MEDIAWATCH: Isn’t this more a Spin-off problem than a public broadcasting problem?


The hysteria over at The Spin-off by Duncan Grieve over the news that the uselessly compromised woke social engineering NZ on Air won’t have as much creamy public money to gargle for Wellington Twitter Aficionados has to be read to be believed…

TVNZ-RNZ likely to be detached from NZ On Air in biggest media reforms since 1989

Budget 2022: The big, hybrid public broadcaster will be funded directly for local commissioning, sources have told The Spinoff. That means a shrunken NZ on Air, and a seismic change in our public media funding model, writes Duncan Greive., I would have thought that RNZ and TVNZ having the capacity to once again start directly commissioning their own in-house production would be given a standing ovation because that’s what a true public broadcaster requires, its own capacity to create programming, yet here Duncan is screaming wolf.

Which sounds a tad shrill and self interested if you ask me.

Doesn’t this mean NZ on Air has less money to give the Spinoff?

The shriller Duncan gets, the more likely there’s less for him.

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Currently, The Working Group podcast, which has no NZ on Air money at all is currently out rating Duncan’s Above the Fold podcast in the All News category despite Above the Fold drowning in creamy public money on the Spinoff.

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  1. I rarely watch the news from Government sponsored sources due to the on-going lack of critical coverage of current events, case study — Jacinda vs the Main Stream Media over Covid

  2. Duncan Grovels for as much money as he can just like parasites do for their host to shelter them.

    The question is? What happens when the host dies?

    Does the parasite die or move on to a new host?

  3. Here’s the thing.. the following media outlets can stand on their own two feet: TheDailyBlog, KiwiBlog, ThePlatform, TheBFD, TheDailyExaminer,, TheKaka..

    Be it subscriptions, personal funding, donations, advertising, whatever – they are making their way forward. They seemingly DO NOT receive ANY public funding, but they DO seem to be growing!

    The MSM, despite ALL their advantages keep producing woke garbage and puffery.. and therefore CANNOT stand on their own two feet. Yet they’re the ones getting funded!

    Clown World.

    • Zack.
      Would you like me to give you a million bucks? Of course you would. See, that’s how it happened at the Herald and Stuff etc…but did they ask TDB if Martyn would like a million bucks? Martyn…can you confirm? I know TDB would not have accepted (thank fuck!), but it would interesting to know of TDB was approached. The real crime here is that those MSM accepted – or actually applied (begged) for the money.

  4. I thought the funding went primarily to train good journalists. By the standard of journalists coming thru in the last 5 years they must be trained by the NATZACT dirty politics team. How about getting some journalists that provide balance to issues instead of the raving salivating right wing maniacs we hear and read on NZ media platforms. All the funding seems to be funding National Party political broadcasts over the radio and TV.

    • Nikorima I know you are sincere but I cannot agree with your last sentence.I see the funding as Labour Government political broadcasts.
      I admit I’m biased.


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