Death throes of journalism at TV3

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, November 16th, 2015 - 56 comments
Categories: democracy under attack, journalism - Tags: , , ,

So it continues, Spinoff has the story:

Lawyers Called in as the 3D Investigative Team Resists Shutdown Plan

The recently-announced proposal not to renew TV3’s flagship current affairs show 3D is now subject to fierce resistance from the show’s journalists, who have assembled a legal team to work on a challenge to the way employment process was conducted.

The Spinoff can reveal that 3D‘s journalists have called on lawyers, forensic accountants and employment experts to help build a case that proper processes weren’t followed, and are in a dialogue with the channel’s Human Resources department. “If Weldon thinks he can take on a room full of investigative journalists and they’re just going to roll over, he’s very much mistaken,” says a source privy to the situation.
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The nature of 3D‘s approach indicates that the era of passive resistance through social media or appeals to the public might be coming to an end, replaced by one on which the employment implications will be the new battleground.

I wish the 3D team well in their fight, and of course wish the same to all journalists who have lost their jobs or are under pressure in the various media purges that are going on. I also wish that there had been more examination in said media of the social, economic and political trends that inexorably led to this attack on democracy and critical thought. I hope it’s not too late.

56 comments on “Death throes of journalism at TV3”

  1. BM 1

    Current affairs shows are no longer commercially viable therefore their time is up.

    Time to except that.

    • Tracey 1.1

      Did you enjoy the post I wrote for you?

      • BM 1.1.1

        I had a bit of a browse through it.

        Bit long winded to be honest and no mention was made of my good looks and charm, which disappointed me a bit.

        • Tracey 1.1.1.1

          It was ALL about you BM… You may well be its poster child

          You only really needed the first few pages but I am sorry that was too much for you.

    • Mike the Savage One 1.2

      I neither “except” nor accept it, as it would force me to basically say ‘Sieg Heil’ to the status quo, or consider the worst as I cherish information and discussion. What purpose is there to live in a society where business and business friendly, endlessly biased, commercially focused interests dictate to us what is supposed to be useful, important and worthy.

      I may as well be dead, rather than live like a brain amputated zombie.

      • McFlock 1.2.1

        I had a bit of a chuckle at BM’s comment.

        It certainly is time for an exception to the death of TV journalism.

        Many a true word said in the great kiwi monovowel…

    • Kaplan 1.3

      BM. You make a good case for having well funded publicly owned media. Well done.

      • BM 1.3.1

        It’s probably the best place for them, I don’t think a privately owned company should be forced to lose money.

        Still have to have people watching them though, otherwise it’s a terrible waste of tax payer dollars.

        • Tracey 1.3.1.1

          Do you think that a privately owned company should get debt relief from taxpayers? And if you don’t, why would you vote for a government that does that?

          • BM 1.3.1.1.1

            You mean this.?

            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10711051

            Reading that I think we got quite a good return ,11.2 per cent interest, so yes I would vote for a government that does that.

            • Tracey 1.3.1.1.1.1

              So you do see a place for the state to be involved with propping up private enterprise, cos without that intervention and your criteria of commercial viability, this business would have failed, right? So why not give more money to prop up news/current affairs which serves a democratic purpose?

              You were against asset sales that generate good returns for the government, right? Oh wait, no, you voted to sell those.

              • BM

                So you think the taxpayer should step in and pay for or subsidize the current affairs shows on TV3 ?, bit risky to be honest.

                Regarding your comment on asset sales.

                High lights include

                Thus the Crown has received $4308 million from the partial sale of these companies yet its dividend income has fallen by only $45.8 million. This is a remarkably positive outcome for taxpayers.

                http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2015/09/the_huge_benefits_of_the_asset_sales.html

                • Tracey

                  Yes, and in fact TV3 takes money from the taxpayer for its documentaries already

                  Now, answer my questions above?

                  “So you do see a place for the state to be involved with propping up private enterprise, cos without that intervention and your criteria of commercial viability, this business would have failed, right? So why not give more money to prop up news/current affairs which serves a democratic purpose?

                  You were against asset sales that generate good returns for the government, right? Oh wait, no, you voted to sell those.”

                  “State-owned Genesis Energy paid out a $114 million dividend to the Government in the year ended June, nearly $10 million more than its reported profit of $104.5 million.”

                  sale price about 750m = 7 years of dividends…

                  Mediaworks owed 43m

    • savenz 1.4

      @BM minus 100

      Good luck to the journos in their fight. Media works canning 2 entire sets of journos within the year. Sounds like a firm that believes in zero hour contracts and zero employment rights.

    • Reality 1.5

      So how come funding has been available for those rubbishy and embarrassing programmes like “dine with me” etc etc which were presumed to be commercially viable and worth producing? What a waste of money and resources.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.6

      Commercial viability isn’t the best measure of their purpose in a democratic society. Getting rid of them on such a score is tantamount to an attack said democracy.

      You agreeing with it is you agreeing that democracy must come to an end because it’s not commercially viable.

  2. Mike the Savage One 2

    Well, if the involvement of legal experts and so forth may force TV3 to review a decision on employment law grounds, then this will by no means be the end of such “media” trying to off-load investigative journalism in order to replace it with more commercial advertiser compliant “infotainment” and “reality tv” shows.

    Money talks, and money dictates, when it is done by employers and big and not so big business, which certainly now includes most mainstream media in this country (like most of the world).

    The only way to fight this trend is for people to make more use of political and other blogs, to offer more resources to informative blogs, and to make more use of such and other alternative channels for sharing information and offering discussions. So far though most blogs live off people mostly commenting on “news” they already get from the MSM, and some humble voluntary contributions by individuals, which are then presented and actively discussed. Too few offer their own OIA and other self gathered information here.

    Or the more traditional alternative, which may work alongside the just mentioned, would be to bring back well resourced, robust and independently managed public broadcasting and community media networks, that inform rather than just entertain and dumb down, as most media now seems to be doing. Take the commercial dependence out, and many problems will be solved. The only last bastion of relatively balanced public broadcasting is now Radio NZ, but even that is increasingly under threat. Then there are of course still Scoop and a few smaller players in the media landscape, but their reach may not be that great.

    I am afraid the efforts by 3D journalists and support staff are simply a last ditch, desperate effort, to save a humble remnant of useful media. Our present government is simply not interested in giving such program makers much air and space, so do not raise your hopes too high.

    • gsays 2.1

      hi mike,
      “would be to bring back well resourced, robust and independently managed public broadcasting and community media networks, that inform rather than just entertain and dumb down,”
      apart from the well resourced, this sounds like access/community radio.

    • Raf 2.2

      The report says the journalists “have assembled a legal team to work on a challenge to the way employment process was conducted,” – i.e. their goal is simply to force TV3 to obey employment law, rather than to make a “last ditch effort” to save “a humble remnant of useful media”.
      TV3’s attempt to boot them all out in a week (on the basis the journalists themselves didn’t come up with any viable programme options! the cheek of it) is definitely on the wrong side of the law. They are due far more notice and consultation, and a considerable payout.
      Whatever we think of TV3 (nada, me) we should support the journalists in their struggle here.

  3. Al66 3

    Boycott TV3 – easy!

    Nothing to see there any longer.

    • alwyn 3.1

      You infidel, you!
      TV3 shows “The Blacklist”.
      How could you possibly ignore James Spader at his best?

      • tracey 3.1.1

        He was at his best in boston legal. In any event that is wat dvds are for

        • alwyn 3.1.1.1

          Tracey
          You are probably correct about Boston Legal. “At his best” may be pushing it.
          How about “How could you possibly ignore the great James Spader”?

      • Lanthanide 3.1.2

        TV3 shows The Blacklist with ads, several days after it is available from various internet sources.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.3

        That would be, IMO, another good reason to boycott TV3 – if I watched TV at all.

        • alwyn 3.1.3.1

          You have no taste Sir.
          Refusing to watch James Spader?
          No taste at all.
          On the other hand I find it very hard to think of anything else on TV3 that I would consider watching.

      • Ffloyd 3.1.4

        Dammit alwyn!! We switched tv3 off at the death of Campbell Live and have never watched it since. NOW you remind me about The Backlist. My most favourite programme ever. That’s!! what I gave up for CL. I have read it has gone in a completely different direction. BUT staying strong and not reviving TV3 in our household. Tears in eyes.

      • Paul 3.1.5

        18 minutes TV for 12 minutes of advertisements
        No thanks.

        • alwyn 3.1.5.1

          Paul.
          You are clearly not a fan.
          It is of course an hour long (or to be precise 55 minutes) program.
          I haven’t actually timed it but I suspect they run 40 minutes program to 15 minutes ads.
          Try watching the whole thing some time.
          Actually I just commented on this as a little throw-away item. I never expected to see such strong views on the matter.

          Ffloyd.
          Your determination to stick to your principles must be admired. Pitied, but admired.

          • Ffloyd 3.1.5.1.1

            Actually it wasn’t principles really, but more that we didn’t miss anything about it. Had even forgotten about Paddy G until I read something about him recently. However, having being reminded about Backlist still going will look out for alternative ways of viewing.

  4. Tracey 4

    John Campbell’s former producer at tv3 is now working with him at RNZ…

    Interesting to see that JC has gone to Chrismas Island…. something only Kelvin Davis was prepared to do…

  5. NZSage 5

    I though John Campbell’s piece on RNZ this morning re the Christmas Island concentration camp was an excellent example of professional journalism. See: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/289753/shut-down-detention-centre,-say-christmas-islanders

    I wonder how long it will be before RNZ get their funding cut?

  6. Stephen 6

    I’m wondering about the whole TV3 news/current affairs thing. Since the demise of CL, we haven’t tuned into 3 at all. Maybe the ratings for all shows have dropped, and the management are trying to stop the worst of the financial hemorrhaging.

  7. adrian 7

    Investigate Weldon, there’s more skeletons in that cupboard than in a fair sized cemetery.

  8. Ad 8

    The Standard, Scoop, Kiwiblog, TDB and TransportBlog get more and more important each day compared to TV news.
    The right balance of facts, emotion, interactivity, and high quality writing will win.

    Even TVNZ is going to start surviving more and more on its great catalogue of downloads.

    • Ergo Robertina 8.1

      By growing importance you mean reader numbers.
      That’s great, but outcomes still matter more than eyeballs.
      Think Teina Pora, the Fox Glacier air crash (the official report was reviewed and changed after the 3D story), bullying in the fire service – it’s a long way from your banal ”right balance” complaisance.
      These good solid stories and investigations are important, and we’re entering dangerous territory if we allow the market to decide this one.
      Partisans often miss (or don’t care about) stories outside their field of interest, which is why they usually make dreadful media commentators.
      The right response is to call for an overhaul of the significant amount taxpayers are spending on public broadcasting and rethink the whole approach.
      As for high quality writing – I’d settle for readable and crisp, and you’re lucky if you get that on a blog.

  9. Steve Withers 9

    National doesn’t want any serious current affairs on TV prior the next round of local body and national elections.

    They have TVNZ completely terrified by yanking the funding noose….and Key’s buddy at TV3 is throttling the news department for any purpose other than reading happy-happy, joy-joy press fodder from the Beehive.

    • Karen 9.1

      It isn’t just Key’s buddy Weldon trying to get rid of media that could potentially expose the ineptitude of the National government. Julie Christie has a close relationship with a number of National Party cabinet ministers, particularly Gerry Brownlie.

      • tracey 9.1.1

        Yup… hence the flag panel gig…

        And note phil heatleys new plumb post… and tau henare…

    • tc 9.2

      TVNZ isn’t terrified it happily plays along as its stacked with Nat friendly sorts who aside from the on air spruiking gift sky archive content, blow money on failed digital ventures, sell land to casinos at mates rates and just generally roll over like the lapdog they are.

  10. Tc 10

    Exactly as designed by the reworked nz on air formula which discriminates against anything thats not targeted at the masses i.e high rating.

    More fine work from the nact installed chair and members to promote the dumbing down

  11. Smilin 11

    when the few in power decide for the many its that right we give by vote for them to act but if they act to control rather than improve or provide for the people then you dont have democracy you have some form of totalitarianism

  12. G C 12

    Who watches television anymore? Let this show (3D) go-by-the-wayside. Have they covered important issues that have NOT been covered better elsewhere – I think not. I wouldn’t watch the ‘6pm News’ expecting to come away with a cohesive world view.

    As for 3D, it’s much the same I imagine – tragically executed emotionalism and drawn out facts, wraped poorly in a shoddy world-view. shows get cancelled all the time, they shouldn’t try to sue/legal-it-up.

    Don’t complain when you lose your job – when you chose the dying platform of television. Also I laughed when I read they think they’re ‘investigative journalists’ – more like soon-to-be x employees of TV3, who can follow a laid out trail of breadcrumbs. They should be drug tested, not watched~!!!

    • Ross 12.1

      Well, they did great work on the Teina Pora case whose conviction was quashed by the Privy Council soon after. It was apparent from 3D’s examination of the case that Pora was possibly innocent and had been treated badly by the criminal justice system.

      However, 3D let themselves badly down by seemingly backing David Bain and suggesting he was innocent because of a photo of Robin Bain’s thumb! That was just nuts. 3D should have been scrapped on the basis of that story alone.

  13. veutoviper 13

    This is definitely NOT the death of ‘journalism’, but another arm/brand of Mediaworks also appears to be in its death throes.

    https://t.co/RuObOUtkbf

    Short, so here it is in full.

    Mediaworks are not denying suggestions that they have lost the last of the full-time members of the editorial team at Scout, their recently-launched gossip website edited by former New Zealand Herald “gossip queen” Rachel Glucina.

    Sources close to Scout say that Glucina is now the only editorial staff member left in the website’s newsroom. Gone by Christmas?

    It is believed about 11 staff members have left since the site launched in September, with Glucina now being assisted instead by a few freelancers who work remotely.

    After a rapid exit by its news editor Francis Cook just four days after the launch, other staff members began leaving the site.

    One source said the common thread behind the staff turnover was friction between Glucina and her staff members.

    MediaWorks head of communications Charlotte McLauchlan said MediaWorks had no comment to make about Scout losing the last of its staff.

    Glucina has not responded to requests for comment.

  14. Murray 14

    BM Current affairs programs programs are no longer commercially viable therefore their time is up.
    Perhaps if they were genuine current affairs programs rather than national parties promos masquerading as current affairs programs they would be more viable.

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    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
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    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
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  • Good little vassals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
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  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
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    RedlineBy Admin
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  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
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  • Not impressed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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