Posts by Jan Farr

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to John Morrison,

    I just think Goff/Labour have a hard job just now breaking through the blue smoke-screen that pervades NZ media currently.

    I totally agree with you John. I think there's a huge underestimation - even on this venerable blog - of the effect of the changed ownership and operation of the media. It seems to me that Tracy Watkins is deciding the country's political direction at the moment.

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Rik,

    As Russell said about me, just because Keith sees it one way does not make it true, it is just his opinion that it is fair that the top 3% of income earners pay 26% of the income tax base.

    I think the difference, Rik, is that Keith does his homework.

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Rik,

    there is ample evidence of many individuals milking the system

    Where is this ample evidence, Rik?

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    Under 'Power' Giovanni? Please explain.

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  • Hard News: Really good, actually, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Hear hear Geoff! I'm steaming about it. I'm not getting Sky again. 'Pay TV' means I pay and they deliver very little that I want.

    I tried to find kids' programmes for grandchildren one Saturday at 10am and there was nothing that I could get on Free Box. And in case you think this is good because they should have been out in the fresh air exercising their bodies - they'd been doing that since 8am.

    I was thinking that I could go onto NZ on Air and transmit programmes from my computer to my tv. The only problem is I don't know how. Can anyone help?

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  • Hard News: The digital switch-off, in reply to Jan Farr,

    Um – and the occasional decent drama? Could we maybe add a small Culture category?

    It would probably have to be old drama. Drama’s effing expensive to produce.

    OK – just tennis then.

    And the odd repeat of House.

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  • Hard News: The digital switch-off, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Um – and the occasional decent drama? Could we maybe add a small Culture category?

    It would probably have to be old drama. Drama’s effing expensive to produce.

    OK - just tennis then.

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  • Hard News: The digital switch-off, in reply to Jan Farr,

    Personally I would like to see a publicly funded channel showing only Documentary, Current Affairs and News with a daily discussion/forum type show discussing those shows with a satirical show for perspective.
    There you go, a mission statement in three lines. ;-)
    Who would be up for that?.

    I say yes, yes, yes – as long as you could squeeze ‘tennis’ in there somewhere. Maybe under ‘current affairs’.

    Um - and the occasional decent drama? Could we maybe add a small Culture category?

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  • Hard News: The digital switch-off, in reply to Gabor Toth,

    We never saw TVNZ6's Kidzone as a means to occupy our four-year old for 12 hours a day. It was however brilliant to know that we could sit our wee-one down to watch a moderate bit of telly any time between 6am and 6pm knowing that the programmes would be worthy, age appropriate and often quite educational. Absent would be the three-frames-per-second style of cartoon common on commercial TV consisting of an orgy of destruction by enormous robots (or similar). Also absent were the commercials and commercial tie-ins where programmes are simply an extended advertisement for overpriced plastic merchandise for sale at your local Toy World. Along similar lines, I've witnessed preschoolers talking in American accents as a result of watching nothing but Playhouse Disney on Sky.

    Kidzone's host presenter, Kayne Peters was probably the hardest working man in television (I have no idea how he kept up that level of energy and enthusiasm). Not only is our wee girl is bitterly disappointed at the loss of TVNZ6, she was also pretty upset the other day when in 60 seconds on TVNZ7 we went from "Giggles" at 7.59am to scenes of devastation and distraught people in Christchurch on the 8am news and Te Karere (we were out of the room at the time but this was something we had been trying to avoid exposing her to).

    I agree with every word you say Gabor. I've always felt quite safe turning on TV6 for my 5 year old granddaughter. The lack of Barbie Doll ads is as important as the familiar accents and relevant content.

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  • Hard News: The digital switch-off, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Thinking about this overnight, I don't think i am that worked up by the demise of TVNZ 7. hardly anyone watched it anyway.

    I have no idea if 'hardly anyone' watches it. All I know is that I do, a lot, and that it's the only channel that you can be almost certain to be able to find something worth watching on. I think that's called a public service, even if the public it serves is not the whole public.

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