
Tracey Martin is an incredible choice for this.
She is intelligent and has true vision.
She has a unique opportunity to shape NZ culture in a foundational way.
As someone who toured the country in 2012 trying to save TVNZ7, I am an enormous supporter of public broadcasting and believe a TVNZ-RNZ merger is desperately needed to provide a counterweight to social media disinformation that is so corrosive to Democracy and give fangs to the Fourth Estates obligations to hold the powerful to account.
RNZ are incredibly elitist and without very clear expectations in terms of output will swamp everything they touch with a level of wanker that even woke Wellingtonians will gag over. No one wants to listen to radio plays about 18th century settlers falling in love with someone from the lower classes.
Likewise, TVNZ can’t help but make mindless bullshit that entertains coma patients.
My hope for Tracey Martin is that she focus only on the end content for New Zealanders and doesn’t allow TVNZ and RNZ to swallow the funding for their bullshit vanity fantasy pet projects.
Here’s my dream TVNZ-RNZ Merger
TV1 commercial free – Allow TV2 & DUKE to play adverts, but not TV1. Why should citizens have advertising rammed down their throats? Why can’t we have a station that is just there to entertain, inform and challenge?
RNZ launch a commercial free youth radio station – Adults get Concert FM and RNZ advert free, why can’t young people have shelter from commercialism?
RNZ/TVNZ launch a 24 hour news station on one of their existing Freeview+ channels – the plus 1 channels on Freeview and Sky are an obscene waste of platforms. RNZ and TVNZ are BROADCASTERS – VoD is fine, but they have enormous ability to talk to many different voices and sectors all at once and should be doing that. We need a 24 hour TV news service which could do more to keep citizens aware than anything else.
Tracey Martin could build a cultural treasure here.
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