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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

Behind the veil of trade talks secrecy

With trade officials trying to hammer out a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement behind closed doors in Hawaii this week, it was hard for the media to say what was on the table, and what was at stake, in what's been called the biggest trade deal ever. Some media this past week simply said we'll have to wait and see what the deal would contain, but others tried harder to work out what the outcome might be.

From Mediawatch on 02 Aug 2015

Picking the programmes to back with public cash

Obesity and Outrageous Fortune spinoffs? Hard facts or soft soap? Mastermind or Masterchef? Not everyone will agree on taxpayers' money to be spent on new programmes. Mediawatch looks at some of the decisions in New Zealand on Air's latest round of funding announcements.

From Mediawatch on 02 Aug 2015

A local channel out from under the radar?

It runs well-made shows from some of the world's best TV broadcasters and some local ones as well, but they're rarely reviewed or written about. It's available nationwide on Freeview and Sky and its survived while other channels have withered and died, but Choice TV has remained under the radar. But could that be about to change? For the first time, New Zealand on Air is backing a local show to screen on Choice TV. Mediawatch asks to the channel's Julia Baylis how the it works and what it can offer free-to-air viewers.

From Mediawatch on 02 Aug 2015

Mediawatch for 2 August 2015

How the media coped with TPP secrecy; new TV shows getting taxpayer backing, and some that aren't; a local TV channel coming out from under the radar; a rare fair go from a foreign quiz show .

From Mediawatch on 02 Aug 2015

A rare fair go from a foreign quiz show

Many hours on our main TV channels are taken up with British and Australian TV quiz shows on weekday afternoons. They're well-made shows, but too many questions are designed for Brits and Aussies and almost impossible for viewers here to answer. This past week, the tables were turned when a British contestant was stumped by a very Kiwi question.

From Mediawatch on 02 Aug 2015

Correction on Kiwirail comment

An error made in Mediawatch last week in an item on debate prompted by coverage of the future of Kiwirail: Mediawatch noted that the finance minister had warned that present levels of support for Kiwirail were unsustainable, and in a Nine to Noon interview on the 10th of July about Kiwirail being put on notice by the government it wasn't Bill English who fronted up to speak about it, but his press secretary Joanne Black. That was wrong. Joanne Black is not a press secretary for the minister of finance. She was on Nine to Noon as a spokesperson for Kiwirail. We regret the error - apologies to Joanne Black and Kiwirail.

From Mediawatch on 02 Aug 2015

Lashing out on camera - ending up on the news

"If it bleeds, it leads" - so goes the old saying about the media headlining stuff that's truly shocking. But someone simply losing their rag in front of the cameras also excites the editors. Mediawatch looks at how Labour leader Andrew Little and former rocker Phil Rudd ended up on the evening TV news - because they got angry at the wrong time.

From Mediawatch on 26 Jul 2015

Winter is coming? Churnalism freezes out the facts

How did scary stories of an ice age just 15 years from now spread throughout the news media last week? Mediawatch looks at the role of a couple of stray quotation marks, some dismal churnalism - and how the media reacted when the experts pointed out this was mostly rubbish.

From Mediawatch on 26 Jul 2015

What do journalists and cops have in common?

Reporters often come into conflict with the police in the course of chasing a good story. But both sides are dedicated to uncovering the truth on behalf of the public they serve and they also have to be good at persuading people to co-operate. Knowing when to bend the rules a little is also a key skill, but the consequences of cutting corners can be dire if their findings don't stand up to scrutiny. So what can investigative reporters learn from police investigators? At the recent conference of the NZ Centre for Investigative Journalism, Mediawatch talked to former detective John Gualter.

From Mediawatch on 26 Jul 2015

Mediawatch for 26 July 2015

How a scary story about an imminent ice age went round the world recently, even though most experts said it was nonsense. Also: how journalists have more in common with cops than they might like to think; people being angry ending up on the evening news; changing the tune on our trains. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

From Mediawatch on 26 Jul 2015

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