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


Prime time presenters call it quits

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:13:00 +1300

Toni Street and Mike Hosking are quitting TVNZ’s Seven Sharp to spend more time with their families - and their respective radio networks. What next for a show that's often in the news because of its hosts?

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Does China hold sway over media here?

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

Law changes to limit foreign influence on business and politics in Australia prompted calls for similar moves here this week. One of those sounding the alarm tells Mediawatch our government now needs to look at links between the China and parts of our media. What’s the problem?  ​

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PR push to highlight the glass ceiling

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

New research concluding the lack of women in top jobs costs the whole country dearly got a lot of coverage this week - even in blank spaces in the Herald.

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Making plans for Leighton

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Veteran broadcaster Leighton Smith will step down from his radio show after a third of a century on the air -- but only one year from now. Newstalk ZB certainly believes in giving its listeners plenty of notice.  

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Mediawatch for 10 December 2017

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Does China hold sway over media here?; fair dinkum kwaussie news; PR push highlights the glass ceiling; making plans for Leighton

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Reporting risks grow under ‘The Punisher’

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:12:00 +1300

Journalists in the Philippines take their life in their hands doing their job. What was already one of the world's riskiest places to be a reporter has become even more difficult under President Rodrigo Duterte and his ‘war on drugs’.

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Te reo on the radio too much for some

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:10:00 +1300

A controversial column condemning the use of te reo Māori on RNZ sparked debate about racism, free speech and even hate speech this past week. Mediawatch looks at the responses and asks a veteran Maori broadcaster if this is a big deal.

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Mediawatch for 3 December 2017

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:07:00 +1300

The fallout from complaints about too much te reo on the radio; golden rule broken at journalism awards shindig; reporting risks grow under 'The Punisher' and his war on drugs.

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Bringing cold cases to life

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:11:00 +1300

Two new podcast series telling the stories of missing people are pulling big audiences, but they also raise big questions. Mediawatch asks the makers: can they help solve the mysteries of the missing? Do they risk exploiting the sorrow of relatives?

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Missing history in bottling bonanza reports

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

A new plan for New Zealand's biggest ever water-bottling plant could revive struggling Bay Of Plenty towns, according to reports in the media this past week. But a few facts were missing from the eye-watering sums in the stories.

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Mediawatch for 26 November 2017

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Controversial TV comeback over before it began; podcasts bringing cold cases to life; water stories with missing history.

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Outcry foils Tony Veitch's TV comeback

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:23:00 +1300

Tony Veitch’s critics claimed an effort to put him back on TV this week proved that the business doesn’t take domestic violence as seriously as its bottom line. But while many in the media have had his back in the past, it didn't work this time.  

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Mediawatch for 19 November 2017

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

Winston Peters' pursuit of Super story sources; the rise of Creative Commons; the view from Peru.

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Peters' pursuit of Super story sources rings alarm bells

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

Winston Peters has targeted two journalists in his legal action over the leak of his super-sized superannuation, alarming media freedom advocates.

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A creative solution to a common digital problem

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

More than a billion original works are now available to anyone to use thanks to Creative Commons, a global movement dedicated to legal online sharing. Mediawatch asks its global leader: is this boosting the media - or undermining them?   

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The view from Peru

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

Fans of Peru impressed our media and had some sports pundits pondering why our fans are so staid by comparison. What did the media in faraway Peru make of us in the week of the do-or-die World Cup football playoffs? Even the 'Dunedin Sound' got comprehensive coverage.

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Reconsidering the rights and wrongs of copying

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

An original work can now be copied and shared with anyone online in a matter of moments - thanks to the internet and digital technology. But that wasn't the case when our main copyright law was written 23 years ago. Mediawatch looks at what's at stake now the law is up for review. 

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Dead kiwi cat goes global

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

Comedian Billy Connolly once joked that a cat stuck in a tree could make the headlines in New Zealand. This week a Kiwi cat killed by a car made news around the world.

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Turning a fan’s passion into a modern media business

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

Andrew Mangan started a blog about English football team Arsenal 15 years ago. Now it’s a go-to source for scoops about the club and a thriving small business hosting one of the longest-running sports podcasts anywhere in the world. Why do we have nothing like it yet in New Zealand?

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Mediawatch for 12 November 2017

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

Paddles' passing goes global; the rights and wrongs of copyright; the fan who turned his passion into a mini-media empire.

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Mediawatch for 5 November 2017

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:15:00 +1300

Downsizing your daily paper; if you can't beat them, join them - TV broadcasters adapt to ondemand; more moves to get Te Reo on TV.

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Downsizing your daily papers

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

Fairfax Media is planning to shrink its daily papers around the country to a tabloid - or ‘compact’ - size next year.  Why? And how will it change what’s on the pages? Mediawatch asks Fairfax Media CEO Sinead Boucher.

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Broadcasters tuning out of television

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

You can now get the shows you want from our biggest TV broadcasters without tuning in to them - or even owning a TV set. This week's All Blacks games are available live - and legal - online without a subscription to Sky Sports. What does the rise of TV on-demand mean for broadcast television as we know it?

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New government, new plans for broadcasting

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

The three parties now in our government went into the election with different ideas for broadcasting and the media. Mediawatch asks the new minister Clare Curran: what’s the plan now?

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Not so far out

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:07:00 +1300

An enthusiastic Italian got in touch on Twitter this week with stunning pictures of New Zealand seen from space.  But he wasn’t as far out as many media outlets seemed to think.

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Mediawatch for 29 October 2017

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:06:00 +1300

New government - new plans for broadcasting; the ascent of a woman sparks 'curse' claims; pictures from space not so far out.

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The waiting was the hardest part

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:12:00 +1300

The politicians who negotiated our new government were pursued by a press pack in parliament all through the process. Why did reporters spend draining days following their every move?

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More te reo Māori in the mix on TV

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:09:00 +1300

Publicly-funded programmes incorporating te reo Māori are now airing on TVNZ, including one that stars a new MP who made his name on the small screen.

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Down with the kids?

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Freestyle rap on Morning Report? Power pop on Newstalk ZB? It can be refreshing when old school talk radio airs a bit of cutting edge music. But it can also go wrong . . .

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Mediawatch for 22 October 2017

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:06:00 +1300

How decision day unfolded in the media - and how the press pack pursued the politicians; more Te Reo in the mix on TV; how hip hop and power pop don't always mix with talk radio.

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