Three years ago, John Key admitted he kept in touch with certain bloggers. Then Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics lifted the lid on other government ministers leaking to them. Newstalk ZB’s Felix Marwick… Read moreAudio
'Hit and Run' sparks calls for inquiry and a backlash against the authors; PM's blogger ties remain in the dark; TVNZ to cut jobs in news reshuffle; TV funnyman starts debate by getting serious on… Read moreAudio
Comedian Jono Pryor took TV3 viewers by surprise last week when he suddenly got serious about suicide live on the Jono and Ben show. It sparked debate about how suicide is reported and discussed by… Read moreAudio
TVNZ has announced plans to cut jobs in news but increase reporting from the regions. Chief executive Kevin Kenrick tells Mediawatch more big changes will come to make TVNZ "sustainable". Read moreAudio
A new TV channel promising to “set a new standard for Chinese broadcasting in New Zealand” goes live this weekend on Freeview. What will NCTV offer Chinese New Zealanders - and other New Zealanders… Read moreVideo, Audio
The Newsroom website launched this week with a scoop on caged eggs being passed-off as free range that was undoubtedly in the public interest, but did it justify the use of hidden cameras? Mediawatch'… Read moreAudio
After more than 25 years as a journalist, Phil Vine went to work for Greenpeace last year. Many other reporters have crossed over to "the dark side" to help organisations get their messages out, but… Read moreAudio
A media campaign about "New Zealand's red meat story" is in the pipeline. It follows a recent ad campaign putting dairy farmers front and centre to boost the image of Fonterra. Is the farming lobby… Read moreAudio
Bill English hinted at changes to superannuation on Saturday morning, then told reporters to "wait and see". Bumping up the retirement age was done by dinnertime on Monday, taking much of the media by… 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.