Category: Radio

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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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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No Hilary – No Cry Paul Henry is still a threat to TVNZ Breakfast

CAPTION: Sam Hayes has been a breath of fresh air.

MediaWorks has problems ahead. But Hilary Barry’s exit from Mediaworks has not been the cataclysm TVNZ might have hoped for. Last month journalists shed tears in column inches because the “much loved” newsreader had resigned. Many of us expect she will wind up at TVNZ in a revamp of its programme Breakfast. (See “An Angel at Our Newsdesk”, zagzigger.com passim)

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Maori TV Cash is Political Payment To The Maori Party RNZ left to fight a growing crisis

CAPTION: Former star interviewer Mihi Forbes left Maori TV to join Carol Hirschfeld at Radio New Zealand.

For those who support public broadcasting there is a good case for both Maori Television and RNZ to be handed more money. In my opinion, National has helped Maori TV because it needs Maori Party support. It has ignored RNZ because it just doesn’t like its flavour of news. Which is why if there was any hope of RNZ getting relief in the Budget, it probably disappeared with the appointment of John Campbell for the new-look Checkpoint. (Realistically there was no chance at all).

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Why does the media love itself so much? Ginga of the Nation Replaces St Hilary

CAPTION: I imagine Sam Hayes will develop a warmer style now she is on the weekday 6pm bulletin.

Congratulations to Samantha Hayes for winning her new role as Newshub newsreader. And good luck for her transition to the permanent 6pm role. To be honest, I have always thought her delivery somewhat cold and aloof  – but as a TV3 insider told me – she is experienced now and capable of changing for the new role. My understanding is that Hayes was always the first choice. She has weathered the celebrity storm in the past. As one pal pointed out, Hayes was hammered by the gossip columnist Rachel Glucina. But that is not going to happen while Glucina works with TV3.

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Six questions on the Fairfax – NZME. merger Advertisers not too worried - but how will consumers fare?

Would Mike Hosking be allowed on Stuff as well as TVNZ, Newstalk ZB and the NZ Herald?

Fairfax and NZME are hoping to have the merger of the two New Zealand operation cleared by the end of the year. The two parties will be having preliminary talks with the competition watchdog the Commerce Commission this week. Advertising issues will be central to deliberations. But it is not yet clear what value, if any, the  Commission will place the public having choice and access to independent voices. The hope is that the public will get to hear more about plans before they are established. TVNZ chairman Joan Withers said of the merger last week: “This is Big”. New Zealand media will not be the same again.

  • How many provincial and community newspapers are likely to be sold or shut down?
  • How many people will lose their jobs?
  • Will brands like Stuff and nzherald,co nz remain and will they maintain distinct news values?
  • Will the mean reducing the number of independent voices and will Fairfax and NZME pull back from sharing opinion-makers with other media like TVNZ?
  • Post merger, would Mike Hosking be allowed to be opinion-maker at Stuff as well as at Newstalk ZB, SevenSharp and the NZ Herald?
  • Would paywalls be established at one site, both websites or neither?

 

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