Did anyone else watch One News last night? Here's the "lead story"...
Yes, that's right folks. The state owned broadcaster's news executives decided that the most important story of the day, the lead item of the highest-rating news programme in New Zealand would be about the Wellington supermarket which insists that its staff speak only English, which, when we last checked, was one of New Zealand's official languages.
Little wonder that TVNZ is in deep financial doodoo's and having to lay off staff. We hope the news editor who made this decision has a current, up-to-date CV - they may well need it!
And the second story last night? A beat-up about a New Zealander unable to get a job as a fireman in Victoria because he is neither an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
TVNZ needs to take a long, hard look at itself. Tabloid journalism masquerading as news does not a news bulletin make.
UPDATE: Paul Henry has been onto this story this morning (the supermarket, not Keeping Stock slagging off TVNZ, unfortunately), and guess what - viewers giving feedback are overwhelmingly in support of Thorndon New World! Another TVNZ own goal?