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Time to debunk the anti TVNZ 7 arguments

Posted by on April 24th, 2012

Mike Hosking today joined the ranks of the elites who believe they can tell New Zealanders what they can and can’t watch on TV. He is pushing the government’s argument that nobody watches TVNZ7, so therefore it’s not needed. Former Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman, backed by some New Zealand Herald editorial, ran this line last year. Their claims were blown out of the water on Media 7 and by Russell Brown on Hard News.

The Herald eventually gracefully acknowledged the mistake. Coleman never did and Hosking now thinks he can pull the wool over people’s eyes. He forgets that there are some really clever professionals out there who can see through his spin.

Have a read of this on Throng

Mike Hosking: more people watch TVNZ7 than listen to me

Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking has become the latest media commentator to display their lack of understanding of how statistics work.

Originally, former broadcasting minister, Jonathan Coleman, produced a weekly audience figure of 200,000 viewers by dividing the monthly cumulative audience by four.  This figure was debunked on Media7 and explained by Throng’s Rachel Cunliffe that you don’t get a weekly cumulative figure simply by dividing a monthly figure by four.

The explanation Rachel gave was this simple.  If 4 people in your house watched TV in a month, does that mean that only 1 watched per week?  It could be that the weekly and monthly cumulative figures were closer to being the same.

Mike Hosking though has said:

Read the rest of it at Throng


10 Responses to “Time to debunk the anti TVNZ 7 arguments”

  1. Spud says:

    TVNZ7 Good! 8O !

    They can’t murder it! :-( :-( :-( :-( !!!!!!

  2. marsman says:

    Mike Hosking has no credibility. He is obviously a National Party shill and will promote whatever they want to wreck or scam.

  3. Anne says:

    Remember he was a Radio NZ ‘Morning Report’ presenter a decade or more ago. He left under some sort of cloud (couldn’t get his own way about something) and has been dissing public broadcasting outlets ever since.

  4. Daz says:

    Yes I do remember that, Anne.
    And more recently a secretly paid promoter of gambling dens.

    Why would anyone believe a word he says?

    Come on Labour, come out and say you will save/restore TVNZ7 when elected. We need the voice of reason in this country like never before.

  5. Spud says:

    I think Labour has said they would restore TVNZ7, around election time or something! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D !!!!!

  6. Tim G says:

    This coming from the host of Who wants to be a Millionaire? I wouldn’t take it too seriously, Clare.

  7. bbfloyd says:

    tim…whether clare, or any others with the wit to see through the word games is irrelevant…the people who do listen to his drivel daily are the ones who take it seriously, and believe what these hacks are paid to tell them….

    are you suggesting there is no need to even try to counter this dishonest propagandizing because his regular listeners will universally reject his spiel for what it is? yet continue to listen to the same rubbish day after day?

    if you do, can you let me know.. ’cause i have a some shares in the auckland harbour bridge… but you got to hurry… the offer won’t last long at this price…

  8. ghostwhowalksnz says:

    The point that is missed is the so called ‘cume’ is used because it exaggerates the numbers watching/listening. It only serves advertising interests, ie who will see/hear some advertisers jingle over a monthly campaign.

    Didnt notice TVNZ7 doing any advertising

    A better idea would be what is the numbers watching at any one time. I watched for a while last night but it would be interesting to know whether there were 3000 others or 30,000.
    Russell Brown does have a self interest in continuing funding for TVNZ7. His show beats Q+A hands down in format and interest.
    Put your hand up for Guyon Espiners job Russell !

  9. George says:

    Actually I miss Stratos more than I’ll miss 7. Probably best to give up the unequal struggle and take a feed from some other country with a few local break ins. And the same goes for National Radio.

  10. richard bartlett says:

    just one more step towards New Amerika