Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, May 9th, 2016 - 277 comments
A new release of Panama papers absolutely confirms New Zealand is a tax haven says Nicky Hager. And ironically, it is because of New Zealand’s squeaky clean reputation that tens of thousands of foreigners have come flooding here.
Rather than actually dealing with the issue, John Key is using his old classics “nothing to see here” coupled with “Labour did it too”, “nicky hager is a conspiracy nut”, and “wait for the (Shewan) whitewash enquiry” defenses.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 pm, August 17th, 2014 - 59 comments
TVNZ has launched a new interactive online tool, to encourage voters to match their priorities with those of political parties. TV NZ aims to use the data from the responses for their election coverage. [Updated]
Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, September 5th, 2013 - 23 comments
If Key and Joyce aren’t simply corrupt, then they are some of the most stupid business people I’ve ever seen. But most likely they’re just politicians trying to cover their arses for making a stupid mistake. It looks to me like they have gutted TVNZ to give a bare land deal to SkyCity, ignoring the value of the building on top or the profitable business that they will destroy in the process.
Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, November 25th, 2012 - 23 comments
Public service broadcasting and commercial TV cover politics in different ways. Will Sky TV’s new public service channel, Face, (incorporating some ex-Stratos/Triangle shows), do it the commercial or PSB way? What will be the impact on NZ’s political journalism?
Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, March 2nd, 2012 - 16 comments
National’s New Zealand becomes a scarier place by the day. Clare Curran has revealed that TVNZ ordered Fair Go staff to bear the interests of advertisers in mind when making their stories. Well, there goes the reputation of the gold standard in New Zealand TV. This is what you get from a government that has […]
Written By: - Date published: 9:18 pm, November 19th, 2011 - 107 comments
Bradley Ambrose, the cameraman widely maligned by John Key and his pudgey lapdogs David Farrar and Cameron Slater for daring to hold the PM to some basic standards of accountability, is demanding an apology from John Key or he’ll take the PM to court for defamation.
UPDATE: The final week of the campaign will kick off with a police raid on the Herald Monday morning.
Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, December 28th, 2010 - 46 comments
The Sprout led our coverage of the Paul Henry scandal, writing the first post after the prick’s attack on Anand Satyanand and the one on his resignation. The Sprout also first brought to public attention Henry’s racist attack on Sheila Dikshit, which became an international incident and caused Henry’s downfall. Here’s how it started.
Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, October 13th, 2010 - 35 comments
If you resign from your job today will your boss give you half a year’s pay as a parting gift? No? Funny because that, apparently, is standard practice for high-paid stars. It is being reported Paul Henry received up to $150,000 from TVNZ when he resigned due to the storm over his racist remarks. And that was regarded as a good deal for TVNZ!
Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, October 11th, 2010 - 36 comments
Here’s John Key this morning on Breakfast, talking about Paul Henry’s resignation. Naturally he’s eager to downplay the influence of Kiwi-Indian business and diplomatic interests, and to deny any government involvement in the decision. The most revealing part of the interview is when Key stammers: “I have not spoke [sic] to Paul Henry” Key says […]
Written By: - Date published: 6:06 pm, October 10th, 2010 - 116 comments
TVNZ have announced the resignation of Paul Henry. John Key’s going to have a LOT of angry rednecks on his case over this one. First Andy Haden, now Paul Henry. And then of course there are all the civilized people already on Key’s back about his gutless failure to protest Henry’s racism in the first place.
Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, October 9th, 2010 - 56 comments
Here’s a compilation from TV7’s Russell Brown from April this year, highlighting the value for money taxpayers get from paying Breakfast Bigot Paul Henry $300,000+ per year: ridiculing the appearance of guests whose opinions he disagrees with, ridiculing deaf people, women, and the disproportionate rate of infant deaths in developing countries – “but they’ve got […]
Written By: - Date published: 12:52 am, October 8th, 2010 - 141 comments
Paul Henry’s racism on state funded television has now reached the level of a full fledged diplomatic incident. The New Zealand High Commission in India has issued a press release apologising and stating that Henry’s views do not represent “the New Zealand Government or people”. Fine words, but they need to be followed up with appropriate action. Henry has to go.
Written By: - Date published: 8:05 pm, October 7th, 2010 - 40 comments
India’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has summoned the New Zealand High Commissioner in New Delhi to please explain Paul Henry’s ultra-racist outburt against Minister Sheila Dikshit, on New Zealand’s state broadcaster TVNZ. The Minister may also like to ask why Prime Minister John Key giggled in response Henry’s racist attack against our Governor General […]
Written By: - Date published: 6:28 am, October 7th, 2010 - 50 comments
More anti-Indian racism from Paul Henry… and Paul Henry being racist about hispanics (you can tune out through the middle, but listen to the first and last few minutes) We’re paying this guy $300,000+ a year for this. This is what TVNZ condones in continuing to employ Henry, despite it going against TVNZ and BSA standards. It’s typcial […]
Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, October 6th, 2010 - 54 comments
We’ve had a lot of coverage of the issue of TVNZ’s bigoted host but I want to chip in with a few points: Paul Henry’s ‘apology’ is in fact a calculated dog whistle to bigots, the blame for Henry goes to a deeper rot in TVNZ, and we have seen prove positive of John Key’s complete inability to lead and stand up for what’s right.
Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, October 6th, 2010 - 19 comments
What future for TVNZ? Paul Henry’s words show us their current car-crash course – bigotry for ratings, price over quality, drivel over culture. Isn’t it time we asked for something better?
Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, October 6th, 2010 - 49 comments
In case you were wondering why Breakfast Bigot Paul Henry has to go – here’s another great example of his work. Watch it all if you can. Maybe this alone wouldn’t be enough for dismissal if it was an uncharacteristic rarity, but it’s characteristic and commonplace for Paul Henry. I don’t want this person representing my […]
Written By: - Date published: 2:18 pm, October 5th, 2010 - 91 comments
Paul Henry has been suspended from TVNZ. He will return on air on Monday 18 October. That simply isn’t good enough – he needs to be sacked because he is a recidivist offender who appears to be incapable of learning. As Mike Treen says “Paul Henry has become the poster boy for bigotry. He has no place on a national broadcaster paid for by taxpayers – taxpayers who include many of the people he humiliates.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, October 5th, 2010 - 73 comments
Here’s some of the international coverage of New Zealand that Paul Henry’s racist outburst against our Governor General Anand Satyanand has sparked. In India and here. Cool, after the recent effigy burnings of a certain Kiwi in New Delhi on the grounds that he was racist, that should really help things heaps. Australia, UK, USA, […]
Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, October 4th, 2010 - 185 comments
New Zealand’s most infamous anti-Ambassador Paul Henry has shamed us all once again. On TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning, Henry asked John Key (at 6’30” into the interview) of our Governor General “Is he even a New Zealander” (Satyanand was born in NZ) and could the next GG be someone who “looks and sounds a bit […]
Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, March 4th, 2010 - 17 comments
How’s this for insanity: the finals in the World Cup will be broadcast live on four free to air channels as well as Sky. That’s pretty much the definition of overkill and it has got to have cost a bomb, thanks to the Government’s disastrous handling of the issue.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 16th, 2010 - 58 comments
Tabloid trash mag Woman’s Day has being paying someone to follow Alison Mau and her family to take pictures to fuel their prurient interest in her personal life, according to a statement by Mau on TVNZ’s Breakfast. In her statement Mau pleaded for Woman’s Day Editor Sarah Henry to “call off the dogs” and the “creepy guy in […]
Written By: - Date published: 1:52 pm, December 2nd, 2009 - 31 comments
felix in comments points out in his usual sarcastic style about the media response on Don Brash’s 2025 Taskforce report. For example, consider this online poll (tvnz): What do you think of Don Brash’s 2025 Taskforce financial report? It’s too radical It’s about right It doesn’t go far enough All the questions imply some degree […]
Written By: - Date published: 5:02 pm, November 30th, 2009 - 36 comments
I haven’t bothered looking too far for reaction to Paul Henry jerking off in public to attract attention to his personaility defect – inflated ego. Against the current had a post that captured my opinion the best – Meet Mr Stupid. This time the victim of Henry’s ‘witty banter’ was British singing Susan Boyle. Henry […]
Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, November 6th, 2009 - 38 comments
Documents that the government was forced to release under the Official Information Act reveal that Bill English exercised extensive control and sign-off over each stage of his million dollar political propaganda ad, funded by publicly-owned broadcaster TVNZ. The documents (which, unfortunately, the media organisations have not seen fit to release to the public in full) […]
Written By: - Date published: 10:09 pm, October 29th, 2009 - 3 comments
Now TVNZ is pulling the Bill English ad, I notice the web ad is also gone. In it’s place is something so vapid that I pray it was knocked together by a new minted marketing grad in ten minutes (‘Do you feel guilty looking for another job when you’ve already got one?’ No, why would I? but maybe you ought […]
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, October 29th, 2009 - 9 comments
If you thought TVNZ’s promo ad for its Plain English series looked like an ad for the National Party you’re not alone. Seems the ad is so faithful to the political advertising genre that it even had a political marketing expert fooled. Here’s Dr Clare Robinson on her reaction to seeing the ad: “When I […]
Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, October 9th, 2009 - 17 comments
I’ve just seen in the Herald that TVNZ has been using one of their TV ‘psychics’ in the Aisling Symes case. It’s bad enough that they had this charlatan, Deb Webbers, on Breakfast talking about the case. It’s reprehensible that they put this confidence trickster in touch with the family. That they put brain rotting […]