The media struggled with the contrasting moods of horror, anger and sorrow in the wake of this week's suicide attack in Manchester. Some commentators aired extreme views at a time when calm was being… Read moreAudio
No editor had a better night at last weekend’s Canon Media Awards than Miriyana Alexander. Her Weekend Herald won ‘Newspaper of the Year’ and she won a fellowship in the UK to study so-called ‘fake… Read moreAudio
A big media contingent followed Bill English on his trip to Tokyo where kickstarting a US-free TPP was the top priority. But some political reporters pressed him for opinions on what was going on in… Read moreAudio
The housing shortage surged to the top of the news agenda this week with political promises of more new homes in a hurry, and a housing minister lashing out at housing charities and the media. Read moreAudio
A story that filled the front page of the Northern Advocate last weekend cast doubt on the basis of New Zealand’s entire modern history. But Mediawatch reckons we don't need to rewrite our history… Read moreAudio
Startling news of two more Kiwi sports stars behaving badly across the ditch prompted swift and extensive criticism in the media. But wider issues of drugs in sport were kicked into touch. Read moreVideo, Audio
This week Māori Television’s Paora Maxwell became the latest in a series of media bosses to resign this past year. Mediawatch looks at the reaction - and why it’s not the only leadership issue… 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.