Replace Mike Hosking as Election Debate Presenter

Replace Mike Hosking as Election Debate Presenter

Dear TVNZ,

Please replace Mike Hosking as the host for the upcoming election debates on August 31, September 14 and September 20. Hosking is well known for his aggressively right wing views in his segments as a political commentator. As such, Hosking cannot be trusted to present each candidate fairly in a moderated debate.

Section 4(1)(d) of the Broadcasting Act 1989 requires broadcasters to maintain standards consistent with the principle that when controversial issues of public importance are discussed, reasonable efforts are made, or reasonable opportunities are given, to present significant points of view either in the same programme or in other programmes within the period of current interest.

Why is this important?

It is vital that the nationally broadcasted election debates offer an unbiased opportunity for candidates representing their political parties to debate on policies. Mike Hosking's socially irresponsible style of presenting has led to public campaigns for his removal, notably his comments on Andrew Judd in 2016. Hosking is an inappropriate choice to present the election debates in a fair, unbiased manner.

Reasons for signing

  • It would be far better if Mihi, Kim, and Lisa presented one debate each.
  • Everyone is entitled to have their personal views. However a moderator n a public debate must appear neutral. Hosking has demonstrated consistently a lack of either the ability and/or the willingness to do so
  • Election debates are a really important part of how voters decide who to give their vote to. A moderator can add value to these debates or derail them, and Hosking has the potential to derail them. I think John Campbell should moderate! He is firm, fair and asks probing questions, holding the party leaders accountable to answering the question asked, really well.


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