Hosking should moderate election debates

I’m not a fan of Mike Hosking. I rarely watch or listen to him or read his opinion pieces.

He has been named as moderator for the 1 News Debates and some on the left are trying to kick up a storm and get him kicked off the debates. For this reason, trying to demand who shouldn’t be involved, I think Hosking should remain as moderator.

In any case he did a good job of moderating debates last election. The opposition to him moderating is just another example of social media pettiness.

Jacinda Ardern has said she doesn’t care who the moderator will be, she will be focussed on her opponent, Bill English. As she should be.

1 News:  TVNZ’s election leaders debate dates and coverage team for September’s vote revealed

Newstalk ZB and Seven Sharp host Mike Hosking will be the moderator for the three televised leaders debates while Breakfast host Jack Tame will lead the Young Voters Debate.

The leaders debates between National Party’s Bill English and Labour’s Jacinda Ardern will take place on August 31 and September 20 at 7pm.

A multi-party debate on September 8 will bring together the potential coalition partners of the major parties, while the young voters debate will take place on September 14.

Action Station have started yet another lame petition:  Replace Mike Hosking as Election Debate Presenter

Please replace Mike Hosking as the host for the upcoming election debates on August 31, September 14 and September 20. Hosking is well known for his aggressively right wing views in his segments as a political commentator. As such, Hosking cannot be trusted to present each candidate fairly in a moderated debate.

Section 4(1)(d) of the Broadcasting Act 1989 requires broadcasters to maintain standards consistent with the principle that when controversial issues of public importance are discussed, reasonable efforts are made, or reasonable opportunities are given, to present significant points of view either in the same programme or in other programmes within the period of current interest.

I’m not aware of any evidence or record that should rule Hosking out.

Why is this important?

It is vital that the nationally broadcasted election debates offer an unbiased opportunity for candidates representing their political parties to debate on policies. Mike Hosking’s socially irresponsible style of presenting has led to public campaigns for his removal, notably his comments on Andrew Judd in 2016. Hosking is an inappropriate choice to present the election debates in a fair, unbiased manner.

It’s important that activist groups do not get to dictate who should moderate debates.

This petition is ridiculous. It will probably get a similar number of signatures (actually clicks online) that all the other organised Action Station petitions get.

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27 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  August 10, 2017

    Should’ve been Corin Dann, imo. But whatever, if they want a tosser to moderate them, they made the right choice 👍🏼

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    • Corin “I swing both ways as long as its left and left is what you mean is both ways” Dann? Why not St John of New Lynn – that way it would truly be unbiased down the middle hosting of the debates

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      • Gezza

         /  August 10, 2017

        What is wrong with you people? 😬 For heaven’s sake 🙄
        Would you rather have Patrick bloody Gower?? 😖

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        • I would rather the Green Action wallahs stop trying to force their choices on everyone with stupid petitions all the time. the right on student crap is boring and verging on imbecilic ….

          Hosking gets the gig because his show rates!! and Tv1 pay him a fortune…. its called sweating an asset…

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          • Blazer

             /  August 11, 2017

            signing petitions is completely…voluntary.

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            • Whining about irrelevant shit is totally voluntary as well. Doesn’t stop ACTION!!!! Station from doing it though does it? Nor their tame friends in the media putting their canned outrage forward as some type of majority view either….

          • Blazer

             /  August 11, 2017

            I hope Hosking goes down this track…..what do you say..Dave?
            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11902338

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            • Its a valid topic for discussion Blazer. You know I am not a fan of inflating GDP by immigration and I am concerned by the lack of per capita growth in GDP

              We should be constraining immigration and investing in capital to improve productivity. Any immigration should be high quality aimed at genuine skill gaps not fruit pickers and diary drudge work…

  2. PDB

     /  August 10, 2017

    If anything Hosking will go harder on English in order to prove his is not biased – this may be the real reason behind such petitions.

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    • Blazer

       /  August 10, 2017

      I see…is there anything you don’t …know.Bol.

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      • PDB

         /  August 10, 2017

        Don’t worry Blazer – if Ardern can’t hack the pace during the debates she has a ready excuse…..

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    • Gezza

       /  August 10, 2017

      These petitioners are sad cases. But if they’d picked Corin Dann you wouldn’t even half be making such speculations because the guy’s a pro & not self-evidently biased towards any particular shade on the political spectrum. They’ve possibly picked Hosking just to get the ratings. He’ll probably do ok, for a bit of an opinionated dork – no point in bitching about it like people are doing. If he made a disaster of it they’d probably replace him with Toni bloody Street! Nobody wants that!

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      • Hosking is getting plenty of pre-debate publicity, probably a facto in appointing him.

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        • Gezza

           /  August 10, 2017

          They probably need to quadruple their server capacity to cope with the tweets!

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 10, 2017

            He annoys me so much that I won’t watch him.

            I would be worried that his obsessive attention-seeking would make him a terrible moderator. I have seen excellent moderators, and it’s impossible to imagine him being like that.

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            • Corky

               /  August 10, 2017

              I’m sure Mikey won’t miss you, Kitty( unless he is in his Ferrari). Hosking is by far the best for these debates.

              Lefties are sooo thiiick they think Hosking will pull some magic trick, and be biased towards the Right without the audience noticing.

              But lets say Mikey was perceptibly favouring the Right in these debates.
              Who would benefit from such a situation?

              People objecting should have their names published. I bet the majority would be snivelling little Lefties with snivelling little pets and snivelling little lives.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 12, 2017

              A moderator’s own views should not be seen in this context. The moderator is there to keep the debate running smoothly and on time and be objective. I don’t want to know what the moderator thinks, I want to know what the speakers think.

              When I have gone to such meetings, I have gone to hear the candidates, not the moderator.

              My worry would be that Mike H would hog the proceedings, thinking that he is there as the centre of attention.

  3. Action Station – a branch of the Greens aren’t they? What a joke petition

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    • PDB

       /  August 10, 2017

      Pity they didn’t start a petition on something meaningful…………like getting Turei to resign.

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  4. Dann is useless. I endured him at a huge fundraiser as MC and interviewer of Sir Richard Branson. He takes himself far too seriously and insinuates himself on to his subjects. He’s Campbell without the charm.

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    • Gezza

       /  August 10, 2017

      Don’t talk rot trav. Compared to Mike Hosking he’s a saint! Maybe he was just having a bad night? Or you were? 😳

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  5. CHRIS

     /  August 10, 2017

    The left went through the same process at the last election to try and get him replaced. He went on and did the job and I thought he did a terrible job as he pandered more to the left.

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    • Gezza

       /  August 10, 2017

      Well! There ya bloody go! But we’re stuck with the bugger now, so what the hell. If he overcompensates by excessively ragging the right, don’t blame me !

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