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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 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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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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