I know we lefties go on and on about how right-wing the media is. But it’s hard not to innit? I mean – ffs:
Hosking v Henry: Heavyweights to lock horns in radio breakfast battle
Broadcasting heavyweights Mike Hosking and Paul Henry will go head-to-head at breakfast time after a major media reshuffle. Henry will host a breakfast show to be broadcast next year simultaneously on TV3 and RadioLive – both owned by MediaWorks. …
The new programme, which MediaWorks called the country’s “first cross-platform show”, will replace both Firstline on TV3 and the breakfast show on RadioLive.
That’s right punters, you have a choice for morning radio between Right and Righter! (Or RNZ, also Right but at least they are professional journalists about it.) Fans of the axed Marcus Lush morning slot aren’t happy, but what do they matter!
Hosking, Henry, National and SkyCity – it’s all so cozy. SkyCity? What have they got to do with it? I’m glad you asked. From 2012:
Critics slam Sky City pokie deal
The Government is unashamedly considering changing the law to allow hundreds more pokie machines at Sky City’s Auckland casino in return for a national convention centre, despite evidence it will increase problem gambling and reduce the amount of money gaming machines return to the local community. …
There has been concern lately about Sky City’s influence in the media after reports television and radio hosts Mike Hosking and Paul Henry had earned up to $2000 a month from the casino.
Hosking is a talented interviewer – arguably New Zealand’s best. He is at present TVNZ’s only fill-in for Mark Sainsbury. Ironically the other regular Close Up fill-in was Paul Henry, who had a similar deal with SkyCity. …
It beggars belief why someone like him would form a commercial relationship with an NZX-listed company that is frequently the subject of controversy.
And so on. Power, money, dirty politics, dirty deals, and ownership of the media – good luck New Zealand!