Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TVNZ's stuff-up

TVNZ caused an online frenzy last night. Sometime around 9.30pm, a Breaking News ticker appeared on the screen as you see below:





That set social media sites, especially Twitter abuzz. There was such a rush of speculation that Maritime New Zealand had to issue a statement advising that the Rena was still in one piece, and that salvage work was continuing at full speed.

TVNZ has since put this down to a "technical error", but technical errors of that nature don't happen without human help. Regardless of who stuffed up, it's poor form by TVNZ; there is considerable angst over the fate of the Rena, where salvors are working in dangerous and cramped conditions. Quite simply, TVNZ jumped the shark.


On a brighter note, more than half of the 1300 tonnes of oil on Rena have now been pumped off. We have nothing but admiration for those who are battling to prevent further environmental catastrophe off the Bay of Plenty coastline.


Hat-tip (for the image): Whaleoil

9 comments:

robertguyton said...

You use the term 'environmental catastrophe' to describe what has happened off the Bay of Plenty coastline, Inv2.

(A friend of mine has been aboard the tug for the duration, btw)

Inventory2 said...

It has been a catastrophe Robert, and it would be a damn sight worse if the Rena was to break up and sink before all the oil was pumped from its tanks.

I note that the Greens have been far more judicious in their comments in the last week, especially Gareth Hughes. I guess he understands that his "oil should have been being pumped off from Day One" viewpoint has been firmly debunked, hence his recent silence. Like TVNZ, he jumped the shark, for political purposes.

In the meantime it seems that the MSM is anxious to have some more bad news to report on Rena, given that the rugby is over, and they have to go back to finding stories. TVNZ ought remember that their role is to report news, not BE the news!

jabba said...

Hughes is hopless .. the Greenies NEDD this disaster to get worse.
That is the 2nd time you mention having a friend on this blog bObby .. insecure maybe?

robertguyton said...

I always considered you and I to be friends, jabba, despite our different backgrounds and the obvious language barrier. Having learned a little Armenian myself, has helped our relationship immensely, though I do wish you'd put a little more effort in during your 'English as a second language' classes.

robertguyton said...

(Hint - NEDD is not an English word. Armenian perhaps, but not English.)

Inventory2 said...

No need to play the race card Robert...

jabba said...

and bOb has made errors .. he is so concerned that he gets back ASAP to correct them .. insecure about that as well bOb?
the gas outage is a disaster in many ways, thank goodness we have coal to help out

Quintin Hogg said...

The gas disaster will have greater consequences than the Rena both socially and commercially.

Mind you it could be a fillup for the southland economy with all that lignite sitting waiting to be exploited.

Ciaron said...

Container ship breaks apart..... Tugs racing to the sc

one can only imagine that these little snippets are "pre-loaded" (as it is not outside the realms of possibility that the ship will indeed break up), and ready to go at a moments notice and the technical error most likely is the PICNIC error or the I D 10 T error as opposed to any willful action.