Commercial reality of flags

The Red Peak flag campaign continues:

Laila Harré ‏@lailaharre
Question to flag panel: Could Kyle Lockwood voluntarily withdraw a flag design to make way for #RedPeak? #nzflag

Grant Robertson ‏@grantrobertson1
@lailaharre order in council specifying the four designs issued out so would be up to Cabinet to change.

And a couple of days ago:

Graeme Edgeler ‏@GraemeEdgeler

Options for getting #RedPeak in the vote: an urgent members bill; a pointless judicial review of the decision; complaint to regs review.

but the option with the best chance of success is: vote to keep the current flag, and give #RedPeak wide use over the next 15-20 years.

My advice to those who want Red Peak as the flag: start using it. Fly it. Take it to sports. Embroider it on backpacks. Make it the default.

Try offering people going to a sports event a choice of Red Peak and Kyle Lockwood’s fern and Southern Cross and see how you get on.

Many of those opposed to a sliver fern flag seem opposed to thje sports connection – but one of the most prominent uses of flags is at internatioal sports events.

Newstalk ZB reports on the commercial reality of flag options – Future flag hopefuls a retail bonanza

The public are getting behind their favourite flag finalists causing merchandise associated with the designs to sell out..

Chris Mullane, a spokesman for Lockwood, said the buying rush was unexpected.

“There has been a considerable number of requests, on a scale that hadn’t been anticipated, hence the items’ selling out.”

He said demand was highest for items depicting to the black, white and blue flag.

He said now that people have seen the final four designs, they are wanting to get behind their pick of the bunch, and the black, white and blue flag seems to be a firm favourite, according to sales.

Time will tell whether Red Peak becomes anything other than Red Pique from the too late brigade. Commercial reality is likely to override a few disaffected Twitterati.

John Pagani ‏@johnpagani
Omg the #redpeak pseuds are smug and insufferable. The #redpeak has been adopted as the symbol of the dissident urban chatterati.

Toby Manhire ‏@toby_etc
@johnpagani @juhasaarinen John! I thought you’d be more of a play the ball rather than a play the man type.

Claire Trevett ‏@CTrevettNZH
@toby_etc @johnpagani @juhasaarinen might have been more useful if you red peakers had played the ball earlier, rather than the man.

The actual flag choices:

Campbell Live threat commercial or political reality?

The onslaught of coverage of a ‘review’ of the Campbell Live show continues (as does the Campbell Live Show).

There have been claims that the possible killing of the show are politically motivated. For example ‘amirite’ says:

Fran O’Sullivan practically confirms that CampbellLive demotion is indeed politically motivated.

Kiwiri – Raided of the Last Shark:

Then they came for John Campbell. And what did you say?

This refers to Fran’s column Valiant Campbell may have provoked political antagonists too often.

He has not been afraid to challenge the Prime Minister directly where some of his rivals have adopted a more supine stance.

Yes. I remember when he ambushed Helen Clark in ann interview in 2002 over ‘corngate’ and she called him “a sanctimonious little creep”. Here is video of that interview.

But despite many on the left seeing the threat to Campbell’s show as political O’Sullivan also points out:

The broad underlying commercial issue is that TV3 — which is still financially stretched and is building towards an IPO — can hardly be required to keep the programme in a prime slot unless it retains and grows ratings and revenues.

And Campbell Live is performing poorly compared to TV1’s Seven Sharp and TV2’as Shortland Street – and compared to how Campbell has rated in the past.

And Anthony Robins raises it to post level at The Standard in O’Sullivan on Campbell, Weldon and Key.

So there we have it – Key’s loyal and personal friend is out to shut down the last investigative journalism left on TV. Just a bit too inconvenient for an arrogant and incompetent government in its third-term death spiral I guess.

Robins has quoted very selective parts of O’Sullivan’s column – lprent calls that sort of thing lying by omission and bans people for it…except when he agrees the slanted author message.

While Campbell tends left in his interests, sympathies and his social campaigns he works for a commercial channel that has a history of failing to make enough money.

If Campbell Live stays alive for the good of democracy then  the whole of TV3 could die, including other current affairs programmes like The National. And New Zealand would lose their political reporting from the likes of Patrick Gower.

And Gower is no darling of the left, so they would probably applaud his demise – some of them already virtually demand it.

So while the review of Campbell Live is undoubtedly commercial reality many of the protests are politically motivated.

(Note: I’d personally prefer Campbell Live not to be replaced by more brain dead ‘reality’ TV but I recognise the right of a commercial media organisation to broadcast any crap they like).