Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Cecelia,

    I also wonder about how rarely National MPs appear on the show, as if there was some directive to only appear on shows where the questions make National look good.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Simon Lyall,

    In what reality is describing aid to a country hit by disaster = fluff?????

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Ken Double,

    In other words, he’s a good journalist.

    You are right.

    The problem is that when compared to the wittering sycophants Hosking and Henry, Campbell’s lack of bias comes across as being left wing.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Keir Leslie,

    Wouldn’t it be almost certainly more cost-effective to turn TVNZ into a proper public service broadcaster?

    Certainly. But then you get Hosking not Campbell

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    The only thing that matters to TV3 is their ratings. The number of people watching (according to Neilsen) determines the amount they can charge for advertising.

    I totally understand what you are saying Dylan. TV3 believes that the only way to make money is to sell 15 second advertising slots in their broadcasts and the value of those slots is determined by viewer numbers as measured by Neilson ratings.

    I will repeat myself - that is dinosaur thinking. Classic not-to-bright managers failing to understand that media has changed. Like cutting costs and improving efficiencies in your floppy disc manufacturing plant.

    There is value in all the other things CL generates, if Mediaworks employed some managers with imagination and talent they would realise that and exploit it. If anything CL has actually adapted to the way news is changing better than most, interacting in real terms with it's audience, engaging them in the media they choose to inhabit rather than demanding they turn on a TV at a specific time. Sadly the management haven't had the skill to turn that into dollars. A really good board of directors would fire said management but instead we have Christie and co.

    TV3 is doing what is in the textbooks that were written 20 years ago. Dinosaur thinking. But even in those textbooks there was an understanding of brand value and CL gives TV3 a brand value. I'm pretty sure Christie and co will toss it down the toilet and when revenue keeps on sliding down then they'll move on to new "opportunities".

    Of course at its current value it would be relatively cheap to buy Mediaworks and turn TV3 into a state broadcaster, but maybe we should wait 'till it is really in the shit.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Serious question: who here regularly watches Campbell Live? And by that, I mean the full episode, live to air. Not occasionally watching a video someone has shared on Facebook.

    But actually it's the wrong question.

    Media today is a mesh of facebook/twitter/instagram and yes the actual show as it airs.

    I do watch the show live about once a week.

    But more importantly I follow its reporters and engage with it on the internet in multiple forms.

    Thinking about TV in the narrow blinkered vision of the live ratings is dinosaur thinking.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to martinb,

    Okay which dystopian future

    The one where the media only exists to make money. Where journalists are salespeople and management is already looking for the next job.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Branding a Post-Predator Dream…, in reply to izogi,

    I favour the approach of regulation of breeding, keeping and sale of cats.

    Also I agree with this. I can’t see any reason why cats shouldn’t be treated similarly to dogs, at the very least re licensing and registration.

    Absolutely! We love our SPCA moggys. But there is no way we could justify allowing them to breed and chipping them is just good sense. A registration fee would hardly make any difference given what the fleabags have cost us in vet bills.

    Given the number of rats they have brought home to us (__most__ of them dead) I think we are probably still on the plus side of the equation.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Branding a Post-Predator Dream…, in reply to Lilith __,

    Humans are quite the pest species

    So the question is, do you want to restore the ecology to its original state? If the answer is yes then you probably have to eliminate humans from the environment as well.

    Given that is unlikely to be a viable option the question becomes where on the scale from "no humans" to "no wildlife" to we want to be.

    I don't think absolute arguments are helpful, predator free makes a nice slogan but it is completely unrealistic and unlikely to be either necessary or sufficient. Predator free is not going to help if we are also habitat free.

    As Lilith points out urban cats are probably irrelevant to our native forest estates. And targeting them simply makes most folks dismiss the rest of your thesis.

    A far bigger problem is continued reduction in government funding for agencies that
    a) do the research to figure out the best conservation approaches
    and b) enact those policies
    All paid for by taxation that people are constantly trying to reduce.

    The problem isn't making NZ predator free, the problem is even retaining the funding to do what little we do now let alone improve the efforts to eradicate the obvious first candidates.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping,

    There is a part of me that kinda wants to imagine these are deliberate holes in the systems - used to identify those people with more creativity and more ability to think outside the rules. Then those people can be offered jobs building FTL spaceships and teleportation devices ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

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