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The end of Avalon?

Posted by on April 5th, 2011

I was sad to see TVNZ announce today that the Good Morning TV show will be relocated to Auckland at the end of the year. It’s the only show of any substance to be produced at Avalon at the moment and probably marks the end of an era for New Zealand TV.

Avalon is an iconic landmark in my electorate, towering over the neighboring suburbs since the late 1970s. It used to be the home of TVNZ, and heaps of legendary kiwi TV was made there (at one stage almost all Kiwi drama was made in the Hutt). Then TVNZ abandoned any pretense of public service TV, moved to Auckland chasing the almighty dollar, and Avalon has been on a downward slide ever since.

In more recent years it’s been home to game shows like Sale of the Century and Wheel of Fortune, and large live shows like Dancing with the Stars. Interesting to note in TVNZ’s announcement that they think large studio-based shows are too expensive to make theses days. I guess we’ll just have to look forward to more imported shows about vampires.

Or perhaps it’s time to start afresh? Let TVNZ go off and be a commercial broadcaster and setup a new public service channel? Avalon wouldn’t be a bad place to start…


6 Responses to “The end of Avalon?”

  1. Maori Guy says:

    This place will be sadly missed.

  2. Spud says:

    TVNZ needs saving all round, they want to murder TVNZ6 and 7 !!!!!!! :-( :-( :-( :-( :-(

    I think it would be hard to start a new public service channel from scratch, it’s better to save the ones we’ve got. :-(

    Man, people will be losing their jobs because of this relocation. :-(

  3. ghostwhowalksnz says:

    Imported shows about vampires ?

    Thats what this government has come to- we have no vampires left in NZ

  4. jennifer says:

    @ GWWNZ, the ‘vampires’ are around the Cabinet table, sucking every last drop of blood from TVNZ. What do people expect to be the result?

  5. ghostwhowalksnz says:

    jennifer, maybe we could bring in a supply of black contact lenses to ‘make do’, as is the usual government response to a crisis

  6. richard bartlett says:

    You can’t really call the oxymoronically titled Good Morning programme a “show”.

    It is nothing more than a three hour commercial, that spends its every effort disguising itself as anything but.

    And what, pray, is the difference between an “advertorial” and an “infomercial”
    And every “guest” (that is , one supposes those who haven’t actually paid for the privilege), has a book or a concert to
    flog.

    and then, guess what, we are off to see what Tom, or Leanne is “up to”, where we are treated to endless daily repeats of “interviews” where, strangely, the interviewer thinks whatever is being flogged is just brilliant, and sometimes has even been bought by them, and which deceitfully and misleadingly begin with……”hallo, today I,m talking with (fill in the blanks)

    And then we “head up” to Auckland for the “news” which rarely, if ever, is.

    And then we are told what is coming up, after “the break” which is, of course, just more ads, but undisguised.

    And when what we desperately need, as a country, is
    to stop buying crap we don’t need, and can’t afford, and start to save, somehow.