A Holt to impartial Breakfast TV?

News tellers were again news stories yesterday. Hillary Barry is moving from one TV show to another. Whoop de do. The content of Breakfast and Seven Sharp is largely dictated by producers and their commercial interests. Presenters are more entertainment actors than anything.

A more controversial show shift was also broadcast, ensuring pre-publicity for TVNZ.

Megan Gattey at Stuff asks Is it OK for ex-Green Party candidate Hayley Holt to host TVNZ’s Breakfast

Is it ethical for a former political party candidate to host a national TV show when interviewing other politicians is part of the job description? How will former Green Party candidate Hayley Holt juggle her greenie convictions with her new job hosting TVNZ 1’s Breakfast?

Holt, who stood for the Green Party in the 2017 election, is replacing Hilary Barry on Breakfast. She will start in the role on the first show of the year, this coming Monday, presenting alongside Jack Tame.

Journalists must remain independent from political and commercial influences, but Holt has insisted her political past would not lead to biased interviewing.

“I’m quite happy to play the role of devil’s advocate for any political party – or any guest in studio,” she said.

“When I was representing the Green Party, I was 100 per cent true to their message. In this new role I have the opportunity to look at things from all perspectives.”

That doesn’t say much for her political credentials, but if she was able to act 100 percent true to the Green message then perhaps she is capable of switching to being 100 per cent true to a TV show message.

No longer a Green Party member, Holt said she was “excited for this new venture”.

“I’ve ceased my party council work and resigned my Green Party membership,” she said.

TVNZ head of news and current affairs John Gillespie said he was confident Holt would interview fairly and objectively.

“Hayley is well aware of her journalistic responsibilities and the need to conduct interviews fairly and impartially. There are a number of editorial producers and relevant systems in place to make sure this occurs,” he said.

I have no idea whether Holt will be fair and objective or not, I don’t think I’ve seen her doing anything on TV, despite her being promoted (when a Green candidate) as some sort of ‘celebrity’.

At least if she interviews James Shaw or Marama Davidson some viewers will be aware of her previous political obedience.

Massey University journalism programme leader James Hollings said it was not unethical for Holt to host Breakfastgiven that she’s resigned” from the Green Party.

“As long as she can claim to be impartial then I don’t think it’s too unreasonable,” he said.

But a more important point:

Hollings said it was disappointing that Holt was “the best New Zealand could come up with”.

“She’s not a trained journalist for a start,” he said.

Actual journalism seems to be not that important any more for TV shows, at least on the surface.

(AUT journalism programme leader Richard) Pamatatau said Holt seemed to fit the kind of look Kiwis were used to seeing on their TV screens: “a sporty, blonde, white woman – interesting, edgy but not too edge – very conventionally attractive”.

How superficial is that? Especially from a journalism programme leader – is that what they teach these days?

“There is plenty of lived experience. She is very relatable.”

She is “a New Zealand snowboarder and ballroom dancer notable for her appearances on several reality television series”. Has reality TV become the new breeding ground for politicians?

Pamatatau hoped Holt would be “smart enough to leave politics behind”.

“The next question is, will she use this to boost her profile even more, so when the next election comes around she’ll be even more of a household name?”

That’s a good question. In Hayley Holt: Why I’m starting again she stated:

“I’ve always been interested in politics. I thought I might get into it a bit later in life but it’s just happened that it’s now.”

I guess presenting Breakfast is another way of being involved in politics, amongst the dross of morning TV. Is it another step in her broadcasting career, or a stepping stone for her political ambitions?

She may make a good presenter even if it’s a sideshow in her career path. I may or may not find out, breakfast TV has too much trivial and trite stuff to attract me usually.

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  1. Blazer

     /  January 16, 2018

    Hosking has no formal training and his prejudice radiated like a nuclear… strike.

    • Corky

       /  January 16, 2018

      Opinion aren’t always prejudices, Blazer. His leaders debates have put your criticism to bed.

      • lurcher1948

         /  January 16, 2018

        Hosking,he needs to be recycled he’s SO yesterday, boring in fact

  2. Ray

     /  January 16, 2018

    Haley Holt was on the sports program “The Crowd goes mad” on Prime for years.
    I know this because I watch this programme to avoid the dross on the other channels at 7pm, I might add I have as close to zero interest in sport as an NZ male can have in rural NZ and survive.
    Haley seems to have a pleasant personality, can ask intelligent questions and the fact she was an ex girlfriend of Richie McCall never came up!
    We have managed with two buffoons who were ex National Party candidates, so I am certain we will manage this.

    • Blazer

       /  January 16, 2018

      Absolutely agree..Ray…this entente cordiale gets…stronger by the..day.

  3. Missy

     /  January 16, 2018

    My issue with political reporters / presenters and their bias is when it is not declared. I would rather watch someone – or not – knowing what their political views are than watch someone who claims to be neutral but is so obviously not. I have no issue with this and if she does a good job good on her, if she doesn’t people won’t watch and she will be sacked, but she should not be given the chance because of her political views, everyone watching her will do so knowing she was a Green Party candidate.

    I am not one of those that think people in the media should be hired – or not, or fired because of their political views, if someone is working in the media, and in particular in politics in the media, I would expect them to have political views, I would just prefer to know up front what they are.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 16, 2018

      I won’t be watching her because I don’t watch daytime television, but know from having been on a local radio station that being behind a mike and talking to guests and other announcers/interviewers is not as easy as it looks !!!

      People think that being a televison newsreader is easy, but I remember when a reporter-Lorelei Mason-did it and was terrible.

      It’s certain that interviewers will have their own political views, but I think that they should leave them in the dressingroom. I want to know the guest’s views, not the interviewer’s. They are paid huge sums to talk about the other person, not themselves.

  4. Corky

     /  January 16, 2018

    ”Richard Pamatatau said Holt seemed to fit the kind of look Kiwis were used to seeing on their TV screens: “a sporty, blonde, white woman – interesting, edgy but not too edge – very conventionally attractive”.

    Superficial meets conflicted.

    http://www.aut.ac.nz/community/pacific/pacific-research/governance/pacific-media/richard-pamatatau

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 16, 2018

      I am more interested in the person’s ability than their looks. Are there really that many pretty blondes on television ?

      • Blazer

         /  January 16, 2018

        many more on television than in…Parliament.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 16, 2018

          What a sensible, relevant answer-I don’t think.

  5. PDB

     /  January 16, 2018

    “I’ve ceased my party council work and resigned my Green Party membership,” she said.”

    The earth is a wondrous thing when the plight of it can be put on hold whilst one furthers their TV career.

    To be fair to Holt though she is at least a bigger greeny than most high ranking ‘Green’ candidates and MP’s – must have been a whole month after missing out on an MP salary before she ditched her membership and chased the dollars elsewhere…

    • Blazer

       /  January 16, 2018

      Oh the irony…shoot existing candidate and parachute Key into a safe seat.Power up dirty politics and mass marketing to get him elected.After implementing his agenda,he drops out and goes back to the corporate world.Throw in a knighthood for the stint as a reward…for a job..well done.

      • PDB

         /  January 16, 2018

        Have you seen anybody about your ‘Key envy’ yet? Could go on for years if not treated…

      • DaveK

         /  January 16, 2018

        His agenda….what agenda? I get you don’t like the guy, but in reality he was just a less drag, more personable Helen Clark. What major changes did he make to NZs political settings…kept WFF, increased benes, signed up to all the same climate/trade agreements, kept the immigration free for all going etc. Partially sold a couple of power companies and that was about it…..Wow, what an agenda.

        No different than the coalition of muppets we have now…..plenty of virtue signalling tinkering around the edges but nothing to scare the horses (e.g. the OIO approval of the Hororata farm sale is a good example…everything changes but nothing changes……I guess at least it wasn’t to the chinks tho, eh)

        • Blazer

           /  January 16, 2018

          stood and watched as affordability of homes for average kiwis evaporated,oversaw a huge upsurge in homelessness,did his level best to make NZ a tax haven,borrowed over 100bil off his masters for future generations to repay,plumbed new depths in dirty politics,and made lying and obsfucation an art form……apart from that…I expect he doubled his net worth as well.

        • phantom snowflake

           /  January 16, 2018

          Wasn’t really a new Zealander; was a US plant who momentarily gave himself away when he stated that he loved everything about America. Not that anyone cared. (cue Martyn Bradbury and his “Sleepy Hobbits”) Sold us down the river to the US Military Industrial Surveillance ‘Five Spies’ Complex by facilitating the mass surveillance of New Zealanders for the benefit of said Complex.

          • Wow that’s a lot of sold down the river.

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 16, 2018

              He was a hell of a ‘trader’ all Right … that’s how he got away with it …

              His ‘Flag Change Bazaar’ fulfilled all possible ‘bread and circus’ requirements. It totally absorbed, ego-stroked and satiated the pro-lobby in their Key aggrandizement, while fascinating, tantalizing and intensely irritating the anti-lobby in everything from his ‘process’ nepotism and quasi-corruption to bare-faced lies …

              Key’s Flag Debacle also turned the tables … Conservatives strove for ‘change’ while progressives were morally forced and ethically compelled to defend the status-quo …

              Key probably has a wry baby-smile about this in his counting-house occasionally … ?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 16, 2018

              A lot of cliched thinking from Blazer, too. He has no idea about how knighthoods are awarded. He doesn’t see that no government can force down the price of houses and that if they did, it would be grossly irresponsible to deliberately make someone’s house worth much less than they paid for it, so that they can’t sell it except at a loss-and be paying mortgage forever on an amount much greater than the value of the house.

              He did not make NZ a tax haven. There is nothing illegal about being one-the Channel Islands have been one for many decades. So have other countries. Blazer doesn’t know the difference between tax avoidance (legal) and tax evasion (illegal)

              I fail to see what John Key would gain from having people homeless.

            • Blazer

               /  January 16, 2018

              @NITPICKER…’no government can force down the price of houses and that if they did, ‘…so can they ,or can’t..they?A lack of housing=homelessness,=demand=Key selling part of one of his properties for way above valuation at $20million…to a man with a Chinese sounding…surname.

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 16, 2018

              Knighthoods are regularly awarded ex-gratia to ex-politicians who have taken the favoured capitalist route and towed the neoliberal line …. Sir Roger Douglas being the El Primo example …

              Others who benefited grotesquely from Rogered’s ‘inside knowledge’ and ‘favour’ have also received the gong … Sir Michael Fay …

              Here’s cliched thinking, “No government can force down the price of houses” but, of course, they’re expected to prop them up and ultimately protect them when the market does …

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 16, 2018

              What was the buyer’s name ? Lee ? Ching ? Ling ?

              If the government forced the price of houses down by even 10%, it would be grossly unfair to existing owners. The banks are not going to take 10% off the mortgage.

              Only a fool would take less than the price that someone offers-I wouldn’t, Who on earth would ? Valuations are not intended to be a price guide, as any house owner should know. One house price is too small a sample to prove anything, anyway.

            • Blazer

               /  January 16, 2018

              ‘I fail to see what John Key would gain from having people homeless.’..just showed you…your best…’One house price is too small a sample to prove anything, anyway.’..you on the ..sherry..again.

  6. sorethumb

     /  January 16, 2018

    “She’s not a trained journalist for a start,” he said.
    ………
    In 1991 I enrolled in Rob Steven’s New Zealand Politics, and found there the first glimmers of what I had been looking for – neo-Marxist critique. Rob was an outstanding teacher – his lectures were insubordinate and his tutorials were defiant. We would crowd into his office, sit on the floor and ‘share’ our stories of political oppression while Rob would weep (I think he was going through a marriage break up at the time). This nebulous and indefinable sense of my own construction within a white political narrative was finally given some definition and shape, and Rob was a sympathetic teacher who enthusiastically welcomed my burgeoning, uneasy, halting, and awkward politicization. I was on my way.

    ………
    To do a PhD in Media Studies 
    https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/3689

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 16, 2018

      Did she do one ? A PhD is not one’s first degree.

      This man sounds like a menace. Who wants a weeping lecturer ? He sounds unbalanced and most unobjective-hardly someone whose teaching would be of much worth.

      Having a degree in Media Studies is not going to be of much use in the studio which takes very different skills.

      • PartisanZ

         /  January 16, 2018

        A man who weeps … OMG …

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 16, 2018

          Perfectly acceptable-but there’s a time and a place for it. A university seminar is neither. I don’t remember any of my lecturers weeping through seminars, but by the law of averages there must have been someone with marriage problems.This man sounds rather lacking in self-control.

  7. Zedd

     /  January 16, 2018

    sounds like Ms Holt is just a ‘sore loser’ maybe expecting her ‘celeb profile’ to get her a higher position on the Green List. Obviously Green members are NOT Celeb. obsessed when it come to Candidate selection.. just; can they do the job & do they have he creds/experience ?! :/

    • Zedd

       /  January 16, 2018

      oops typo, s/be: just; can they do the job & do they have THE creds/experience ?! :/

    • PDB

       /  January 16, 2018

      Maybe more to do with what they look like on a magazine cover…

      • Zedd

         /  January 16, 2018

        only 3 of these 6 made it back to Parliament: Shaw, Chloe & Golriz.. so obviously this was likely not worth the effort OR expense. BUT they do now have first time Ministers !! 🙂

        • Corky

           /  January 16, 2018

          Speak for yourself. I cut Metiria and the two dudes out . I then removed my prized Farrah Fawcett poster from the wall, and put the remaining three Green sheilas on the wall. No doubt about it… green is where it’s at.

          Talking of Metiria. I wonder how life on the dole is going ? I do have some sympathy for her. I was once very well paid. Then one day I wasn’t employed. The change in lifestyle hurt like hell.

          • Gezza

             /  January 16, 2018

            Could do worse I guess

          • phantom snowflake

             /  January 16, 2018

            Corky cutting out the Ngati Kahungunu wahine? Hmmm… some heavy duty internal conflict happening there I suspect…

            • Corky

               /  January 16, 2018

              ”Corky cutting out the Ngati Kahungunu wahine?”

              “Hmmm… some heavy duty internal conflict happening.”

              Sure is. But not at my end. Are you telling me you would cut out all the
              ngahine and just leave the dudes?

            • phantom snowflake

               /  January 16, 2018

              Pea, aroha ahau ki a ratou katoa, e Koro…

            • Corky

               /  January 16, 2018

              I’m sorry. I don’t do cultural correctness. I’m learning Spanish. Have another go in Spanish.

      • Blazer

         /  January 16, 2018

        you must be terribly disappointed Pants…expecting to see hairy legged ,sandal wearing,hippies munching…mung beans.

  8. I’ve no issue with her politics at all. I can’t help like her bouncy attitude. She’s got chutzpah and she’s affable.

    Good on her

    • Mind you I’ve never watched Breakfast and I probably never will 🤗😀

    • Zedd

       /  January 16, 2018

      @Trav

      I agree Ms Holt does have the ‘skills’ for TV, but obviously not for politics… yet ?

      • She’s got an interesting background in sports and dancing. She’s not one dimensional like so many of the regulation, one trick pony NZBC blondes.

        • phantom snowflake

           /  January 16, 2018

          Dear Lord; NZBC was dissolved in 1975, maybe should change your pseudonym to “time traveller“…

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Broadcasting_Corporation

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 16, 2018

            1975 ? Surely not that long ago. People still say it, as they say BPB and Radio NZ.

            • phantom snowflake

               /  January 16, 2018

              ‘Tis indelicate to so flagrantly display one’s age, O Grimalkin!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 17, 2018

              Grimalkin, yourself. Aroint thee, rumpfed ronion.

            • Blazer

               /  January 17, 2018

              perfect phantom…describes KC to a…T.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 17, 2018

              I am not a perfect phantom. Your lack of any punctuation marks except pointless ellipese makes nonsense of what you have written, unless you meant that I was a perfect phantom.