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Newshub Poll Shock!

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 pm, May 18th, 2020 - 158 comments

The May 2020 Newshub/Reid Research poll is astonishing. You’ve have, quite literally, never seen anything like it.

Easter Miracle: JC Rises Again!

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, April 18th, 2019 - 13 comments

 TVNZ have just announced a surprise return for NZ’s favourite sermoniser.

An Ineffectual Opposition Is Bad News

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 28th, 2018 - 42 comments

An ineffectual Opposition creates a vacuum that will be filled by the Mainstream and Social Media as they will assume the role of unelected and non-representative opposition in effectuo.

Doofus of the Week – April 20, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, April 21st, 2018 - 73 comments

Doofus of the week this week goes to a television personality who is upset that his sexist comment that employers should be allowed to know what their female employees breedings plans are was taken out of context.

free-to-air sports

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 9th, 2018 - 45 comments

The comprehensive Commonwealth Games coverage on free-to-air TV is refreshing and something we need to see a lot more of.

Nothing like Mike

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, February 1st, 2018 - 18 comments

Turns out Mike Hosking was eminently and delightfully replaceable.

Broadcasting Standards Authority finds Mike Hosking’s election comments about the Māori Party inaccurate and misleading

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, December 20th, 2017 - 56 comments

“Further, his comments the following evening were confusing and insufficient to correct the inaccurate information for viewers.”

TVNZ pays Chief Executive a bonus after massive plunge in profits

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, November 14th, 2017 - 40 comments

TVNZ’s board has decided to respond to a massive plunge in profitability by paying it chief executive a bigger salary package and a large bonus.

Our Nation’s Stolen Generation Moment

Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, September 16th, 2017 - 8 comments

A guest post by @invisiphilia on the recent Mahinarangi Forbes interview on the Hui on the abuse of children in foster care and why the Government is wrong in refusing to have a proper independent inquiry into what went wrong.

The Doctor Who helpline

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, July 19th, 2017 - 51 comments

Lordy, what’s going on?

Jesse Mulligan owned Bill English on national television

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, June 27th, 2017 - 48 comments

Getting very bloody angry and speaking truth to power.

Unpopular PM

Written By: - Date published: 2:04 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 46 comments

Bill English has premiered at 25% in TV3’s preferred PM poll. Even incumbency can’t make Bill look popular.

Deficient newshrub

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, November 7th, 2016 - 23 comments

According to the deficient newshrub on Saturday night there was a distinct lack of support from Labour for the Mt Roskill campaign. In reality 4 buses carrying more than 200 door-knockers including all the Labour MPs other than Little, went to Mt Roskill on Saturday afternoon.

All the best to Michael Wood, who got a great reception on the doorstop.

Newshub Poll: Key Stuffed

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 pm, August 8th, 2016 - 113 comments

The latest Reid Research poll is grim reading for the Nats. Labour and the Greens are closing fast.

It’s a Side-show, “Bob”.

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, June 28th, 2016 - 279 comments

From the circus that never leaves town.

Glorifying ignorance (and why the death of the MSM won’t be all bad)

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, June 2nd, 2016 - 80 comments

Hey Mike Hosking – how many dead and deformed babies is the precious Olympic schedule worth to you anyway?

TV3 – The Hui – Special report on poverty

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, May 15th, 2016 - 43 comments

TV3’s excellent current affairs show, The Hui (Mihingarangi Forbes) just screened a special report on poverty. What happens to people who are kicked off a benefit?

REALITY TV UPDATE: Mark Weldon Wins NZ’s Biggest Loser.

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, May 4th, 2016 - 56 comments

MediaWorks CEO and mate of the PM, Mark Weldon, has quit his job. Is it too late to save MediaWorks? Should we care?

EDIT: Staff get in the champers shock!

Hilary Barry quits TV3 (for TVNZ?)

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, April 30th, 2016 - 23 comments

All the best to Hilary Barry in whatever she chooses next.

Could National lose Whangarei?

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, March 14th, 2016 - 43 comments

National are nervous about losing the safe electorate seat of Whangarei. Something tells me that the NATs will be fighting back hard come 2017.

John Oliver on John Key

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, March 5th, 2016 - 18 comments

“John Key is nothing if not a gigantic clown.”

TPPA snippets and media coverage

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, February 7th, 2016 - 24 comments

Snippets from recent pieces on the TPP, including The Spinoff’s José Barbosa an his take on the media coverage of the Auckland protest.

Stay Classy: TV3’s Newshrub.

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, January 21st, 2016 - 32 comments

TV3 have announced they are getting out of the news business and getting into cross platform media hotdesking across the continuum of diminishing eyeballs. Welcome to TV3 Newshrub, the place where no news is good news!

Maori Television’s receptionists

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, November 10th, 2015 - 18 comments

Two liked and respected receptionists at Maori Television have lost their jobs because they are not fluent in Te Reo.  But half of the executive are also not fluent speakers yet they retain their jobs.

TVOne’s reporting of the latest Colmar Brunton Poll result

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, October 20th, 2015 - 90 comments

The latest Colmar Brunton poll shows that the opposition block is solidly ahead of National.  Yet One News chose to concentrate only on the preferred Prime Minister result and attack Andrew Little because of marginal change.

Anti TPP ad (Australian)

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, September 13th, 2015 - 17 comments

An Australian TV ad on the downsides of the TPP – “We just received word that Channel 9 banned our new TV ad from airing during the evening news”

Predictable collapse in TV3 numbers

Written By: - Date published: 4:47 pm, June 8th, 2015 - 73 comments

“Prime News outrates TV3 as audience numbers halve”

Kia kaha Mihingarangi Forbes

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, June 5th, 2015 - 28 comments

Mihingarangi Forbes resigned yesterday as a reporter for Marae Televison apparently because of managerial interference in a story she intended to run.  In the week since Aotearoa lost Campbell Lives it has now lost arguably the best investigative reporter that the country has.

Road Cops

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 pm, June 2nd, 2015 - 15 comments

Road Cops.

Effective political communication

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 61 comments

Richard Harman concluded his presentation to the recent Fabian “Destination Next Progressive Majority” event by quoting the noted political scientist Bob Chapman’s remark that he had “reluctantly come to the conclusion that it was far more important for a political party to have a communication strategy than an economic policy.” I’m inclined to agree.

I’m done with TV

Written By: - Date published: 3:06 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 27 comments

Brief reflections on a few decades of TV from an ex watcher.

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