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Thursday
Nov142013

Sunday Morning Relief

At last we are to be relieved of the necessity to listen to Chris Laidlaw's left wing nostrums on virtually every ill facing the planet every Sunday Morning.

His retirement from National Radio has been announced from 22 December. It will the first opportunity for the new CEO to display his willingness to bring our National Program back from the strong leftie lean that has dominated for a very long time, and which the previous CEO Connolly appeared unable to alter.

No more will we be subjected to his annoying and hesitant questioning of subjects that has become almost a cliche, and I suspect driven thousands of depressed listeners into the garden. Laidlaw announced earlier that he would resign if elected to the Capital Coast Health Board and the Greater Wellinton Regional Council, and such was the case, so off he goes.

Radio New Zealand Networks Manager, John Howson stated that "any suggestion that the show was "'left-leaning'" was only 'public perception'" - Well John would say that wouldn't he - what a joke! It is as if 'public perception' counts for nothing. 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (2)

Dissapointed to read this crack at RNZ Bill. Maybe you think a public broadcaster should be restricted to news only, without magazine or editorial pieces? If not, do you think a program along the likes of the Whale Oil Blog - linked to on your site - would assist RNZ to present a broader range of opinion? Would you prefer to hear of a Sunday morning, a weekly diatribe of offensive ad hominen comment that demeans us all? The editorial media landscape is diverse, lets keep it so. I've rarely listened to Sunday Morning, and don't particuarly appreciate the presenters style either. Here's a selected list of articles on the show in recent weeks that I wager don't fit with your characterisation of the show...
17 November ------------------
Fenella Colyer - teaching Physics
10 November ------------------
Terry McCashin - The McCashin's Story
Ideas for 10 November 2013 - Leadership
John Stenhouse - The Two Faces of Robert Fitzroy
3 November ------------------
Tim Javis : In Shackelton's Footsteps

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Lear

Fair enough comment Simon - I guess my main concern with Chris was his annoying style - hesitancy, and directive questioning . As for content - yes, there are always exceptions, but in the main, I found his direction far too didactic and concentrated on what was wrong with the World rather than what was right. Just boring boring for a Sunday morning. I have generally given up after Media Watch which has always been excellent in my view, and uninfluenced by Chris. As for the comparison with Whale Oil - that is a little unfair - blogs serve an entirely different role, and I am not suggesting for a moment such a move - simply a program more open to views across the spectrum. I doubt that you can provide evidence for that. Chris's backgrounds as a Labour Member of Parliament, and his undoubted leanings in that direction should mitigate against him being provided with such a favoured forum. Well that is my view - the National Program needs to take a definite move back to the middle - and that is the view of many who evince no particular brand of politics - just a desire to see our publicly funded institution treading gently in both camps. Is that too much to ask? Just listen if you will to some of the left slanted questioning of some of the reporters, and the positioning of stories reflecting an anti-government stance, often totally unjustified.

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill Barclay

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