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Tracey Martin defends no cost-benefit analysis for TVNZ/RNZ merger

Former New Zealand First Minister Tracey Martin, who’s leading the TVNZ/RNZ media reforms, has defended the Government not doing a cost-benefit analysis on the mega merger. 

Nothing sums up the vested interests of private media attacking the new RNZ/TVNZ Meters quite like this joke coverage on The Nation.

Hilariously Mark’s position ends up justifying the pus wound that is Fuck Boy Island.

Good on Dita De Boni for pointing out Mark’s outrageous self interest!

The chorus of screaming that has erupted amongst private media being robbed of their NZ on Air trough is just so hilarious.

They dress this self interest up as the importance of ‘media pluralism’, like being stuck at a dinner party between the Spin-off and Stuff arguing who hates heteronormative cis white males the most, that kind of ‘pluralism’.

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They are so addicted to NZ on Air money they have conformed their editorial policies to gain access to funding.

Now look, I absolutely believe that there must be Government funding for public broadcasting, this is a Fourth Estate requirement for a functioning democracy, but that funding should actually go to fucking journalism, not ‘diverse voices in the media’, which is what the funding is funding!

It’s wonderful that we have so many publicly funded angry feminist podcasts, but is it actually it doing any journalism?

We can’t starve mainstream media from funding that will generate journalism that is free from corporate constraints.

Most current affairs shows are advertised and sponsored by corporations who are actually part of the problem. We need journalism that is publicly funded that can challenge those corporations and their power over policy decisions.

We need journalism that is free of money influence.

That is what NZ on Air should be funding.

Instead it’s all middle class identity politics woke bullshit that never talks about capitalism, class or economic justice in favour of middle class social justice vegan glee clubs.

The extraordinarily gross Fuck Boy Island commissioned by TVNZ shows why the RNZ/TVNZ merger must happen, because TVNZ thinks Fuck Boy Island is public broadcasting!

RNZ would never have allowed Fuck Boy Island to occur.

Can you imagine Kim Hill judging Fuck Boy Island?

How about Ethical Slut Island?

This isn’t Public Broadcasting that uplifts or builds the people or audiences involved, it demeans. I’m no prude, if a private company wanted Fuck Boy Island, knock yourself out, go for it, but on the Public Broadcaster?

We saw on the lawns of Parliament what confused and frightened citizens led by Social media disinformation hate algorithms can cause, we need a powerful Public Broadcasting asset to combat that madness or our Democracy will be lost.

This is why we need the merger.

This is why the merger needs that $80m from NZ on Air.

This means NZ on Air are less powerful.

This means the private media who have traded editorial independence and actual journalism in for woke virtue signals are hurt financially.

This means money interests in NZ might actually be challenged for the first time.

There is a lot of vested interest in killing the merger off.

What the Government must do is sort out the alternative funding structures for NZ on Air.

The $55million Public Interest Journalism fund runs out shortly and with a cut in NZ on Air funding, the Government must find new ways to source income for NZ on Air to distribute for JOURNALISM.

The answer is something the Government are already pursuing, the Journalism Tax on Google and Facebook would raise $40million per year.

This money could be ring fenced and sent straight to NZ on Air as a market solution to funding the journalism that Google and Facebook undermine!

On top of this, TV One could go advert free so as to allow private media to benefit from the redistribution of advertising.

The Government must show private media how NZ on Air will gain extra funding to do the JOURNALISM they are obliged to provide or else continue to have the merger attacked relentlessly.

Look at how the Real Estate market saturate media with advertising and then turn on that media when they talk down real estate?

Look at how the farming interests saturate Talkback radio with advertising to always promote their political world view.

Look at how free market capitalism is NEVER challenged in any media.

When you suddenly see that, you understand why National and ACT are already promising to destroy the merger if elected.

The last thing they want is actual journalism.

It is THESE interests that need challenging from Fourth Estate Journalism, not more angry feminist podcasts on the Spin Off.

Remember, the RNZ-TVNZ merger would represent the first time in 6 fucking years that Labour actually achieved something off their manifesto, so the political capital at stake here is enormous!

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  1. 100% this is like the foxes being asked to design a new henhouse. None of these people want anything to change so why is their opinion important? How come there are not, like, experts on this kind of thing being put up? A conflicted business owner, a right-wing anti-government shill, and an actual journalist. How is that a balanced discussion?

  2. I don’t believe that any public funding should go to media of any sort. It creates incentives to toe the party line, which is what you see with Labour’s current $55 million dollar lolly scramble.
    Can’t question climate change or the treaty of waitangi among other things. If your position is so rock solid, it shouldn’t require protection.

    • If your position is rock solid show me examples of media towing the party line for the 55 million they receive?

      Heather du Plessis-Allan: Reckless climate tax will wreck industry
      Paula Bennett: Burp tax will take meat, dairy off the family table
      Claire Trevett: Are Labour’s big reforms cooked? Wayne Brown victory puts pothole in Labour’s reform roadJohn Roughan: Right-leaning winners in local elections a warning for Labour Government

      All from the NZ Herald, hardly towing the party line and pro Labour, are they Jays.

  3. Most of us suffer from historical bias as in what has worked for us should continue to work for us. Now we have to face the new reality. Our world is being tossed around and it could land upside down.
    The ship called RNZ/TVNZ merger is a retrofitted cruise ship that has been pirated by the re-imagined priorities of our politicians. There are hostages aboard who are well hidden below decks.
    Our ideals about how it should be funded and how it should work are not the same as the ideals of the pirates.
    The pirates have already commandeered and compromised our MSM with the PJIF. So is it hard to imagine what rape and pillage horrors they may have in mind for the new pirate ship?
    The obvious reason for the merger is to centralise control of the propaganda machine. What outcome is likely? What is the motivation? I can’t see a problem with radio being radio and TV being TV until they both dip below the last rolling wave of new technologies. Or they are suitably revitalised in their own rights however that may happen.
    Personally I tune in occasionally for music/news while driving but don’t bother with TV as it’s so boring.

  4. Unfortunately Kim Hill is captured by gender ideology and has been disparaging about “terfs” on air.

    I can’t wait for all of this woke nonsence to come tumbling down, leaving the likes of Kim Hill (who should know better) with a very red face.

  5. Whats the point when this won’t be delivered before 2024 and NACT will repeal it anyway. A bit like Three Waters and co-governance. By all means, keep plowing ahead and continue to watch your support fall in the polls. Genius!

    What a hill to die on instead of something like poverty eh…

  6. anker, kim hill has always been a ‘career feminist’ now she senses a shift and adapts, don’t worry she’ll be back in the feminist fold when the trans kerfuffle dies down…

  7. Bomber why would you think that a RNZ TVNZ merger would stop Fboy Island? The TVNZ will be the stronger contender in the internal management fights because it has the bigger audience.

  8. And why would one news organisation provide better journalism, dig deeper, investigate further and break more stories than two competing news organisations?

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