Category: Radio

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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RNZ reaps what it sows Hooton attacks tax haven investigation

Caption: RNZ’s Right versus left political commentary has been key in defining Hooton’s profile. (Photo credit RNZ)

Nicky HagerMatthew Hooton is attacking RNZ’s joint investigation with TVNZ and Nicky Hager into whether New Zealand is a tax haven. Last week in the NZ Herald, I reported that the government was not pleased that two state media were involved in the contract with the International Consortium of International Journalists. RNZ chairman Richard Griffin is said to be unhappy about what he saw as a focus on Nicky Hager.

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NZME-Fairfax NZ merger confirmed Aiming for media combo at the end of 2016 (updated)

APN News and Media have confirmed proposals to merge their New Zealand operations into a combined media company. It is planned to go ahead at the end of 2016. If it is goes ahead and is cleared by the Commerce Commission it will mean a virtual monopoly for newspapers, and dominance of the online news sector. A former NZ Herald editor-in-chief, Tim Murphy has said that on past guesstimates the com lined operation would need to retain 2250 or more of the 3000-odd staff . The new entity – jokingly referred to be one Herald wag as F-Me – would have a huge impact on news gathering in this country.

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Reach for Veitch Being part of an anti-violence campaign was a bad idea

NZME sportscaster Tony Veitch took a drubbing on social media last week for a feature he wrote for the Herald on Sunday. It was part a NZ Herald campaign against domestic violence. Reaction to the self serving article showed that not only have some people have not forgiven Veitch for his attack on his former girlfriend ten years ago, it showed that some never will. Why did he think it was a good idea to cast himself as the redeemed soul?

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99 percent pure Jesse Mulligan Let's get realistic about RNZ sponsorship

Radio New Zealand bosses did not even bother asking the government to give them extra money in the May 26 Budget. National has said “No” to the Oliver Twist approach for eight years, so why go through the farce of asking again? Now petitioners are pleading for politicians to relent. But we are beyond non-commercial purity. We need to welcome sponsorship on National Radio and Concert FM as a means to its survival.

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An angel at our newsdesk Coverage of Hilary Barry has been nutty

Media have got caught up in the idea that Hilary Barry is a Princess Of The People for New Zealand TV. But I think they need to keep their feet closer to the ground. Hype about Hilary leaving MediaWorks is the backdrop to the crisis that led to the exit of Mark Weldon and is very relevant because her resignation brought maters to a head. No doubt “the mate of the nation” has a story to tell on her reasons for leaving, but so far she has not told. Maybe the juicy bits will come out in a woman’s magazine feature in the future. With limited facts media have pulled out woman’s magazine gush.

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