As public opinion drifts against the Government TVNZ needs to realign SevenSharp from its reliance on Mike Hosking and his conservative views. There are no issues with Hosking promoting the “Tory Mike” brand on the Newstalk ZB breakfast show in his NZ Herald column. But in my opinion a state broadcaster should not be aligning itself with one view of the world. Its like Mike’s views has become the view of State TV – and TVNZ is not so liberal that is a ridiculous notion.
You’d have thought TVNZ would have learned that from its experience with Paul Henry on Breakfast. But it has walked into the same trap. When John Campbell presented a liberal view of the World on Campbell Live – through his choice of story angles – there may have been an argument SevenSharp should counter with Tory Mike. But instead of pulling back this year, SevenSharp has given him free rein to present his conservative several times a week. Toni Street does not challenge him and comes across as a servile wife.
The problem is at TVNZ, which has become caught up in Hosking’s brand. The reality is that Seven Sharp is not even current affairs. The slack jawed response from TVNZ news bosses who believe that his views are just. The reason he is so disliked by the Lefties – and by people who don’t appreciate his style – is because his views are so prominent and it comes across as the editorial opinion of the state broadcaster. Remove the slouch and the sneer and the crafted opinions and he can a good political interviewer if he is disciplined. But Seven sharp finds politics boring. So the only way he can talk about politics is by wheeling out Mike’s opinions – the more trenchant the better. It looks like Mike has started believing his own hype. that only he knows the views of “Middle New Zealand.” TVNZ producers just needs to stand up, and show that they knows something as well. It needs to take back control of SevenSharp.