The business of publishing papers has never been tougher, but dozens of independently-owned ones still doggedly cover local news all over the country. Now their stories can be found on a new website… Read moreAudio
The Sonny Bill Williams ‘collar-gate’ controversy had all the ingredients for the media: rugby, a celebrity, big brands and big money - all overlaid with a religious culture clash. But was really a… Read moreAudio
John Clarke lampooned politicians and the powerful in New Zealand and Australia, but he also skewered the media from time to time too with his subtle style of satire. Mediawatch looks at that - and… Read moreVideo, Audio
The PM says there is no basis for an inquiry into the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan, yet editorial opinion in the media overwhelmingly backs one. Has the meaning of book Hit & Run been obscured… Read moreAudio
The advertising that has covered the cost of journalism in the past is drifting away from the news media. Readers who value it are being asked to pay more to secure its future. Mediawatch asks two… Read moreVideo, Audio
No fewer than five national news outlets reported last weekend that Tuhoe activist and artist Tame Iti once stole a priceless painting. But he didn't do it - and it wasn't the first time he'd asked… Read moreAudio
Ten years ago, the journalists' union held a summit at Parliament under the banner 'Journalism Matters' to air their fears about commercial pressures diminishing the quality of news. 10 years later… 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.