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Wendy Palmer Exits RadioWorks Updated by press release

Wendy Palmer resigned today as chief executive of the MediaWorks radio operation, signaling more big changes ahead for New Zealand media. Yesterday, Jeff Latch resigned as TVNZ director of content after 23 years.  Both have been major players in New Zeland media. Palmer has been a leading light of MediaWorks and she has maintained market leadership against NZME radio operations.

Jeff Latch is exiting TVNZ as well.

The stability and strength in Mediaworks radio – especially in Auckland – has balanced the major problems facing TV3. Sources say that Palmer has become frustrated with the ructions during the troubled era when Mark Weldon was CEO of MediaWorks. Weldon was more interested in TV, but sources say it was a challenging time for Palmer as well. Amidst persistent rumours of potential sales for MediaWorks there have been suitors for radio alone, but few when TV is included in the sale, sources say. In August last yea, Michael Anderson took over as CEO. His profile on the MediaWorks website highlights a background radio. “Michael spent seven years as CEO of one of Australia’s largest commercial radio groups Austereo (now Southern Cross Austereo) and before that as their Group Director, Sales. “Under Michael’s leadership, Austereo’s performance in both revenue and audience grew significantly – in a time of huge change to the industry.” MediaWorks has previously rejected several requests to speak to Anderson about the strategy and future of the firm.

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Bathrobe Video Puts Polly Show Under Review Updated

The Polly and Grant show South of Auckland may not continue following Gillespie’s bathroom criticism of NZME. Todd Campbell Content Director The Hits said 

Todd Campbell, Content Director The Hits, said:  
“The Polly and Grant Show is not on air, we are reviewing the events of the last few days, no further comment will be made at this time. In the meantime we will continue to bring the best music from the 90s till now including the chance to see Adele in concert.”

Earlier story.  Polly Gillespie’s bathrobe video is a strange belated response to her losing the breakfast show in Auckland for “The Hits” You wonder if there may be more changes ahead at The Hits. When the change of Auckland hosts was announced by NZME on Christmas Eve, Gillespie was on board saying all the things dropped hosts were meant to say. She congratulated Sam Wallace and Toni Street who were to take over the Auckland breakfast show.

Toni Street and Sam Wallace

Judging by her Facebook video this week, Gillespie is not happy with the outcome. Dressed in a bathrobe and dying her hair, she criticised the move and new restrictions on what she can say in social media. Her contract ends in March.

Asked about plans for her and her co-host Grant Kereama, she told Stuff>  “I have no plans to go anywhere else but I’m fairly sure I won’t be re-signing with current employers.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/89122547/Polly-Gillespie-talks-about-her-future-and-her-overnight-Facebook-post

Changes in on-air hosts happen all the time. Auckland ratings for The Hits breakfast show may do better with Wallace, and Street moving from TVNZ.  Street will continue in her role as mumsy sidekick to Mike Hosking on Seven Sharp, helping her profile. The attempt to turn Polly Gillespie into a celebrity in Auckland always seemed like a Big Ask..to me, She was very much a Wellington person virtually unknown in Auckland, the biggest market and most competitive breakfast radio market.

Polly Gillespiet.

Former NZME chief executive Jane Hastings there were extraordinary efforts to promote Gillespie in Auckland. But under MediaWorks programming boss Leon Wratt, the competition has been doing well with Auckland ratings for its music stations.

 

Jane HastingsI

It is easy to see why NZME was attracted to Street and Wallace with their established TV profiles. NZME has a commercial arrangement to share talent with TVNZ.

It has Hosking on Breakfast at Newstalk ZB nationally and now they will have Street at “The Hits”  … in Auckland at least. You wonder if Wallace and Street will eventually go nationwide.

 

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Laid Back Summer A Week Too Long At RNZ

RNZ returns to its regular schedule on Monday – declaring an end to a four week summer when the world allegedly stops spinning for us all to catch our breath. Locally, its a time when politics and business slow down allowing local media operate on a skeleton staff for a couple of weeks. RNZ takes that a step further. It always restarts programming year on Wellington Anniversary Day, after what is effectively a month long break. Its a week too long. National Radio has been missing in action this week. The world is in upheaval due to Trump. Morning Report will return on Monday with the world utterly changed.

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Can Morning Report Build From The Mike Hosking Fall? Breakfast of Champions

When the radio industry changed to new combined GfK ratings system at the start of his year, commercial radio bosses insisted that RNZ National results should be kept separate from their own. Despite collecting similar information, it is hard to compare commercial and public broadcasting figures. Maybe the commercial radio people saw trouble ahead. unknown-67In this, the third survey of the year, Morning Report appears to be holding up well and National Radio maintains a 10.5 per cent share of the total radio audience. Meanwhile, Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB has taken a big tumble. Lets wait until the next survey. Things could turn around. But it seems possible that Hosking is losing his tight grip on the breakfast talk audience. Are people falling out of love with The Hosk?

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Julie Christie Is Still The Programming Brains At TV3

CAPTION. Julie Christie will continue to be the programming brains on the MediaWorks Board after McGeoch goes next month

MediaWorks has taken another step away from dysfunction of the Mark Weldon era with the departure of its chairman, Rod McGeoch. His replacement – board member Jack Matthews – will be hard-pressed to bring back the goodwill of the firm pre-receivership. But he will need to try – because the current funk puts it at a disadvantage ,to its competitors. Matthews appears to be well liked by staff and will need to try.

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Fun And Games And The Paul Henry Show Opinion

CAPTION: Henry in an ad for Snickers.

New management at MediaWorks are facing a challenge. – how to negotiate with the broadcasters’ s biggest star. There is a lot of confusion and spin over the future of the Paul Henry breakfast show and Story. And they suggest that the the network is still dysfunctional. The Weekend Herald reported on Saturday Henry would be moving to prime time and Story Duncan Garner would take over the Breakfast show. On Sunday he rejected the assertion in Stuff.

 “I seriously just don’t give a s*** about any of this. I’m not moving to another show.”I’m not moving to 7 o’clock because I have no interest in doing that, and for a number of years have not been interested in doing that.

MediaWorks news boss Hal Crawford
MediaWorks news boss Hal Crawford

On Monday’s programme he lambasted The Herald for their coverage. A MediaWorks source said that it had been leaked from people at MediaWorks who are admirers of Henry. I am told the suggestions in the Herald piece reflect discussions about Henry’s future. But the information was not made by Henry, the source said.

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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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MediaWorks Woes At TV3, Not Radio: Update

MediaWorks appointment of Michael Anderson as chief executive would still leave it short on television expertise. The Australian Financial Review has tipped Anderson’s appointment soon. Anderson is a radio man and has been chief executive of the FM radio company Austereo for eight years. He is chairman of outdoor media firm oOh! Media and a director of print and radio-focused Fairfax Media in Australia. (Though the AFR said he would likely be standing down from those board room roles). Industry people I have spoken to Anderson is well respected and liked. He is said to be inclusive – with a personal style that appears to be the polar opposite of Mark Weldon, the man he replaces. Anderson knows media well – so he is several steps ahead of where Weldon  started, But he does not have a background in television.

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Hilary And Jack Together Is Too Nice Opinion

The breakfast table can be a battle zone that would benefit from some peace and quiet. But I wonder if the proposed matching of Hilary Barry and Jack Tame might be just … well  … too nice. I know some commentators and women’s mags “love” Hilary and maybe she will surprise us taking lead as The wild One to Jack’s Tame. The older woman, younger man combo has worked on Australia’s Nine Network.

A presenter, not an interviewer

But first impressions are that the pairing lacks an edge. She was TV3’s Woman Next Door. He still is TVNZs boy next door (even at 29) Tame is a solid TV reporter but I have never seen him get his gander up like Hosking, Holmes or Henry. Barry’s talents  are in presenting not interviewing. I guess they could get an acerbic weather person to mash it up. To honest I wonder if TV3 and Radio Live  should rethink their strategy for the Breakfast TV. You see the logic of using Paul Henry in the morning to compete on two levels against TVNZ and Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB. Henry is valuable and should be on prime time TV as well –  maybe in a split shift between breakfast and prime time TV. He could be like MediaWorks’ version of Mike Hosking.

 

 

 

 

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Odd Timing for Henry Hols Star exits on cusp of ratings success

Paul Henry has left his show for a three week winter break. It is odd timing with Hilary Barry replacement Ingrid Hipkiss yet to show an obvious rapport with The Great Man. The Henry Show has been snapping at Breakfast on TV One, in the 25-54 year old demographic at least. It seems inevitable the star’s absence will interrupt the momentum built up through 2016 and coming to a head now. Maybe he is stressed out?

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