The Hosking petition

There has already been discussion here about the petition directed at TVNZ to ‘GET RID OF HOSKING’.

I don’t like watching Mike Hosking on Seven Sharp so I hardly ever watch him or any of the show.

Anyone has a right to start up a petition about anything they choose, but I think that campaigns to try and force television presenters out of their jobs is stupid. If I thought it might be an effective way to shut down voices that people didn’t like I would condemn it as anti-free speech.

But the petition is just as likely to boost interest in Seven Sharp and Hosking so he and TVNZ may actually benefit.


Petitioning Minster of Broadcasting NZ Hon Amy Adams MP and 3 others

Get Rid of Hosking

GET RID OF HOSKING. [ It is our opinion ] TVNZ broadcaster Mike Hosking is an offensive and thoughtless media personality who continues to arrogantly and ignorantly disregard the struggles of everyday New Zealander’s. Hosking’s attitude and comments continuously cause offense, upset and disdain to reasonable and innocent people ; both viewers and non-viewers of TVNZ. Supporters of GET RID OF HOSKING expect that TVNZ acts as a responsible and mature public broadcaster and respects this request from thousands of New Zealanders – That is –  We no longer wish to see or hear any more from Hosking on our TV screens.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Minster of Broadcasting NZ
    Hon Amy Adams MP
  • TVNZ
    Kevin Kenrick CEO and Jeff Latch Director of Content TVNZ
  • Broadcasting Standards Authority
    Broadcasting Standards Authority
  • ASB BANK Executive General Manager Marketing & Communications at ASB
    ASB BANK – Roger Beaumont

There are currently 18,115 supporters.

I guess it’s ok that the petition is aimed at TVNZ. It’s up to them whether they take any notice of it.

Although it depends on to what extent pressure is put on TVNZ to dump a presenter. If it goes to the extent of a campaign to boycott TVNZ I would be concerned.

A similar campaign was waged against TV3 over their axing of John Campbell. That appeared to affect their ratings, which in turn could impact on their viability.

I would be disturbed if a TV company or public broadcaster was shut down because of campaigns against them. This would significantly reduce options for free speech.

Why has the Minister been included? I would be appalled if a Minister intervened in TVNZ decisions on how presents their shows.

Why is the Broadcasting Standards Authority included? I would be appalled if they tried to tell TVNZ who they should or shouldn’t have as presenters.

The ANZ Bank being included has an insidious angle. Attacking a major sponsor could potentially have a significant effect on the financial viability of part of TVNZ’s operation.

A couple of contrasting blog views on this.

Kiwiblog: The haters of freedom of speech

I’m tempted to call these people cultural fascists.

First of all do they really think the bloody Government should decide who is and is not allowed to appear on television as a broadcaster?

Secondly they seem to hate views they disagree with, and want Hosking gone because he says things they don’t like.

I think NZ is better when it has diversity of views on air – I think it is good both Hosking and Campbell are broadcasters.

But these cultural fascists hate views that are not their own, and think the Government should decide who is allowed to be on air. They can get f****d.

The Standard: Dirty Politics Farrar and freedom of speech

In another fine example of the Streisand effect, poor wee Dirty Politics Farrar doesn’t like it.

Not being one for self-reflection, DPF hates views that are not his own and thinks they shouldn’t be expressed. Or perhaps he just doesn’t understand what free speech is.

It’s good that both Farrar and ‘Natwatch’ have the freedom to speak about this as they see fit.

Should Mike Hosking be shut up because many of us don’t like what he says? I don’t think so.

Who is Dan Wayman? He is a lawyer, sometimes from Wellington. Stuff has some information on him and his motives:

Wayman, who describes himself as a New Zealand-enrolled barrister-solicitor who divides his time between New Zealand and Shanghai, where he works at the British Consulate, says he started the petition because he “just felt something needed to be done really”.

“[Hosking’s] socially irresponsible comments are damaging to the New Zealand public, and especially as the face of the national broadcaster in the 7pm timeslot, being a family show, I think it’s harmful for the next generation to receive those types of sentiments from Mr Hosking.”

Seven Sharp is a family show? I can’t imagine that many young people would watch it. An increasing number of young people watch little or no broadcast television.

Wayman said comments made by Hosking over the crowdfunding purchase of the Awaroa beach and over the New Zealand flag debate as examples of why the broadcaster should be removed from TVNZ.

Wayman said: “It’s the constant lack of empathy and dismissive comments of New Zealanders struggling, even following stories on Seven Sharp – he just does not get it, and I think it’s harmful.”

“The ultimate goal is to have a more appropriate face on the national broadcaster in the 7pm slot,” he says. “That’s the ultimate goal. I’m not worried about his radio career, but I think the platform that he’s got (with Seven Sharp) – he’s not the right person for that platform.”

TVNZ said:

“We welcome feedback on our programmes, which we get in the form of daily audience ratings, quantitative and qualitative market research, and direct feedback from viewers. Given we engage with around 2.5 million New Zealanders per day, we typically get a broad range of views expressed about our on-air and online content. There are a number of viewing options.Seven Sharp is the most watched show at 7pm.”

There are a number of viewing and doing options at 7 pm Dan. As a lawyer don’t you value free choice and free speech?

46 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  23rd June 2016

    GET RID OF DAN WAYMAN. [ It is our opinion ] Anti-Mike Hosking campaigner Dan Wayman is an offensive and thoughtless media nobody who arrogantly and ignorantly disregards the struggles of everyday right wing New Zealander Mike and probably Paul Henry as well. Wayman’s attitude and comments are continuously causing offense, upset and disdain to reasonable and innocent people who live in our house and others who also live in the overpriced apartments and houses of some of the very rich right wing people who invite us to functions ; both viewers and non-viewers of TVNZ.

    Supporters of GET RID OF WAYMAN expect that TVNZ acts as a responsible and mature public broadcaster and respects this request from thousands of right wing & some upper middle centre New Zealanders – That is – We no longer wish to see or hear any more from Wayman on our TV or computer screens or in print media anywhere.

    Kate & Mike 😎 😎

    This petition will be delivered to:
    *Minster of Broadcasting NZ, Hon Amy Adams MP (who is doing an excellent job, by the way)
    *TVNZ, Kevin Kenrick CEO and Jeff Latch Director of Content TVNZ (who are doing an excellent job—keep up the good work) (love you)
    Broadcasting Standards Authority (remember we can afford good lawyers)
    ASB BANK Executive General Manager Marketing & Communications at ASB, Roger Beaumont (thanks for all the gifts & support—you’re a honey) (PS: thanks for last night’s party, it was awesome.)

  2. Corky

     /  23rd June 2016

    “Wayman, who describes himself as a New Zealand-enrolled barrister-solicitor who divides his time between New Zealand and Shanghai.”

    Oh, the irony is delicious. Talk about human rights.

    • Corky

       /  23rd June 2016

      Just enlarged this dudes mugshot. Any Rightie would want to be # Deleted – no suggestions of violence please. PG #

  3. Pete Kane

     /  23rd June 2016

    In good form today G. Haven’t seen SS since before the election with the Hager interview. In fact may well be the one and only time. Still whole banning thing is a cute thought. (I remember Brian Hudson describing a very young Hosking arriving at the Wellington RNZ studio each day in a very conservative three piece suit. One assumes he had somewhere to go afterwards.)

  4. Wow, so 20,000 claimed signatories! Where are the other 4 million Kiwis? Talk about the tail wagging the dog! We have better things to do with our lives than watching TV anyway.

  5. lurcher1948

     /  23rd June 2016

    Signed the petition (remember in Mike’s world greed is good)i’m just trying to take that greed away.

    • Gezza

       /  23rd June 2016

      Ronya Lurch. I still think they should keep him on as an example to young people of someone older trying to be cool, wear teenagers’ clothes and hairstyles, and talk bollocks at high speed.

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  23rd June 2016

    The Left know what they hate – anyone whose opinions differ from theirs. And they hate the person much more than the opinion.

    • Gezza

       /  23rd June 2016

      You’re making me want to sign it. :/ And I don’t want to sign it. 😐

      • Corky

         /  23rd June 2016

        Be a devil……

        • Gezza

           /  23rd June 2016

          Some think I am already. 👿 Possibly Brown … maybe others? o_O

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  23rd June 2016

        Do I care?

        • Gezza

           /  23rd June 2016

          😉 Rhetorical, Al? 😎

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  23rd June 2016

            How high can you jump, Gezza? You wriggle pretty well, too.

            • Gezza

               /  23rd June 2016

              😀 I love you Al. ❤ You sometimes say the sweetest things.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  23rd June 2016

              It’s your smile, Gezza. All those teeth.

            • Gezza

               /  23rd June 2016

              I’m nearly broke from paying for all the caps, Al. The bloody Dentist took what little Svetlana left me with. :/

            • Pete Kane

               /  23rd June 2016

              Reminds me of Sir Robert and Anne Hercus.

    • Blazer

       /  23rd June 2016

      you purport to ‘know’ so much about the left…are you ever …right?

      • Iceberg

         /  23rd June 2016

        How many signatures would Pete need to remove you from this blog?

        • Yeah Blazer … ‘We’ just want an echo chamber … *sarc*

          • Iceberg

             /  23rd June 2016

            No, it’s a comment on the stupidity of seeking signatures to ban speech we don’t like. Catch up.

    • duperez

       /  23rd June 2016

      Are there implications in that that “the right” don’t know what they hate – anyone whose opinions differ from theirs. And they don’t hate the person much more than the opinion?

      • Iceberg

         /  23rd June 2016

        Jeezus Mate, whens the last time a righty circulated a petition to shut down the speech of a lefty?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  23rd June 2016

        The Right believe the Left are well-meaning but deluded. The Left believe the Right are evil.

  7. Iceberg

     /  23rd June 2016

    The fuckwittery of these SJW’s knows no bounds.

    Wayman is a typical middle class “progressive”, who’s discovered what is best for the rest of us… his opinion.

    His arm is either worn out from lifting a chardonnay glass or he’s just too fucking lazy to use the tv remote to change the channel.

    • Gezza

       /  23rd June 2016

      Or, given what’s going to happen with Seven Sharp ratings now, he’s quietly actually getting paid by TVNZ, Kate & Mike?

      • Iceberg

         /  23rd June 2016

        I’ve actually grown to dislike Hosking on this show. He IS the smug, conceited prick the left thinks he is. But lots of people like him, clearly. There are programs everyday that I don’t like for whatever reason, there are programs I wouldn’t put my kids in front of. I can’t stand Lion Red or Blazer, but I have a choice, I don’t need a petition started up for everything I don’t like in the world.

        • Gezza

           /  23rd June 2016

          I’m with you on that post completely Ice.

          • Gezza

             /  23rd June 2016

            Well, except that I can stand Blazer. He even gets a few upvotes from me when he articulates his reasoning. And when he has a go at me. 😎

        • Blazer

           /  23rd June 2016

          Iceberg ,the big….’I’!

  8. PDB

     /  23rd June 2016

    Again the hypocrisy of the left is clear for all to see…..

    John Campbell: The left say the govt is forcing Campbell out of TV3 (which politically the govt should not be able to do) and demand that Campbell stays because he represents left-wing views. Since the announcement of Campbell Live being axed viewer ratings have risen considerably showing there is a major groundswell of public support for John Campbell remaining.

    Mike Hosking: The left want the govt to force Hosking out of TV1 (which politically the govt should do) and demand that Hosking goes because he represents right-wing views. It doesn’t mean anything that Seven Sharp has high viewer ratings & that Seven Sharp’s ratings went up considerably when Hosking joined the line-up.

    • Gezza

       /  23rd June 2016

      Please please please TVNZ don’t bring back cuddly bear 🐻 Mark Sainsbury.

      • PDB

         /  23rd June 2016

        He was better on tv then he is on the radio (though that isn’t saying much).

        • Gezza

           /  23rd June 2016

          Haven’t heard him. I thought he was useless as an interviewer on Close Up so I can only assume he’s worse than useless on radio.

      • Pete Kane

         /  23rd June 2016

        Cuddly bear? Alopecia bear.

        • Gezza

           /  23rd June 2016

          • Pete Kane

             /  23rd June 2016

            Well I suppose it’s no more offensive than those Hillary Clinton pics you put.

            • Gezza

               /  23rd June 2016

              That is Hillers. (Did I previously post Hillary pics? I don’t recall that?)

    • Willis

       /  23rd June 2016

      Where are you getting your ratings information from PDB? Nielson stopped releasing ratings ages ago.