Curran blames Dunne for her TVNZ 7 failure

Inevitably TVNZ 7 closed down on Saturday night without being saved. There was a significant campaign to try and keep the channel alive but the fight was conceded with a ‘funeral’ march in Auckland on Saturday.

Clare Curran had toured the country campaigning strongly at a series of public meetings, along with Julie Anne Genter (Green Party) and a range of speakers for each event.

The campaign included a march on parliament, and then the penultimate funeral march in Auckland.

But how realistic was the campaign? What was the chance of success? Russell Brown blogged today in For want of some purpose:

TVNZ 7 was irrevocably dead even when the campaign began; and because I don’t think that inside TVNZ is actually the right place for a public service channel to dwell.

It looked that way to me too. I said as much in my speech to the Dunedin Save TVNZ 7 meeting:

 http://yournz.org/2012/06/08/save-tvnz-7-dunedin-speech-pete-george/

But Curran was determined to do what she could to try and save the channel. Or at least that’s what she claimed – but it’s hard to know if this was through misguided optimism, or cynical use of the campaign to promote her politics.

And now she appears to be either trying to pile the blame onto Peter Dunne for her failure, or is just continuing her cynical politicking.

Dunne’s crocodile tears simply posturing

“Peter Dunne’s comments are simply posturing. He has a vote that counts in this administration and at every opportunity has refused to use it,” Clare Curran said.

“You’d think that the great champion of public broadcasting would have made a bit more of an effort when he negotiated a support arrangement with the National Government late last year.

“He could have used his political leverage to protect public television broadcasting and could have done the same to prevent the sell-off of our assets, but he failed on both counts.

“Dunne’s comments are hollow words from a hollow man.

“The past week provided the opportunity to influence change in the very areas he campaigned on most strongly. His hand in selling off our assets and shutting down TVNZ7 is what will shape his legacy,” Clare Curran said.

This is a repeat of attacks made elsewhere, including on her own blog, Funeral for TVNZ 7. except that then she said he should have haggled for TVNZ 7

He could have used his political leverage to protect public television broadcasting and could have done the same to prevent the sell-off of our assets, but he failed on both counts.

Now she says he should have brought down the government on asset sales as well…

“He could have used his political leverage to protect public television broadcasting and could have done the same to prevent the sell-off of our assets, but he failed on both counts.

She has failed on a basic understanding of coalition politics, and she abuses someone who could be an ally on broadcasting.

This is a very odd approach. Peter Dunne has been a vocal supporter of Public Service Broadcasting. He negotiated inclusion of “There will be no sale of any part of Radio New Zealand” in the United Future Confidence & Supply agreement with National.

Dunne has today criticised National’s stance on public service broadcasting:

Kiwi FM decision an ‘insult’ – Dunne

United Future leader Peter Dunne has labelled the Government’s decision to allow a commercial radio operator to continue to broadcast on a public frequency as the “ultimate insult” to those who supported TVNZ7.

Public channel TVNZ7 went off air at midnight on Saturday, after the Government decided to cut its funding.

Yesterday, a contract allowing MediaWorks to broadcast Kiwi FM – which plays 60 per cent New Zealand music – on a public frequency was renewed for another six months.

Mr Dunne, who has been vocal in his support for TVNZ7, told Radio New Zealand the two events happening at the same time was “not just the ultimate irony, it is also the ultimate insult”.

The decisions were “inconsistent”, he said.

Mr Dunne said it showed the Government had not taken seriously the large group of people backing a campaign to save the channel.

And when I had asked Dunne what his position was on TVNZ 7 (about a month ago) he said:

I think the die re TVNZ7 is probably caste, so the question now becomes how to build a viable public service television for the future, and whether some of TVNZ7′s quality programmes can be preserved on TVNZ’s other channels. UF’s position is to work to this objective.

So Dunne/United Future and Curran/Labour could be allies on what happens now – but Curram chooses to attack and criticise Dunne, blaming him for her failure to save TVNZ 7.

This raises a question – what is most important to Curran? Saving public service broadcasting? Or scoring cheap political points?

3 Comments

  1. nanageeup

     /  July 3, 2012

    Clare Curran is a great MP. She has done so much to help the people of Sth Dunedin. We have new bottleshops on every corner, a new Bingo hall and a brand new Winz office.

  2. nanageeup

     /  July 3, 2012

    I like zephyr52, but he is a raving drug taking poofter.

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