CAPTION: Willie Jackson and Labour’s Matt McCarten.
What happens to Auckland’s Waatea Maori Radio if Willie Jackson wins a place in the Labour caucus? As it stands he controls Waatea along with John Tamihere who head the urban Maori authorities for Manukau and Waipareira, though Jackson has an editorial role as well. He heads the National Urban Maori Authority and is chairman of the Iwi Maori Radio Association representing 21 stations. He has a significant influence on Maori broadcasting, and indirectly on Maori TV. Labour is expected to announce soon he has been given a high place on the Labour list raising questions about how the independence of these bodies is maintained. In my opinion that will need to be redoubled if Labour ends up leading the next government.
The United States will soon be run by reality TV star Donald Trump. And in little old New Zealand, we’ve seen wannabe politicians who happen to have been on the telly.
The latest “star” political wannabe is Hayley Holt, a talented snowboarder and a presenter of two niche TV shows “The Crowd Goes Wild” and “Back Benches. Name recognition matters for a party like the Greens and you wonder if there are any more media people waiting in the wings.
But Holt does not have the celebrity power of Tamati Coffey who fronted the weather forecasts for many years and who will be standing for Labour in the Waiariki seat in 2017.
Holt is said to be an environmentalist and have a degree in politics and that means a lot for some Green voters.
She may well be be a brilliant advocate for the Party. Holt had indicated that she was interested in winning the candidacy for the Helensville electorate. Maybe that will be less attractive now that John Key is no longer standing and there would be fewer promotional opportunities.
The Greens insist they will follow their normal practices is selecting her place on the List, . But announcements of star candidates like Holt raise the question whether high profile people have a place ahead non- celebrity candidates,
Holt told the NZ Herald she is not yet sure how many votes her star power could be worth.”I don’t want politics to be boring. It looks boring at the moment and we’ve got some really fresh, exciting faces with the Greens coming through …” she said.
Another recent recruit looking for a place on the Greens list is high profile politician Chloe Swarbrick who had worked with alternative radio station Bfm.
She has been backed by media on the Left in Auckland and would likely draw votes in the city. Indeed when she recently announced her intentions to stand for Parliament it seemed like the Greens were joining Swarbrick, not vice – versa.
Caption.Tim Murphy and Mark Jennings aim for their new wesbsite called Newsroom to be up and running in mid-February.
Plans for an ambitious news and current affairs website were forced out into the open yesterday, after Fairfax and NZME used them to show the Commerce Commission there was competition coming in the news market. Former high-profile news bosses for MediaWorks and the New Zealand Herald – Mark Jennings and Tim Murphy – were caught short when marketing material their new website, Newsroom, unexpectedly went public. According to Jennings, Fairfax and NZME got wind of plans and delivered them to the Commerce Commission. Jennings said that the project was going well – but negotiations had not been completed and were continuing, Journalists whose names are attached to the marketing proposal include Bernard Hickey and his Hivenews.co,nz website, business writer Rod Oram, sports writer Steve Deane, and Eloise Gibson.
Tim Murphy said the new venture would start as a subscription service in mid-February with the free website set to start in March. According to promotional material for the newsroom site (see below). Negotiations are under way for backing from Allied Press, the owner of the Otago Daily Times. Selwyn and Craig Pellett are involved. Newsroom will be funded by subscriptions, sponsorship and advertising. Murphy said subscriptions were hoped to be equal to sponsorship and advertising revenue by Year 3. The marketing document is attacjed below.
The recent ratings failure of the TVNZ 1 series “Dirty Laundry” leaves TVNZ and New Zealand On Air with a dilemma over the future of New Zealand drama. TVNZ needs a hit. Zagzigger.com pointed out on October 14 that the show was in trouble (Dirty Laundry On Line), and it never really found an audience. The TVNZ2 predecessor, “Filthy Rich” also did not rate very well, and had mixed reviews. But Filthy Rich viewership held up on TVNZ On Demand. NZ On Air says it had a loyal audience. As a result, it agreed to fund a second series.
I saw some of the same faults in Dirty Laundry that were apparent in Filthy Rich. They seemed like same old, same old. It would be easy to get despondent There is nothing sillier than making the same mistake over and over again. But unlike some media folk I’m not keen on walking away from TV drama altogether, Making drama is hard work. And many in the TV world believe that the problem is that TVNZ commissioners are caught up in an eighties time warp. The bulk of the money for kiwi dramas comes from taxpayers, but the networks are nervous about trying things that are new.Maybe so. But f they continue to play it too safe -and it creates a third underwhelming series in a row – people may start giving up.
I hear TVNZ has a promising new drama in development that is expected to be quite different to Filthy Rich and Dirty Laundry. Fingers crossed it is not called Grubby Feet.
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. In 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?
MediaWorks insists its new comedy news show “The Project” replacing “Story” is a joint venture between the news and entertainment divisions. But based on what my sources are saying, the kiwi version of the Australian format show will be entertainment pure and simple – with little involvement from news.
It seems the entertainment operation had always wanted to take over the 7pm slot from news. After the Campbell Live debacle and poor ratings for Story, content boss Andrew Szusterman had convinced management that news and current affairs would not work. The Project has won accolades and seven Logie awards in Australia.
The big question is how the New Zealand’s version will compare given it will have much lower budgets.
“The Project” is not a sure bet. There has big challenges getting it ready for the first quarter of 2017 next year. New Zealand has some talented comedians and writers.
But will the Seven Days team that will have a big role be up to the challenge for a daily prime time show that promises funny TV. The Seven Days crew will have a big role. The Friday night show about four hours to make a half hour programme. Tv3 deserves the best of luck with The Project. I was not a huge fan of Story, but they did try. The Project in Australia has been successful with generous budgets and top talent. But will that happen here?
Lazy journalist research: What Wikipedia says about the format for The Project:
The main content of the show revolves around Aly, Bickmore and Helliar at the desk discussing some of the news events of the day as reported by Bickmore. This discussion often involves live crosses to reporters or guests via satellite. Special guests, often of a celebrity nature, also regularly appear in studio, usually during each show’s final segments. In addition, the show features pre-recorded interviews with celebrities, conducted by either one of the main cast or US correspondent Jonathan Hyla. Feature stories by the main cast, often of a humorous but insightful nature, are also prominent throughout each week.
I’m betwixt and between over Wikileaks and its involvement in the US election. Nobody doubts the emails through her campaign manager John Podesta are real.
But very of the revelations s0 far have been surprising. They underline manipulation of media that applies to all politicians. The one exception is highlighted in an interview of Julian Assange by John Pilger. It points US friends Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar funding Isis, which is conducting crimes against humanity, and which the US claims to be dead against.
Like many liberal armchair foreign relations students, I am supporter of Wikileaks. That goes back to the famous indictment on war called Collateral Murder. I can understand the Wikileaks logic that it should get out all the information it has as at a time when it is relevant, right before an election. But I wonder about a poorly explained association with the Russian government. And I wonder about the lack of any useful information about the dangers of Trump. Nowadays, we see Right wing nutcases praising Wikileaks for its anti Clinton campaign. Last week Wikileaks retweeting items from Fox News. It’s a “World Gone Mad”as they say.
It seems to me that anything it does to undermine Clinton will help Trump to be president – and that will lead to more suffering. Assange insists that the “Establishment” – which almost wholly backs Clinton would “not allow” a Trump victory. Which may or may not be true. I don’t think Wikileaks should base the future of the world on one of Julian Assange’s reckons.
This campaign against Clinton would have been better released six months ago when Bernie Sanders was fighting for the Democratic nomination. As it stands the Wikileaks campaign looks like Assange’s hubris against Clinton. Below is an example where Wikileaks showed the horrors of war, and did not choose goodies and baddies,
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:
Rachel MacGregor is under intense scrutiny as a witness for Jordan Williams in his defamation claim against former Conservative leader Colin Craig. Looking at media coverage you get the impression she has become stuck in the middle of legal battle between the two men. I can understand the way that media have handled this defamation case. Media are limited by the way that evidence is played out in court and the commercial realities. The audience loves the salacious allegations about relationships. MacGregor has a central role in whether the comments by Craig were or were not defamatory. That said it seems like the media coverage of the court case her name has been through the mud.
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.