You write an excellent piece on the woes of TVNZ but you leave out the key element.
Why is it so?
"He was referring to a drop in the value of the company from $333 million in June 2000 to $184 million this year. From a commercial point of view he could be right. But what a depressing approach to his guardianship of this taonga."
Two issues here, Mr hand wringing, weepy eyed Rudman.
First you failed to mention that this country's most notorious hater and wrecker, the bilious Helen Elizabeth Clark (MSRIH) was solely and personally responsible for destroying TVNZ's brand value and equity when she interfered in its contract negotiations with Judy Baily and other brand assets.
Second, you exhibit the inbred congenital disability suffered by all lefties. You don't know how to value anything. Your gratuitous reference to a commercial operation as a treasure indicates you would keep pumping my money up its arse NO MATTER WHAT.
If you want 'public broadcasting' then specify the range of programmes deemed to be 'public' and let commercial operations compete for the right to produce and screen the.
Methinks what you really want is licence for the left to dominate broadcasting and news services by planting your sympathisers in key positions within a state funded gravy train.
Sorry mate but the game is up.