Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


UF gives TVNZ a future while Greens see red

UF gives TVNZ a future while Greens see red

United Future MP Marc Alexander has welcomed the passage of the TVNZ Bill, which provides the best of both worlds - a charter recreating TVNZ as a true public service broadcaster and an autonomous Transmission Holding Ltd which won't be undermined by the need to fund the former.

"The Greens are clearly unable to see the commonsense reasons for the break-up of the structure," says Marc Alexander.

"They would have you believe that the broadcast decisions of TVNZ will not be able to stand on its own merits; that the profits from THL would be better siphoned off to prop up an economically oblivious broadcast operation; and that politically correct programming takes precedence over providing what the viewers want!"

Despite the protestations of the Greens that an eleventh hour deal was struck, Mr Alexander said that the decision was based on discussions "as far back as last October, and were welcomed by Labour as rational, reasonable and in the interests of maintaining the integrity of both sides of the TVNZ equation".

"Lets face it, the business acumen of the fuming Greens can hardly be held up as a pass in economics 101. I suppose they're just a wee bit red over the fact that they cannot now secretly funnel public money into programmes no one would want to watch," Mr Alexander said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election