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


Danish dramas vs Kiwi soaps

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

A quarter of the NZ population regularly watch Danish TV dramas, while the highest-rating local offering attracted an audience of just over 250,000 last year. Mediawatch asks a Danish expert what their secret is.

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The individualisation of a collective victory

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:06:00 +1200

An historic $2 billion pay equity deal dominated the headlines this week but did the media's focus on the part played by one feisty individual obscure the collective efforts of unions and their members?

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Mediawatch for 23 April 2017

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Historic pay equity claim coverage; TV drama - lessons for NZ in how it's done in Denmark.

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One stop shop for the nation’s local news

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:10:00 +1200

The business of publishing papers has never been tougher, but dozens of independently-owned ones still doggedly cover local news all over the country. Now their stories can be found on a new website which promises no clickbait and no Kardashians.

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SBW vs BNZ: conscientious objector riles the critics

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

The Sonny Bill Williams ‘collar-gate’ controversy had all the ingredients for the media: rugby, a celebrity, big brands and big money - all overlaid with a religious culture clash. But was really a story?

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John Clarke: mocking the media

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:00:00 +1200

John Clarke lampooned politicians and the powerful in New Zealand and Australia, but he also skewered the media from time to time too with his subtle style of satire. Mediawatch looks at that - and how the media here marked his death.

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Mediawatch for 16 April 2017

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:00:00 +1200

SBW's conscientious objection riles critics; a new one-stop-shop for local news online; how John Clarke took the mickey out of the media.

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Hit & Run: claims and counterclaims

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

The PM says there is no basis for an inquiry into the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan, yet editorial opinion in the media overwhelmingly backs one. Has the meaning of book Hit & Run been obscured by all the claims and counter-claims in the media?

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Persuading people to pay more for news

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

The advertising that has covered the cost of journalism in the past is drifting away from the news media. Readers who value it are being asked to pay more to secure its future. Mediawatch asks two local online entrepreneurs if crowdfunding is the answer.

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Mediawatch for 9 April 2017

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:06:00 +1200

'Hit and Run' claims and counterclaims; new moves to crowdfund New Zealand journalism; Tame Iti calls out the media - again.

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Never wrong for long?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:08:00 +1200

No fewer than five national news outlets reported last weekend that Tuhoe activist and artist Tame Iti once stole a priceless painting. But he didn't do it - and it wasn't the first time he'd asked them to put the record straight.

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'Journalism Still Matters' 10 years on

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Ten years ago, the journalists' union held a summit at Parliament under the banner 'Journalism Matters' to air their fears about commercial pressures diminishing the quality of news. 10 years later, they were back for a event called 'Journalism Still Matters'. What's the state of play now?

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PR in disguise ready for takeoff

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

A new fly-on-the-wall prime-time documentary is actually one big ad for an airline - but no-one’s telling the viewers.

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Mediawatch for 2 April 2017

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Days are numbered for one daily paper; Journalism Still Matters - ten years on; PR in disguise takes-off on TV.

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Days numbered for local daily papers

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:16:00 +1300

Fairfax Media says its Blenheim-based paper The Marlborough Express will soon publish on only three days a week, after more than 130 years as a daily paper. It could be a sign of things to come for other local papers with a small circulation and falling sales.

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John Key's blogger ties remain in the dark

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

Three years ago, John Key admitted he kept in touch with certain bloggers. Then Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics lifted the lid on other government ministers leaking to them. Newstalk ZB’s Felix Marwick went through official channels to find out more. Three years on, what has he discovered?

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Mediawatch for 26 March 2017

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:06:00 +1300

'Hit and Run' sparks calls for inquiry and a backlash against the authors; PM's blogger ties remain in the dark; TVNZ to cut jobs in news reshuffle; TV funnyman starts debate by getting serious on suicide.

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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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'Hit and Run' sparks headlines - and a backlash

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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