Radio New Zealand smacks presenter

The case of Radio New Zealand’s reported distress over whether star presenter Sean Plunket appears in the new-look Metro magazine has left us puzzled on a couple of fronts.

Long story short: RNZ is miffed because the Auckland monthly intends running a Plunket political column, which it insists Plunket should not be writing because he is the state broadcaster's exclusive media property.
As Simon Pound points out, this is all rather strange in light of the fact that other RNZ presenters have in the past crossed over with their employer’s corporate blessing — Kim Hill, for example. Too, guests and regular contributors on Nine To Noon, Saturday Morning with Kim Hill, and Afternoons with Jim Mora (especially The Panel) also tend to draw on a variety of outside media.
 
What’s so different, then, in allowing Plunket his head in another outlet, which would also have the obvious benefit of promoting his main employer?
 
Still more puzzling, say RNZ insiders, is why the broadcaster should be picking yet another contractual scrap over Plunket's political pensees when it has still to resolve its immensely long-running (and expensive) Lynne Snowden dispute.

 

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How absurd and a bit obscene
That Plunket can be heard but not seen

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The real mystery is why Metro would want to publish Sean's left wing looney opinions. He does more than enough of that on RNZ's time.
I will not be renewing my subscription to Metro on the basis of such a poor choice by them.

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Yes, because it's important that you're never exposed to views that might contradict your own, Ken.

Personally, my point of view is robust enough that I quite enjoy spending the morning shouting at Geoff and Sean on the radio and I would take up a Metro subscription if only so I can repeatedly write in and tell him how wrong he is.

Meanwhile, Ken, feel free to pop your blinkers back on and resume your normal schedule of white bread and lard sammidges (crusts cut off of course).

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Why, as I've just discovered, is Radio New Zealand registered as an offshore company in Belize?

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I *think* Plunkett's Metro column could tempt me to buy the mag. He's easily the best interviewer on RNZ, at least when he stretches his legs.

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And Noelle McCarthy's "Agony Aunt" column in the NZ Herald is doing just what for the RNZ brand?

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Perhaps the solution is for John Barr to fire off a letter outlining the situation to Noelle for her to address in her next Herald column?

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Radio NZ may be saddled with the poorly-spoken, awful Plunket, but yes - fancy there being a demand for him. The gods must be crazy...

It's been a great mystery why he ever survived so long, but then Radio NZ is no longer a great advertisement as our National flagship. Morning Report's other presenter sounds geriatric, whining away, and their other hosts (except the excellent weather and news announcers ) gabble unintelligibly when they're not playing pop songs. They're a back-scratching lot all around - in-group people interviewing one another oe the usual left Names. Yawn.

Psychologists advise anyone with high stress levels or depressed will make a faster recovery if they switch off the radio and TV. There's real life out there and you can access the news without these boyos. Do try. :)

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