Russell Brown comments on a piece in OnFilm by John Barnett, the producer of NZ Idol.
I'm not that worked up about NZ On Air funding Idol - you'd have thought they could do more with NZ musicians creating original music, rather than cover versions of overseas songs, but if that's what people want?
I do take issue with his comment that "NZ programmes for NZ audiences" are intrinsically unsaleable overseas. Why? The BBC (and PBS, and independent producers in other countries) produce a lot of shows on relatively small budgets that sell around the world. Billy Connolly's recent series springs to mind, or The Office, or Antiques Roadshow. And UK television seems very keen to take a range of Aussie soaps, so why can't they buy Shortland St?