TVNZ staff have now been blocked from popular social networking websites – and naturally aren’t happy.
They were internally informed:
“As part of TVNZ’s response to the recession, restrictions are now being put on access to some social websites. Provision of bandwidth is an increasing cost to the company and high volume usage on social networking websites impacts on our bandwidth availability for core business activities i.e. the consumer experience on tvnz.co.nz and ondemand. The restrictions will be active from Wednesday March 18th and will apply between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, please use your judgement on appropriate personal use.
The websites that will be blocked are: Facebook, Bebo, Ebay, Zillion, Trademe, Gumtree.”
There may be some isolated incidents where staff need access to one or more of the blocked sites. There is a strictly controlled exemption process in place, requiring approval from your manager. Please click here for details. This initiative is part of TVNZ’s response to the recession – thank you for your understanding.”
Patsy Turpin’s tweets: “I miss facebook. It wasn’t a good idea to block if during work hours. Thanks TVNZ.“
We wonder how long before TVNZ blocks Twitter, the newest social networking craze?