Graeme's argument would have more weight if Radio Live was some sort of open agora where all ideas got an airing. It isn't.
Like all NZ mass media, Radio Live is owned by a foreign multinational with a definite agenda and interests to promote. Their preferred broadcaster is a full-on righty, like Leighton Smith. Recognizing that such views might not work with some sectors of their audience, their fallback position is to find a pseudo-labour figure willing to promote an agenda filled with bigotry and division.
Hence Willie & JT. Hence also Shane Jones - who was enthusiastically promoted by the right wing media as Labour leader despite having values that entirely diverged from the party norm and negligible support from the membership.
Any action that undermines mainstream radio is thus fine by me. One of the things that gives me hope is that the financial underpinnings of all ad-financed broadcasters are increasingly shaky, and it might not be that long before they're gone.
I'm not trying to troll, and I totally take your point on the mismanaged PPP.
But it remains that if a (rural) community chooses to allow widespread subdivision and development, then it will need expensive services and that every property owner (including those with original 50 year old baches) will benefit financially from increased land values. If the community chooses to restrict subdivision, then it probably won't need those services and shouldn't have to pay for them.
Of course, it's a problem when those decisions don't get made by the community, but by the aggregate views of a huge area with different attitudes.
Then you have people like the residents of Mangawhai Heads, who, I understand, object to a few thousand dollars per property in council borrowing and consequent rates to provide a modern sewage plant. (Whilst, of course, their million dollar beach houses are no doubt mortgaged to the hilt).
Does anyone not install a band converter? (although for $25 plus fitting, a new head unit might be more attractive).
But even with a band converter, all the stations are in the wrong place.
What would be the advantage of using [3G] instead of FM?
For the broadcaster:
- not having to pay for spectrum
- reaching an audience not limited by geography (and being able to tailor ads to the individual, though this doesn't happen much if at all yet)
For the listener:
- Not being limited to stations within range - e.g. once outside a city, losing all but Hick FM
they're also the people who pay tens of millions of dollars for the use of spectrum
Yeah, but if the government leased one of the mainstream TV channels to a pr0n broadcaster, they'd make loads more dollars, possibly.
I guess FM broadcasting as it exists now has only a couple more decades to go. I'm wondering when car radios will go all-internet - it's technically possible to listen to the radio over 3G, in countries without our level of price gouging it's economical so it can only be a matter of time.
Given Whalespunks general level of integrity, how do we know he hasn't got a whole collection of robot scripts hammering his site and driving up the published rankings?
Maybe our media regulation needs rethinking:
There's a continuum of what's acceptable, ranging from the BBC standard (mostly polite, balanced, clear differentiation between broadcasters and politicians - we don't have this in any NZ media) through to blogs/LPFM which just have to stay legal. This roughly reflects their use of scarce spectrum, amongst other things.
Maybe the requirement for large commercial broadcasters needs to move up a notch, so the whole shock-jock thing isn't allowed.
Mind you, the current system doesn't seem to work that well and pretty much all militaries have an officer cadre.
We ended up with elections, I guess, because at some stage, we realised having hereditary rulers was a crock
We ended up with elections because a faction amongst those in power thought (correctly) that they could advance and cement their position by enlisting the less powerful in support:
- Colonial Americans like Washington wanting rid of British rule
- Factory owners in England wanting to displace the landed aristocracy
- UK tories wanting a political advantage over the mainly Liberal mill owners