Posts by Shaun Lott

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

    What we actually need is a proper public broadcaster. Until then it’s hardly reasonable to demand that a business make bad commercial decisions just because we like the idea of something.

    If Campbell Live does go off air I sincerely hope John gets to ply his craft elsewhere, but the problem is that without that public interest broadcaster there isn’t an obviously place to put the show.

    Well yes and yes again.

    I think what you're saying is quite true, and as a result I feel that NZ is buggered in this respect.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 64 posts Report Reply

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

    Well, this is the actual question isn’t it? (At least as far as the ‘dinosaur thinking’ of Mediaworks goes.)

    The “dinosaur thinking” thing is silly. Viewers are their product. They sell viewers to advertisers – that is their revenue model.

    Yep, I totally get that. The problem to my mind is that we have put ourselves in a place where only $ and hence only ratings count.

    I guess CL is actually being lamented as a (the?) last bastion of high-profile public service television in a country that has largely given up on such an endeavour.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 64 posts Report Reply

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

    Serious question: who here regularly watches Campbell Live?

    Well, this is the actual question isn’t it? (At least as far as the 'dinosaur thinking' of Mediaworks goes.)

    I have to say that I don’t. My news diet these days is Morning Report, then a flick through the Herald and Stuff websites, then the Guardian and the New York Times… Broadcast TV doesn’t really feature.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    I've not long returned from the US, where there are of course very many channels of crap constantly available, but one source of light (as opposed to heat) can be found in the form of PBS - public-good television, based (as I understand it) on a subscriber and sponsorship model. When I finally got my Freeview working (Russell you were right - the aerial was bung!) I was again depressed to revisit the spots where TVNZ6&7 used to be, now occupied by those ridiculous +1 channels. Equally depressing is the fact that although we can find Freeview space for three shopping channels, three Chinese-language channels, and one Indian-language channel, we're not able to support anything that looks like national public service broadcasting, Add to this the (surely?) last-gasp patch protectionism by Mediaworks, TVNZ, Sky et. al. re: 'global mode' streaming services, and it seems to me that the future of the Campbell Lives of this world may indeed be in some kind of streaming service... or maybe on Maori Television?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: The Easter Show,

    I find it hard to feel sorry for people like the Tamakis. They may do some good to some people, but their eye seems firmly fixed on the bottom line.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    If resetting and auto-tuning didn’t work, it may be that your aerial is bung.

    Well, maybe... It picks up the shopping channels just fine, though.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?,

    A fairy tale script that would look like a cliché if you wrote it down.

    The final will be no trouble now, eh?

    (Sadly I was reduced to following it on a ball-by-ball text feed on the internet. I've recently got back from a year in the US, and last night I finally had motivation to set up the TV... only to find Prime (along with Maori TV, RNZ...) sadly absent from my Freeview. After a frantic series of factory resets and autotuning attempts I gave up and sat with my laptop clicking Reload Current Page. Note to self: be better prepared for next moment of national sporting pride. Anyone got any suggestions about the telly?)

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    ...a dedicated SH16 busway seems likely in the longer term.

    That sentence fills me with rage and despair. Now would seem the perfect time to me, given how much work is going into raising the causeway. It's long overdue already.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Aaaand … here’s the Collins SFO report.

    Summary: “Whaleoil was just bullshitting”?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading,

    Can someone tell me why this is not our Watergate moment?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 64 posts Report Reply

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