Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jobs for the boys

The government has appointed Richard Griffin to chair the board of Radio New Zealand. Who is Richard Griffin? The Minister's press release calls him "a director of a Wellington public affairs company and a former RNZ political editor". Oddly, they forget to mention the real highlight of his career. Fortunately, Griffin's web page is not so modest:

From 1993 to 1998 he served the New Zealand Government as Chief Press Secretary and Senior Media Advisor to Prime Minister Jim Bolger and the New Zealand Cabinet.
So, our public broadcaster will now be headed by a National Party hack. Jobs for the boys is ugly and corrupt enough normally; when its used to drop political hacks into control of a state broadcaster, it looks downright dangerous.