TVNZ $12m A trickle or a dribble?
$12 million for TVNZ's Charter: A trickle or a dribble?
“It’s now clear how out of touch the Government has become, when it describes the $14.5 million spent on spin doctors as a ‘trickle’ hours after unveiling $12 million for TVNZ’s charter,” says National’s Broadcasting spokeswoman Katherine Rich.
“The Minister of Broadcasting claims ‘The funding shows we are committed to getting programmes on the small screen’ - yeah right!
funding amounts to only a handful of new programmes and
could easily be spent by TVNZ on just a week’s worth of
programming,” she says.
“If a Government Minister thinks $14 million is “a mere trickle” what does that make the Government’s $12 million for the Charter - a mere dribble?
“And many may have missed the sinister tones behind yesterday’s announcement,” Katherine Rich observes.
“I’d like Steve Maharey to explain what he means when he says ‘the government has a responsibility to state clearly to TVNZ what it regards as the public interest’.
“We can only assume that means we’ll be watching what the Labour Government thinks we should watch.
“More Labour politicians on air perhaps?
“It won’t be good for ratings and what’s worse is that it’ll erode the value of a prime Government asset,” says Katherine Rich.