CAPTION: Hayley Holt on the campaign trail with the Greens.
I know its easy to dismiss breakfast TV and the 7pm magazine shows as fluff. But they are still a part of the news eco-system, and I worry that – based the pr5e-Christmas Jacindamania – broadcasters are prone to giving the new Labour government an easy ride.
TVNZ looks to be joining RNZ Digital in a drift to the Left, and TV3’s “The Project” is aimed at the young urban Leftie set.
Things have changed at TVNZ. On Seven Sharp, TVNZ allowed Mike Hosking to mouth off his pro-National opinions.
He is entitled to his views, and his bias would not have been an issue on a privately-owned TV channel.
But TVNZ allowed him to take over the editorialising for a TV news programme on a state channel.
Now Labour is in power, Hosking has been replaced with Hilary Barry and TVNZ has hired former Green candidate Hayley Holt to take over her job co-hosting Breakfast.
Its odd. A few months after Holt was the Greens was beside herself, talking about Jacinda Ardern on twitter..
“Sometimes I get choked up thinking about how bloody proud I am to have @jacindaardern as our PM. NZ is on the right side of history today”
She “totally” agreed with another correspondent that she loved the Prime -Minister.
I guess that is just social media hyperbole, but its hard to see how you leave that idolatry behind. TVNZ confirms Holt may be interviewing the PM on nationwide breakfast TV. TVNZ says that Holt – unlike Hosking – is a journalist.
I’m sure that Holt will provide the fun an fizz that is required for breakfast TV.
She has left the Green Party. TVNZ believes Holt’s politics need not interfere with her journalists role and is aware of the requirements of the job,.
I’ll be pilloried by her legion of young fans and journalists,
I just think that TVNZ they should try hard for the political interviews to be conducted by Jack Tame.
TVNZ tried to convince us that the bias to the Right was okay for Hosking. Not it is doing the same hiring a former Green candidate, TVNZ ending his gig was widely applauded by Lefties. Holt may well turn out to be a great breakfast TV host, but the public deserves more care with political interviewers. With all the challenges facing journalism a former Left Candidate interviewing Labour MP undermines the credibility of TVNZ’s politics coverage.RNZ tried the same trick with a Young Greens activist interviewing Chloe Swarbrick and a Labour Party consultant opining about what question could be asked of Ardern, We don’t need TVNZ to join in.