Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


We’re getting election coverage – but only in Chinese

We’re getting election coverage – but only in Chinese

By Lindsay Shelton

The dismal state of New Zealand’s Freeview television system is being sadly demonstrated today – its only live coverage of the US elections is in Chinese.

Freeview used to transmit Stratos, the service originated from Auckland’s estimable Triangle, with a 24 hour roster of live international news. But Stratos went off the air when it couldn’t afford the government’s monthly transmission charges. And the government didn’t think such a service was worth supporting.

The consequences were visible to all this morning. As the US elections began, New Zealand viewers who weren’t paying for their television channels were given nothing. Nothing, that is, except:

cooking lessons (on TVOne’s faltering Good Morning show), Maori language lessons and then an Australian soap opera on TV2, an American talk show and then Entertainment Tonight on TV3, American infomercials on Four, more Maori language lessons on Maori TV, infomercials on U, music videos on C4, home shopping on Prime, racing on Trackside, shopping on the Shopping Channel, Australian surfing on Choice, nothing at all on Parliament TV, sermons on FirstLight … and finally the two Chinese channels.

Free to air television in New Zealand must offer the narrowest choice of any country in the world except for North Korea.

The government’s decision to let Stratos disappear from the Freeview mix means that viewers who don’t want to pay for the privilege of looking at television have been deprived of any international news and current affairs. Except from midnight to dawn when TVOne carries BBC World.

Still, the wasteland of free to air television does have one good result. It encourages viewers to leave their TV sets and move to their computers – where Al Jazeera’s top-rating live coverage of the US elections is being streamed by Triangle TV.

Triangle really does deserve official acknowledgement – it’s the country’s only genuine 24 hour a day public service broadcaster. Without any public support.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news