Convicted killer Scott Watson has won his fight for the right to talk to a journalist in jail twice in two years and others behind bars who say they're innocent may follow suit. Is that good for… Read moreAudio
Paul Henry gave an interview to the New Zealand Herald last week. It revealed he is a sweary, politically-incorrect entertainer with a huge ego who turns his nose up at the great unwashed. But we… Read moreAudio
Gerry Brownlee made headlines and even offered to quit after bypassing airport security back in 2014, but the release of previously-withheld information contradicting his version of events didn’t… Read moreVideo, Audio
Twice in the past two years a convicted killer has won the right to meet a journalist in jail to re-state his claims of innocence. Is it a good idea? Also: a controversial Paul Henry interview makes… Read moreAudio
We can expect more politically-inspired satire and comment in the media at election time next year - and more ads across more media from political parties, thanks to two recent decisions which have… Read moreVideo, Audio
Political parties look set to get more of our money for election ads in 2017 which will come at us from more of our media. Is this a good idea? Also: controversial comments from Mike Hosking are… Read moreAudio
The Tribal Huk gang's promise to drive the drug P out of Ngaruawahia caught the imagination of the media and won praise from pundits. But did they know what they were actually applauding? Read moreAudio
The Marlborough Express has warned that it can’t go on as a daily paper forever and it is considering new ideas, including reporting sponsored by readers and printing on fewer days of the week. Could… Read moreVideo, Audio
Shows devoted to business news vanished from our TV screens years ago - because people can get it online anytime and because it's often boring. Mediawatch asks BBC business frontman Ben Thompson if… 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.