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Mediawatch looks critically at the New Zealand media - television, radio, newspapers and magazines as well as the 'new' electronic media.


TV funnyman opens up suicide debate

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:55:00 +1300

Comedian Jono Pryor took TV3 viewers by surprise last week when he suddenly got serious about suicide live on the Jono and Ben show. It sparked debate about how suicide is reported and discussed by the media.

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TVNZ confirms job losses in news reshuffle

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:12:00 +1300

TVNZ has announced plans to cut jobs in news but increase reporting from the regions. Chief executive Kevin Kenrick tells Mediawatch more big changes will come to make TVNZ "sustainable".

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How 'Hit and Run' hit the headlines

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:52:00 +1300

News of another Nicky Hager book coming out in an election year became a big story, even before reporters knew what it was about. Mediawatch looks at how Hit and Run hit the headlines.

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New Chinese channel with bold goals

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:10:00 +1300

A new TV channel promising to “set a new standard for Chinese broadcasting in New Zealand” goes live this weekend on Freeview. What will NCTV offer Chinese New Zealanders - and other New Zealanders too?

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The ethics of hidden cameras

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:09:00 +1300

The Newsroom website launched this week with a scoop on caged eggs being passed-off as free range that was undoubtedly in the public interest, but did it justify the use of hidden cameras? Mediawatch's Jeremy Rose isn't convinced.

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Mediawatch for 19 March 2017

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:06:00 +1300

New news site makes headlines with big egg scoop; the ethics of digital-age hidden-camera filming; a new Chinese channel with bold goals.

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New outlet’s egg scoop raises big issues

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:55:00 +1300

A new online news service launched this week, led by two experienced news editors who promised to cover "the things that matter".

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Crossing over to 'the dark side'?

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:11:00 +1300

After more than 25 years as a journalist, Phil Vine went to work for Greenpeace last year. Many other reporters have crossed over to "the dark side" to help organisations get their messages out, but Phil Vine still says he's a journalist, not a campaigner.

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Spinning yarns from our farms

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:10:00 +1300

A media campaign about "New Zealand's red meat story" is in the pipeline. It follows a recent ad campaign putting dairy farmers front and centre to boost the image of Fonterra. Is the farming lobby after our hearts and minds as well as our wallets?

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Balls, big pants, spinach and kryptonite

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:09:00 +1300

Bill English hinted at changes to superannuation on Saturday morning, then told reporters to "wait and see". Bumping up the retirement age was done by dinnertime on Monday, taking much of the media by surprise.

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Mediawatch for 12 March 2017

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:06:00 +1300

Bill English surprises political reporters with a Super announcement; spinning yarns from our farms, crossing over to the dark side?

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Pundits pile on to expat ex-AB's who let the side down

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Two former All Blacks were pinged by police in Paris for drink and drug offences just one week apart. It prompted an avalanche of anguished opinions in the media and claims they had tarnished New Zealand rugby's reputation. But were they missing the point?

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Mediawatch for 5 March 2017

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Pundits pile on to expat ex-All Blacks letting the side down; Bill English's anecdote on the line on drug testing; bold proposals to boost Canada's flagging media.

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PM puts his anecdote on the line

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 09:09:00 +1300

The PM put the cat among the pigeons this week when he said the drug habits of too many Kiwis ruled them out of getting a job. Mediawatch looks at how the media responded to a story by anecdotes.

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Putting the Shattered Mirror back together

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 09:08:00 +1300

A government-ordered review of Canada's news media has proposed bold changes to ease the problems they're facing - the same issues the media here are grappling with too. Mediawatch talks to a Canadian expert who is not sure the plans will work. 

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Chit-chat replaces reporting in prime time

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:12:00 +1300

TV3 has adopted an Aussie format for its latest 7pm show. Can The Project deliver news you can use and views to amuse viewers?

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Sky falls in on Vodafone hook-up

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Sky TV and Vodafone's plan to be a joint TV, telecoms and technology titan was torpedoed by our competition watchdog this week. What was it that sunk the plan? And was it a good call for consumers?

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New bid to push broadcasting up the agenda

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:09:00 +1300

A new lobby group is hitting the road to make broadcasting and the media an election year issue. Mediawatch asks a former broadcasting minister if that might work - and why Donald Trump might help.

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Mediawatch for 26 February 2017

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Views to amuse replace news you can use on TV3 in primetime; Sky falls in on Vodafone hook-up; a new bid to push public media up the political agenda.

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Big bank bankrolls big new money show

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:12:00 +1300

TVNZ's new prime-time programme all about money is bankrolled by a big bank - and it has a host who helps out the broadcaster with its marketing. So is it all one big ad - or just another way to make a show?

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Closing down Cadbury's bad news

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:11:00 +1300

News of the Cadbury factory's closure came as a big blow in Dunedin this week - especially for the hundreds of people their likely to lose their jobs. But they weren't able to tell the media how they felt about it.

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Ten years in TV under the radar

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Sam Irvine is a low-profile boss in the high-profile business of TV. Over the past decade at Freeview, he has overseen the digital transition of free-to-air television. Mediawatch asks if it has delivered for viewers, and what will come next.

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Knocking out the streamers

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Sky TV and Duco Events prosecuted people for illegally streaming their live boxing bouts last year. In Australia, they’ve taken a more direct approach to dealing with those who don’t pay-per-view.

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Mediawatch for 19 February 2017

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:30:00 +1300

Big bank bankrolls big new Latta money show; closing down Cadbury's bad news; ten years of Freeview - and its future; knocking out the streamers Aussie-style

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More than just the media vs the marae

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:11:00 +1300

Pundits have predicted the media shut-out at Te Tii marae - and politicians pulling out - might mean the end of Waitangi Day as we know it. But will the media simply follow the leader next year?  

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Political play to get state out of broadcasting

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Minor political parties’ policies on broadcasting rarely make headlines, but newcomer Gareth Morgan got the media’s attention this week with his proposal to get rid of state-owned broadcasters.

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Discount doco breaks ground online

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:09:00 +1300

NZ On Air funding is now available for online outlets to make documentaries. Jeremy Rose looks at the first major documentary paid for with the public purse.

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Star presenter's flying visit for fawning fans

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:07:00 +1300

The media rolled out the red carpet for idiosyncratic CNN business presenter Richard Quest during a flying visit this week. No-one would have been more pleased than the airline which flew him here. [Topics] media, business [Tags] Richard Quest, Tack Tame, breakfast, Mike Hosking, CNN, Newstalk ZB.

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Mediawatch for 12 February 2017

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:06:00 +1300

Waitangi: more than just 'media vs marae; political play to get state out of broadcasting; Discount doco breaks ground online; Star presenter's flying visit and fawning fans.

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PM's media honeymoon is over

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:11:00 +1300

Dealing with the media will be a big part of Bill English's job in election year. Mediawatch looks at the curly questions from the media that brought his short political honeymoon to an abrupt end.

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Mediawatch for 5 February 2017

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:10:00 +1300

PM's honeymoon cut short; who killed the Sevens?; Up against the Great Firewall of China; overestimating our appetite for ice cream

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Bad news comes in Sevens

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:09:00 +1300

"Who killed the Sevens?" asked  the media when crowds fell to unsustainable levels in Wellington last weekend. Some said it was the drunks, some blamed the wowsers. And some said the media must look at itself. 

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Up against the Great Firewall of China

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:08:00 +1300

How can news be controlled with more than 600 million citizens of mainland China now online? A veteran journalist and media freedom advocate in neighbouring Hong Kong tells Mediawatch about working with - and around - the Great Firewall of China.

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Not much of a scoop

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Plenty of people like ice cream - especially if it’s free. But lately, the media have overestimated our appetite for sickly sweet stories about it.

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Trump and the media draw battle lines

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:11:00 +1300

The media and Donald Trump got off on the wrong foot in week 1 of his presidency. How will they respond to his 'declaration of war'?

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No shortage of silly season fake news

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Donald Trump's staff put "alternative facts" into the headlines lately, but Mediawatch found plenty of other stories in the news this summer that didn't stack up.

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Mediawatch for 29 January 2017

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Trump and media draw battle lines; no shortage of summer silly season fake news; trans-Tasman films on demand

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Trans-Tasman movies on demand

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:09:00 +1300

A new service offering only Australian-made films launched with a patriotic hiss and a roar on Australia Day this week. We already have such a service for Kiwi films - but who knew?

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