I’ve been noticing a trend of media-outlets slagging off Radio New Zealand. Just over the last week we’ve had the Herald on Sunday and Paul Holmes on Q + A take potshots at those wonderful people at RNZ.
From Q + A:
MAXINE Well in a free market world price environment it’s a fallacy to say that the citizens in that country may well be better off as a result of that, the fact of the matter is that they aren’t …
PAUL You shouldn’t be listening too much to old hippies on national radio.
I guess we also shouldn’t be listening too much to old hippies on national television either eh, Paul?
Then the editor of The Herald on Sunday commented:
“The worst thing we can do is be boring. A good guideline is National Radio. If its media commentators start tut-tuting about on of our stories, it usually means we’re on the right track. National Radio staff have no concept of working in a commercial market.”
I guess the core value being critiqued here is whether we appreciate detailed journalism that isn’t just infotainment.
I’m the first frog to bang my head when Sean Plunkett is bolshy or Katherine Ryan misses the point. But most of the time they’re providing a very valuable public service.
Democracy relies on an informed public and RNZ are very informative. They have a wide range of shows that deal with a wide range of issues. Occasionally they do make the leap into infotainment, but they generally do it with the emphasis on the info part.
RNZ is one of the last bastions of detailed journalism in New Zealand. While many outlets signal their entrance into the infotainment arena by doing things such as bumping John Key’s explanation on tax for Robin Brooke’s apology, RNZ still does the bread and butter:
The market does have a place in journalism, which is why we have stories like this, this and this. It is also why your eyes start to bleed because of the high concentration of advertising whenever you visit a private media companies website. There is nothing wrong with publically funded radio and some of the best radio—such as the BBC—is state funded.
Have you seen any other examples of the mainstream media hating on their state-funded comrades at RNZ?