News just announced that TVNZ 7 flagship programme Media 7, hosted by Russell Brown will move to TV3 and become Media 3 is welcome, but does does not fill the vacuum of public television broadcasting once TVNZ7 gets the axe on 30 June.
The Top Shelf-produced programme examining local media will move to TV3 on Saturday mornings in August with an encore screening late on Sunday evenings. It will also be available on-demand at tv3.co.nz.
There is speculation that an announcement is imminent around Back Benches being hosted by either TV3 or Sky (on Prime). Keeping the Back Benches and Media 7 formats are good news but the fact remains they’ll be delievred in a commercial environment, with associated commercial pressures. And it’s no replacement for public broadcasting.