Ever wanted to know the names of the Customs Service's golden labradors? Or whose idea it was to purchase that teenage-repelling mosquito device installed at the Papanui Library? Well, the answers to… Read moreAudio
Some journalists pulled out all the stops this week to find a local angle to a gripping international story while others declared a truly important local story less than gripping; the 250th… Read moreAudio
Social media networks are now a big source of news for today's media - and also crucial platforms for distributing it. What people share online now often trumps traditional notions of what's news, but… Read moreAudio
When super-celebrity Kim Kardashian was reportedly robbed at gunpoint this week, it made headlines all around the world - and so did the online responses of random people. Did the incident really call… Read more
Losi Filipo's controversial discharge without conviction sparked outrage among the public and the media alike this week. Important facts about the law were obscured by all the anger and calls for… Read moreAudio
Established New Zealand broadcasters will compete with online outlets for our public broadcasting money from next year under a new regime proposed by New Zealand On Air. It is a significant change… 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.