Category: Free To Air TV

What about a simulcast Mike for TVNZ Brekkie? Just An Idea

Caption. TVNZ breakfast was relaunched last year, but it has not lived up to hype and generous budgets, in my opinion.

OPINION

Some Leftie critics of Mike Hosking are ecstatic with TVNZ’s announcing yesterday he and Toni Street will not be on “Seven Sharp” next year. But some are making assumptions that Hosking will be gone from TVNZ altogether. That seems unlikely to me. 

I’ve never been a fan of Hosking on the prime time show. His skills honing in on issues are evident on his Newstalk ZB breakfast show, but they were never never utilised on Seven Sharp, where he played the flippant conservative grump.  There have been signs this year that his persona is old fashioned compared with Three’s “The Project”. Even Hosking’s co-host Toni and acting co-host Carolyn Robinson, have even alluded to it on air. TV One needs to attract younger viewers in prime time. Robinson and Pippa Wetzell have been better at countering Hosking’s dominanc  on-air than Toni has, in my opinion.

Let’s not forget that in 2014 Hosking and Toni Street created a lite but more newsy approach that saved Seven Sharp in the ratings, after the aborted 2013 format that tried to replicate The Project in Australia. It was a disaster. And the reversion to a more traditional format, saved the how, Greatly that he restored ratings, TVNZ gave Hosking more influence over the show.  It worked for awhile, but clearly Seven Sharp needs to freshen up.  But In my opinion TVNZ will not abandon him now.  But both TVNZ and MediaWorks faces a dramatic need to increase audiences and advertising revenue. TVNZ has plenty of taleny, I needs to cut cost. 

More to the point. I think TVNZ needs to do something wth its big budget, Breakfast show, which was launched last year with a bizarre level of media hype for Hillary Barry and  Jack Tame. Tame has held his ground. Barry had formerly been agood newsreader for Paul Henry and 3 News. But in my opinion she does n to have universal appeal a Breakfast TV host.  Despite a hit budget and promotion, Breakfast has not really delivered for TVNZ. in my view.

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Meantime, Duncan Garner an the team at Three’s AM shows, has been making progress in the winning the breakfast TV ratings. TVNZ has actively considered weatherman Sam Wallace forSeven Sharp, but that seems less likely with Toni Street departing . They are a team of NZME’s The Hit.

Toni Street and Sam Wallace are old together on the Hit, but Toni is leading Seven Sharp.

In my opinion, TVNZ could do worse than incorporating aspects of the Hosking radio show on Newstalk ZB into TVNZ Breakfast. Maybe as some form of simulcast If NZME and TVNZ coild find some wayto make it work. It might reduce the costs for Breakfast.

Next year, Hosking’s wife, Kate Hawkesby, will be taking over the early morning shift vacated by Rachel Smalley. I have no inside knowledge, but if there were attempt to merge the shows recreation of the Breakfast dream team of Hosking and Hawkesby in 2002 and  2003 that was a success on TVNZ. TVNZ could find a newsreader role for Barry. 

Jack Tame might be good for a new look Seven Sharp.

It’s just an idea. 

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Choice Show On Netflix

CAPTION: Hamish Dodd and his wife Anita.

Millions of TV viewers worldwide are watching a new TV series Kiwi bach, under a deal with Netflix.

The 100 Day Bach’ features TV designer Hamish Dodd and his wife Anita, building their dream bach in Kuratau, on the western side of Lake Taupo.

The series was created and produced by Auckland-based media company Stripe Media. Managing Director Alex Breingan has successfully negotiated the screening rights with Netflix in the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Africa and India.Since the series began airing on Netflix, its Facebook page has received messages and comments from all corners of the globe.

The show is not being shown on Netflix in New Zealand because Choice has the rights through till the end of the year.

Breignan said the Netflix screenings had been a boost for the company and he was currently in talks with a broadcasters in. Australia and the UK and has suited two proposals for Netflix original content

He said that Stripe Media had approached Netflix about making content, and it skedaddles what else it had made.

“They liked what they saw and next thing we were updating it and removing the ad breaks.”

The 8-part series first aired on Choice TV in September 2015. A second series is now in development.

Alex Breingan is also Executive Producer of Three’s morning show The Café, and Co-Founder of Choice TV. The series was directed by Marcus Clayton.

Hamish Dodd is a Designer and TV presenter, and previously worked on eight seasons of the ‘My House My Castle’ series.

 

 

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Red Faces Over Blackface at Maori TV

The Maori TV board of directors has intervened to kill the satirical comedy show Jonah of Tonga, which was due to start this week. It’s not clear whether viewers would have hated or loved the show. Amidst complaints from community leaders and politicians, the board is not letting viewers decide.

Black facing on white actors has been controversial a long time.

The title character Jonah of Tonga is a troublesome potty-mouthed Tongan student. played by the white Australian actor Chris Lilley. He wears blackface, and his depiction has raised heckles in the past with some viewing him as a stereotypical Pacific
Island youth. The fact he is white, adds insult to injury for some.

The character has appeared on TV One with little uproar, but there has been criticism of the Jonah of Tonga character overseas. Was it a smart decision the decision of management to run the show when the use of white people in blackface was always going to upset someone. Were Maori TV staff looking for trouble? Or is the board timid current fear of offending?

Alfred Ngaro was critical of Jonah of Tonga

Secondly, how can the politically appointed board in reversing the staff decision when it is expressly prevented from doing so. In the past, the Maori TV board has been criticised for lack of support for the staff of the current affairs show Native Affairs, kowtowing to Maori Establishment figures. Has it happened again?

Mihi Forbes

 

Radio New Zealand’s Mihi Forbes reported:

“An email document obtained by RNZ has revealed high-level board concerns about the show, where a white Australian comedian dresses up as a Tongan student.

The draft document, which has been shared between Māori Television’s current board members, says they “regret not being made aware in time to prevent the first programme from going to air”.

It said Māori would “feel insulted if non-Māori painted their face and proceeded to belittle our people”.

“We unequivocally apologise to our Tongan whanau,” said the document, which added that the broadcaster would never play the show again.”

The email also discussed concern over politicians questioning “our processes and judgement”, and suggested moving quickly.

Pacific Island politicians have expressed their concern over the screening of the show, with Minister for Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro saying it perpetuated negative stereotypes of Pacific people.”  the RNZ report said.

 

It may be significant that the controversy has coincided departure of controverss=sial CEO part way through his contract.He resigned on May 8. Maxwell had been set to stay on until August. It is understood he has now left the Maori TV studios.

 

 

 

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TVNZ’s Ed Kindred: The Aussie Gent Behind Duke

CAPTION: Ed Kindred used to programme UKTV and BBC World channels for New Zealand.

 

Ed Kindred arrived in New Zealand last May with a nuanced understanding of the local TV market. Plenty of Australian media folk jump across the ditch, but Kindred was better prepared than most.The young Sydneysider is programming manager for Duke, a free-to-air channel that has a solid start in a slowed ad market.

How many times can you watch Seinfeld reruns? A few more times on TVNZ’s Duke.

As Sydney-based BBC Worldwide programmer for New Zealand, he was drawn to the idea of having his own free-to-air channel and being able to commission content. Duke has had a good start. One year after its March 20, 2016 launch Duke is distinguished as the only channel on Freeview with a majority male audience. Its audience is 64% male compared to the average 42%.

When it startedDuke was positioned somewhere between male-skewed 7mate in Australia and the similar Dave channel in the UK.

 

For full story: http://www.mediaweek.com.au/mediaweek-nz-profile-ed-kindred/

 

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