TVNZ 7 – here to stay
It’s now been announced that part of Peter Dunne’s coalition agreement with the National Party is funding for TVNZ 7. This comes after TVNZ announced in April that TVNZ 7 would be cut from June next year due to cuts in government funding.
I personally believe strongly in TVNZ 7 and public broadcasting as a whole. Fortunately, Peter Dunne believes in the same thing and has pushed for TVNZ 7 to stay.
I do wonder though what is going through the minds of the Save TVNZ 7 campaign organisers now, given they said right throughout the election campaign that the only way to save TVNZ 7 is to change the Government, even though it was someone in the Government of the 49th Parliament that has now saved the public broadcaster. As it stands, the Save TVNZ 7 campaign has not said anything about this news.
From the beginning, I said I supported TVNZ 7 being kept. I also said that the Save TVNZ 7 was going down the wrong path with being an anti-Government lobby group. When I brought it up with them, they denied that they were an anti-Government lobby group, however the fact remains that they were selling the following bumper sticker…
Let’s be honest though, it doesn’t really matter how it happened. TVNZ 7 has been saved, and that’s a good thing.