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



 



Kaipara tragedy: Too much blame, too soon?

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:11:00 +1300

The captain of the Francie was blamed for the Kaipara harbour tragedy and heavily criticised in media interviews within 48 hours of the incident. Was that fair?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161204-0911-too_much_blame_too_soon_after_kaipara_tragedy-128.mp3




Political reporters in limbo

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:09:00 +1300

Expensive new buildings for Parliament were unveiled this week, just after most of the nation's political journalists walked out of their earthquake-prone offices. Is the fourth estate getting second-class treatment?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161204-0909-political_reporters_in_limbo-128.mp3




Confronting and dodging difficult questions

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:07:00 +1300

RNZ's revelations about abuse of children in care prompted a robust and revealing on-air interview with the minister responsible this week. But the same can't be said of other efforts to get a word with officials on matters of public interest.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161204-0907-confronting_and_dodging_difficult_questions-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 4 December 2016

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Too much blame too soon in coverage of the Kaipara tragedy?; political reporters in limbo; confronting and dodging difficult questions.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161204-0906-mediawatch_for_4_december_2016-128.mp3




Leading local channel CTV to go off air

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:11:00 +1300

Christchurch’s CTV channel survived a quake that killed half its staff and wrecked its premises five years ago. But changing technology, media economics and public broadcasting policy have combined to knock the country’s leading local TV channel off the air.  


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161127-0911-leading_local_channel_ctv_to_go_off_air-128.mp3




Giving it away for free

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:09:00 +1300

Some of the best journalism in New Zealand is found in glossy magazines which have a premium price tag on the cover. Why is New Zealand's dominant magazine publisher Bauer Media suddenly giving it away for nothing in print and online?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161127-0909-giving_it_away_for_free-128.mp3




High hits and low blows in rugby reporting

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:07:00 +1300

It was a bruising encounter when the All Blacks took on Ireland last weekend. The same could be said of the partisan pitched battle between the two counties’ media that’s played out this past week.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161127-0907-high_hits_and_low_blows_in_rugby_reporting-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 27 November 2016

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Leading local channel CTV to go off air; pre-eminent magazine publisher giving it away for free; low blows in the media over high hits in the rugby


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161127-0906-mediawatch_for_27_november_2016-128.mp3




Shaken into action

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:10:00 +1300

When disaster strikes, the demand for news is immediate and intense - but the chaos makes it much harder for the media to get what people want. Mediawatch looks at how reporters and editors responded this week using lessons from the past - and what the future may hold.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161120-0910-shaken_into_action-128.mp3




The local voice Kaikoura has missed

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:10:00 +1300

After 18 years on air, Kaikoura's only radio station shut down in September. Its founder tells Mediawatch Blue FM could have been a godsend for people desperate for news they could use after the quake.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161120-0909-the_local_voice_kaikoura_has_missed-128.mp3




Barking at the supermoon

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:08:00 +1300

Claims that the proximity of the moon and homosexuality caused quakes surfaced in the media this week. Should the media have simply ignored them?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161120-0908-barking_at_the_moon-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 20 November 2016

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Shaken into action - how media responded to the quake; a local voice Kaikoura missed; barking at the supermoon.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20161120-0906-mediawatch_for_20_november_2016-128.mp3




Watchdog withholds its blessing from media marriage

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:10:00 +1300

Our competition watchdog says it's not minded to allow  two big news companies - Fairfax and NZME - to get hitched. Mediawatch asks a rival publisher and a former editor if the Commerce Commission has got it right, and what the consequences of a merger might be.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161113-0910-watchdog_withholds_its_blessing_from_media_marriage-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 13 November 2016

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1300

Trumpocalypse Now; deadlines for input into publicly-funded broadcasting; watchdog gives no blessing to media merger; not a bit of fun - fundamentally wrong..


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20161113-0900-mediawatch_for_13_november_2016-128.mp3




Trumpocalypse Now

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 22:00:00 +1300

The pollsters didn't predict it, and most in the media didn't see it coming either. Election night was a historic upset in more ways than one.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161109-2200-trumpocalypse_now-128.mp3




Not a bit of fun, but fundamentally wrong

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1300

Radio Hauraki has been punished by the broadcasting watchdog for tricking and mocking a complaining caller - after offering her money to settle the matter. But pranks are part and parcel of commercial radio, so why so serious?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161108-0900-not_a_bit_of_fun_but_fundamentally_wrong-128.mp3




Journalists and jailbirds: The pros and cons

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 09:11:00 +1300

Convicted killer Scott Watson has won his fight for the right to talk to a journalist in jail twice in two years and others behind bars who say they're innocent may follow suit. Is that good for justice?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161106-0911-the_pros_and_cons_of_journalists_meeting_jailbirds-128.mp3




Mock shock over horrid Henry in the Herald

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 09:08:00 +1300

Paul Henry gave an interview to the New Zealand Herald last week. It revealed he is a sweary, politically-incorrect entertainer with a huge ego who turns his nose up at the great unwashed. But we already knew that. The response actually revealed more about the news media.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161106-0908-mock_shock_over_horrid_henry_in_the_herald-128.mp3




Surprisingly little interest in Gate-gate

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 09:07:00 +1300

Gerry Brownlee made headlines and even offered to quit after bypassing airport security back in 2014, but the release of previously-withheld information contradicting his version of events didn’t interest much of the media two years later.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161106-0907-surprisingly_little_interest_in_gate-gate-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 6 November 2016

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Twice in the past two years a convicted killer has won the right to meet a journalist in jail to re-state his claims of innocence. Is it a good idea? Also: a controversial Paul Henry interview makes headlines - but a full account of an incident that almost toppled a top government minister doesn't. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20161106-0906-mediawatch_for_6_november_2016-128.mp3




Brace yourself for multimedia political persuasion

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:10:00 +1300

We can expect more politically-inspired satire and comment in the media at election time next year - and more ads across more media from political parties, thanks to two recent decisions which have largely gone under the radar.  


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161030-0910-brace_yourself_for_multimedia_political_persuasion-128.mp3




Controversial comments cleared - but condemned

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:09:00 +1300

The broadcasting watchdog has ruled controversial comments about racism and representation by TV host Mike Hosking did not breach broadcasting standards.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161030-0909-controversial_comments_cleared_-_but_condemned-128.mp3




Return of the Huk: Mr Pink’s red herrings

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:07:00 +1300

Charismatic but erratic gang leader Jamie Pink took the media for another ride this week with yarns about the blowback from his bid to drive P and its peddlers out of town.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161030-0907-return_of_the_huk_mr_pinks_red_herrings-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 30 October 2016

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Political parties look set to get more of our money for election ads in 2017 which will come at us from more of our media. Is this a good idea? Also: controversial comments from Mike Hosking are cleared by the watchdog, but still condemned - and the return of the Huk. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20161030-0906-mediawatch_for_30_october_2016-128.mp3




Huk justice backed by hacks without facts

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:11:00 +1300

The Tribal Huk gang's promise to drive the drug P out of Ngaruawahia caught the imagination of the media and won praise from pundits. But did they know what they were actually applauding?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161023-0911-huk_justice_backed_by_hacks_without_facts-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 23 October 2016

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:10:00 +1300

Huk justice backed by hacks without facts; local papers asks for directions; doing business on the BBC in the digital age; need for speed trumps environment


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20161023-0910-mediawatch_for_23_october_2016-128.mp3




Local paper asks for directions

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:09:00 +1300

The Marlborough Express has warned that it can’t go on as a daily paper forever and it is considering new ideas, including reporting sponsored by readers and printing on fewer days of the week. Could other local papers with sagging sales go the same way?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161023-0909-local_paper_asks_for_directions-128.mp3




Doing the business in the digital age

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:08:00 +1300

Shows devoted to business news vanished from our TV screens years ago - because people can get it online anytime and because it's often boring. Mediawatch asks BBC business frontman Ben Thompson if business broadcasting has a future.  


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161023-0908-doing_the_business_in_the_digital_age-128.mp3




Need for speed trumps the true cost of raising the limit

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:07:00 +1300

Reports of a "surge in support" for a higher speed limit cropped up in the news this week, backed by a big name broadcaster. But the environmental impact and the cost to the public went unmentioned.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161023-0907-need_for_speed_trumps_the_true_cost_of_raising_the_limit-128.mp3




Local elections trumped by sensational sleaze

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:20:00 +1300

This week news organisations bent over backwards to come up with a local angle to a gripping international story, but over recent weeks they've shown far less enthusiasm when it comes to important local events. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161016-2047-local_elections_trumped_by_sensational_sleaze-128.mp3




Minister prefers KFC perfume to tough questions

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:10:00 +1300

An official information request reveals an interview shy minister jumped at the chance to discuss KFC perfume on prime time TV


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161016-0910-minister_prefers_kfc_perfume_to_tough_questions-128.mp3




FYI there's unreported news in those OIAs

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:07:00 +1300

Ever wanted to know the names of the Customs Service's golden labradors? Or whose idea it was to purchase that teenage-repelling mosquito device installed at the Papanui Library? Well, the answers to those and many other questions can be found on the FYI.org.nz website. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20161016-0907-fyi_theres_unreported_news_in_those_oias-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 16 October

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Some journalists pulled out all the stops this week to find a local angle to a gripping international story while others declared a truly important local story less than gripping; the 250th anniversary of the world's first freedom of information law; and the minister who prefers KFC perfume to answering hard questions.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20161016-0906-mediawatch_for_16_october-128.mp3