Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Perspective on Radio NZ protests

As Britain slides into bankruptcy its state broadcaster BBC cuts radio stations and web pages to trim costs.  And in the US media organisations such as ABC have promised massive layoffs in their news operations.

Meanwhile, here in New Zealand when it’s suggested that it might be nice if state broadcaster Radio New Zealand could make some quite modest savings, thousands hundreds dozens of people show up to protest what is not an attack, not a savaging, not even a cut in what the tax-funded broadcaster get from taxpayers—but just a freeze.

Don’t these folk have something more important to do?

And couldn’t we please have a broadcasting minister with more balls?


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  2. But when I pay for those biscuits or the petrol it is of mutual benefit to me and the radio station. Taxes paying for Radio NZ only benefit those who listen to Radio NZ.

    The question should be asked, why should I be FORCED to pay for a Radio station which I do not listen to?

    If the station cannot survive as a voluntarily funded non-profit entity that is simply because not enough people want to pay for it.


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