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Hard News: Telling stories about us

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  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to 3410,

    Dunne is a nong. He has had ample opportunity to speak up in defence of TVNZ7 long before now but hasn't.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Nong is a good word!

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    I took the trouble of watching episode 1 of The GC on demand... if it's anything to go by, I nearly had a shoot-the-TV moment only a few minutes in.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Anyone here watched 'housos'? It's an SBS mocku-reality series about people living in govt housing, featuring 'kev the maori' and his wife. Funny. But might put you off visiting Oz altogether :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Dunne is a nong.

    Damn right. A caculating nong. Speaking up when it is too late, as always.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Hebe,

    Dunne is a nong.

    Damn right

    Yous are not wrong. After the token huffing, a reprise of the 2005 post-election hissy fit.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    I took the trouble of watching episode 1 of The GC on demand... if it's anything to go by, I nearly had a shoot-the-TV moment only a few minutes in

    I watched the 30-second GC trailer, having no knowledge of it until I read your inviting post. Unfortunately it seems it takes place inside the life of my stepson, a 23-year-old who resides on the Gold Coast. The characters even look like he and his friends. I can't go there.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Don't frighten the paycheque eh?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    another insult to intelligence...
    The Press have tossed another editorial to the congenital idiot they must keep locked up nearby for generating tripe on demand - this time on TVN7's demise...

    TVNZ7 was always something of an anomalous relic in broadcasting. It was established by TVNZ to run "public service" programmes, which generally means worthy programming which only a few people want to watch. In this context it turned out to mean a mildly liberal agenda of plenty of stuff about novelists, sculptors, painters and the like, some routine Leftish navel-gazing about the media and formless chit-chat on politics, and nothing to speak of on, for instance, finance, business or singing the virtues of, or even explaining, the economic system that dominates so much political discourse nowadays.

    I don't think they were regular viewers...
    Their conclusion:

    If public-service programmes are worth making, NZ on Air is there to see they get made. Once that is done, programme makers will find no shortage of outlets on which they can be shown.

    Oh, well thats all right then....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Gawd, that was a shocker orright. Singing the virtues of our current economic system must have taken all the rational and melodic energy that writer had to spare, leaving nothing but the tide-swept debris of prejudice and spite :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Some gems from the Press comments already, including this from tv producer Phil Wallington:

    This editorial is pure tosh. The logic is missing totally and the writer does not understand the funding mechanism of NZOA. Commercial broadcasters decide what "rates" and ignore everything else as "Worthwhile" or worthy" which are perjorative words in commercial TV circles.

    The result is we have a parade of freak shows where grotesquely fat people fart and wet their pants in prime time, snarky chefs bully hapless amateur cooks and a gang of Maori boozers and rooters on the Gold Coast demonstrate their bad behaviour and moronic culture.

    Keeping the audience dumbed down is part of the process of disempowering citizens and turning them into consumers. That's what this government wants.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Perhaps not the place to post it exactly, but Philip Matthews (bless you, mate!) takes a good hard look at what's happening at the University of Canterbury.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    It's all good, Mr Ed is on Maori TV as I type, wonderful stuff!

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    No shit, Sherlock…

    'Fears ‘The GC’ will put Kiwis off visiting the Gold Coast'

    The party scene that takes up the second half of the first episode is the opposite of my idea of a good party, I'll give you that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The Press have tossed another editorial to the congenital idiot they must keep locked up nearby for generating tripe on demand – this time on TVN7’s demise…

    What the fuck does the editorial writer want anyway, News of the World with pictures?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Yes, it is a damn fine example of investigative journalism and Philip deserves heaps of praise for it. The University of Canterbury is now employing grad students to ring up its alumni to beg for money; I informed the last caller that they wouldn't have a cent from me whilst they were considering cutting the American Studies programme; the subject area that set me off on my subsequent career,

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    An off topic 'Howl at the Moon!'
    Is it just me? Am I just an old curmudgeon?
    But the BNZ's 'Closed for Good' promotion seems to be unnecessarily punitive on their customers - not everyone has ATM cards or internet banking, I needed to make a cash withdrawal today - no BNZ banks open anywhere useful in Chchch. I also understand most benefits went in last night so many beneficiaries might not be able to go make cash withdrawals (or deposit money for that matter) - They're a bank for gawd's sake.
    If they want to do "good" in the community using their staff, do it on a Saturday or Sunday and pay them extra rather than withhold their services from their customers, or just have a skeleton staff and still provide services to their customers...
    Grrrr. Bah. Humbug!

    I'm changing to KiwiBank...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

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