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


The real New Zealand does have talent

Communications and IT Spokesperson
14 September 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

The real New Zealand does have talent

While New Zealanders missed out on watching live coverage of our champion Paralympic athletes, New Zealand on Air has again chosen to use taxpayer funding to support ‘reality’ TV, says Clare Curran, Labour’s spokesperson for Broadcasting.

Her comments follow Today’s announcement that NZ on Air will provide TV3 with $1.6 million to support the production of X-Factor.

“Is reality TV of this sort really the best use of taxpayer money? You would think that live paralymic sport would have been worthy reality TV, but we didn’t see much of that on our screens,” Clare Curran said.

“Reality programmes like X-Factor and New Zealand’s Got Talent are proven to draw a large audience and as such should be commercially funded.

“Making the taxpayer subsidise a commercially attractive programme based on a franchised concept is not an appropriate use of funding. This money is granted to NZ on Air to develop New Zealand’s culture and identity.

“NZ on Air is clearly bowing to pressure from the two major commercial networks to fund “commercially attractive” programme content at the expensive of its many other public service broadcasting responsibilities.

There are plenty of other original New Zealand arts, entertainment, prime-time projects begging for NZ on Air funding - and they should be given priority.

“New Zealander’s aren’t copycats. We take pride in our unique humour, our unique culture and our No.8 wire ideas. Shows like this hardly show us what we’re made of.

“With the recent demise of our only public broadcaster NZ on Air needs more than ever to demonstrate support for our local industry and real local talent,” Clare Curran said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

RNZ Live Updates: SkyCity Fire Brings Auckland CBD To A Halt

The fire at Auckland's SkyCity international convention centre has been raging for more than a day resulting in nearby offices being shut, roads closed and health warnings being issued...

• The fire broke on the roof of the SkyCity international convention centre just after 1pm Tuesday.

• Fire and Emergency manager Ron Devlin says the plan is to "sacrifice the roof". Once materials from the roof have fallen in, crews can go into the fifth floor and put the fire out, he says. Photo: RNZ / Danielle Street More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Simon Bridges And Political Correctness

Having failed all year at being a credible alternative Prime Minister, National leader Simon Bridges has lowered his aspirational target this week to something more within his range. More>>

Bullying: Police Commissioner Announces Review

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has today announced an independent review of the systems and processes NZ Police has in place to address complaints of bullying. More>>


PM's Post-Cab: Now We Are Two

Questions covered Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters' comments on the potential closure of Mediaworks' television channels, the Auckland light rail planning process, the select committee report on the Zero Carbon Bill and its methane target range... More>>

Court Issues New Guildines: Revamp Of Meth Sentencing Welcomed

The court accepted submissions by both the New Zealand Bar Association and the New Zealand Law Society that rather than solely focusing on the quantity of meth involved, there should be greater focus on the role of the offender. More>>


'Armed Response Teams': Armed Police "Will Cause American-Style Shootings"

The Police Commissioner's announcement that squadcars of officers with automatic rifles will patrol New Zealand's streets is dangerous and unnecessary, according to the criminal justice community organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa. The ... More>>


Control Orders: Amnesty Says Don't Rush Terrorism Bill

"The problem is, we often see the word “terrorism” being applied broadly by oppressive regimes to detain innocent people who're simply rallying for a better life." More>>


Expert Reaction: $17 million To Fight Online Extremist Content

The Department of Internal Affairs will double its work investigating and preventing violent extremism online. Funding will also help bolster the Chief Censor's work to make fast decisions about harmful content. More>>





InfoPages News Channels