The loss of 90 jobs at TVNZ is sad for the people involved, but it leads to a wider question:
Why do taxpayers own two television stations?
I can’t remember the last time I watched TV2 but unless it has changed there is nothing on it to justify public ownership.
TV1 has a few programmes which might not appear on privately owned stations, but like Agenda, for instance, they mostly screen at times few people find convenient to watch them.
There may be a case for public service television but TVNZ doesn’t provide much evidence for it.