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


Mediawatch for 15 October 2017

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:12:00 +1300

Twitter turns toxic for two big-name broadcasters; reporting the anti-terror raids ten years on; sports stars taking a stand under the media spotlight.

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Turning away from toxic Twitter

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Broadcaster Duncan Garner has quit Twitter after a newspaper column on immigration sparked online outrage and abuse. Sean Plunket also stepped away from Twitter and then stepped down from the broadcasting watchdog this week in the wake of his own social media storm. He tells Mediawatch Twitter brings out the worst in people - including himself.

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The fallout from reporting the raids - ten years on

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:08:00 +1300

The police, politicians and people caught up in the anti-terror raids ten years ago all felt the fallout from them. So did the media, criticised for amplifying fears of terrorism and accused of jeopardising justice.

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Sports stars taking a stand

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:07:00 +1300

In Spain, the US and Australia top sportspeople have used the media to make bold political statements on contentious issues like independence, racism, same-sex marriage. Would it happen here?  

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Turning up the noise on an unlikely 'teal deal'

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 09:12:00 +1300

The leftfield idea of a National-Green coalition made many headlines this week, even though political reporters and pundits insisted it was never going to fly- referencing Rosa Parks and The Sex Pistols in the process. ​

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Sport on screen suddenly back on the agenda

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 09:10:00 +1300

As reporters tried in vain to work out which way Winston was leaning and what he wants from political partners, the issue of sport on TV suddenly appeared on the agenda again.

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Brent Edwards signs off at RNZ

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 09:09:00 +1300

After seeing out another election at RNZ, newsgathering boss and former political editor Brent Edwards has left after 16 years at the broadcaster. Mediawatch asks him why, and how he sees the state of journalism today.

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Mediawatch for 8 October 2017

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

Turning up the noise on an unlikely 'teal deal'; sport on screen suddenly back on the agenda; Brent Edwards signs off at RNZ.

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Party leaders picking on the media

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:10:00 +1300

When Winston Peters took centre stage this week, he also took a big swing at the media. Other party leaders also criticised the media coverage of the election, but some political players and the media seemed to get along just fine.

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Too much talk about too few polls?

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:10:00 +1300

The two big TV broadcasters aggressively promoted and reported the opinion polls they paid for during the election campaign, which returned some very different results. How did they compare with the result the mattered last weekend? Do we need more of them - or none at all?  

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Mediawatch for 1 October 2017

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Party leaders picking on the media post-election; too much talk about too few polls; the Hef's death tops the bulletins

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Pioneering publisher or sexual profiteer?

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:07:00 +1300

These days Playboy is just one of many pornographic products on the shelf and a lucrative logo slapped on other stuff. Its founder has long been a ludicrous figure in a dressing gown and the ship’s captain's cap. But when Hugh Hefner died on Thursday afternoon, the media thought nothing else was as important.

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Mediawatch Election Special for 24 September 2017

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Colin Peacock presents a live critical overview of the news media's election performance from the Backbencher. Also: a look back at how the election campaign unfolded in the media - and the political divide between town and country exposed in the rural media.

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Fear and loathing in the farming press

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Claims that the election turned the rural-urban divide into a chasm were strongly echoed in the media - especially the farming press.

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Campaigns can be hazardous to your health

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:00:00 +1300

An election campaign full of hazards for candidates ended amid a punctured pipe, a bubble bursting, the threat of a youthquake and a chasm between town and country. Mediawatch boils down the media's election campaign in 15 minutes.

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Mediawatch for 17 September 2017

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:15:00 +1200

Broadcasting at the back of policy parade; local politics out of focus; are you ready to be immersed in the news?

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Broadcasting buried in policy parade

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:12:00 +1200

The broadcasters we have today were largely shaped by political decisions made more than 25 years ago. Mediawatch rounds up the media policies that political parties are offering this time round - if the issue is on their radar at all.

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Local politics out of focus

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:11:00 +1200

Local candidates in the election aren’t always asked about genuine local issues when the media come calling. Do local voters really want to know what gets them on the dancefloor?

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Immersed in the news

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Virtual reality and 360 video are already part of the mix for big names in online news overseas. Now two new projects here have had a crack at it with funding from the public purse. Is “immersive journalism” a game-style gimmick - or a way to really revitalise the craft?

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Viral - but not memorable

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:08:00 +1200

When a girl burst in on her dad's live news interview on BBC TV back in March, it quickly  went viral and became one of the year’s most memorable bloopers. Or did it?

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Debatable benefits of head-to-head clashes

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Three live Ardern v English debates in seven days pumped up coverage of the election campaign. The media picked out the leaders’ zingers, bangers and clangers, and they agonised over who won and who lost. But what did we learn from them?

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Mediawatch for 10 September 2017

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Debatable benefits of head-to-head leaders' clashes; pundits with skin in the campaign game; digging deep for the fiscal hole truth.

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Pundits with skin in the campaign game

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Election campaigns are boom time for PR consultants and pundits, but the public need to know if they’re also in the middle of their spin cycle when they appear in the media.

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Digging deep for the hole truth

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:07:00 +1200

National’s discovery of a 12 billion dollar-deep hole triggered a string of claims, counterclaims and sporting similes in the media. But did they get to the hole truth in time?   

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Will Silicon Valley save the media?

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:10:00 +1200

The profits of Apple, Google and Facebook soar while the bottom lines of news media companies slump. Trust in news has been dented by a surge in 'fake news' online. Silicon Valley is clearly part of the news media’s problem. Is it also part of the solution?

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Mediawatch for 3 September 2017

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Around the world the news media has a problem. The online explosion has given them a huge new audience - but not much income. Meanwhile, the spectacular profits of technology companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook are hitting new highs every year. Silicon Valley is part of the news media's problem but is it also part of the solution? Produced and presented by Colin Peacock.

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F-bombs, lipstick on pigs and the PM's pimples

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:12:00 +1200

New Zealand’s longest serving political leader suddenly signed off this week warning that superficial stuff seemed to be drowning out real political issues in the media. Week one of the election campaign showed he’s got a point.

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Multimedia spotlight on the fog of war

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Fairfax Media’s investigative series The Valley is New Zealand's most ambitious multimedia journalism project yet. It combines TV documentary, interactive content and even virtual reality - and for the first time all this was funded from the public purse. What did it reveal?    

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Mike’s Māori Party misinformation mess

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:06:00 +1200

A “throwaway line” on TV has put pressure on TVNZ for its choice of opinionated presenter Mike Hosking to host its live pre-election election leaders’ debates.

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Mediawatch for 27 August 2017

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:00:00 +1200

Multimedia effort to cut through the fog of war in Afghanistan; Mike makes a mess with the Maori Party; F-bombs, lipstick on pigs and the PM's pimples

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