$18 cabbages? An extra $75 for wine? Eye-watering claims about the crippling costs of charging for water floated free in the media this past week - even in the rural press which should have known… Read moreAudio
New research from the broadcasting regulator has found that many New Zealanders willingly share stuff on social media,but they reckon broadcasters should get permission to use it. Is that realistic… Read moreAudio
New Zealand's main awards for business journalism have been scrapped after most media withdrew because the sponsor vetoed an entry critical of a client. But the sponsor still refuses to address the… Read moreAudio
The blame for Metiria Turei's downfall is being spread in many directions - including hers. But some are pointing the finger at the media and their appetite for winners, losers and scalps. Read moreAudio
While one political party leader was cast into the depths last week, the popularity of another one hit new heights. Mediawatch looks at the coverage of Labour’s new leader and asks two news bosses if… Read moreAudio
New last-minute leaders for Labour have changed the story of the upcoming election for the media. But did they make a drama out of those opinion polls which forced the issue in the first place? Read moreAudio
The Ardern ascent set the news agenda this past week, even if it was in part due to unwanted questions about babies. How long will the honeymoon last and how long will “new car smell” linger? Read moreAudio
As the usual suspects take up ever more air time ahead of the election, is it time New Zealand took up the suggestion of Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein and put time limits on our… Read moreVideo, Audio
An abusive, career-ending tirade unleashed by Donald Trump’s former communications director recently was certainly newsworthy. But the media struggled to report the full fury of his outburst while… Read moreAudio
Mediawatch looks critically at the New Zealand media - television, radio, newspapers and magazines as well as the 'new' electronic media. It also examines the performance of the agencies, corporations and institutions that regulate them. It looks into the impact the media has on the nation, highlighting good practice as well as bad along the way - and it also enquires into overseas trends and technological developments which New Zealanders need to know about.
It aims to enlighten everyone with an interest in the media about how it all works, how quickly things are changing - and how certain significant stories and issues are being covered. It's also intended to be essential listening for those who work in the industry itself - as well as those who simply enjoy well-produced and lively radio.