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Claims and counter-claims of bias, cheek-by-jowl

Opinions are like backsides, as the old saying goes. Everyone's got one. But in the media, some are aired more often than others. (Opinions, that is . . . ) Winston Peters sparked debate this week by calling Mike Hosking a "National Party stooge, a claim the broadcaster denied. But the row has highlighted how opinion is more embedded than ever in our news media today.

From Mediawatch on 23 Aug 2015

Using news to help hype radio shows

Wondering why stories about radio stars splitting up, staying up all night or handing out money are suddenly all over your news? It's "survey time" again. Radio stations are desperate to boost their ratings and their owners shamelessly use news outlets to lend a hand.

From Mediawatch on 23 Aug 2015

News you can use going hyperlocal

Eight years ago, a dairy coolstore exploded in Tamahere near Hamilton - one of New Zealand's worst-ever industrial accidents at the time. Freelance journalist Pip Stevenson started an online news service which has covered the fallout in great detail. 'Tamahere Forum' is now the main source of news for a small New Zealand community which, like many others, is largely overlooked by our mainstream news media. Next week, it's up the Best Community Website prize at the Australia New Zealand Internet Awards along with two other local New Zealand news sites Mediawatch talks to Pip Stevenson about 'Tamahere Forum' and the prospects for 'hyperlocal' news online in New Zealand.

From Mediawatch on 23 Aug 2015

Mediawatch for 23 August 2015

Claim and counter-claim of bias cheek-by-jowl, using news to help hype radio shows; news you can use goes hyperlocal, and; examining claims screens change kids' brains.

From Mediawatch on 23 Aug 2015

Hyperlocal news you can use on the rise

Later this month, Tamahere Forum by freelance journalist Pip Stevenson is up for the 'Best Community Website' prize at the Australia New Zealand Internet Awards (The ANZIAs) along with local news sites based in Motueka and north-east Hamilton. All three are run by ex-fulltime journalists who used to work together in daily paper newsrooms. Colin Peacock talks to Pip about the forum and the prospects for 'hyperlocal' news online in New Zealand.

From Mediawatch on 23 Aug 2015

Examining claims that screens can change kids' brains

We're constantly hearing in the media that IT is changing the way we live. Fantastically useful and portable devices mean we can stay in touch with each other, and hook into the media, wherever we go and whenever we want. There's also been plenty in the media warning about the downside, especially for young people growing up in the digital age. Should we take that seriously?

From Mediawatch on 23 Aug 2015

TV3's new news show. What's the Story?

TV3's canning of Campbell Live earlier this year prompted angst about the future of serious current affairs on our screens. They successor wouldn't be "light and fluffy". So what is it? Mediawatch takes a look at its first week on air.

From Mediawatch on 16 Aug 2015

Oh no. More Sky Go no-go woe

Sky's streaming service was down for last weekend's Silver Ferns thriller. It wasn't Sky's fault, but it's far from the first time sports fans have been frustrated by its failure during top live games. With the Rugby World Cup coming up, some fans fear missing out if they're away from their TVs.

From Mediawatch on 16 Aug 2015

The response to claims of a pale, male monopoly on air

It is rare for someone prominent in the media to criticise the way they are run. Rarer still if they single out their own employers. Newstalk ZB's Rachel Smalley recently said prime time broadcasting is dominated by "wealthy white men" including her colleagues - and something should be done. What happened next? And is she right?

From Mediawatch on 16 Aug 2015

The Daily Show no-shows irk long-suffering fans

Sky TV's also been copping flak for failing to screen the much-hyped last-ever Daily Show with Jon Stewart as advertised, on the day that it aired in the US. But it's far from the first time local fans of the man dubbed 'America's satirist-in-chief' have blamed our broadcasters for failing to put him on the air here.

From Mediawatch on 16 Aug 2015

Mediawatch for 16 August 2015

The new TV3 news show picking up where Campbell Live left off; Sky cops flak for Sky Go no-go and Daily Show no-show, and; too many pale males hogging prime airtime?

From Mediawatch on 16 Aug 2015

Helping hands skew the news overseas?

No New Zealand reporters went to Hawaii where the TPP negotiations came to nothing, even though that ended up leading the news last weekend. But three political reporters were in New York to see our foreign minister in the big chair at the UN at the same time, because the UN covered some of the costs.

From Mediawatch on 09 Aug 2015

Public pays for diplomatic TV dinners

Pav served at the pad of our man at the UN was in the news recently, but soon we may also see tasty treats at our diplomatic residences on TV. A million dollars of public broadcasting money is being spent on a TVNZ show to send winners of Masterchef to 10 of New Zealand's diplomatic posts overseas.

From Mediawatch on 09 Aug 2015

Mediawatch for 9 August 2015

Mediawatch asks John Campbell what he brings to RNZ; helping hands skew news from overseas; public pays for diplomatic TV dinners.

From Mediawatch on 09 Aug 2015

John Campbell on journalism - and the numbers game

Shortly after the announcement he's joining Radio New Zealand - again - Mediawatch asked John Campbell why he's returning, what his multimedia programme for drivetime might bring to RNZ National - and what it might take away. And having left one cash-strapped broadcaster for another, does he think the drive to boost the audience could clash with public service principles?

From Mediawatch on 06 Aug 2015

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