Claims and counter-claims of bias, cheek-by-jowl08/22/15
Opinions are like backsides, as the old saying goes. Everyone's got one. But in the media, some are aired more often than others. (Opinions, that is . . . ) Winston Peters sparked debate this week by calling Mike Hosking a "National Party stooge, a...
Using news to help hype radio shows
Wondering why stories about radio stars splitting up, staying up all night or handing out money are suddenly all over your news? It's "survey time" again. Radio stations are desperate to boost their ratings and their owners shamelessly use news...
Mediawatch for 23 August 2015
Claim and counter-claim of bias cheek-by-jowl, using news to help hype radio shows; news you can use goes hyperlocal, and; examining claims screens change kids' brains.
News you can use going hyperlocal
Eight years ago, a dairy coolstore exploded in Tamahere near Hamilton - one of New Zealand's worst-ever industrial accidents at the time. Freelance journalist Pip Stevenson started an online news service which has covered the fallout in great detail....
Examining claims that screens can change kids' brains
We're constantly hearing in the media that IT is changing the way we live. Fantastically useful and portable devices mean we can stay in touch with each other, and hook into the media, wherever we go and whenever we want. There's also been plenty in...
Hyperlocal news you can use on the rise
Later this month, Tamahere Forum by freelance journalist Pip Stevenson is up for the 'Best Community Website' prize at the Australia New Zealand Internet Awards (The ANZIAs) along with local news sites based in Motueka and north-east Hamilton. All...
TV3's new news show. What's the Story?
TV3's canning of Campbell Live earlier this year prompted angst about the future of serious current affairs on our screens. They successor wouldn't be "light and fluffy". So what is it? Mediawatch takes a look at its first week on air.
Oh no. More Sky Go no-go woe
Sky's streaming service was down for last weekend's Silver Ferns thriller. It wasn't Sky's fault, but it's far from the first time sports fans have been frustrated by its failure during top live games. With the Rugby World Cup coming up, some fans...
Daily Show no-shows irk long-suffering fans
Sky TV's also been copping flak for failing to screen the much-hyped last-ever Daily Show with Jon Stewart as advertised, on the day that it aired in the US. But it's far from the first time local fans of the man dubbed 'America's satirist-in-chief'...
The response to claims of a pale, male monopoly on air
It is rare for someone prominent in the media to criticise the way they are run. Rarer still if they single out their own employers. Newstalk ZB's Rachel Smalley recently said prime time broadcasting is dominated by "wealthy white men" including her...
Mediawatch for 16 August 2015
The new TV3 news show picking up where Campbell Live left off; Sky cops flak for Sky Go no-go and Daily Show no-show, and; too many pale males hogging prime airtime?
Helping hands skew the news overseas?
No New Zealand reporters went to Hawaii where the TPP negotiations came to nothing, even though that ended up leading the news last weekend. But three political reporters were in New York to see our foreign minister in the big chair at the UN at the...
Public pays for diplomatic TV dinners
Pav served at the pad of our man at the UN was in the news recently, but soon we may also see tasty treats at our diplomatic residences on TV. A million dollars of public broadcasting money is being spent on a TVNZ show to send winners of Masterchef...
John Campbell on journalism - and the numbers game
Shortly after the announcement he's joining Radio New Zealand - again - Mediawatch asked John Campbell why he's returning, what his multimedia programme for drivetime might bring to RNZ National - and what it might take away. And having left one...
Behind the veil of trade talks secrecy
With trade officials trying to hammer out a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement behind closed doors in Hawaii this week, it was hard for the media to say what was on the table, and what was at stake, in what's been called the biggest trade deal ever....
Picking the programmes to back with public cash
Obesity and Outrageous Fortune spinoffs? Hard facts or soft soap? Mastermind or Masterchef? Not everyone will agree on taxpayers' money to be spent on new programmes. Mediawatch looks at some of the decisions in New Zealand on Air's latest round of...
Mediawatch for 2 August 2015
How the media coped with TPP secrecy; new TV shows getting taxpayer backing, and some that aren't; a local TV channel coming out from under the radar; a rare fair go from a foreign quiz show .
A local channel out from under the radar?
It runs well-made shows from some of the world's best TV broadcasters and some local ones as well, but they're rarely reviewed or written about. It's available nationwide on Freeview and Sky and its survived while other channels have withered and...
A rare fair go from a foreign quiz show
Many hours on our main TV channels are taken up with British and Australian TV quiz shows on weekday afternoons. They're well-made shows, but too many questions are designed for Brits and Aussies and almost impossible for viewers here to answer. This...
Correction on Kiwirail comment
An error made in Mediawatch last week in an item on debate prompted by coverage of the future of Kiwirail: Mediawatch noted that the finance minister had warned that present levels of support for Kiwirail were unsustainable, and in a Nine to Noon...
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