TVNZ seems to operate in total fear fear of its shareholder (this government who have demanded profits at all costs), fear of its competitors (losing the ratings war) and fear of its audience (as if acknowledging the substantial audience for public service telly would cause an uprising). For me the withdrawal of TVNZ 7 from on-demand perfectly demonstrates TVNZ's failure to provide programmes
for all New Zealanders. Of course this is the
main thrust of our complaint to the Ombudsman. Interestingly, online television website Ziln are currently negotiating with TVNZ to put online all that TVNZ 7 back catalog. They've setup an online public service channel called, wait for it, '7' and are wanting to build on its success with new programmes as well. Link and here Gossip is flying around about other potential public service television options too. Parliament TV, Maori TV, various news websites, TV production companies, regional broadcasters and even SkyTV are rumoured to be thinking of launching a new public service television channel. It's a period of upheaval and hopefully the various groups can be drawn together into a focussed, successful and non-commercial public service.