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More Taxpayer Cash For Expanding Digital Video Firms Includes Official Release

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New Zealand On Air has released plans for a big shake-up in the way it hands out public money to producers and it allow digital media a bigger share of the funding pie. The New Zealand Herald media column this morning previewed the proposals which gives expanding digital media firms digital businesses such as  as NZME and The Spinoff. Currently digital video players are at a distinct disadvantage to established broadcasters. Under NZOA proposals the networks will still control big budget projects and allocations more than $500,000. That means the big dramas.  Networks have the ability to deliver on linear TV platforms (the main TV channels) and digitally through On Demand platforms. Combined these two provide big audiences. The focus on the number of bums on seats will also mean that they have big advantages for accessing the next run of allocations for taxpayer allocations of $100,000 to $500,000. The fundamental change to allocations has been inevitable for some time and TV networks have accepted the change. But two TV producers I spoke to were wary. Some believe it will open the door to content with lower production values and said thatNZ ON Air needs to improve its oversight on quality. Others reject that view as self serving and believe change – while substantial – is a stopgap measure, and more expansive change to the role for NZ ON Air will be needed the future. The new proposals are planned to take effect in mid 2017

The Herald media column speculating correctly on changes and is attached below:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/john-drinnan/news/article.cfm?a_id=324&objectid=11714924,

 

 

 

 

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Housing Market Is Not Broken – Its “Going Gangbusters”

How do business media report a major problem like housing inflation when it has become a foundation stone for the economy? It turns to the major players in the economy. But sometimes the major players are beneficiaries of the problem. When bank economists talk in the media, they are independent from the people who pay their salaries. In my opinion. they will give a view that reflects the values their sector, and common sense tells you that will be from the perspective of banks. Banks have earned strong profits during the crisis in housing affordability in Auckland.

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Labour, ComCom And the Monster Media Mash Up

Unknown-31There is an implausibly little government leadership on how this small country survives in the media revolution. National sees the matter, ignores it and seems to be letting the chips fall where they may.

Labour seems focused on its old touchstones of unions and public service broadcasting advocates. However, it needs to concentrate on the bigger structure of a global battle between NZ companies and international players like Google and Facebook. Labour is at interested in the current media upheavals and the danger for consumers of journalism and local content.

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Jock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels Chalk and Cheese Council Candidates

Legal eagle journalist Jock Anderson has taken a leaf out of Bill Ralston’s book. He is standing for the Timaru District Council in local body elections. Both are standing on an independent right of centre ticket. Ralston is a media commentator and PR man standing, a former liberal hero, standing for the famously liberal Waitemata ward on Auckland Council. Anderson – who has taken on the mantle of a conservative commentator – and will be be standing in the proudly illiberal capital of South Canterbury. He said that he and his girlfriend Lorraine moved from Auckland at the end of last year. He says he enjoys the area and the opportunities for keeping up his longtime hobby, shooting game.

Bill Ralston
Bill Ralston

Anderson says he stands for innovation, careful planning, community consultation, sustainable development, transparency, encouragement, progress and prudent financial stewardship. All of those things. He writes profiles for the New Zealand Law Society, writes a column for Cameron Slater’s InCite website, makes the occasional appearance on Waatea 5th Estate and is a regular commentator Larry Williams on NewstalkZB and for RNZ’s The Panel. He says he is also about to re-launch his popular CaseLoad website (www.caseload.co.nz) – saying  enigmatically: “It’s time the cat gave the pigeons a hoozle-up.”

 

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RNZ Can’t Succeed Too Much Govt does not want RNZ to undermine commercial radio

Caption: Morning Report has improved.

RNZ is damned if it rates poorly and damned if it rates well. RNZ did well in the latest second radio ratings survey from new research firm GfK recently, including growth in Morning Report and Checkpoint. It appears that online growth has resulted in an increase in the radio audience, which suggests a strategic success. Yet you will not see RNZ heavily promoting the win by rubbing it in noses of individual commercial radio stations in promotions

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For The Love of Mike Guest Opinion: Mike Farman on what we expect from "current affairs" hosts

CAPTION: Bill O’Reilly. Fox has changed New Zealand TV

The role of radio and television presenter talent emerged as a major talking point recently, with often-abusive social media outbursts aimed at Mike Hosking, the breakfast host at NewstalkZB and presenter of the TVNZ show. Seven Sharp. An attack also came from a former TVNZ Breakfast colleague, Liz Gunn. Some people also petitioned for his removal altogether from row current affairs and opinion show Seven Sharp. They perceived his views to have come from his unashamed support for Key and National views and its policies. And they are pretty much right of course.

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TVNZ Needs To Regain Control of Seven Sharp Petitioners ridiculous saying Hosking has to go

As public opinion drifts against the Government TVNZ needs to realign SevenSharp from its reliance on Mike Hosking and his conservative views. There are no issues with Hosking promoting the “Tory Mike” brand on the Newstalk ZB breakfast show in his NZ Herald column. But in my opinion a state broadcaster should not be aligning itself with one view of the world. Its like Mike’s views has become the view of State TV – and TVNZ is not so liberal that is a ridiculous notion.

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Minister Replaced Campbell For Emcee Gig Key Joke is close to the bone

John Campbell has apparently been suffering from pneumonia that forced him to suddenly withdrew from emceeing a fundraising dinner in Auckland on June 2 of the Peter Jackson Great War exhibition.  Bizarrely, The Minister for Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry stood in at short notice. Key, who was special guest, said that Barry had done such a good job maybe she should return to her old job.

Cabinet minsister replaced John Campbell
Cabinet minsister replaced John Campbell

That way he might be inclined to accept more invitations to appear on Radio New Zealand, the PM said. By all accounts it was a joke – but why the appearing at such a politicised event that was subsequently emceed by a Cabinet minister. Stuff reported the dinner at the Viaduct Event Centre cost $500 a head.

“The popular exhibition, which opened in April 2015 at Wellington’s Dominion Museum building, traces the history of World War I with a focus on the special role of New Zealanders. Challenges gaining business or charitable backing meant a $15 fee for adults was introduced in March.”

In September 25 last year The NZ herald reported that RNZ has relaxed the rules for its presenters moonlighting at commercial events. The paper reported that John Campbell and his friend RNZ head of content Carol Hirschfeld had both emceed a corporate event for Air New Zealand. As part of their spiel they had played on their daytime role as boss and employee.  On September 25 I wrote in The NZ

On September 25 I wrote in my media column for the NZ Herald

Campbell is being heavily promoted by Radio NZ as the exemplar of independence and integrity.This week he told the Herald he was aware of the possible negative perception of his doing corporate events. Campbell said the Air New Zealand function would be his last corporate event, but he would continue to emcee awards shows.Hirschfeld said she was always very careful which events she worked on. There was no question of her commercial relationships affecting news coverage, she said.

I guess you could argue a fundraising dinner for a museum exhibition is not a corporate event even when Jackson is one of New Zealand’s richest men and enjoyed hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer funding. Key and Campbell may be able to be nice to each other – but neither likes the other. I’m told that Campbell has been in poor health lately.

Campbell and Key were nemeses to one another
Campbell and Key were nemeses to one another.

And the PM’s joking about answering interview requests from RNZ  it probably a bit close to the truth. National has previously frequently refused to be interviewed by the state broadcaster while freely turning up for shock jocks to get a soft ride. It has eased now, but the government continues to starve RNZ of cash in part because of its coverage of politics, in my opinion. The government has picked and chosen the journalists it fronts up to. Which is a a bit of a joke in its own right. I wonder if that had any influence on why Campbell pulled out.

 

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TVNZ Sale Not A Bad Idea But it has to be made into something special

Partial privatisation of TVNZ makes sense. Or it would do if the Government provided more than lip service to the new organisation having some cultural obligations. Sale of a minority stake is one of the options that was being  considered by the Government so that the State broadcaster can adjust to big changes in the NZ media sector. TVNZ, MediaWorks and Spark have not merged or entered joint venture deals and as a result they risk becoming media midgets in a land of giants.

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Government looking at public TV role for TVNZ More media makeovers tipped for later this year

More media changes are likely later this year, according to my sources in the sector. The proposed merger of NZME and Fairfax New Zealand was followed on Thursday by Vodafone’s proposed takeover of Sky TV. Zagzigger.com has questioned whether MediaWorks will be left out in the cold, (Room For Me, I Got 3, below) and the same question applies to Television New Zealand.

The Voda-Sky merger might make anti-syphoning rules more likely
The Voda-Sky merger might make anti-syphoning rules more likely

In my opinion TVNZ cannot afford to sit back and do nothing. And it is hard to see how it will compete in the new world order of merged digital media firms. Sources familiar with Government thinking said that Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams  is considering a “slight” change to more public service content TVNZ, though this is not defined.

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