Delegates from Fox were in attendance at TVNZ’s new season launch last night as the state broadcaster attempts to woo them into an output deal and were treated to some good ol’ fashioned racism by TVNZ’s General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions, Andrew Shaw.
Shaw danced his way onto stage in his typical high energy fashion and could easily have been mistaken for one of the geriatric auditionees from New Zealand’s Got Talent before embarking on his impassioned speech about what was to come from TVNZ in 2014.
“We’re not afraid of controversy on TV One, that’s why I’m allowed to make speeches”, Shaw said, almost as a qualifier for what was to come.
Shaw went on to describe the Topp Twins’ new show, Topp Country (they’re his good friends he tells us):
They’re going to be doing the country we mythically relate to. Those dusty roads, those small villages, those fabulous towns. Unlike Auckland, what a shit hole. Let’s face it, it is isn’t it? You can have all the motorways and all of the over passes you like but Auckland isn’t really up to much.
There were multiple groans from the mainly Auckland crowd of advertising executives who were also supposedly being wooed to depart with their cash. Sensing the crowd may have been turning on him, Shaw qualified his comments:
I’m doing that for the people who’ve come up from Christchurch and Wellington because they just don’t get enough love really. Do they, you know? Or taxes. Or roads. [pause] Or Polynesians.
There was awkward laughter and Shaw quickly moved on to talk about the rest of the line up.