Last Monday (Feb 7) Dunedin suffered a cloudburst which caused major flooding and many millions of dollars worth of damage. The storm was at its height during the 6.00pm news hour. Despite the broadcaster's much-vaunted capabilities there was no 'breaking news' live coverage. The big storm barely rated a mention.
To cap it off, Judy Bailley often turns to the weather presenter and says things like: 'When's it going to stop raining?" It might be raining in Auckland while the weather is fine and sunny in Dunedin. Thanks, TVAuckland.
The irony is Dunedin has a regional television station which, every weeknight, puts to air a half hour news bulletin. I think it is a miracle the way the small team at Channel 9, with a fraction of the resources of TVAuckland, is able to cobble together a very professional bulletin of local news.
Sadly, the Clark government insists on throwing taxpayer money at big TVAuckland despite its massive annual revenue, in excess of 300 million dollars. While little Channel 9 Dunedin receives not one cent.