The telco Spark has scored English football rights that were part of the package at Sky TV for years. Mediawatch looks at how the English Premier League has become a political football in the… Read more
Twice in two weeks high profile political speaking engagements have been scrubbed, sparking overlapping debates about free speech, hate speech, censorship and safety. As future free speech flashpoints… Read moreVideo, Audio
Judith Collins has been condemned for endorsing fake news about France concerning the abuse of children. Critics claim it’s the first time a local MP has knowingly spread a story online that's made… Read moreAudio
It was widely reported that a heatwave in Europe was caused by a hot air plume from Africa. But the North African heatwave that preceded the European one barely rated a mention - despite resulting in… Read moreAudio
Politics is a contest of ideas, but these days also a personality contest between leaders. Which came out on top in the political coverage during a week when the families of rival politicians were… Read moreAudio
It’s a common complaint that too much of the news is too grim and some people are - quite literally - turning off. Is there a better way to report news we can use? Stuff reporter Nicola… Read moreVideo, Audio
Big personalities clashed over a proposed charity concert in Auckland and both claimed other agendas were in play. The media reported the row with relish and some took sides. But there were bigger… Read moreAudio
New Zealand's biggest news publisher Stuff will soon have a new owner. After more than 150 years in publishing, its Australian parent Fairfax Media will cease to exist after a mega-merger with… 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.