Why do taxpayers own TVNZ?

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.

One Response to Why do taxpayers own TVNZ?

  1. Paul Walker says:

    A good question. My, may be not so good, answer is that they don’t. I explain here.


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