Journeyman: The only money TVNZ gets from the taxpayer these days is the money that's been allocated to TVNZ7.
Yes but TVNZ is owned by the tax payer so programming should all be FTA..
I applaud the sentiment, but is this not the same as saying that all shareholders of a company should get a discount on goods or services supplied to them by that company equal to their proportion of ownership?
TVNZ is a company owned by the tax-payers. Any profit it makes should be returned to the tax-payers. How it generates that profit is a matter for the company directors to specify, and for the managers to implement. That may or may not include providing perks for shareholders.