RNZ “should receive a rocket”

I’m not the only one who has noticed the sparsity of news provided by RNZ over the holiday period.

Perhaps if Curran gives RNZ more funding they will improve their holiday news coverage,


  1. No, they’ll increase John Campbell’s salary and advocacy ranting budget while dropping more off the exceptionally high rating Jim Mora

  2. sorethumb

     /  January 18, 2018

    They’re off learning Te Reo?
    He is, as the saying goes, on the wrong side of history. But we should not dismiss him as out of date and irrelevant. That was the mistake many Americans made as they cracked jokes about Donald Trump. Brash represents a view that has an audience. That is why his Orewa speech had such an impact. We should debate with him making it clear that hearing Maori on Morning Report is the future. And there is much more to come.

    I Maharey!

  3. robertguyton

     /  January 18, 2018

    More funding … than they were getting under National?

  4. duperez

     /  January 18, 2018

    What is “adequate” news coverage”? What if there is no news? Is there ever “no news”? Are our news cycles through the year dominated by political and business news with the occasional tragedy to add some flavour?

    Over the Christmas/new year period with the main sources of fodder closed down it’s deaths on the roads and a some holiday fun and high jinks. Donald Trump no doubt has been a boon for those writing bulletins over the period.

    Clark Isaacs says that all manner of newsworthy events went unreported. Would the same events be newsworthy in other times of the year? Would they be covered in reports in other times in the year?

    • Essentially in entirety they’re paid by us to inform. When they close shop and have Matinee Idle and other fill in frippery theyre failing in their duty

      • duperez

         /  January 18, 2018

        Paid to inform? Matinee Idle and other fill in frippery is on instead of Jesse Mulligan and The Panel with Jim Mora.

        According to RNZ the ‘normal’ afternoons have “an upbeat mix of the curious and the compelling, ranging from the stories of the day to the great questions of our time” followed by “an hour of discussion featuring a range of panellists from right along the opinion spectrum.” There are some who would say that that is fill in frippery.

        So did you mean they are paid to ‘entertain’ too?

  5. Ray

     /  January 18, 2018

    And tv watching becomes a wasteland when all the people who make the decisions about these thing disappear to their batches (not decent cribs) for a about 6 to 8 weeks to recuperate.
    Fortunately now there are more options but it does seem strange.
    Remember when there was a disasterous earthquake in Indonesia and our PM of the time couldn’t be contacted because she was on her Xmas break.
    Is this just an NZ or Wellington/Auckland thing or is it world wide.

  6. David

     /  January 18, 2018

    NZ does seem to have reverted back to the golden days where everyone goes on holiday for 3 weeks but the media are taking it to extremes and having 6 weeks plus off. The trouble with good economic times is more holidays.