Audio: Scoop Tackles Rodney Hide Regarding TVNZ
Audio: Scoop Tackles Rodney Hide
Listen to the interview with Rodney Hide (18 mins approx)
ACT leader Rodney Hide's, call for an inquiry into Television New Zealand, was successful this week when the powerful finance and expenditure committee voted to give TVNZ some extra public scrutiny. Scoop caught up with Mr Hide following this decision and engaged in a robust and vigorous debate on the merits of the inquiry and whether or not TVNZ should be owned by the public.
During the verbal sparring it emerged that Mr Hide is actually a huge fan of TVNZ's main rival TV3, particularly their news programs. Mr Hide also jokingly "hoped" that the TVNZ board would be "scared" of him and presumably his potential for probing questioning of their affairs.
Questions asked of Mr Hide included:
"TVNZ should be taken out of the political arena and privatised. That would put viewers in charge, like they are at TV3, which has out- performed TVNZ without the benefit of the millions of dollars in subsidy that TVNZ has enjoyed.
- How exactly has TVNZ out performed TVNZ?
- Where are the Maori, Pacific Island and minority interest programs on TV3?