Later, TVNZ gave Seven Sharp, the successor to Holmes, to an even more negative and cynical celebrity announcer, Mike Hosking. (TV3 followed by giving prominence to a similar announcer, Paul Henry.)
The pasty-faced fools who did this can perhaps be forgiven considering it was the fashion at the time to give fools with opinions, they weren't shy about shouting from a bully pulpit, high profile positions in broadcasting.
They also happened to be of a paler complexion. If that had anything to do with their decision one can only speculate.
Lets hope that is behind us now. Although I doubt if Hosking will ever shut up.
it was the fashion at the time
Still the case.
Mark Richards, Duncan Garner. you think!
Their buffoonery is tripping them up already.
Being white, male and have a few miles on the clock. doesn't mean you have escaped cultural conditioning. It more likely to be deeply entrenched, hidden in plain sight.
And that is what we all have to fight against. Otherwise your just another twit driven by narrow self-interest, and probably corrupted by the idiot doctrine that is libertarianism.
Government-friendly media celebrities increased in dominance. Clickbait was so ubiquitous that it was ceasing to be a pejorative term.
Sadly this does not seem to be changing although I wish it would. We are poorly served by our press with a few notable exceptions like Nicky, Paula Penfold, Jon Stephenson, John Campbell, Matt Nippert, Carole Hirschfeld etc. but for every one of them there are five media celebrities trolling for clicks. How do we effect change to that is the challenge.
How do we effect change to that is the challenge.
I've written about this before, but a good start would be to look at the Scandinavian press regulation model, where rulings on journalistic misconduct would not at all pay. In NZ's case, Press Council/BSA/OMSA rulings on the Generation Lost and Asian Angst controversies would have had financial penalties for the offenders.
Sometimes the Press Council makes a difference. In the case of the Asian Angst ruling, it led to long term changes at North & South - the ruling ended the journo careers of Robyn Langwell and Deborah Coddington, while the magazine itself eventually cleaned up its act.
But with the Generation Lost ruling, Paul Holmes remained his old self until TVNZ and his advertisers kicked him out over the Cheeky Darkie remarks. Even then, TVNZ still carries the baggage of a discredited sink-or-swim ideology. Maybe TVNZ is so long gone that it wouldn't be too radical to just liquidate it & restart it afresh with RNZ values. And despite arguments against, getting the Commerce Commission to look at the media landscape, or better still, a Royal Commission, would be prudent. I strongly believe that cartellised media ownership is just as hazardous to free speech as bad old-fashioned government censorship, especially if Sinclair Media's buyout ambitions are anything to go by. (See link to video upthread).
And with the rise of organised disinformation agencies, including but not limited to the Kremlin-linked ones, some nations and even companies are setting up official fact-checking units. The French, at least, seem to be first out the gate.
" An example of this is the recent Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury, which, right after the UK implicated Russia directly, saw an array of alternative explanations develop on the Internet in the space of a few hours, which were quickly spotted by private experts in detecting fake news."
I wonder if they're feeling a little silly now though, given the OPCW and the Swiss reports on the Skripal poisonings.
I doubt it though.