English, Mass media, 1 seasons, 1139 episodes, 1 day 20 hours 58 minutes
English, Mass media, 1 seasons, 1139 episodes, 1 day 20 hours 58 minutes
Mediawatch looks critically at the New Zealand media - television, radio, newspapers and magazines as well as the 'new' electronic media.
Claims of media 'bribery' derail new government on day one
It didn't take long for Winston Peters’ news media grievances to make headlines - and headaches - for the new government. Mediawatch looks at how the media reacted to his claims of media 'bribery' - and what he was hinting at.
02/12/2023 • 18 minutes 22 seconds
Mediawatch for 3 December 2023
Claims of media 'bribery' derail new government on day one; politics shows off air just as politics hots up; mayor under pressure after rumour-based reports.
02/12/2023 • 41 minutes 48 seconds
Mayor under pressure after rumour-based reports
Wellington’s mayor is under pressure after acknowledging an alcohol problem. Her admission was prompted by media questions about drunken ‘antics’ based in part on a reported recording which no media outlet has yet confirmed - and which was contradicted by the only eye-witness on the record.
02/12/2023 • 16 minutes 48 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Winston's war
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about Winston Peters' war with the media, a new streaming app for Three, and Kim Hill's farewell to RNZ.
29/11/2023 • 26 minutes 32 seconds
Not the greatest story ever told
The three political coalition partners finally sealed the deal on Friday, bringing to an end more than 40 days of limbo - and Shane Jones' biblical quotes. Never has so much been said by so many political reporters with so little information for so long. It wasn't exactly season 4 of Borgen.
25/11/2023 • 6 minutes 18 seconds
Watchdog warns media laws need urgent upgrade
The chief of the country’s most powerful media watchdog says we need new laws now to hold media to account in future. The outgoing government had a plan for one single body to oversee rules for all media, including the internet, but that slow-moving overhaul looks stalled. What does the Broadcasting Standards Authority want from our new rulers?
25/11/2023 • 15 minutes 38 seconds
Mediawatch for 26 November 2023
Parties seal the coalition deal to end long limbo for media; watchdog warns media laws need urgent upgrade; media tuning out of music journalism; Covid response reckons ramp up in inquiry season.
25/11/2023 • 39 minutes 41 seconds
Music journalism all but vanishes from our media
This week the country’s biggest arts funding agency published a plan to boost coverage of culture which has been dwindling in our media. Music reviews and writing used to be eagerly-read and hotly-contested in our papers and magazines. We ask a former entertainment editor where that went and what could bring it back.
25/11/2023 • 14 minutes 18 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Are we there yet? No . . .
Midweek Mediawatch - Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Nights. Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about the ongoing process of forming a new government testing the patience of political reporters - and the audience. Also: more financial woe for media companies, 123 years of history ends in Invercargill - and Australia’s rugby boss meets a sticky end.
22/11/2023 • 30 minutes 38 seconds
Producers pressure government to tax Netflix and co
This week the people who make the local stuff for our screens big and small urged the powers-that-be to tax the likes of Netflix and Disney Plus to fund it. But producers here can already get tax breaks and public funding, so can they really persuade the incoming government to make the streaming services another source of funds?
18/11/2023 • 14 minutes 49 seconds
Media campaign of the century?
As we wait for a new government, one election did deliver a clear-cut result this week - Forest and Bird's Bird of the Century poll. The winner had considerable offshore input thanks to a celebrity comedian's campaign which generated heaps of media exposure - but also some claims of media manipulation.
18/11/2023 • 13 minutes 15 seconds
Mediawatch for 19 November 2023
Media campaign of the century; producers push for tax on streamers; the legacy of a 'true newspaperman'.
18/11/2023 • 32 minutes 35 seconds
'True newspaperman' Fred Tulett leaves a legacy
Long-serving Southland Times editor Fred Tulett has died - leaving a legacy of more than 50 years in journalism in which he mentored many top journalists who followed in his footsteps.
18/11/2023 • 4 minutes 11 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - feathers fly over election outcomes
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about allegations of foreign interference in the Bird of the Century vote - and dubious concerns about the general election result.
16/11/2023 • 35 minutes 12 seconds
Three bananas and a coalition cauliflower
The news media see themselves as the eyes and ears of the public - but so far political leaders have mostly turned a deaf ear to their questions about forming the new government. How are they handling the silent treatment?
11/11/2023 • 9 minutes 14 seconds
Burying the Bird - is trashed Twitter facing extinction?
Twitter emerged as an important source of live updates, news and images during the Arab Spring more than a decade ago. Many in the media also joined the platform to share news and commentary with users worldwide. But a year after Elon Musk took it over, 'X' is a mess - and a group of local users recently gathered to 'Bury the Bird' for good.
11/11/2023 • 26 minutes 4 seconds
Mediawatch for 12 November 2023
This week Mediawatch looks at how the media have followed the formation of the next government going on behind closed doors.
Also: a push to persuade policymakers to emulate Ireland’s economy - and local media people lamenting the decline of what was the media’s favourite social media platform, Twitter.
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11/11/2023 • 37 minutes 54 seconds
Are the Irish twice as rich as us?
Mediawatch - A business lobby group is urging New Zealand to emulate Ireland, which has a GDP twice as big as ours - but is the GDP picture warped?
11/11/2023 • 5 minutes 54 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch 8 November 2023
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about political reporters’ ongoing efforts to get party leaders to talk about forming a new government and media companies’ growing financial problems. Also - an opportunity for journalists honouring Brian Gaynor - and the UK press picks up on the controversial British TV star accused of ‘colonising’ a Tasman town.
08/11/2023 • 28 minutes 21 seconds
Rugby in recovery as a media spectacle
Anger about rules and referees ruining rugby matches ran for days in the media after last weekend's Rugby World Cup final. Players, pundits and even current national coaches have said the game is 'broken' and bad to watch. But billions ofdollars of media companies' money keep rugby going - so will the media fix it for fans?
04/11/2023 • 19 minutes 42 seconds
Keeping it confidential to properly protect sources
Protecting people who offer the media important information is a fundamental obligation for journalists. Chris Cooke quit TVNZ after it didn't keep a promise to Erin Leighton, whose off-the-record disclosures ended up being aired in court in the defence of her abusers. They're now pushing for a 'shield law' to ensure our media can guarantee confidentiality.
04/11/2023 • 19 minutes 47 seconds
Mediawatch for 5 November 2023
Rugby in recovery as a media spectacle; keeping it confidential to protect sources; Musk trashing Twitter.
04/11/2023 • 35 minutes 12 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Gaps in Gaza coverage
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about a comparative lack of coverage on Gaza, sympathy for Supie's leaders even as their employees miss out, and a wake for the Twitter-that-was.
01/11/2023 • 30 minutes 52 seconds
Whanganui - What we miss when we miss out on local news
Major news media outfits have cut back in the regions in recent years. That doesn't just leave locals worse off - it also means all New Zealanders miss out on important ideas, events and perspectives. But even though the media's margins are tight, intrepid publishers and people are still doing the business there. Mediawatch checks in on Whanganui to find out how their media are doing - and how they're doing it.
28/10/2023 • 28 minutes 45 seconds
Mediawatch for 29 October 2023
Covering news from all over the country is a struggle for media companies dealing with rising costs and falling revenues. But some local outlets are surviving - and even thriving. Mediawatch's Hayden Donnel finds out who's doing the business in Whanganui - and how they're doing it.
28/10/2023 • 31 minutes 34 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - screwing the scrum
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about the media’s mounting problems covering the crisis in Gaza and Israel; TVNZ under pressure over compromised confidentiality; the PM talking policy on The Rock - and rugby pundits reacting badly to the way the World Cup’s panned out.
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25/10/2023 • 29 minutes 31 seconds
Take me to your leader
Our new political leaders got off on the wrong foot this week with the political press pack by keeping them at arm's length over their negotiations to from the new government. Was this a genuine media freedom issue with the interests of the public at stake? Or just a bit of collective posturing to pressure the politicians?
21/10/2023 • 18 minutes 15 seconds
Media in the middle of Gaza claims and counterclaims
Major media organisations all over the world are copping criticism for the way they’re reporting what’s happening in Gaza and Israel. Mediawatch asks BBC news boss Jonathan Munro how they’re handling it - even when it's coming from the UK's own government.
21/10/2023 • 20 minutes 39 seconds
Mediawatch for 22 October 2023
Take me to your leader - political press pack gets off on wrong foot with our new political leaders; media in the middle of Gaza claims and counterclaims; World Cup fever - and Irish anguish.
21/10/2023 • 42 minutes 25 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - PM's parlour game claim peeves press pack
Midweek Mediawatch - Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about how media handled the claims and counter-claims that followed the deadliest incident yet in the Gaza conflict. Also - friction between the press pack and PM preparing to form the next government - and rugby pundits ripping their Irish peers after last weekend’s World Cup quarter final . . . with the benefit of hindsight.
18/10/2023 • 24 minutes 23 seconds
Mediawatch special - campaign culminates in a 'bluenami'
Mediawatch looks back on how the media covered a long, long campaign - and how election night played out across the media after the polls finally closed on Saturday. Hayden Donnell in Auckland - and special guest Robbie Nicol (host of RNZ's politics series The Citizens Handbook) joined Colin Peacock for live RNZ National election coverage special on Sunday morning.
14/10/2023 • 33 minutes 50 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - major scrutiny for minor parties
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about minor parties under the microscope and more heated head-to-head election debates. Also: and the horror in Israel/Gaza gives media a dilemma - and Rachel Smalley vs Pharmac.
11/10/2023 • 31 minutes 33 seconds
Media shift blame for misleading tax policy headlines
This week political reporters seized on fresh figures showing the National Party overstated the benefits of its tax cut policy - and accused its leaders of misleading the public. Yet some of them had repeated the party's spin in their own reports when it was unveiled a month ago - and even praised the 'political marketing.
07/10/2023 • 7 minutes 31 seconds
Murdoch's real life succession becomes reality
After seven decades up to his neck in media - and having a profound and world wide influence on them - now nonagenarian mega mogul Rupert Murdoch’s starting up the succession plan for his empire. Or is he? We ask an Australian expert who wrote all about this ten years ago when one of Murdoch’s biggest companies was mired in an epic scandal, he’d just been divorced and it looked like the succession was on. So is it now?
07/10/2023 • 13 minutes 57 seconds
What are the political parties' plans for media?
The media have been a political football this year - and now some politicians are complaining the media are against them in this election. But hundreds of millions of dollars of public money is spent on media each year - so what do the political parties plan for the media if they're in power?
07/10/2023 • 10 minutes 15 seconds
Mediawatch for 8 October 2023
Media shift blame for misleading tax policy headlines; political parties' policies for the media; Rupert Murdoch steps down and starts up the succession - or does he?
07/10/2023 • 33 minutes 7 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - a sacred shield soiled
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about an outcry over the soiling of the sacred Ranfurly Shield, a rancorous interview with Winston Peters, and media complaining about Christopher Luxon not turning up.
04/10/2023 • 27 minutes 59 seconds
Giving young people an election voice
The TVNZ Young Voters' debate run by Re:News was a rowdy interjection into what had been a relatively subdued election campaign. Its moderator has some ideas on how media organisations can better cater to young people.
30/09/2023 • 26 minutes 32 seconds
Mediawatch for 1 October 2023
The undecided could decide the election; giving youth a voice in the election; ZB's 'straight talking' subscribers' service.
30/09/2023 • 36 minutes 11 seconds
A new paid-platform for news and opinion
A new subscriber service offering "straight talking" reporting and opinion was launched this week by talk radio network Newstalk ZB. Owner NZME has several other services putting content behind a paywall, but this one has a provocative blogger in charge of a line-up of pro-business and right-leaning commentators - some of whom are harsh critics of the news media.
30/09/2023 • 6 minutes 37 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - The state of debates
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talked to Mark Leishman about the ever-growing volume of election campaign coverage - and the latest TV (and off-TV) debates putting party leaders under the spotlight.
27/09/2023 • 27 minutes 59 seconds
Current and future state of Stuff
Three years ago Sinead Boucher took over the country’s biggest publisher of news from Aussie owners who gave it away “like a set of steak knives.” In the absence of big backers and the government backing away from funding journalism, does its future now depend on getting money from Google and Facebook? And does she still have the Stuff staff on board for the future?
23/09/2023 • 25 minutes
Debate stalemates fuel election fatigue
The election campaign went up a gear in the media this week as party leaders lined up on live TV for the first time. But while the public tuned in in numbers, the pundits reckoned the debates failed to fire up the campaign. The same could be said of the other exposure opportunities the media made for the leaders.
23/09/2023 • 9 minutes 58 seconds
Mediawatch for 24 September 2023
Debate statemates add to election frustration; the current and future state of Stuff; some good - but overdue - news for Dunedin.
23/09/2023 • 39 minutes 30 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: A game of two Chrises
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about the first live TV leaders' debate of the election campaign and the sports analogy-filled post-match analysis.
20/09/2023 • 30 minutes 55 seconds
Un-spun numbers don't derail duelling versions of the economy
The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update lifted the lid on the nation’s finances this week - and Treasury's projections for the foreseeable future. This dropped some ‘un-spun’ numbers into the election debate - but our media still seized on support-seeking politicians airing irreconcilable opinions about the state of our economy.
16/09/2023 • 8 minutes 8 seconds
Stuff keeps Open AI at arm's length
New Zealand's biggest publisher of news this week joined big global names in blocking Open AI from using its content to power generative artificial intelligence tool Chat GPT. Stuff says it is being harvested without permission for AI products already turning out low-quality results. Mediawatch asks Stuff's if keeping Ai at arm's length is a good move.
16/09/2023 • 21 minutes 3 seconds
Mediawatch for 17 September 2023
Un-spun numbers don't derail duelling versions of the economy; Stuff keeps AI at arm's length; medical school row - and a made-up university.
16/09/2023 • 39 minutes 12 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - dogs on a plane & sporting flops
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about the coverage of two huge disasters in North Africa; a little local political difficulty in Dunedin - and political party leaders under heavy scrutiny on TV. Also: a much-hyped weekend of sport which didn’t go well for our national teams - and whether pets on planes, trains and buses is really a good idea.
13/09/2023 • 28 minutes 38 seconds
AI coming ready or not for our news and music
Business is booming in artificial intelligence technology and new applications appear in the news almost daily. At an AUT symposium this week, experts said it’s already being deployed in creative industries to create instant ad campaigns, virtual influencers, robo-journalism and machine-made music. But is AI a creative collaborator - or just a 'handy butler'?
10/09/2023 • 26 minutes 8 seconds
Advocacy angst as campaign begins - officially
The Herald copped criticism for publishing a front-page attack ad targeting the National Party leader this week - but it was far from the first time ads like it have appeared in print. Meanwhile questions were asked about other coverage that looked like it might be taking sides as the official campaign period begins.
09/09/2023 • 10 minutes 4 seconds
Mediawatch for 10 September 2023
Angst over advocacy adverts and content as official election period begins; AI - coming ready or not for news and music.
09/09/2023 • 38 minutes 21 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: The return of the octopus
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about National's attempt to weather a storm of journalistic scrutiny of its tax plan, Patrick Gower's unusual aquatic analogy for Winston Peters, and a controversial front page ad in the New Zealand Herald.
06/09/2023 • 27 minutes 34 seconds
Horse race journalism as National takes aim at squeezed middle
As National announced its long-awaited tax plan, some journalists took a hard look at its numbers, while others focused more on political strategy and impact.
03/09/2023 • 22 minutes 54 seconds
Mediawatch for 3 September 2023
Mongrel and maths collide as campaigns launch - and media ponder National's tax plan; scrutiny of candidates' online footprints prompts pushback and claims of 'agendas'.
02/09/2023 • 37 minutes 32 seconds
Scrutiny of candidates prompts pushback and claims of 'agendas'
Scrutiny of political parties' policies intensified this week - and so did the scrutiny of some candidates for seats in Parliament. When TVNZ reported some election candidates’ controversial past statements this week, critics hit back with claims its own news was compromised.
02/09/2023 • 8 minutes 57 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Spain's football boss (& mum) v the world
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about the strange saga sparked by the sexist behaviour of Spain’s football chief at the Women’s World Cup final. Also - broadcasters' election plans; the political heckler problem - and alarm over the All Blacks record-breaking beating and claims Wellington’s golden mile is on the slide.
30/08/2023 • 28 minutes 43 seconds
Low-key reveal of law to make big tech pay for news
Long-awaited legislation to force big tech platforms to pay New Zealand media for the news they disseminate online is now before Parliament. It could give our media with much-needed money in years to come if it becomes law and also fill a funding gap for the government at the same time. But neither the media or the government have made much of it.
27/08/2023 • 5 minutes 57 seconds
Brought to you by . . . 'partners'
It’s meant to be clear what’s advertising and what isn't, but 'sponsored content' and 'native advertising' blurred that line a long time ago. Now some outlets form ‘partnerships’ with clients to get messages across in exchange for big bucks - and even get their own journalists to help out.
26/08/2023 • 33 minutes 18 seconds
Mediawatch for 27 August 2023
Brought to you by 'partners' - critics question sponsorship deals pushing clients' content into news media; IMANZ - a new umbrella body for independent local media marketing agencies; low key reveal of legislation to push big tech platforms to pay for local news.
26/08/2023 • 40 minutes 15 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - polling death spiral & sandwich slump
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about a dire poll for Labour raising the spectre of a media-driven death spiral; a reorganisation at NZME; a plea for help from Discovery; a political apology from TVNZ - and does the demise of one cafe chain signal doom for the capital's CBD?
23/08/2023 • 23 minutes 40 seconds
Migrant exploitation finally in the media spotlight
A spike in shocking cases of exploitation has put the plight of migrant workers in the media spotlight. But these latest stories are part of a longstanding issue that's sometimes flown under the radar.
20/08/2023 • 19 minutes 44 seconds
Our World Cup runneth over - and out. What next?
The Women's World Cup 2023 attracted record crowds in the stands and on TV - both here and in Australia. It also delivered drama and off-pitch stories that livened up standard sports coverage. But will all that change the way the media cover sport? Mediawatch asks two journalists with an eye on the media on both sides of the Tasman.
19/08/2023 • 36 minutes 4 seconds
Mediawatch for 20 August 2023
Our World Cup runneth over - what legacy will it leave? Lifting the lid on exploitation of migrant workers and human trafficking.
19/08/2023 • 42 minutes 26 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - football and fruit & veg frenzies
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talked to Mark Leishman while Australia’s Matildas were playing England’s Lionesses in Sydney and breaking TV viewing records. Also: election fever building in the media here; a frenzy over fruit and vegetables - and overwrought claims of collusion.
16/08/2023 • 22 minutes 57 seconds
Report finds history repeating in coverage of calls for crime crackdown
Political calls to crack down on crime are echoing in our media ahead of the upcoming election - not for the first time. Two seasoned journalists showed this was part of a pattern in a report on crime coverage which recommended new approaches. It was commissioned five years ago - but never saw the light of day.
13/08/2023 • 34 minutes
Mediawatch for 13 August 2023
Reporters' report on crime coverage urges new thinking - and highlights electoral 'crime crackdown' pattern; RNZ's Richard Sutherland calling it quits after 30 years; free sports streaming options on the up.
12/08/2023 • 45 minutes 35 seconds
Calling it quits after 30 years
RNZ’s head of news Richard Sutherland’s called it a day after more than 30 years in the news. He’s worked at almost every major news broadcaster in the country and led the outfit representing their mutual interests, the Media Freedom Committee. But he’s not the only news leader to leave the business lately amid warnings about the increasing intensity of it.
12/08/2023 • 18 minutes 30 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - climate, cellphones and how not to spell cat
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about one news broadcast foregrounding climate while another hones in on cellphones and Chris Luxon misspelling 'cat', before delving into a leaked letter hinting at unrest at Stuff - and how the media hounded a mayor's dog out of her office.
09/08/2023 • 26 minutes 43 seconds
Political road rage - budget holes and emissions omissions
The UN says we've reached "the era of global boiling". Given that, you'd think climate might have got more of a mention from the media as the National Party released its road-heavy $24 billion transport package.
06/08/2023 • 14 minutes 25 seconds
Putting right what went wrong with RNZ's online news
A review of RNZ's online news has called for greater oversight and enforcement of standards after a crisis sparked by a single staffer making 'inappropriate' edits to international news online. Mediawatch asks RNZ’s chief executive if this was the result of a digital shift done on the cheap - and how he'll put right what he himself called ‘pro-Kremlin garbage.
05/08/2023 • 18 minutes 23 seconds
Mediawatch for 6 August 2023
Political road rage - budget holes & emissions omissions; what went wrong with RNZ's online news - and putting it right,
05/08/2023 • 37 minutes 30 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - RNZ review, Cup crackers, Palmy peeved
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about what a review of the ‘inappropriate editing’ of online news at RNZ has revealed. Also - the FIFA Women’s World Cup captivating the media - even though the Football Ferns got knocked out and Palmerston North was dissed by Spain.
The media could scarcely ignore the startling story of a minister of justice under arrest, but the circumstances of that and her sudden resignation raised many other issues. Many in the media seized on one - the possible impact it could have on an election still almost three months away.
29/07/2023 • 13 minutes 32 seconds
Allan’s resignation sparks another at RNZ
A board member at RNZ appointed less than a month ago quit this week after making public comments on Kiri Allan’s downfall and criticising media coverage of it. RNZ had asked Jason Ake to stop and the government said he breached official obligations of neutrality, but he was unrepentant.
29/07/2023 • 13 minutes 23 seconds
Mediawatch for 30 July 2023
Minister's downfall triggers election speculation - and another resignation at RNZ.
29/07/2023 • 30 minutes 27 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - a media storm over a mental health crisis
Midweek Mediawatch - Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Nights. This week Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about the coverage of Kiri Allan's arrest and subsequent resignation - and media pushing back against criticism of lurid coverage of the Lauren Dickason trial.
26/07/2023 • 23 minutes 48 seconds
A triumph - after a day of tragedy
On a day when Auckland was the focus of the biggest story in world sport and the Football Ferns ended up making history, deadly shootings a stone's throw from football teams' hotels and the fan zone confronted media primed for a good news story.
23/07/2023 • 12 minutes 25 seconds
Poll analysis unhitches itself from reality
Nothing much changed in a 1News Verian poll released on Monday. Some commentators treated the boring results as a blank canvas on which to express their creativity.
23/07/2023 • 7 minutes 27 seconds
Political parties roll out crime control policy
After it emerged that Matu Reid was on home detention for family violence offences, the media rapidly raised questions about home detention, the discounting of prison sentences and gun control. Politicians have mostly refrained from adding their views, but they had already made crime and punishment election issues this past week.
22/07/2023 • 7 minutes 19 seconds
Mediawatch for 23 July 2023
A triumph on a tragic day; political parties roll out crime control policies; creative interpretations of a pretty prosaic political poll.
22/07/2023 • 31 minutes 32 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - too much information too soon?
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about intense coverage of a mother accused of killing her children - and the media finally covering the crimes of Sir James Wallace. Also: Tova O’Brien returning to the media as some senior news editors depart; the media response to the PM ruling out wealth taxes - and the tabloid scoop giving the BBC a big headache.
19/07/2023 • 25 minutes 31 seconds
Could a 'mortgage bomb' blow up borrowers?
Recent reports have warned of a ‘mortgage bomb’ that could blow up - and a growing number of people unable to pay back debts. Is the story as explosive as some headlines would have you believe?
16/07/2023 • 12 minutes 23 seconds
Australia puts big tech under more pressure
These days the platforms that pump news round the internet make more money out of it than the media who make it. In Australia they’ve done deals to ensure the media get more. Now the government also wants big fines for platforms publishing falsehoods. How will that work? And what’s the story here?
15/07/2023 • 15 minutes 52 seconds
Mediawatch for 16 July 2023
Warnings of a 'mortgage bomb' about to blow up; Australia puts big tech' under more pressure; Mary Holm's 25 years with readers and writers.
15/07/2023 • 38 minutes 16 seconds
Mary Holm - 25 years with readers and writers
Mary Holm's been writing about personal finance weekly for the same paper for more than 25 years. But she tells Mediawatch it's really the readers who have kept it going.
15/07/2023 • 17 minutes 8 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Greens gazumped; Cane caned
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about the Greens' entire manifesto crowded out by coverage of a single law and order tweak from Act . Also a Mediawatch mess-up; a sub-par speed limit story; more BBC presenter problems, commentators cheering Cane's kick (or was it a trip?) and remembering Steve Orsbourn.
12/07/2023 • 31 minutes 32 seconds
The death and rebirth of a long-lasting columnist
The New Zealand Herald column Sideswipe ended in May after a 21-year run. Its creator attributes its longevity to good curation and building a community.
09/07/2023 • 11 minutes 30 seconds
Mediawatch for 9 July 2023
100 days to go; unknown Luxon; Listener goes online and brings back NZ's longest lasting columnist; confusing news on the economy.
08/07/2023 • 30 minutes 34 seconds
Christopher Luxon, the unknowable man
Political reporters often say people need to get to know National leader Christopher Luxon. But he's ubiquitous in the media and has been in the job 18 months. Is it possible he's unknowable? Or is it time to retire the narrative?
08/07/2023 • 8 minutes
Midweek Mediawatch - tipsy Tory & allegedly angry Allan
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about the reaction to two politicians who both filled the front page of The Post this past week: cabinet minister Kiri Allan and Wellington mayor Tory Whanau. Also: the PM dodges a China crisis - and intense coverage of petrol pump pain.
05/07/2023 • 32 minutes
Shock of the news - and the state of the arts
A new report says the arts and culture get just half of the space in our media that's devoted to sport. Mediawatch asks a leading local culture critic if the arts are just a 'nice to have' for our media now - and why he's warned cultural criticism could disappear with the older Pākehā blokes like him.
01/07/2023 • 27 minutes 22 seconds
Mediawatch for 2 July 2023
The shock of the news - and a critical shortage in the state of the arts; TVNZ top-table changes; reserving the right to be wrong - even in an emergency.
01/07/2023 • 32 minutes 15 seconds
The right to be wrong - even in a crisis
Dolphins mating in a prime-time TV documentary was deemed a breach of broadcasting standards this week by the broadcasting watchdog - but dismissing official information and experts on air during Cyclone Gabrielle was not.
01/07/2023 • 4 minutes 52 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - a Titanic amount of coverage
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about a titanic amount of coverage of the Titan submersible tragedy. Also: complaints about an unfair focus on Christopher Luxon; a harsh headline for Michael Wood; media caning Chiefs' captain for post-defeat no-show - and a tonally jarring lifestyle mag on the supermarket shelves.
28/06/2023 • 29 minutes 59 seconds
One weird trick for getting uncritical media coverage
Most publications would never dream of running advertising for free, or publishing a highly ideological press release verbatim, but they may do so if the same information is presented in the form of research or study results.
25/06/2023 • 9 minutes 31 seconds
Surgery scoop sparks rows over equality and equity
A scoop revealing that ethnicity is factored into Auckland-region surgery waiting lists sparked strong reactions against ‘race-based healthcare’ and claims that Māori and Pacific patients were “getting to the front of the surgery queue.” But it turned out to be nothing new - and the formula might actually mean patients’ ethnic background has less impact on waitlist positioning.
24/06/2023 • 14 minutes 56 seconds
Mediawatch for 25 June 2023
Surgery, equality and equity; starling survey results score easy exposure; independent local radio pioneer 1XX changes hands - but the mission remains the same.
24/06/2023 • 37 minutes 14 seconds
1XX changes hands - but not the mission
A leading local, award-winning and proudly-independent radio station based in Whakatāne has changed hands after more than 50 years on air. We ask the boss who’s been there for most of them: is it the end of an era?
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about a ‘tough on crime’ policy triggering media - after ‘Mad Max’ Mongrel Mob scenes in the news. Also: media war-gaming the election too soon; a political column winding back the news; problems that scrapped a big newspaper story emerge - and the ‘grandfather of whistleblowing’ dies.
21/06/2023 • 29 minutes 50 seconds
Further fallout as RNZ takes out the ‘garbage’
External experts are poring over the ‘inappropriate editing’ of international news published online by RNZ. It has already tightened editorial checks and stood down an online journalist. Will this dent trust in RNZ - or news in general? Were campaigns propagating national propaganda a factor? Mediawatch asks two experts with international experience.
17/06/2023 • 43 minutes 57 seconds
Mediawatch for 18 June 2023
Mediawatch looks at the response to the revelation of 'inappropriate editing' of online world news at RNZ - and asks two experts what may come out of the investigation into how it happened. Also: Mediawatch asks about claims that state-sponsored offshore disinformation campaigns could be undermining our media.
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Anna Thomas about RNZ's 'pro-Russia edits' saga now extending stories about other countries - and a newspaper's feature story that fell short of standards. Also: one RNZ host leaves the broadcaster while another returns to air; the intense focus on political party leaders' 'rinky dink' phrases - and what they say off-message; the media war over Australia's most famous soldier- and whether people can weather the long forecasts.
14/06/2023 • 30 minutes 34 seconds
Digging out the facts on crime and punishment
Crime is set to be a big election year issue, with polls showing the public feels unsafe and the opposition claiming the government is 'soft' on offending. A pair of Herald journalists have tried to get to the truth behind the political jousting.
10/06/2023 • 25 minutes 12 seconds
Mediawatch for 11 June 2023
How stories about the war in Ukraine ended up with a pro-Russian slant on RNZ's website; reports of crime are on the up but does the story change when reporters run the numbers before running a story?
10/06/2023 • 38 minutes 56 seconds
RNZ investigating Kremlin-friendly story edits
RNZ is investigating how online stories about the war in Ukraine, supplied by an international news agency, were edited to align with the Russian view of events. A staff member has been stood down while other stories are audited. It's also prompted an external review of RNZ's online news publishing.
09/06/2023 • 10 minutes 35 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - on the outside looking in
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Tod Zaner about Auckland mayor Wayne Brown antagonising the media . . . again; a shake-up of Stuff's top brass; TVNZ boosting free-to-air sport; a dead radio station winning three national awards; Nicky Hager honoured for lifting the lid on secrets.
07/06/2023 • 33 minutes 46 seconds
Mediawatch for 4 June 2023
Mediawatch talks to the radio industry's top spokesperson who called on commercial companies to curb their rivalry - and the brains behind a small music radio network spreading around the country - but without ads. Also: a controversial proposal to change the way our media content is regulated.
03/06/2023 • 33 minutes 18 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - a potentially toxic election season
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about racist abuse of journalists and the potential for more of it in a toxic election campaign. Also: an eyebrow-raising Media Council decision; two enduring magazines changing hands; exclusive coverage of awards that excludes other award winners - and some surprising talkback debate about cycling.
31/05/2023 • 30 minutes 48 seconds
The long game of investigating Loafers Lodge disaster
Years before the Grenfell Tower fire killed 72 residents, it was foreshadowed by another fatal fire in London which wasn't adequately investigated. A journalist who has worked on that story for six years so far tells Mediawatch our media must pursue what went wrong at Loafers Lodge to prevent something worse happening elsewhere in future.
27/05/2023 • 16 minutes 37 seconds
Mediawatch for 28 May 2023
Lessons for Loafers Lodge investigation in the long game of the UK's Grenfell saga; new fund backing business and economics coverage; an hour of Gower (and friends . . . and his issues).
27/05/2023 • 44 minutes 35 seconds
An hour of Gower
Three's new current affairs show Paddy Gower Has Issues walks a tonal tightrope - balancing comedic heckling and faux-serious investigations with in-depth reporting on important issues of the day.
27/05/2023 • 23 minutes 10 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Miami not nice
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about the outrage over Paora that sparked escalating apologies from Zoo Miami - and how the media reacted to a Budget which wasn't quite what the pundits predicted. Also: a media watchdog's warning about taking care with facts - and the ‘the worst movie of the year’?
24/05/2023 • 28 minutes 26 seconds
A little local political difficulty pulls national media focus
The nation’s news outlets aren’t usually interested in local government ructions in the south, but deep rifts in one dysfunctional council have made many headlines lately. When a ‘showdown’ meeting in Gore was livestreamed on major websites this week, peace broke out instead. Was that because of the media attention?
20/05/2023 • 18 minutes 45 seconds
Politicians seeking platforms for political reveals
Brian Tamaki couldn't get on TV last weekend to announce the launch of a new umbrella movement to contest the next election. But other political leaders had better luck recently week getting a media platform to air new plans and policies.
20/05/2023 • 10 minutes 17 seconds
Mediawatch for 21 May 2023
Gore blimey - a little local political difficulty pulls national media focus; Politicians seeking platforms for political reveals.
20/05/2023 • 32 minutes 23 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - putting a disaster in context
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about coverage putting the Loafers Lodge disaster in context - even in the midst of chaos and confusion, some impressive political fact-checking, whether the media needs to change tack reporting economists' forecasts - and an exclusive interview with a party-swapping MP which wasn't hard to get.
17/05/2023 • 30 minutes 31 seconds
Some broadcasters still shrugging off storm warnings
Some in the media learned the lessons of Cyclone Gabrielle and the Auckland Anniversary Weekend floods, just as the emergency management authorities have done - and they made a concerted effort to take this week’s weather warnings seriously. Others, not so much.
13/05/2023 • 10 minutes 43 seconds
Offshore outfit rating the reliability of our media
US-based NewsGuard is rating New Zealand's significant news sites for reliability - and even preparing ‘nutrition labels’ to warn users to treat them with caution. NewsGuard is also using human journalists to train generative AI innovations like ChatGPT to minimise the potential for misinformation-spreading on an epic scale.
13/05/2023 • 31 minutes 14 seconds
Mediawatch for 14 May 2023
Safe or sorry? Some still shrugging off storm warnings; an offshore outfit rating reliability of our news - and trying to train the AI chatbots; angst over not-so-Super Rugby on screen.
13/05/2023 • 31 minutes 11 seconds
Angst over not-so-Super Rugby on screen
Midweek sports bulletins and commentaries declared that a former All Blacks coach had "slammed" modern rugby and declared it "unwatchable," prompting push-back from current All Blacks about changing the rules and refereeing. But Wayne Smith didn't quite condemn the state of the nation game in the way some reports would have you believe.
13/05/2023 • 4 minutes 42 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - out with the old, in with the new
Midweek Mediawatch - Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Nights. Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about criticism of the Coronation coverage - and the PM grilled by the BBC on republicanism and sausage rolls. Also - RNZ releases critical comments from a minister; and a new radio station and podcasts emerge from the closure of talk station Today FM.
10/05/2023 • 28 minutes 18 seconds
A constitutional conundrum - or simply a king-size spectacle?
The Coronation this weekend was an historic event that anointed a new head of state for us for the first time in 70 years - and also a made-for-media spectacle that captivated broadcasters. After the death of QE2 last year, pundits predicted a debate about cutting ties with the Crown would follow, but the media have shown little appetite for it.
06/05/2023 • 23 minutes 9 seconds
Mediawatch for 7 May 2023
The Coronation - constitutional conundrum or just a king-size media spectacle?; political defection takes media by surprise.
06/05/2023 • 34 minutes 6 seconds
Political defection takes media by surprise
Te Pāti Māori livestreams from local marae don’t usually attract much mainstream media interest. But the defection of government minister Meka Whaitiri on Wednesday was carried by every major outlet after Whakaata Māori's late-night scoop sparked a media scramble. It also created a “constitutional cluster” that needed clarity.
06/05/2023 • 10 minutes 4 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - a media muddle over Meka Whaitiri
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about Meka Whaitiri's defection to Te Pāti Māori taking the media by surprise, a media organisation and a politician censured for inaccuracy on important health matters - and media coverage of an airline PR stunt.
03/05/2023 • 27 minutes 33 seconds
Stuff takes paywall plunge
After putting almost all its news online for free for a quarter of a century, Stuff launched subscription-based websites this weekend for its biggest daily papers - The Press, Waikato Times and The Post. Its main news website stuff.co.nz will remain free - but its regional titles could also put up paywalls soon.
30/04/2023 • 16 minutes 12 seconds
Citizenship celebration turns sour in record time
For 22 years, media stories regularly bemoaned Kiwis treated as second class citizens across the ditch. This week, the problem finally got resolved, only for coverage to turn to fears of a 'Great Exodus' within hours.
29/04/2023 • 9 minutes 8 seconds
Mediawatch for 30 April 2023
Stuff takes the paywall plunge; fear of brain drain drowns out victory for Kiwis' rights across the ditch; economic predictions wide of the mark.
29/04/2023 • 32 minutes 56 seconds
Stuff to put up first paywalls for news
The country’s biggest publisher of news will soon begin charging readers of three titles for news online for the first time. Stuff is launching subscription-based websites for The Dominion Post, The Press and Waikato Times, but access to its main national news website stuff.co.nz will remain free.
27/04/2023 • 16 minutes 12 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - big bills for media billionaires
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about a very bad week for two billionaire media barons - Elon Musk and Rupert Murdoch - burning up credibility and cash in court, online and in space; and more critics copping flak for Succession spoilers.
26/04/2023 • 32 minutes 27 seconds
What’s the government’s post-merger media plan?
The government is beefing up RNZ’s budget after scrapping the new public media entity it planned over four years. But what’s the ‘broadcasting strategy for all New Zealanders’ the minister says he’s putting together? And what’s the plan for state-owned TVNZ?
22/04/2023 • 18 minutes 28 seconds
Mediawatch for 23 April 2023
What's the government plan for public media now?; regional news start-up seeking reporters and backing; airline snack swap secures sparks media appetite.
22/04/2023 • 41 minutes 20 seconds
New regional news network seeks reporters and backers
This week ads for a new start-up appeared seeking reporters in the regions - and offering salaries reporters only get in the big cities these days. What is Regional News Network? How does it plan to set up the sort of regional coverage big news outlets have struggled to maintain in recent years?
22/04/2023 • 29 minutes 16 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - an unwanted Twitter tag
Midweek Mediawatch - Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Nights. Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about Twitter tagging public broadcasters around the world - including RNZ - as 'government funded'; politicians being grilled on TV about their policies - and their personalities, and some research findings which made news but needed a little more context.
19/04/2023 • 32 minutes 51 seconds
A rainy day for the mayor's media freeze out
Auckland mayor Wayne Brown has maintained a relationship with the media that's been - at best - frosty. A new report into the Council's flood response shows the limits of that approach. The mayor's promised changes to emergency planning in future. How could this help media do their job in an emergency?
15/04/2023 • 19 minutes 28 seconds
Droning on about flying pizza - again
This week the prospect of pizza by drone from store-to-door hit the headlines again - seven years years after a similar PR fly-by prompted stories insisting this was just around the corner for needy and greedy fast food fans. Meanwhile other drone delivery innovations already under way or in the pipeline don't seem to interest the media much.
15/04/2023 • 9 minutes 30 seconds
Mediawatch for 16 April 2023
Auckland flood response review finds arms-length Council didn't use media effectively; media droning on about flying pizza - again; a fake news backflip.
15/04/2023 • 34 minutes 5 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Lobbying, OIA angst and spoiler rage
Midweek Mediawatch - Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Nights. Colin Peacock talks to Mark Leishman about how the media reacted to a sudden switch of rules for those who lobby politicians. Also - an investigation lifting the lid on health spending, a solo Southlander giving local media a run for their money - and the LA Times spoiling ‘Succession’ for fervent fans.
12/04/2023 • 29 minutes 10 seconds
Mediawatch: Turning off the news?
Mediawatch looks at the results of the biggest annual survey of New Zealanders’ trust in news - which shows it’s on the slide for the fourth year in a row. For the first time it also shows many of us avoiding news altogether. Is that because so much of it has been 'bad news' for so long? Or are we doing it badly? Mediawatch the authors of the 2023 Trust in News report.
08/04/2023 • 35 minutes 10 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - All the President's luggage
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Mark Leishman about Donald Trump getting arrested, trust in news falling again, a controversy involving a Cabinet minister and RNZ- and the working poor getting a platform.
05/04/2023 • 27 minutes 38 seconds
Today FM turned off - and erased
Why did MediaWorks kill a network launched with heavy hype only a year ago - which was also the source of news for half the country's commercial stations? The major media company also scrubbed the station’s digital content and brought to an end more than 30 years of talk radio history. Mediawatch asks why - and what happens next.
02/04/2023 • 18 minutes 28 seconds
Mediawatch for 2 April 2023
The untidy end of Today FM - and 30 years of talk radio history; further fallout from coverage of the short-but-sharp visit of provocateur Posie Parker - and the protest that drowned her out.
01/04/2023 • 34 minutes 46 seconds
Media mismatch on an 'out-of-control mob'
The protest that overwhelmed a rally for anti-trans rights activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull in Auckland last weekend was described as out-of-control and violent in some accounts. Two reporters who covered the protest on the ground tell Mediawatch that doesn't reflect what they saw.
01/04/2023 • 13 minutes 24 seconds
Today FM goes up in flames after on-air explosion
The future of MediaWorks talk network Today FM and its news service are in doubt after a proposal to close the station prompted an on-air staff revolt. Today FM abruptly cut to pop music after breakfast host Tova O'Brien announced she and all her colleagues were losing their jobs - and morning host Duncan Garner said they had "been betrayed."
29/03/2023 • 4 minutes 49 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - incorrect Corrections ad?
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talks to Susana Lei’ataua about the advertising watchdog scuppering an expensive and important TV advert - and a surprise rise in the media’s income from ads. Also: an editor promising inside information on our media - and further fallout from the controversial visit of Posie Parker.
29/03/2023 • 31 minutes 34 seconds
Lifting the lid on lobbying, ministers - and the media
An RNZ investigation lifted the lid this week on lobbyists and how they communicate with politicians outside the public gaze or official oversight. But it also raised questions for the media about how the lobbyists lobby them - and appear in the media while the public have no idea who their clients are.
26/03/2023 • 8 minutes 46 seconds
Posie the provocateur captures media's attention
The fly-in fly-out visit of provocateur Posie Parker was obviously a divisive issue - with people going to court to try to prevent it and then taking to the streets when that failed. Opponents drowned out her public appearance in Auckland, but there was plenty about her - and her opinions - in the media this week.
25/03/2023 • 13 minutes 54 seconds
Mediawatch for 26 March 2023
UK provocateur captures media's attention; lifting the lid on lobbying, ministers - and the media; a source burned and spurned - in the public interest?
25/03/2023 • 33 minutes 44 seconds
A source burned and spurned - in the public interest?
An RNZ investigation this week revealed ministers and their staff are messaged by lobbyists using apps out of the public gaze - but discoverable under the OIA. In the UK, one minister’s messages exposing ‘government by WhatsApp’ are also in the headlines because of one journalist brutally betraying her source - and kicking off an angry ethical debate.
25/03/2023 • 12 minutes 44 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Lobbyists, Iraq, provoking the woke & angst over activist
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Susana Lei'ataua about revelations on political lobbying from RNZ, a new online outlet seeking to provoke the woke; how US media boosted the war in Iraq 20 years ago - and challenges for reporters covering an anti-trans rights campaigner's tour.
22/03/2023 • 36 minutes 45 seconds
A muted media response to March 15
The media did little to mark the fourth anniversary of the March 15 terror attack, and some victims and their families say they are starting to feel forgotten.
19/03/2023 • 15 minutes 41 seconds
Climate policies burn on the bread and butter bonfire
Chris Hipkins won media plaudits for his political strategy after scrapping or deferring some of Labour's policy in his latest policy bonfire, including ones to reduce emissions. But a poll released just hours after his announcement showed voters want more climate action, not less.
18/03/2023 • 8 minutes 44 seconds
Mediawatch for 19 March 2023
Polls and policy bonfire create climate contradiction; a muted media response to March 15; apology; talk radio outbursts spark apology.
18/03/2023 • 35 minutes 52 seconds
Mis-match of the day at the BBC
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Todd Zaner about how a former footballer took on the top brass of the BBC - and won. Also: a confronting front-page story about a high-profile death - and two papers challenged on the fairness of local politics coverage.
15/03/2023 • 30 minutes 55 seconds
Kids and consultants - Media run the rule over opposition policy
The National Party unveiled two dove-tailed policies last weekend - pumping up childcare subsidies while cutting down on consultants to cover the cost. Mediawatch looks at how the media ran the rule over these - and talks to the author of a timely investigation into the lucrative childcare industry.
11/03/2023 • 23 minutes 52 seconds
Big bills for aborted media merger - but what next?
The broadcasting and media minister spoke about the collapse of the public media merger for the first time this week when a Parliamentary committee asked about the sums spent on it. He gave little away about the next strategy for RNZ which he’s taking to Cabinet soon.
11/03/2023 • 6 minutes 18 seconds
Mediawatch for 12 March 2023
Media run the rule over policy on kids and consultants; Michelle Duff on journalism and switching to fiction; awkwards questions over media merger bills - and what comes next.
11/03/2023 • 32 minutes 23 seconds
Mediawatch for 12 March 2023
Media run the rule over policy on kids and consultants; Michelle Duff on journalism and switching to fiction; awkwards questions over media merger bills - and what comes next.
11/03/2023 • 32 minutes 23 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - transport reporting skids and u-turns
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Susana Lei'ataua about some skids and u-turns in transport reporting, a growing glut of daily news podcasts - and a new online outlet for those de-platformed by The Platform. Also: public servants expressing political views in the media - and PM's pie preferences.
08/03/2023 • 29 minutes 42 seconds
Documenting the March 2 convulsion one year on
Coverage of the occupation of Parliament was wall-to-wall in our media as it dissolved into violence and came to an end one year ago this week. An RNZ team has trawled the overflowing archive of images for a documentary to show how it played on the the ground. Will it help us understand future stand-offs which capture the attention of the media?
04/03/2023 • 20 minutes 30 seconds
Signal to noise - is AM radio really under threat?
Old-fashioned AM radio was an information lifeline for many during Cyclone Gabrielle when other sources wilted without power. Now a little-known arrangement that puts proceedings of Parliament on the air has been cited as a threat to its future. But is a switch-off really likely? And what’s being done to avoid it?
04/03/2023 • 10 minutes 56 seconds
Mediawatch for 5 March 2023
Documenting the March 2 convulsion one year on; apology to Tim Beveridge; claims that AM radio is in jeopardy; is the G-word still fit for primetime TV?
04/03/2023 • 39 minutes 23 seconds
G-word deemed a slur in news, but still fit for primetime TV
Does a surprising call by our broadcasting watchdog about a fleeting TV news item months ago mean that a primetime TV show shouldn’t really be on our screens right now?
04/03/2023 • 4 minutes 49 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - contested crime wave claims
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Susana Lei'ataua about the media covering claims of a post-Gabrielle crime spike that was questioned by Police; the fiery exit of a top public servant, MediaWorks' boss preparing to take off - and a radio host hitting back at Pharmac for playing favourites with the media.
01/03/2023 • 24 minutes 17 seconds
Claims and counter-claims on post-cyclone crime spike
Media on the ground in cyclone-hit communities found road-blocks and local people reporting looting, theft and threats backed up with firearms. Meanwhile police and politicians insisted there was no spike in crime and complained of disinformation in the media and online.
25/02/2023 • 10 minutes 59 seconds
Boring old infrastructure rises to the top of the agenda
Once the scale of Cyclone Gabrielle’s destruction became clear, politicians of all parties agreed restoring and improving our infrastructure is our top priority. We’re told we’ve underinvested in it for decades and now the expense will be epic. So how can the media help us get to grips with this daunting challenge - and even understand infrastructure actually is?
25/02/2023 • 17 minutes 25 seconds
Climate minimisation still has a foothold in media
National MP Maureen Pugh was censured by her bosses and made to walk back her words after calling man-made climate change into question earlier this week. But similar sentiments still find a platform in the media.
25/02/2023 • 10 minutes 12 seconds
Mediawatch for 26 February 2023
Claims and counter-claims on post-Gabrielle crime spike; boring old infrastructure surges to the top of the agenda; climate minimisation still has a foothold in the media.
25/02/2023 • 40 minutes 20 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - cyclone talkback backlash
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talks to Susana Lei'ataua about coverage of Cyclone Gabrielle's destruction - and the backlash against talk radio hosts who played the disaster down early on. Also: claims Roald Dahl’s books have been censored by 'PC gone mad' - and Fox News facing billion-dollar problems.
22/02/2023 • 33 minutes 4 seconds
Radio hosts fixate on schools closing as Gabrielle closes in
Cyclone Gabrielle buried homes and took lives, including those of rescuers, this week. But as it bore down on the country, front-rank hosts at Newstalk ZB played down the danger it posed and complained about a day of school closures.
18/02/2023 • 9 minutes 23 seconds
Mediawatch - before and after Gabrielle
Our media were in emergency mode yet again this week, offering hours of extra coverage on air, online and in print. Outlets in the hardest-hit places reported the basics - even without access to basics like power, communications and even premises. What will Gabrielle's legacy be for media's role in reporting disasters and national resilience?
18/02/2023 • 48 minutes 10 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Covering another catastrophe
Midweek Mediawatch - Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Nights. Hayden Donnell talks to Susana Lei'ataua about some good journalism - and some ill-advised commentary - on Cyclone Gabrielle. And in other news: a truancy announcement that didn't turn up - and the end of the show formerly known as Police Ten-7 / Ten-7 Aotearoa - and claims it got ‘cancelled.’
15/02/2023 • 29 minutes 23 seconds
Supermarkets shaping the food price story
Recent media reports have blamed rising grocery prices on supermarket suppliers and even shoplifters. One business journalist is calling on the media to focus on the market power of our supermarket duopoly, now facing a law change to improve competition and lower prices.
11/02/2023 • 13 minutes 28 seconds
Mediawatch for 12 February 2023
Media merger out of its misery; supermarkets shaping the food price story; Southlander goes solo to tell southern stories.
11/02/2023 • 35 minutes 53 seconds
Southlander goes solo to tell southern stories
Logan Savory spent years covering local stories for the long-established local daily paper Southland Times. Now he’s gone solo in the Southland Tribune - which sounds like a paper but isn’t. Why the change? And what’s the difference?
11/02/2023 • 10 minutes 48 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - the day the merger died
Midweek Mediawatch - Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Nights. Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about the government dumping its public media plans - again - and Karyn talks to National's Melissa Lee about her reaction. Also: Waitangi Day passing peacefully - apart from a little cue-card controversy.
08/02/2023 • 39 minutes 42 seconds
Public media policy put out of its misery
The PM has confirmed what pundits have predicted for weeks: the plan for a public media entity has been scrapped – before they even settled on a name for it. It’s the second time in five years Labour’s backed away from its public media policy, leaving RNZ and TVNZ in limbo again.
08/02/2023 • 10 minutes 13 seconds
Communications recriminations after the deluge
The communications failures following the downpour - now under review - weren’t all Wayne Brown’s fault, but the mayor’s antagonistic and arm's-length management prolonged a media pile-on which raised questions about the priorities of both parties in a crisis.
04/02/2023 • 14 minutes 9 seconds
Mediawatch for 5 February 2023
Communications recriminations after the deluge; rebooting crisis coverage in the social media age; public media plan proclaimed a dead duck by other media.
04/02/2023 • 38 minutes 34 seconds
Rebooting crisis coverage in the social media age
When the heavens opened last weekend, some channels of official information closed. Emergency management agencies and the news media both copped criticism for lagging behind events - and behind social media feeds fed by citizens and ordered by algorithms. Can the content from the crowd in real time be harvested for a big picture the news media and the authorities alike can all use?
04/02/2023 • 17 minutes 45 seconds
Midweek Drongowatch: A woeful week in Wayne's world
In this week's rebranded Midweek Drongowatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a flood of criticism for Auckland mayor Wayne Brown, a pair of polls that perked up the political press pack - and how TVNZ handled the story of the first-ever All Black to come out as gay. Also - Hayden's summer season news bingo-card check - and his mancave confusion clarified.
01/02/2023 • 30 minutes 50 seconds
Political pressure on media merger pumped up
Legislation for a new public media entity due by March has been reviewed and is due to be debated in Parliament soon. But pundits and opposition politicians alike are urging the government - now under new 'bread and butter'-focused management - to pull the plug on it.
28/01/2023 • 8 minutes 57 seconds
Mediawatch for 29 January 2023
PM's exit and epic rain blow up 'slow news' summer; political pressure pumped up on media merger; mixed messages on state of the highways.
28/01/2023 • 36 minutes 14 seconds
Mixed messages on state of the highways
Anger over the state of our highways deepened this summer - along with the potholes at the heart of constant claims the roads are “the worst they’ve ever been.” But political pressure and a startling stat in the media might have given people the wrong idea - and also undermined the push for lower speeds and fewer crashes.
28/01/2023 • 8 minutes 44 seconds
PM’s exit and epic rain blow up 'slow news' summer
Along with the politicians, the media were caught on the hop when Jacinda Ardern suddenly called it quits last week. This week, more than a summer's worth of rain in a few hours blew away the 'slow news' season.
26/01/2023 • 25 minutes 14 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - suprise demise of a PM
Midweek Mediawatch - Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Nights - back for 2023.
Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about the media response to Jacinda Ardern’s surprise demise. Also: big job cuts at a big radio broadcaster; little local stations fighting their corner; on-air changes at RNZ and the Dom Post - and the death of a record-breaking long-serving radio host.
25/01/2023 • 33 minutes 37 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: The year in review
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell recaps the big stories of 2022 and the questions they raise for 2023, and delivers his own personal worst of and best of list for the year in media.
21/12/2022 • 33 minutes 45 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch December 21
A roundup of the weeks & the years happenings. There's even an awards slot!
21/12/2022 • 33 minutes 45 seconds
Turning a more sceptical eye on the tech titans
For years, Silicon Valley's stars have been able to drum up positive media headlines with their visions of a future tech utopia. In 2022, several of them ran into the hard wall of reality.
17/12/2022 • 18 minutes 30 seconds
Mediawatch for 18 December 2022
Mediawatch's mash-up of 2022 in review; reversal of fortunes for Silicon Valley moguls in the media.
17/12/2022 • 38 minutes 53 seconds
Mediawatch's mashup of 2022 in review
Mediawatch says goodbye - and good riddance - to 2022 in the media.
17/12/2022 • 19 minutes 30 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - more media merger manoeuvres
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about the government’s media merger under the spotlight again - along with top brass of TVNZ and RNZ. Also: the death of two much-admired journalists; Qatar’s issues overshadowed by the World Cup spectacle; overheated reports of road repair rage, and who’s telling the Prime Minister what to do on her summer break?
14/12/2022 • 32 minutes 40 seconds
Stuff’s regional rejig - and staff strife
Why has our biggest and only truly national news publisher Stuff just rejigged its regional reporting to have fewer reporters in its local newsrooms - and none at all in some at certain times of the week? The move has antagonised some staff against the backdrop of disputes over journalists' pay.
11/12/2022 • 13 minutes 16 seconds
Media merger meets mounting resistance as clock ticks
The PM’s hints this week reforms will be pared back in 2023 - and an untidy interview by the broadcasting minister - added to skepticism about the government’s public media plan. But while the media have aired angst about editorial independence, trust and costs, the opportunities have barely been addressed - or the consequences of sticking with the status quo.
10/12/2022 • 13 minutes 34 seconds
Newspaper deserts - and some green shoots - replace rivers of gold
American newspaper editor turned academic Kenton Bird traveled this country in 2010 to see if the ‘news deserts’ caused by newspaper closures in the US could happen here. 12 years on, he’s back - and happy to find our papers still in print even though the ‘rivers of gold’ dried up long ago and our biggest publisher was sold for a single gold coin in 2020.
10/12/2022 • 25 minutes 8 seconds
Mediawatch for 11 December 2022
Media merger meets mounting resistance as clock ticks; Stuff's regional rejig of news - and staff strife; local papers: from rivers of gold to news deserts - and some green shoots.
10/12/2022 • 41 minutes 33 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: A good news story gone bad
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a media tussle with Pharmac, a so-called 'trainweck' interview by the broadcasting minister and two interesting Media Council decisions.
07/12/2022 • 32 minutes 2 seconds
Anti-vax parents create media conundrum
One press conference question at a Prime Ministerial summit kicked off a wave of social media scorn this week - and even criticism and international headlines about sexism. But media made a better fist of the awkward questions thrown up by parents withholding consent for the treatment of their sick baby and their supporters.
04/12/2022 • 8 minutes 31 seconds
Programme-makers anxious about public media project
For more than 30 years the nation's independent producers have been able to bid for money from the public purse to make programmes via New Zealand on Air. But from next year, the new public media entity that replaces RNZ and TVNZ will hold the purse strings for the bulk of the taxpayers' money - and they're anxious about it. But if there's more money available for the stuff they make, what's the problem?
03/12/2022 • 22 minutes 48 seconds
Mediawatch: 4 December 2022
Handling awkward questions; programme-makers anxious about public media project; why Stuff journalists walked off the job.
03/12/2022 • 36 minutes 19 seconds
Why did Stuff journalists walk off the job?
Journalism’s never been an especially well-paid job, except for a few bosses and stars in big jobs at the top end. But industrial action is rare - and no journalists at major news media have gone on strike here for almost a decade and half. Why did some Stuff reporters walk off the job this week and picket their own premises?
03/12/2022 • 9 minutes 43 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - crime and ‘angertainment’
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talk to Karyn Hay about how the media responded to anger about violent crime and death of dairy worker Janak Patel. Also: journalists walking off the job; the rise of 'angertainment'; a new local series asking existential questions; unexpected media moments from the controversial Qatar World Cup.
30/11/2022 • 31 minutes 25 seconds
COP 27 climate coverage cop-outs
The latest global climate policy summit in Egypt failed to create binding agreements on emissions reduction. But COP 27 did pave the way for compensating countries bearing the brunt of climate change. Commentators in our media were quick to claim 'COP was a flop' and proof that big international gatherings of governments and institutions are a waste of time and taxpayers' money.
26/11/2022 • 15 minutes 2 seconds
Relapse reports upset gang-based rehab programme
A controversial gang-led drug rehab project funded by seized proceeds of crime was back in the news recently, thanks to headlines that highlighted the proportion of participants relapsing. That prompted critics to condemn it as a failure. Was that fair?
26/11/2022 • 10 minutes 7 seconds
Mediawatch for 27 November 2022
COP 27 climate coverage cop outs; blowing the whistle on 'normalised' corruption in world sport; relapse reports upset gang-based rehab programme.
26/11/2022 • 35 minutes 23 seconds
Blowing the whistle on World Cup corruption
Qatar’s ‘sports-washing’ World Cup has backfired in PR terms, but it's taken the heat off world football’s corrupted governing body FIFA who gave it a green light in the first place. Mediawatch talks to a whistleblower who became a journalist and publisher herself to get the story out.
26/11/2022 • 26 minutes 3 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Follow the leader
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a blizzard of commentary about Christopher Luxon's performance, Chinese state-sponsored propaganda in the Herald, and a respected Stuff reporter turning to climate coverage.
23/11/2022 • 27 minutes 52 seconds
Media wrestle with ‘sportswashing’ Qatar’s World Cup
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar was already controversial before this weekend’s kick-off. Organisers have told the media to ‘focus on the football’ but human rights, workers’ suffering and and allegations of corruption in securing the tournament in the first place are impossible to ignore. Will media draw attention to that while the planet’s best players are on show?
20/11/2022 • 25 minutes 31 seconds
Framing farming’s important debates via the mailbox
Opposition to agricultural reforms gets a wide airing in the media, along with protest and lobby groups fighting the corner against ‘unworkable regulations.’ But farming industry groups - and many farmers - also know adaptation and compromise is inevitable. Mediawatch talks to the editor of Farmers Weekly, whose views end up in the mailbox of almost every farm in the land.
19/11/2022 • 15 minutes 4 seconds
Mediawatch for 20 November 2022
Media wrestle with 'sportswashing' Qatar's World Cup; framing farming's big issues via the mailbox; politics pundit calls it quits.
19/11/2022 • 35 minutes 56 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Ferns fire up rugby's rulers
Midweek Mediawatch:Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about a sporting victory that stirred emotions - and calls for a level playing field. Also: Stuff staff push back at bosses; an exploding whale anniversary - and is social media’s social impact overstated? (Warning: contains traces of peanuts . . .)
16/11/2022 • 31 minutes 37 seconds
Irreplaceable images on the block again
A decade ago our biggest newspaper publisher made an ill-fated deal to send its almost all of its entire archive of photos offshore to be digitised. They never came back - and now their LA-based owner has put them on the market online, hoping a buyer will put them in public hands.
13/11/2022 • 25 minutes 27 seconds
Herald’s bid to short-circuit short-termism and tribalism
The Herald - and its publisher NZME - has embarked on a months-long series to push back at short-term thinking and political tribalism holding back the post-Covid recovery. Mediawatch asks the driving forces of ‘Rebuilding Better’ how that can be done - and if that means confronting some of the shrillest voices on NZME’s own platforms.
12/11/2022 • 30 minutes 2 seconds
Annoying both sides doesn't equal getting it right
Amid a barrage of criticism from across the political spectrum, Elon Musk reached for a defence beloved by editors and journalists.
12/11/2022 • 7 minutes 22 seconds
Mediawatch for 13 November 2022
The Herald's bid to confront big national issues and 'Rebuild Better'; annoying left and right wing doesn't mean doing the right thing; irreplaceable images from papers past on the block.
12/11/2022 • 42 minutes 34 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Follow the leaders
Midweek Mediawatch - Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Nights. Colin Peacock talked to Karyn Hay about the Labour Party’s conference overshadowed by the latest TV opinion poll - and reporters’ fixation on the party leaders. Also: Winston Peters slams our media offshore; more reactions, reports and revelations about the new public media entity.
09/11/2022 • 25 minutes 27 seconds
Who are New Zealand's journalists today?
Journalists have long suffered the scorn of the public, rating as poorly as the politicians they report on – and used car sellers – when it comes to trustworthiness. But what New Zealand journalists are actually like is rarely examined. Mediawatch looks at the findings from the biggest-ever survey of our media people.
06/11/2022 • 25 minutes 38 seconds
Minister and media puts pressure on suppression
The new justice minister has said name suppression in our courts “is not working” because it’s granted too often to people with the means to make a strong bid for it. That puts Kiri Allan on the same page as the media which want greater freedom to report details of court cases of public interest. But would that also jeopardise the right to fair trial?
05/11/2022 • 23 minutes 2 seconds
Mediawatch for 6 November 2022
Minister and media puts pressure on name suppression; who are New Zealand's journalists today?
05/11/2022 • 31 minutes 22 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - political photo ops & tech titans under pressure
Midweek Mediawatch - Hayden Donnell talks to Charlotte Ryan about how the media handle politicians' photo opportunities - and one politician keeping the media at arm's length. Also - unprecedented scrutiny of the tech titans as Musk takes control of Twitter and Zuckerberg suffers a sudden slide in Facebook’s fortune . . . and Charlotte Ryan held to account for teasing her own followers.
02/11/2022 • 30 minutes 41 seconds
On the overlap - TV rugby double-up stuff-up
NZ Rugby was panned for overlapping the Black Ferns and the All Blacks on the pitch - and on TV - at the same time this weekend - but it wasn’t the first international double-up during the Women’s Rugby World Cup. Meanwhile, some top Auckland schools don’t want their top players on TV any more at all.
30/10/2022 • 7 minutes 23 seconds
PM’s exit speculation goes another round
Pundits and presenters aired excitable opinions about the possibility - or probability according to some - that Jacinda Ardern would quit while she was ahead before the next election. It's a re-run of this time last year, when the same source-less speculation filled columns and airtime - and ended up wide of the mark.
29/10/2022 • 9 minutes 29 seconds
A doco revival spotlights crime and injustice
A recent revival of local prime-time TV documentaries has highlighted some thorny social issues and raised awkward questions about justice and equality. Among them was a revealing investigation this week showing the cost of white-collar crime dwarfs that of welfare fraud, but draws lighter punishments and gets a lot less scrutiny in the media than the kind of crimes that play out in public.
29/10/2022 • 18 minutes 13 seconds
Mediawatch for 30 October 2022
PM's exit speculation goes another round; a doco revival spotlights crime and justice; on the overlap: rugby TV clashes create controversy.
29/10/2022 • 34 minutes 20 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Politics overkill, talk radio overcooked
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about the media in overdrive over the UK’s political drama; more PR problems in the push for the new public media entity and a talk radio host censured for being mean to a teenager - and who went on to insult an entire country this week.
26/10/2022 • 28 minutes 50 seconds
On the sidelines of big news in China
This week's five-yearly meeting of the Chinese Communist Party signposted China's economic and foreign policy for the foreseeable future under President Xi Jinping. That's a big deal for trading nations like ours, but propaganda, vested interests and media restrictions make the coverage difficult and confusing.
22/10/2022 • 17 minutes 48 seconds
Mediawatch for 23 October 2022
Bard-gate; on the sidelines of big news in China; chaotic politics sparks crude comebacks - and decency dilemmas.
22/10/2022 • 31 minutes 39 seconds
Chaotic politics sparks crude comebacks - and decency dilemmas
The political turmoil in the UK sparked some spectacular emotional reactions - and language not normally fit for broadcast. Meanwhile, one radio host here was pondering just what words should be used on the air and in political interviews.
22/10/2022 • 6 minutes 5 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: A media tempest over Shakespeare
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a misleading and sometimes fact-free media uproar over a small arts grant, new developments in the Kamahl Santamaria saga, and regional reporting cutbacks at Stuff.
19/10/2022 • 25 minutes 49 seconds
Heated emissions from media on gas charging plan
Settling on a scheme to charge for agricultural emissions has taken 20 years of consultation, compromise and scientific research - and agriculture’s leading lobby groups were partners in the process. But obstinate objections and contestable claims from loud outsiders got pride of place in some media this week.
16/10/2022 • 13 minutes 8 seconds
Ex-media minister’s hasty move to lobbying
Kris Faafoi masterminded the public media merger that’s now in train, before quitting politics to spend more time with his family last June. Now he wants to spend more time with government again, lobbying for commercial clients. Critics complained about a 'revolving door' between lobbying and government, but the media is part of the equation too.
16/10/2022 • 8 minutes 14 seconds
The media and low local election turnout
Once again the local elections were plagued by low voter turnout and a lack of engagement. Is the media coverage, or lack thereof, contributing to the problem - and what can it do to help?
15/10/2022 • 16 minutes 50 seconds
Mediawatch for 16 October 2022
Heated emissions from media on greenhouse gas charging plan; the media and the low, low, local election turnout; ex-media minister's hasty move to lobbying.
15/10/2022 • 40 minutes 49 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Election angst and rugby joy
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about the fallout from the local elections - Mayor Brown keeping media at arm's length: Also - Women's Rugby World Cup media fever, in spite of competition; speculation about who will lead the new public media entity next year - and Liz Truss as a lettuce.
12/10/2022 • 31 minutes 53 seconds
TVNZ's media marriage at first sight
Media execs aired their angst about the government’s public media plan in parliamentary hearings this week - and the commercial clout TVNZ will bring to the new entity. TVNZ’s Simon Power talks to Mediawatch about what needs to change, rivals’ fears of its commercial clout - and FBoy Island as a symbol of incompatible cultures.
08/10/2022 • 29 minutes 29 seconds
Hacking social media down to size
The world’s richest person put US$44 billion to make Twitter his personal property. Social media pioneer Evan Henshaw-Plath - who co-founded Twitter’s forerunner Odeo - is now here in New Zealand trying to break down the big social platforms. But if they are worth billions of dollars because they have billions of users - isn’t a bit late for that?
08/10/2022 • 20 minutes 58 seconds
Mediawatch for 9 October 2022
FBoy Island controversy; TVNZ's boss on the concerns about the public media merger aired on Parliamentary hearings; can epic-scale social media platforms be hacked down to size?
08/10/2022 • 43 minutes 38 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Journalists become the story
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about journalists coming under fire from the subjects of their stories and an unsurprising scandal over a TVNZ reality show.
05/10/2022 • 22 minutes 18 seconds
Hard stats and new voices enter the 'youth crime spike' coverage
Two new pieces of reporting have added context and depth to the headlines blaring about a youth crime wave.
02/10/2022 • 9 minutes 32 seconds
More rancour on the road to a new public media entity
This week a Parliamentary committee heard concerns from other media companies about the new public media entity, as opposition attacks on the cost of it intensified. Meanwhile a significant funding shift for local content came to light, revealing further tensions and uncertainties.
01/10/2022 • 8 minutes 41 seconds
Mediawatch for 2 October 2022
More rancour on the road to a new public media entity; youth crime facts and headlines don't match; Christchurch Call digs deep into algorithms.
01/10/2022 • 35 minutes 22 seconds
Christchurch Call pushes against the algorithms
New Zealand is leading a bid to break open social media’s secret algorithms as part of The Christchurch Call response, with backing from some big tech outfits. But without input from the biggest ones, will it undercut the extremism on social media platforms? Mediawatch asks a social media pioneer who founded the forerunner of Twitter, but now wants to break the power of the big platforms.
01/10/2022 • 15 minutes 18 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - public media angst & awkwardness on air
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about developments in the progress of a new public media entity, and where the money for the content will come from. Also: a couple of awkward on-air interviews that sparked complaints. Were they unfair - or just a bit mean?
28/09/2022 • 24 minutes 51 seconds
The push for open justice
Journalists are shining a light on our legal system, revealing some important cases and systemic problems. They're doing so in the face of impediments inside the courts and uncertainty about where the money to pay for the reporting will come from.
25/09/2022 • 14 minutes 37 seconds
QE2, queues and cultural cues
A long Anglican church service bookended by mostly-military parades became possibly the most-watched event in media history this week. But many media outlets struggled with what the Queen’s funeral really meant to different people around the planet.
24/09/2022 • 14 minutes 58 seconds
Mediawatch for 25 September 2022
QE2, queues and cultural cues; the push for open justice; minister prods TVNZ over public media progress; 'tis the season for tomato angst.
24/09/2022 • 40 minutes 28 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: A right royal deluge of Queen coverage
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about the deluge of coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth - and the not exactly full and frank release of an investigation into National MP Sam Uffindell's past misdemeanours.
21/09/2022 • 14 minutes 27 seconds
Platforms under pressure to pay for news
There’s mounting pressure on tech titans Google and Facebook to pay local news media to carry their news online. Google has already done deals with some for its News Showcase, but other big names in news are still trying to get the platforms to pay - and the government’s hinting it could force the issue soon.
17/09/2022 • 26 minutes 37 seconds
Sketchy survey ruffles feathers in the capital
A headline in the Dominion Post this week claimed there was “a clear favourite” among the candidates for Wellington’s Mayor in a “straw poll ” capital’s daily itself had run online. But it acknowledged its result was entirely unscientific - and a proper poll out this weekend has a different result.
17/09/2022 • 6 minutes 3 seconds
Mediawatch for 18 September 2022
Pressure on the platforms to pay for news; a sketchy political poll that ruffled feathers in the capital; photographers recall the Queen.
17/09/2022 • 33 minutes 54 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - more monarchy and Mike McRoberts
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talked to Karyn Hay about the continuing coverage of the Queen’s death as her funeral approaches. Also: a primetime and publicly-funded documentary about a star journalist’s personal te reo journey and reactions to the plan for more Māori content across our media.
14/09/2022 • 16 minutes 46 seconds
Queen's death was planned for - but still stressed the press
The media planned for the death of Queen Elizabeth the Second for many years, but when came it still upended the media - and the audience - in a way no other news could. And it also forced media to confront awkward questions about the future at a moment of heightened emotions.
10/09/2022 • 9 minutes 43 seconds
Suddenly, a strategy for Maori media
After four years, two reviews and one big false start, a long-awaited strategy for the future of MÄori broadcasting has been agreed by Cabinet, following substantial boosts to its budget in the last two years. But itâ€™s still far from clear exactly how things will change - and when - for viewers listeners and readers.
10/09/2022 • 10 minutes 39 seconds
Mediawatch for 11 September 2022
This week Colin Peacock begins by looking at how media here and overseas reacted to the death of Queen Elizabeth the Second. He also looks at the reaction to a new government plan for Maori media - and Lotto coming under scrutiny.
10/09/2022 • 34 minutes 21 seconds
Lifting the lid on Lotto
Lotto has a lot of players, but not a lot of media scrutiny in the media compared to forms of gambling - even at a time when our spending on it is soaring. A new investigation shows people who can ill-afford it are spending more, but big decisions by our national gambling outfit have barely been reported.
Midweek Mediawatch: Hayden Donnell talked to Bryan Crump about a TVNZ emergency housing expose that also raised questions about coverage of the issue - and how the Herald set the record straight on a headline-making lockdown breach last year. Also - a Mediawatch prediction that fell flat - and breaking news about Bryan himself.
07/09/2022 • 15 minutes 48 seconds
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07/09/2022 • 18 minutes 26 seconds
On the outside of the public media push
Commercial media companies fear the new public media entity replacing RNZ and TVNZ will be greater than the sum of those two parts. The draft legislation obliges Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media to “collaborate” with them - but the owner of the biggest local news producer, Stuff, says no-one knows what that means and the law must define its role and responsibilities properly.
04/09/2022 • 11 minutes 44 seconds
Media backlash sparks tax tweak backflip
The GST tweak to Kiwisaver fees that hit the headlines this week was a not bad idea, according to some experts. But the change that was buried in a dense Bill of tax tweaks got dumped in less that a day after it was brought to light by the media.
03/09/2022 • 7 minutes 23 seconds
Taking a more sceptical stance for business
While many big businesses are still posting big profits, workers and consumers are being squeezed by the economic downturn - and industrial unrest is on the rise. One business journalist tells Mediawatch reporting now needs to apply the same scrutiny it brings to politics to our businesses and their leaders.
03/09/2022 • 16 minutes 42 seconds
Mediawatch for 4 September 2022
Media backlash sparks tax tweak backflip; taking a more sceptical stance for business; Stuff's Sinead Boucher - on the outside of the public media push; rugby media stuck in a rut by repeated defeats.
03/09/2022 • 39 minutes 40 seconds
Stuck in a rugby rut by repeated defeats
The All Backs' win in Hamilton on Saturday will have steadied the nerves of the players, the coach and NZ Rugby - not too mention overwrought fans, pundits and commentators who reacted badly in the wake of the historic away win for Los Pumas last weekend with another wave of angst on air and in print.
03/09/2022 • 5 minutes 48 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Pumapocalypse and witch-hunt worries
Midweek Mediawatch - Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately.
Colin Peacock talked to Karyn Hay about yet another All Black rugby-pocalypse playing out in the media; conspiracy candidates under the media's local election lens - and the death of Diana 25 years ago, when breaking news spread much more slowly.
31/08/2022 • 17 minutes 43 seconds
'Funny Boy' Williams caught up in current affairs
The comedy current affairs of self-styled ‘volunteer journalist’ Guy Williams made real news recently when his now-notorious interview with Auckland mayoral hopeful Leo Molloy aired on TV. He’s also confronted conspiracy theorists on his show New Zealand Today. But a suit and a mic don't make him a journalist.
28/08/2022 • 16 minutes 56 seconds
Pushback on public media legislation
The legislation for our new public media entity is now before Parliament - but the clock’s ticking on public input. This week media executives, experts and some legal eagles cast their eye over it - and they want changes to protect its independence and make it match the promises of the government's policy.
27/08/2022 • 20 minutes 6 seconds
Mediawatch for 28 August 2022
Pushback on public media legislation; Guy Williams - comedian caught up in current affairs; radio interview opportunities for PM go begging.
27/08/2022 • 41 minutes 25 seconds
Interview invitations fall on PM's deaf ears
Today FM’s Tova O’Brien said recently - tongue in cheek - it was easier to get President Zelenskiy in Ukraine on her show than our own leader. Her colleague Lloyd Burr got no response when he wanted her on a Today FM podcast about Labour's leaders. They're not the only ones at the network waiting in vain for Jacinda Arden to get in touch . . .
27/08/2022 • 3 minutes 20 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Storms and Sharma
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about wild weather reporting, and a political conclusion of sorts to what media called the 'Sharma drama' - which also the swung the spotlight onto poliitcians' attitude to the Official Information Act.
24/08/2022 • 16 minutes 21 seconds
A conundrum over how to cover the conspiracists
This week, a documentary from Stuff Circuit delved into the country's growing extreme far-right and anti-vax movement. Why did the makers of Fire & Fury decide to platform a group of conspiracy-minded idealogues, and what did it get right that others got wrong?
21/08/2022 • 31 minutes
Dr Sharma's drama plays out in the press
He's said plenty in the media, they've said as little as possible (on the record, at least). That's left media weighing up whether MP-gone-rogue Dr Sharma has really lifted the lid on serous bullying - or just reacted badly to the oversight and occasional coercion that's part and parcel of politics in a governing party. Meanwhile, his claims that MPs have been coached to frustrate official information requests have piqued the particular interest of the media.
20/08/2022 • 4 minutes 15 seconds
Media zero in on candidates from the fringes
A notorious white supremacist hit the headlines this week by seeking a spot on his local school board. Amid reports of a shortage of candidates for some local bodies, media have begun probing the affiliations of some standing in upcoming elections - and pondering the prospects of fringe political parties becoming a national force in 2023.
20/08/2022 • 8 minutes 24 seconds
Mediawatch for 21 August 2022
Dr Sharma's political drama played out in the press; media zero in on candidates from the fringes; 'Fire and Fury' confronts conundrum of how to cover conspiracists.
20/08/2022 • 35 minutes 50 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Ukraine at war up close
Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. This week Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about Kiwi reporters on the ground in Ukraine to see the effects of war first-hand. Also: reporters’ relationship with rugby management sinks to a new low in South Africa - and Leo Molloy blames media after scrapping his tilt at the mayor’s job.
17/08/2022 • 21 minutes 21 seconds
Political post-mortems - and lessons from the past
Has the media focus on political failings become just too intense? A new book lifting the lid on the National Party in opposition has revealed more about the struggles, scandals and scraps that were heavily reported at the time. Mediawatch asks a former political reporter who dug into Labour’s years in The Wilderness what we learn from political post-mortems like these.
14/08/2022 • 15 minutes 32 seconds
Media pile pressure on MPs' misbehaviour and missteps
One MP’s past misbehaviour put pressure on National - then another claimed bullying was rife in Labour during what turned into an expectedly turbulent week in party politics for the media. But even before all that hit the headlines, the media made a big deal out of minor political missteps that few people cared about.
13/08/2022 • 14 minutes 20 seconds
Mediawatch for 14 August 2022
Media pile pressure on over MPs misbehaviour and mis-steps; political post-mortems and lessons from the past; punching above our Commonwealth weight?
13/08/2022 • 36 minutes 10 seconds
Punching above our Commonwealth weight?
The Kiwi contingent at the The Commonwealth Games headed home from Birmingham this week with a record number of medals. Patriots in the press were pumped up, but did we really punch above our weight in a tournament one critic called 'The $2 shop Olympics'?
13/08/2022 • 5 minutes 35 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - political scoop hauls skeleton out of the cupboard
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about the media copping flak for how they handled MP Sam Uffindell's past misdeeds, a pair of great documentaries on student life - and why a defunct offshore outlet 's getting big bucks from the government to talk to our youth about relationships.
10/08/2022 • 20 minutes 9 seconds
Mediawatch: Mounting fake news prompts calls for action
Two government agencies have revealed mounting concern about the intensity and the impact of online misinformation - and prompted loud calls for government action. But behind the scenes the government’s already reviewing how to regulate media content to better protect us from ‘harm’ online - and the mega-profitable digital platforms are heading in new directions.
07/08/2022 • 16 minutes 29 seconds
Mediawatch: A government in the gun over accidental generosity
The government came under fire over some misdirected cost of living payments this week, but the more enduring story might be who didn't get paid, rather than who did.
06/08/2022 • 8 minutes 47 seconds
Mediawatch for 7 August 2022
The cost of living cash controversy; calls for action over malicious misinformation - and the government review already underway.
06/08/2022 • 31 minutes 43 seconds
‘Absolute scenes’ - but not on our screens
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about scurrilous rumours that hit one media company in the pocket - and also amped up calls to curb social media misinformation, just as our media minister signaled his concern. Also: ‘absolute scenes’ from a headline making, barrier-breaking football tournament that wasn't screened on TV here.
03/08/2022 • 19 minutes 27 seconds
Public media legislation takes another step
The Bill setting out the role and obligations of the new public media entity easily passed its first reading in Parliament this week. Members of the public can finally have their say on the plan formed behind-closed-doors when a Parliamentary committee scrutinises the Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media Bill over the next six months.
31/07/2022 • 4 minutes 18 seconds
Greens’ grass roots 'revolt' excites media
Parliament’s press pack and political pundits alike made a big deal of Greens’ grass roots dissent undermining James Shaw’s leadership after last week’s AGM. But only a few of the many reports and commentaries sounded out the people at the heart of the issue.
30/07/2022 • 9 minutes 18 seconds
Caustic claims of conflict of interest
A media report this week suggested TVNZ allowing some personalities to promote products online could cause conflicts of interest - and pose a problem in future within the new media entity replacing the broadcaster. But the strongest concern about that came from a surprising source.
30/07/2022 • 8 minutes
Mediawatch for 31 July 2022
Revolt among Greens' grass roots excites media; new public media legislation takes another step; conflict of interest claims; shock of the news - the art of short, sharp theme tunes.
30/07/2022 • 32 minutes 29 seconds
Shock of the news - the art of short sharp theme tunes
What makes a good tune to go with the news today? Big, bold and bombastic? Subtle and smooth? Trad or mod? Mediawatch asks a journalist with world’s biggest collection of news theme music - and get his picks of the world's best and worst.
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Bryan Crump about a big resignation at TVNZ, media outlets getting it right on climate coverage, news stories vanishing without trace, and Christopher Luxon's Hawaiian holiday timeline tangle.
27/07/2022 • 17 minutes 48 seconds
Criticism of mini-doco funding hits a dead end
Why did criticism of a modest sum spent on a single mini-documentary made two years ago suddenly spring up in the news in two national networks this week - and then disappear?
24/07/2022 • 8 minutes 11 seconds
Media go in boots ‘n all on ABs coach - and comms
An effort to shield the under-fire All Blacks coach from a media mauling last weekend fired up commentators already cranky about the high-handedness of rugby bosses. But given the intensity of some media calls for heads to roll, Mediawatch asks a veteran sportswriter if the move made sense.
23/07/2022 • 23 minutes 31 seconds
Mediawatch for 24 July 2022
Media go in boots 'n' all on All Blacks coach - and comms; latest women's sports coverage stats reveal good and bad news ;criticism of mini-doco funding hits a dead end
23/07/2022 • 32 minutes 58 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: A nation in mourning
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about an outpouring of grief and opprobrium following the All Blacks' home series loss to Ireland, an uproar over a comedian's venture into political coverage, and a threat to free speech we hardly talk about.
20/07/2022 • 21 minutes 3 seconds
Sick and tired of the sickness
Covid has now killed around 1700 people in New Zealand, but much of our news reporting and commentary has focused on how we're learning to live with the virus. Why is there such a mismatch between the media coverage about "moving on", and the reality of a pandemic that's inflicting more suffering and death than ever before?
17/07/2022 • 19 minutes 11 seconds
'Double your money' property pitches still circulating
Property prices are sliding after decades of big returns for investors - and property stories and ads have been highly profitable for the media in that time too. Recent warnings the ‘one way bet' on property could be a thing of the past have made headlines - but property investors with a media presence are still saying it's safe as houses.
16/07/2022 • 7 minutes 55 seconds
Mediawatch for 17 July 2022
Sick and tired of the Covid sickness; property price predictions run hot in the media; the rugby clash that didn't make headlines.
16/07/2022 • 35 minutes 36 seconds
The rugby clash that didn’t make headlines
The men in green won in a classic decider this weekend - after a win last weekend in which two men in black were carded after clashes of heads. Rugby writers and fans here complained the rules spoiled the spectacle - but overseas coverage carried much more concern about brand new rules to protect players’ brains being flouted.
16/07/2022 • 5 minutes 43 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - noise over nurses
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about an unvaccinated nurses intervening in the current crisis in healthcare - and another batch of journalism jobs and content funded from the public purse. Also: a road rage TV show pulled off the air - and a blunt assessment of a TVNZ dating show yet to screen.
13/07/2022 • 18 minutes 37 seconds
The worst of times?
There‘s plenty of worrying news around at the moment - alongside crisis claims in the media about imminent economic recession and even collective national depression. Are the media helping us identify the structural stuff we really need to confront - or over-egging short-term problems that will come right?
09/07/2022 • 9 minutes 25 seconds
Radio Australia? RNZ's musical outsourcing under fire
The bombastic tunes broadcasters use for news become so familiar we barely notice them - until they change. RNZ is being criticised by local musicians and their industry bodies over its decision to outsource the $43,000 contract for new theme music to an Australian outfit.
09/07/2022 • 17 minutes 5 seconds
Hospo's acute recruitment hassles hit headlines again
Hospitality's acute shortage of workers made headlines again this week after one minister told operators to up their game on pay and conditions. While bosses told media they can’t find workers no matter what they offer, the media couldn't seem to find any workers for their coverage - or useful facts for the audience about what’s on offer.
09/07/2022 • 11 minutes 26 seconds
Mediawatch for 10 July 2022
The worst of times?; Hospo can't find workers - but neither can the media; RNZ changes the tunes for news.
09/07/2022 • 36 minutes 43 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - suspected spoofs and strong satire
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talks to Bryan Crump about a Country Calendar episode some thought was a spoof (it wasn’t) - and satire deployed to tackle two topics that are no laughing matter.
06/07/2022 • 17 minutes 42 seconds
New minister in charge at a pivotal media moment
Legislation to create a new public media entity entered Parliament this week. Mediawatch talks to the new broadcasting minister Willie Jackson about how that will work, the future of Māori media - and how he has given mainstream media a hard time as a broadcaster himself down the years.
03/07/2022 • 31 minutes 13 seconds
Roe v Wade ruling triggers intense media reaction
Some said the US Supreme Court’s controversial ruling on abortion was none of our business, because we don’t have the same legal or political set-up, let alone its religious cleavages and cultural conflicts. Opinion leaders in our media didn't agree - and provoked a significant political response.
03/07/2022 • 7 minutes 36 seconds
Mediawatch for 3 July 2022
Abortion angst in America triggers media reaction here; Willie Jackson: new minister in charge at pivotal media moment.
02/07/2022 • 36 minutes 46 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: A sudden dose of empathy
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Bryan Crump about the lessons ZB's Kate Hawkesby learned from a bad bout of Covid - and National leader Christopher Luxon squirming under the media spotlight following the US Supreme Court's decision on abortion.
29/06/2022 • 16 minutes 9 seconds
Tragic crash sparks muddled media reaction
In the wake of one of our deadliest car crashes, the media upset some by lingering on the aftermath. Pundits and radio hosts claimed costly advertising campaigns came at the cost of safer roads - but deeper reporting revealed the real causes of deaths on our roads are much more complicated.
26/06/2022 • 12 minutes 31 seconds
Public media: new name, new law, new minister, old questions
Draft legislation for a new public media entity was finally made public this week - and the new broadcasting minister also made his first appearance in that role in Parliament. But while MPs were supposed to scrutinise how pumped-up public media funding will be spent, Willie Jackson faced mostly party-political claims of 'buying' the news media.
25/06/2022 • 5 minutes 56 seconds
The Conversation that's five years old
A platform that promises academic rigour and journalistic flair is marking a major milestone, and making plans for bigger things to come.
25/06/2022 • 22 minutes 46 seconds
Mediawatch for 26 June 2022
Tragic crash sparks muddled media reaction; New public media details revealed - but new Minister faces old questions; The Conversation is five years old.
25/06/2022 • 35 minutes 53 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Matters of life, death and health
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about matters of life, death and health in the media lately - the strong reaction to a terrible tragedy on the roads; a follow-up to ‘Patrick Gower on Booze’ - and another TV show seeking to improve our health- ‘Match Fit.’ Also - the curious case of the vanishing BoJo scoop.
22/06/2022 • 20 minutes 7 seconds
'Minor' reshuffle sparks major media reaction
“Just a minor reshuffle” the PM said on Monday - angering political reporters and pundits always on the alert for ministerial downfalls. But it was definitely a major for broadcasting, where a minister making more time for his family has made way for a new one who’s given mainstream media a hard time in the past.
18/06/2022 • 9 minutes 54 seconds
Media grapples with misinformation in Fair Pay fight
Workers and employers took up predictable positions over legislation to usher in Fair Pay Agreements now being scrutinised in Parliament. A concerted campaign to have them declared illegitimate has been labeled as ‘misinformation’ by critics - and it’s given the media a problem too.
18/06/2022 • 15 minutes 34 seconds
New minister quizzed on bias, but not the big bucks
18/06/2022 • 5 minutes 57 seconds
'Brexit bad boy' libel loss hailed as win for media
A self-styled 'bad boy of Brexit' who promised to make "mayhem and mischief" in politics here has lost a long-running libel case against a journalist who alleged he had ties to Russia. Media freedom advocates are hailing it as a win for journalism. But is it?
18/06/2022 • 9 minutes 45 seconds
Mediawatch for 19 June 2022
'Minor reshuffle' sparks major media reaction; Brexit bad boy's legal loss hailed as media victory; media grapples with misinformation in fierce fair Pay fight
18/06/2022 • 33 minutes 51 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Booze and bad religion
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Bryan Crump about new revelations on Gloriavale from John Campbell, a deeply personal take on booze culture from Patrick Gower, and the 'soft on crime' narrative that spelled the end for police minister Poto Williams.
15/06/2022 • 17 minutes 41 seconds
Whistleblower law leaves media out of the loop
The Protected Disclosures Act was updated for the first time in 20 years recently with little fanfare or media attention. The government says it better protects whistleblowers who stick their necks out to report wrongdoing where they work - but not if they go to the media with it. Why not? Does this matter?
12/06/2022 • 19 minutes 33 seconds
Miscarriage of justice under media microscope
Several journalists over the years reported the flaws in the case against Alan Hall, whose conviction for the murder of Arthur Easton was finally quashed this week - 37 years after he was first arrested. Does this show the power of the media to expose wrongful convictions - or the limits?
11/06/2022 • 15 minutes 35 seconds
Mediawatch for 12 June 2022
Miscarriage of justice under the media microscope; whistleblower law leaves media out of the loop; speed limit slowdown revs up radio rancour.
11/06/2022 • 36 minutes 39 seconds
Midweek Mediawtch - Platty Jubes & mean Swedes
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talks to Bryan Crump about a Christopher Luxon profile that fired up critics - and how the Internet turned on Sweden - while the UK got a glut of good global PR from the BBC’s ‘Platty Jubes’.
08/06/2022 • 15 minutes 37 seconds
Santamaria strife echoes past misconduct mess at TVNZ
Presenter Kamahl Santamaria quit TVNZ in scandalous circumstances after just a month on air, making awkward headlines in the news all week. The company's mishandling of the news echoed other dramas from the broadcaster's past.
04/06/2022 • 14 minutes 42 seconds
The Dominion Post gets real on climate action
Despite scientists issuing dire warnings about us being us on a path toward an unliveable world, climate action is often met with shock and concern in the media. This week The Dominion Post decided to flip the script.
04/06/2022 • 18 minutes 1 second
Mediawatch for 5 June 2022
TVNZ struggles with Samtamaria saga; photojournalist compiles classic collection for a good cause; Dom Post campaign cuts across car culture to cut emissions.
04/06/2022 • 36 minutes 35 seconds
Photojournalism fundraiser highlights history in images
When former Herald illustrations editor Rob Tucker put out a call for photos to auction for charity, photographers around the country responded with a stunning array of images which will be sold off in September. Not only are they vivid vignettes of our past, they’re also examples of an art form we won’t see again.
04/06/2022 • 15 minutes 6 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: TVNZ reports a scandal at TVNZ
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Bryan Crump about how TVNZ reporters are covering the sudden resignation of star host Kamahl Santamaria after just one month - and a mauve-tinged rebrand at Stuff.
01/06/2022 • 14 minutes 3 seconds
Two decades of internet disruption
The Internet hasn’t just disrupted the media business in this millennium so far: it’s transformed it - and, in some cases, overwhelmed it. As he steps down after two decades at Internet NZ, Jordan Carter looks back on how the web has become now the main means of reaching people - and the problems that brings with it.
28/05/2022 • 20 minutes 57 seconds
More unanswered questions about public media plan
The government’s planned new Public Media Entity - backed with $109m a year in last week's Budget - was debated in a virtual meeting this week. But beyond expanded public funding for three years, little more is known about how it will be run, by whom and what it will produce.
28/05/2022 • 10 minutes 47 seconds
Mediawatch for 29 May 2022
PM in USA; two decades of Internet disruption; more questions to answer on public media plan; motoring money gives media climate conundrum.
28/05/2022 • 34 minutes 29 seconds
Motoring money makes moral conundrum for media
New car sales have never been higher with more being spent on slick ads and sponsorships to make vehicles visible via the media. But for our media that much-needed money jars with commitments to cover the climate emergency. One outlet's drawn a line in the gravel with a clear commitment to give petrol power a swerve. Could others follow?
28/05/2022 • 14 minutes 39 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Stuff's new stance on 'the C word'
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Anna Thomas about some kooky Australian election coverage, a bold new stance on car reviewing from BusinessDesk, a memo from Stuff on the 'C word', and war coverage with a difference from The Listener.
25/05/2022 • 19 minutes 32 seconds
Slaves to the algorithm?
Big tech and social media bosses pledged to eradicate online extremism in Christchurch Call three years ago in Paris - and today they claim atrocities which echo the 15 March massacre don't go viral online anymore. But their algorithms which amplify extremism and radicalise people in the first place still operate unchecked.
21/05/2022 • 24 minutes 44 seconds
Public media's future funding made public - partly
After months of behind-closed-doors planning, Budget 2022 has at last put some fresh figures for the government's planned public media entity into the public domain. The increase in public funding is substantial, but the precise mix of commercial and public revenue is still unclear - as is the future beyond 2026.
21/05/2022 • 5 minutes 44 seconds
Mediawatch for 22 May 2022
Slaves to the algorithm - big tech's mathematical maximising of engagement undermines the Christchurch Call three years on; Budget 2022 - public media entity's funding finally made public; Budget 2022 - more for Maori media, but where's the strategy?
21/05/2022 • 36 minutes 14 seconds
More money for Māori media - but where’s the strategy?
Māori media got a $40m boost in Budget 2022, following a similar increase to fund more content and jobs last year. But where the strategic review of the Māori media sector that kicked off nearly four years ago?
20/05/2022 • 10 minutes 11 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - covering the emissions mission
This week Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about coverage of the climate change budget within a 'Budget'. Also: a local paper cartoon condemned as racist; health workers' ongoing disputes - and is this country really listed among the worst for labour law breaches?
18/05/2022 • 24 minutes 12 seconds
Re-Platformed: radio outcasts make their own outlet
Sean Plunket has launched a new news outlet for himself - and other broadcasters edged out of talk radio in recent years. The Platform proudly proclaims it's editorially and financially free from any government influence and finance - and is urging listeners to ‘join the resistance.’ Mediawatch looks back on its first week of live output and asks the founder if it's really any different to what’s already on the air.
14/05/2022 • 27 minutes 32 seconds
Mediawatch for 15 May 2022
Re- Platformed - Sean Plunket launches new live outlet urging listeners to 'join the resistance'; outgoing censor on plans to re-jig regulation of media content.
14/05/2022 • 40 minutes 22 seconds
Outgoing chief censor calls for media regulation re-jig
The Chief Censor’s Office used to worry about the odd boundary-pushing book, film or video game. These days it's extreme stuff published online that forms the bulk of the work. David Shanks leaves the top job as the government embarks on a re-jig of regulating all media content to “better protect us from harm.” Could that compromise the media’s fundamental freedoms?
14/05/2022 • 17 minutes 16 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Climate journalism that gets results
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about iffy info about the new Dr Who, a journalist making a change in policy on climate change; and an article echoing homeowners' fears of new houses - alongside one lifting the lid on the damp reality of renting rotten old ones.
11/05/2022 • 16 minutes 7 seconds
Warning from history in ‘gang warfare’ panics
Recent reports about gangs and an upswing in gun crime echo a similar panic 25 years ago which prompted a political backlash and hasty changes in the law. A new report looking back at that says most changes didn't work - and the media was part of the problem.
08/05/2022 • 7 minutes 3 seconds
'Ram raid epidemic' reports deliver a distorted message on youth crime
Anyone reading the headlines on ram raids in recent weeks could be forgiven for thinking youth crime has hit crisis levels. But data shows that's not the case, and some say the media could do better at putting the robberies in context.
07/05/2022 • 15 minutes 54 seconds
Top TV cop show returns after racism review
A year ago, the country’s top cop show - Police Ten-7 - was under fire for racial stereotyping. The show's makers rejected that - and so did their partners in the Police. But broadcaster TVNZ ran a review and re-formatted the show as a result. It was back on air this week. What's changed?
07/05/2022 • 7 minutes 45 seconds
Mediawatch for 8 May 2022
Headlines about youth crime surging and ramraids distort true picture; a warning from history over gangs-and-guns coverage; top TV cop show back after racial stereotyping review.
07/05/2022 • 32 minutes 17 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Rule it out? Cut it out!
Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Lately. This week Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about taxing the rich becoming a hot topic for political reporters - and one who says it's time to cut out 'rule it out' questions. Also: Simon Bridges bowing out with a shot at the media, a poll picking out public suspicion about public funds for private media, tough times for data journalism - and two Kiwi sportswomen telling it like it is.
04/05/2022 • 23 minutes 6 seconds
Mediawatch: Ukraine's war and the media
Some are already calling the invasion of Ukraine a turning point in world history. How we react is shaped by the media coverage - and most of what we get comes from outlets in countries that have taken sides. Does this matter? And how are both sides making the media a part of the battle plans? Mediawatch asks two offshore experts in international journalism and conflict.
30/04/2022 • 35 minutes 18 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Elon's Twitter takeover
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a murderers' row of interviews for National leader Christopher Luxon and the free speech implications of Elon Musk's Twitter takeover.
27/04/2022 • 15 minutes 43 seconds
Mediawatch for 24 April 2022
Two years ago this week the country's media chiefs told MPs Covid had crushed their cashflow and the viability of the news media was in doubt. Two years later, Mediawatch asks one boss: is the crisis all over now? Also - Tracey Martin, newly appointed as the chair of the transitional board forming the new public media entity - and Mike Noon, the main voice for motorists in the media for a decade and half.
23/04/2022 • 44 minutes 53 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Gotcha vs Google it, mate
Midweek Mediawatch - Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about an Aussie politician whose ‘Google it, mate’ riposte to a reporter’s ‘gotcha’ question struck a chord recently - and the otherwise invisible (so far) Aussie election. Also: how some media seized on an off-the-cuff comment on public transport - and dumped on the Te Huia train.
20/04/2022 • 17 minutes 45 seconds
Print and paper problems for publishers
‘Not worth the paper it’s printed on' is a common jibe at sub-standard journalism - but paper’s worth a lot these days and one of our biggest printing plants has closed citing shortages offshore. How did that happen in a country full of trees? And where does it leave local publications that struggled through the Covid crisis?
16/04/2022 • 12 minutes 24 seconds
Missing voices in media marking the switch to Orange
The easing of restrictions on pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants after the Covid traffic light went 'Orange' this week was celebrated by media urging us to 'put on our dancing shoes'. Owners and industry reps' approval was also front and centre - but not the people working at the front desk or front line.
16/04/2022 • 15 minutes 8 seconds
Mediawatch for 17 April 2022
Print and paper problems for publishers; missing voices as media mark the orange traffic light switch; MP's exit excites media.
16/04/2022 • 36 minutes 12 seconds
MP's exit excites media keen on conflict
Louisa Wall left Parliament this week after condemning the colleagues who manoeuvred her out as a candidate - and telling the media the PM didn't want her as a minister or an MP. Several pundits and political reporters insisted this was a sign of wider rancour in the ranks of the government and intolerance of dissent. But that wasn't where the real public interest lay.
16/04/2022 • 7 minutes 14 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: A new angle on housing
Midweek Mediawatch: Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about alternative approaches to stories about our housing and transport problems - and news media getting a green light to try and get Facebook and Google around the table.
13/04/2022 • 16 minutes 52 seconds
Measuring trust is tricky with suspicious minds
Last year the biggest annual survey of Kiwis’ trust in news found it was on the slide, though it wasn’t quite clear why. Since then there’s been plenty of anti-media sentiment at anti-government protests - and record levels of online misinformation misleading ever more people. So what's the story now?
10/04/2022 • 22 minutes 25 seconds
Mismatch in coverage of climate science and climate solutions
The media has for the most part accepted climate change is a crisis, and time is running out to implement fixes. But climate solutions, particularly when it comes to transport and housing, are still often framed in the most negative terms.
09/04/2022 • 19 minutes 32 seconds
Mediawatch for 10 April 2022
Planes, trains and automobiles vs. climate change; measuring media trust gets tricky with sus pickups minds; pundit's claim of compromised coverage undermined.
09/04/2022 • 38 minutes 49 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch 6 April 2022
Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Lately on RNZ National. Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about new moves in the ‘post-Covid’ media; a new job for John Campbell; and an unusual censorship decision here that’s made headlines overseas.
06/04/2022 • 13 minutes 58 seconds
NZME undermines collective bid to confront tech titans
Google and Facebook have distributed New Zealand media outlets' news online for years - for free. Local media companies joined forces last year in a bid to get them to pay for it. But one of the biggest - NZME - has now pulled the rug out from under it by doing its own deals.
03/04/2022 • 8 minutes 24 seconds
Pushback against the upswing of political nastiness
Online abuse of politicians is on the rise - especially for women, including the PM and local councilors. This week one was able to unmask her anonymous abuser and the media played a part. But this weekend The Dominion Post showed vividly that there's plenty more where that came from - and the media face awkward choices about online trolling designed to damage political opponents.
02/04/2022 • 10 minutes 30 seconds
Mediawatch for 3 April 2022
Pushback against the upswing of political nastiness; NZME undermines collective bid to confront tech titans; Today FM's Dallas Gurney .
02/04/2022 • 40 minutes 8 seconds
Today FM's Gurney: Dallas cowboy - or talk radio saviour?
Before its launch, the boss of new talk station Today FM promised a new approach eschewing anger and antagonism just for the sake of engagement. The first fortnight's been a mix of some of that - as well as some old-school contrarianism from hosts notorious for it in the past. Mediawatch asks Dallas Gurney where it's all heading.
02/04/2022 • 20 minutes 38 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - spotlight on falls from grace
Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Lately on RNZ National. Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about TVNZ keeping allies abandoned in Afghanistan on the agenda; a revealing front page exclusive with a fallen sports star; and the Oscars slap heard - and seen - around the world.
29/03/2022 • 16 minutes 17 seconds
Opening up not all it's cracked up to be for business
Even after the government announced it was relaxing Covid restrictions on Wednesday, business leaders responded with a familiar call for more freedom. But looser restrictions haven't shored up their bottom line so far - and some businesses aren't comfortable with the dominant media narrative.
26/03/2022 • 20 minutes 27 seconds
New talk station offers new approach - but also same old bluster
MediaWorks launched its latest talk radio network this week - Today FM - promising a constructive approach in contrast with its predecessors and its rivals. It sounds like an upgrade, but there’s still plenty of opinionated bluster for familiar names from the past. Mediawatch listens in on the first week.
26/03/2022 • 16 minutes 31 seconds
Mediawatch for 27 March 2022
Covid countermeasures canned amid chorus of commentators urging us to 'open up'; new talk station offers new approach - but also same old bluster; new TV channels add entertainment options.
26/03/2022 • 32 minutes 49 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: An anti-vax PR blitz?
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a good start for Tova O'Brien and a not-so-good one for Duncan Garner on new talk station Today FM - and the weekend papers airing more of the grievances of the Covid convoy crowd at Parliament.
23/03/2022 • 15 minutes 6 seconds
Fast-rising prices - and loud cries of 'crisis'
After the media seized on 'pain at the pump' the PM was pressed to concede sudden spikes in prices constituted 'a crisis.' She eventually did, but - like a pricey petrol - that only gets us so far.
19/03/2022 • 13 minutes 5 seconds
Pulling young Kiwis into the loop with news
Younger Kiwis have been turning away from traditional news media outlets and bulletins for years, and the media they’re using most heavily have little news. But podcast listening is growing fast among the young, and two journalists have created a new one to bring news to their peers.
19/03/2022 • 20 minutes 55 seconds
Mediawatch for 20 March 2022
Fast-rising prices and loud cries of 'crisis' ; pulling young Kiwis into the loop with news; new talk network's soft-launch opinions.
19/03/2022 • 38 minutes 19 seconds
A soothing scroll through Today FM's opinion section
Today FM is set to take on Newstalk ZB in a battle for talk radio supremacy. But in contrast to its controversy-courting crosstown rival, its website is demonstrating a surprisingly tranquil approach to opinion-making.
19/03/2022 • 6 minutes 5 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - 16 March 2022
Midweek Mediawatch: Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about foreign correspondents bringing Ukraine’s war to the small screen; big issues the backdrop to the big public media shake-up; groupthink on political polls - and a new radio network nearly ready to roll.
15/03/2022 • 21 minutes 37 seconds
Mediawatch for 13 March 2022
The government has confirmed it is creating a new public media entity next year to incorporate RNZ and TVNZ. It's the biggest shake-up in broadcasting for years but unanswered questions remain. So what's the plan, how will it work, what will it cost and what will New Zealanders get out of it?
12/03/2022 • 39 minutes 55 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: 'Graph crime' - and corruption claims
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a 'graph crime' amplifying anxieties about mental health - and what happened when the Herald's editors fronted up to readers' questions about media funding, corruption and bias.
09/03/2022 • 18 minutes 5 seconds
Newsroom accused of publicising anti-vax PR pitch
A few days before the occupation of Parliament dissolved in a wave of fire and violence, Newsroom published soft-focus vision of it in a report called 'A visit to Freedom Village'. It's now being accused of falling for the PR strategies of professional purveyors of misinformation.
05/03/2022 • 18 minutes 56 seconds
Shock and awe-ful takes on Ukraine's invasion
There were lots of were warning signs over recent months - and Russian-backed forces were already fighting in parts of Ukraine from 2014 onwards. But Russia's invasion this month still seemed to take many in the media by surprise.
05/03/2022 • 6 minutes
Mediawatch for 6 March 2022
Soft-focus protest portrayals jar with violent end to occupation; shock and awe-ful takes on Ukraine's catastrophe; broadcasters 'flying blind' on public media plan.
05/03/2022 • 32 minutes 31 seconds
Broadcasting ‘flying blind’ on public media plan
What could be the biggest shake-up of public broadcasting for 30 years reportedly got a green light from Cabinet ministers last month. But the public’s still waiting for the government to announce what's been decided behind close doors - and so are the broadcasters, with TVNZ's chair telling MPs this week are they “flying blind.”
05/03/2022 • 5 minutes 49 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - pitchforks at Parliament
Midweek Mediawatch - Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Lately. This week Colin Peacock talked to Karyn Hay about reporters targeted again at the flashpoints in Wellington - which jarred with with earlier soft-focus accounts of life at 'Camp Freedom.’ Also: why Sky TV dumped the '24-hour Putin People' channel.
02/03/2022 • 19 minutes 49 seconds
Parliament protest: Making sense of extreme scenes and unsavoury stories
The occupation around Parliament has become the most heavily-covered protest since the ‘81 Tour- in spite of the considerable hostility reporters have faced documenting it. But arguments still rage about what’s really happened - and what it all means.
26/02/2022 • 28 minutes 27 seconds
Mediawatch for 27 February 2022
The occupation around Parliament has become the most heavily-covered protest since the '81 Tour- in spite of the considerable hostility reporters have faced documenting it. But arguments still rage about what's really happened - and what it all means. Also - big changes are afoot for state-owned media and the regulators - but they have barely been discussed so far at their annual reviews at Parliament.
26/02/2022 • 34 minutes 20 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: A shaky take on booster benefits
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about Mike Hosking's regrets about being boosted, NZME's financial comeback from Covid - and emotional scenes as pioneering TV news show Te Karere turns 40.
23/02/2022 • 14 minutes 37 seconds
Public service screened by 'communications complex'
Dominion Post editor Anna Fifield says after 20 years reporting offshore - she’s shocked at the “communications industrial complex” she says shields our government and public service from media scrutiny. It’s not a new complaint - but is it really worse here than in any other modern democracy?
20/02/2022 • 15 minutes 26 seconds
Mad, bad or mostly moderate? Media's mixed message on protest
There was plenty of condemnation of the occupation of Parliament in the media at first - but this week some media painted a much more palatable picture of the protesters and their motivations. Those who track the far-right and the media channels they use warn that ignores and obscures the protest's dark undercurrents.
19/02/2022 • 27 minutes 31 seconds
Mediawatch for 20 February 2022
Mixed messages from media on Parliament protesters; extremism and the media; DomPost pushes back on public service obfuscation; sweary dad's live TV f-bomb double.
19/02/2022 • 42 minutes 3 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - 16 February 2022
Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Lately. This week Colin Peacock talked to Karyn Hay about mixed messages in the media about those protesters at Parliament. Also: the value of public money for media questioned - and can spoken word songs count as journalism?
16/02/2022 • 13 minutes 59 seconds
Covid-19 convoy conundrum confronts news editors
Covid skeptics occupied Parliament grounds this week under the banner of ‘freedom’ - and many other things. Did media coverage amplify their fringe views? Should media do more to understand them and what motivates their movement - in spite of their obvious hostility to the media themselves? Mediawatch asks an editor wrestling with those dilemmas.
13/02/2022 • 24 minutes 4 seconds
Quest for certainty undercuts Omicron analysis
Everyone wants to know how bad our Omicron outbreak might get - and when. But experts running the numbers on that have copped flak in the media when scenarios they’ve been told to scope don't pan out. Meanwhile, media pundits who’ve been wrong in the past don't hold back on predicting the future.
Midweek Mediawatch: divining the polls a shaky science
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about commentators reading the tea leaves over the latest political poll, Sean Plunket's new online talkback station, and a start date being set for Today FM.
09/02/2022 • 12 minutes 36 seconds
Mediawatch for Waitangi Day 2022
For years Māori journalism leaders warned not enough training, investment or opportunities meant Māori people and perspectives were mostly missing in our mainstream media. This Waitangi Day he looks at a big publicly-funded push to address the problem.
06/02/2022 • 30 minutes 46 seconds
Publicly-funded boost for Māori media
For years Māori journalism leaders warned a lack of training, investment and opportunities meant Māori people and perspectives were mostly missing in our media. But more effort and money than ever before is now being put in. On Waitangi Day, Mediawatch talks to some of those involved in a publicly-funded push to address this - and some of the problems.
05/02/2022 • 28 minutes 35 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: broadcaster's MIQ mission fires up media
Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately on RNZ National.
This week Colin Peacock talked to Bryan Crump about the fallout from broadcaster Charlotte Bellis’s media campaign against MIQ. Also: over-the-top overseas coverage of our Covid response; the first big political poll of the year zeroing in on party leaders’ popularity . . . and do presenters ever sneeze live on TV?
02/02/2022 • 18 minutes 8 seconds
Covering Tonga’s eruption - without communications
That epic undersea eruption in Tonga was heard around the region - and recorded and analysed in minute detail, even from space. But a comprehensive communications wipeout cut reporters off from sources for days. So how do they cover a story with almost no access to basic facts?
30/01/2022 • 12 minutes 41 seconds
Mediawatch for 30 January 2022
Covering Tonga's crisis - without communications; summer silly season gets serious as Omicron arrives; reputations trashed in summer scandals.
29/01/2022 • 30 minutes
Silly season turns serious as Omicron arrives
It’s business as usual for the media again: all Covid, all the time with the whole country back in the red (traffic light). But even before Omicron inevitably broke through, anti-vaxxers and their fans provided rich pickings for our news-starved media - in spite of the fact they're now more of a minority than ever.
29/01/2022 • 15 minutes 53 seconds
Thick-skinned stars savaged by summer scandals
While Brian Tamaki behind bars made headlines here, the world’s biggest anti-vaxxer created bulletin-leading drama round the world when he was detained across the Tasman. Meanwhile in the UK 'Partygate' revelations forced Britain’s mockery merchants to up their game. But a former Aussie hell-raiser is showing them there is a way back for trashed reputations.
29/01/2022 • 8 minutes 59 seconds
Mediawatch for 30 January 2022
Covering Tonga's crisis - without communications; summer silly season gets serious as Omicron arrives; reputations trashed in summer scandals.
29/01/2022 • 35 minutes 1 second
Midweek Mediawatch: Tova O'Brien barred from starting Today on time
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about the employment dispute keeping Tova O'Brien off the air and creating bad blood between broadcasters. Also - non-commercial RNZ falls foul of the advertising watchdog, good and bad in the latest North & South - and Hilary Barry cops a big bill for chocolate fish.
26/01/2022 • 16 minutes 16 seconds
The Mediawatch Christmas Bonus
2021’s almost gone - but not forgotten - though it would be nice to be able to forget large parts of it.
Before we flip into 2022, Mediawatch looks at what's coming up next year - and some more acknowledgement of stuff in the year gone by which was outstanding . . . one way or another.
25/12/2021 • 32 minutes 30 seconds
Mediawatch for 19 December 2021
2021 - media in the year of the vaccine; NZ news media in Oz-style ideological drift?
18/12/2021 • 33 minutes 48 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch With Hayden Donell
Midweek Mediawatch With Hayden Donell.
15/12/2021 • 15 minutes 3 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Anger, anxiety, and Kerre McIvor
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Bryan Crump about a sympathetic story on the plight of the unvaccinated, a new doco from TVNZ, and anger and anxiety directed at a caller to Newstalk ZB.
15/12/2021 • 14 minutes 55 seconds
Young entrepreneur’s death sparks media backlash
The recent death of entrepreneur Jake Millar - at the age of 26 - prompted an angry backlash against the media - over coverage of his failed venture Unfiltered. Some in business cited tall poppy syndrome and claimed the media scrutiny of risk-takers and innovators must change. But what sort of coverage should they expect?
11/12/2021 • 27 minutes 8 seconds
Mediawatch for 12 December 2021
Young entrepreneur's death sparks media backlash; angst over 'iwi checkpoints' obscures big picture.
11/12/2021 • 35 minutes 55 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Style v substance; service station sausage rolls scandal
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about style over substance in the coverage of Chris Luxon's first question time as leader, a Stuff column for the ages, and some new hires at Sean Plunket's online talk station.
08/12/2021 • 19 minutes 51 seconds
RNZ’s Tahi -'the one' for rangatahi?
RNZ’s previous plan to reach younger people collapsed in early 2020 after opposition to RNZ Concert cuts - and pushback from commercial broadcasters. This week RNZ fired up Tahi - a more modest effort for the under-served youth audience. What’s the plan this time?
05/12/2021 • 17 minutes 57 seconds
No man is an airline
The National Party has new leadership, after an intense focus on the outgoing leader Judith Collins. But while no-one will forget her in a hurry, the name of her successor still seems to confuse the media.
04/12/2021 • 5 minutes 10 seconds
An anti-intensification housing media blitz
Opponents of the bipartisan bill aimed at enabling housing blitzed the media over the past few weeks. Many of the reports failed to include relevant context and balancing opinion.
04/12/2021 • 11 minutes 47 seconds
Mediawatch for 5 December 2021
Spotlight swings onto new National's new leader; an anti-intensification housing media blitz; RNZ's 'Tahi' - 'the one' for rangatahi?
04/12/2021 • 33 minutes 36 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Chris Luxon's baptism of fire
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about the barrage of tough questions that met Chris Luxon upon his ascent to the National leadership, a media acquisition, and the launch of a new youth service.
01/12/2021 • 16 minutes 41 seconds
Bridges burned, Collins crushed, Reti takes the reins
Late on Wednesday night’s not prime time for political news to break, but Judith Collins' late-night kneecapping of rival Simon Bridges kicked off the chain of events that left her on the backbenches - with the media following every step.
27/11/2021 • 7 minutes 39 seconds
New collective bid to make tech titans pay for NZ news
The umbrella group representing locally-owned news media wants to negotiate with Facebook and Google for "fair payment” for the local journalism appearing on their services. Australian news media have struck substantial - but confidential and individual - deals with the tech titans - but a former news boss in both countries tells Mediawatch it may be a bad idea.
27/11/2021 • 4 minutes 47 seconds
Just fed-up farmers? Or 'radical right in gumboots'?
Groundswell took over about 70 centres nationwide - briefly and pretty peacefully - in last weekend’s Mother of All Protests. But the picture the media painted of who they really are and what they really want was confusing - and overlapping anger about the government and Covid-19 made the mix more murky.
27/11/2021 • 12 minutes 3 seconds
Mediawatch for 28 November 2021
Bridges burned, Collins crushed, Reti takes the reins; Just fed-up farmers - or 'the radical right in gumboots'? ; New bid to get tech titans pay for NZ news.
27/11/2021 • 25 minutes 51 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Soper's simmering stand-off
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a Cold War brewing between Newstalk ZB's political editor and the PM, misinformation in local papers - and the need for better oversight of opinion pieces.
26/11/2021 • 16 minutes 7 seconds
Radio in NZ 100 not out. But what next?
Radio in New Zealand marked its centenary this week with tributes to its staying power in the past - and confident claims it’s here to stay for the future. Several stations now have bigger audiences than ever and radio is the most profitable part of some commercial media companies. But soon after he became RNZ boss back in 2013, Paul Thompson declared radio was a “medium in decline.” Does he still think that?
20/11/2021 • 22 minutes 47 seconds
Looking back on tech titans' takeover of media
Facebook’s all-powerful founder has rebooted his trillion-dollar company as ‘Meta’ and he’s planning for a new virtual ‘metaverse’ for us in five years. But the real world mess Facebook’s made in the past was recently compared to ‘Chernobyl’ by a respected AI expert. Rory Cellan-Jones has covered technology for the BBC since the time before Facebook. Where is all this heading?
20/11/2021 • 29 minutes 31 seconds
Mediawatch for 21 November 2021
Radio in NZ is 100 not out: RNZ's Paul Thompson on what comes next; looking back on tech titans' takeover of media with Rory Cellan-Jones.
20/11/2021 • 38 minutes 46 seconds
The missing context in vaccine mandate coverage
Analysis: News organisations have devoted plenty of space to the unvaccinated healthcare and education workers being stood down this week. But many of those stories are missing vital context.
In this week's episode of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a glaring lack of context in vaccine mandate coverage, a doco looking into our toxic alcohol culture, and a social media struggle at the Herald.
17/11/2021 • 16 minutes 11 seconds
The risks of reporting displays of discontent - and amplifying aggro
Tuesday’s Covid protest at Parliament was a spectacle that had to be covered, but reporters who did so were targeted by protesters - and not for the first time. Does coverage risk ramping up the impression that resistance is more significant than it really is? And is the mounting hostility to the media a risk that editors and bosses now need to confront?
14/11/2021 • 33 minutes 33 seconds
Experts denigrated by conspiricists - and radio hosts
A fresh analysis of Covid misinformation says it intensified after Delta arrived - and leading public figures and officials have “received specific targeting and abuse” online. But you don't have go down any digital rabbit holes for denigration of the experts. There's plenty of on top-rating talk radio too. . .
13/11/2021 • 4 minutes 34 seconds
All journalists are climate reporters now
The climate talks in Glasgow are the big global story right now - but it doesn't always feel like it in our news. A climate change reporter tells Mediawatch every journalist should now be one too - and the lack of focus on this is a worry.
13/11/2021 • 14 minutes 53 seconds
Mediawatch for 14 November 2021
The risks of reporting displays of discontent - and amplifying aggro; experts denigrated by conspiracists - and radio hosts; all journalists are climate reporters now.
13/11/2021 • 38 minutes 24 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: An anti-vax coverage conundrum
In this week's episode of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about Discovery announcing a pair of new TV channels, media coverage of an anti-vax march on parliament, and a valuable weekend interview with the prime minister.
10/11/2021 • 16 minutes 12 seconds
Meta’s moves to boost our media underwhelms observers
Facebook - freshly rebadged as ‘Meta’ - gives local news media content huge extra reach, but it covers none of the cost of creating it while snaring the bulk of the digital ad revenue it attracts. This week the trillion-dollar company unveiled a programme to help sustain our news media - but some experts and editors are underwhelmed.
06/11/2021 • 15 minutes 28 seconds
Avoiding the mistakes of the past in trans rights coverage
During the homosexual law reform campaign 35 years ago plenty of inflammatory, derogatory and sometimes downright bigoted portrayals of gay people were published and aired in our media. Some have apologised for that since then. Are our media repeating the same mistakes reporting controversies over transgender peoples' rights today?
06/11/2021 • 14 minutes 28 seconds
Alert level angst not leveling off on radio
Another Monday, another review of alert level condition for Auckland and other areas this week - along with ample evidence in the media that the change can’t come soon enough for Aucklanders who are over it. Including radio hosts . . .
06/11/2021 • 6 minutes 12 seconds
Mediawatch for 7 November 2021
The owners of Facebook - now known as 'Meta' - announced a plan to boost news publishers here this week. Mediawatch looks at the media's response to that. Also: how media angst about upcoming alert level changes is not levelling off just yet -- and are our media getting it right when reporting on transgender peoples' rights?
06/11/2021 • 35 minutes 21 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: COP-26, Covid-19, radio re-jigs and grandstanders
Midweek Mediawatch - our weekly catch-up with Karyn Hay on Lately. This week Colin Peacock talks to Karyn about a shake-up in news radio that made headlines - while another went under the radar. Also: covering COP-26; deep-dive but highly-readable Covid journalism, the dangers of allowing people to grandstand on air - and is the number of the beast actually 616?
02/11/2021 • 19 minutes 11 seconds
Keeping calm (or not) as Covid comes to Christchurch
Did our media keep calm and carry on when Covid came to Christchurch this week? Or amplify anger and confusion about loose borders and unvaccinated travellers? Bit of both . . .
30/10/2021 • 4 minutes 55 seconds
Te Rito - a new bid to boost diversity in our newsrooms
We’ve had too few journalists of Māori, Pasifika and Asian origin in our newsrooms for decades - and now there’s a new publicly-funded push to turn that round. Four established outlets are backing the Te Rito Journalism project. How will this work? And what’s the endgame?
30/10/2021 • 29 minutes 55 seconds
Mediawatch for 31 October 2021
Keeping calm as Covid comes to Christchurch - and not; a new bid to boost diversity in our news; Australian media straying into fake news about NZ.
30/10/2021 • 37 minutes 46 seconds
'Straya media strays from mainstream reporting NZ
One Australian news outlet seized on a Kiwi commentator's claim this week that our media is 'fully controlled' by the PM - while a big name broadcaster here seized on fake news from another Aussie outlet to hint at the same thing.
30/10/2021 • 8 minutes 8 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Anti-vax messages in the media
In this week's episode of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about anti-vax messages finding a media platform, some outstanding local investigative reporting this week - and confirmation that you can't grow concrete, in spite of what talk radio tells you.
27/10/2021 • 14 minutes 28 seconds
Media mull mental health amid lingering lockdowns
As the Covid crisis deepens and lockdown levels give way to traffic lights, the mental health effects of it all are being aired more than ever in the media - sometimes along with assumptions that don’t always stack up.
23/10/2021 • 26 minutes 5 seconds
Wrapping up the vaxathon
Last weekend’s hastily-organised eight-hour Vaxathon TV extravaganza silenced most critics after a record number of jabs last weekend - but not all. We ask the brains behind the broadcast - Bailey Mackey - what we learned from the effort, and why few opposition politicians were seen on screen.
23/10/2021 • 7 minutes 52 seconds
Reflecting on a revolution-MMP in the rear-view mirror
The media marked a quarter of a century of MMP with a lot of mixed reviews on how it has changed our politics - and our country. Mediawatch talks to a documentary-maker who created one of the most vivid vignettes of MMP in action 25 years ago - and asks how it's changed the media.
23/10/2021 • 23 minutes 6 seconds
Mediawatch for 24 October 2021
Media mull mental health impact of lingering lockdowns; wrapping up the Vaxathon, MMP in the rear view mirror.
23/10/2021 • 34 minutes 51 seconds
A pundit backlash against actual experts
Analysis: Our epidemiologists and Covid modellers have faced an increasingly bitter series of barbs from commentators and columnists over the last month, and it's making their often thankless task even harder.
22/10/2021 • 10 minutes 4 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Epidemiologists under attack
In this week's episode of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about an escalating series of media attacks on epidemiologists and layoffs at Newshub.
20/10/2021 • 10 minutes 4 seconds
Thank you very much for your kind injection
Super Saturday’s vaxathon was the biggest and longest local live TV broadcast we’ve seen for years. While some critics carped about the entertainment value, all that mattered in the end was pumping up the jabs.
16/10/2021 • 8 minutes 11 seconds
Pressure piling up on tech titans - Australia leading the charge
Big tech platforms have failed to tackle the misinformation and toxicity they spread - and their dominance of the market for digital media revenue is becoming increasingly obvious. Australia's government has confronted them on both fronts and the news media have benefited. Can others - including ours - follow their lead?
16/10/2021 • 28 minutes 38 seconds
Patients pressure group’s startling survey claims
Nine out of ten people think funding expensive new medical treatments is more important than Covid vaccines, according to news reports this week. That's pretty surprising when you consider how critical the vaccines are at this point in the pandemic - but not so surprising when you look at the survey at the heart of the story.
16/10/2021 • 7 minutes 37 seconds
Mediawatch for 17 October 2021
Vaxathon rolls back the years to roll up our sleeves; tech titans under pressure as Australia squeezes them from the top; Patients pressure group's starling survey claims.
16/10/2021 • 36 minutes 10 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: The blame game
Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Karyn Hay on Nights. This week Hayden Donnell talked to Karyn about the media blame game as the country moves away from elimination - and an explosive live on-air allegation from Winston Peters.
13/10/2021 • 17 minutes 8 seconds
Anger management and roadmaps to nowhere
This week's call that Auckland must linger longer in Level 3 - but with picnics and double bubbles - upset those who wanted more freedom, those who saw it as waving the white flag and those demanding a roadmap out of lockdowns. Then rule-breakers putting Northland into Level 3 gave the media more anger to channel - and rumours to report.
09/10/2021 • 17 minutes 52 seconds
Anthonie Tonnon: singing the news
Many songwriters turn inward for inspiration. Anthonie Tonnon turns to the newspapers, writing about toxic waste in the Mataura Paper Mill, the housing crisis, the decline of regional rail and even an ancient Australian air crash. He was shortlisted for a Silver Scroll for a song about irrigation on the Canterbury Plains. Can current affairs be done in song?
09/10/2021 • 16 minutes 5 seconds
Pandora Papers highlight deals done in darkness
Five years ago, hundreds of reporters turned The Panama Papers into stories spotlighted the corruption and tax-dodging of some rich and powerful people all over the world. It eventually led to changes to the rules for offshore trusts held here in New Zealand. But publication of the The Pandora Papers this week proved the mega-rich and corrupt are still concealing their cash around the world wherever they can.
09/10/2021 • 5 minutes 33 seconds
Mediawatch for 10 October 2021
Anger management, rumours and roadmaps to nowhere; Pandora Papers highlight deals done in darkness; Anthonie Tonnon: singing the news.
09/10/2021 • 39 minutes 18 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: A good 1pm press briefing gotcha
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Bryan Crump about an incisive question at the daily 1pm press briefing, a backlash against NZME's premium product; Hilary Barry's sweet treat for vaccinating viewers - and an ex-employee turning on Facebook as an outage for the platform sparks joy for its critics.
06/10/2021 • 16 minutes 58 seconds
Home by Christmas? Political Covid plans overpromise
Opposition parties’ plans for lockdown-free Covid management and re-opening our borders made headlines this week - kicked off former PM John Key last weekend. All of them dangled the prospect of free travel by Christmas and an end to ‘MIQ misery’ - but the devil was in the details which were missing.
02/10/2021 • 13 minutes 9 seconds
Huge journalism jobs boost from public purse
110 new journalism jobs have been bankrolled by the Public Interest Journalism Fund - the biggest investment yet from this recent government initiative. News media companies welcomed this big boost but critics claim giving the fund $55m of public money undermines editorial and financial independence. What will we get from the new roles paid for by the public purse?
02/10/2021 • 28 minutes 48 seconds
Mediawatch for 3 October 2021
Political Covid plans overpromise: huge journalist jobs boost from public purse; moving on from fast-food frenzy
02/10/2021 • 35 minutes 13 seconds
Moving on from lockdown fast food frenzies
History repeated recently when our media joined the fast food frenzy when Auckland switched to Level 3 recently. But some in the media are getting sick of it and others say the real story should be the return to work - and those who never stopped working.
02/10/2021 • 5 minutes 27 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: John Key's media takeover
In this week's Midweek Mediawatch Hayden Donnell talks to Bryan Crump about John Key's media blitz, dueling Covid recovery plans - and some change-making stories from Metro and RNZ.
29/09/2021 • 13 minutes 7 seconds
Commercial radio urges MPs to rein in RNZ
This week the big commercial radio broadcasters boasted of record-breaking audiences for their big brands when the latest audience figures came out. But at the same their bosses were also urging our MPs to rein in RNZ’s scope to reach new people - particularly younger ones. We ask the spokesperson for their mutual interests why.
26/09/2021 • 20 minutes 52 seconds
Confused claims of Covid-compromised cancer care
A new campaign is urging people with possible symptoms of cancer to get a diagnosis - and never mind the lockdown. This week two media outlets claimed 'almost half of new cancers' went undetected because of the Covid lockdowns last year - and it could be happening again now. Is it?
25/09/2021 • 8 minutes 49 seconds
Covid complications confuse the media
Worrying breaches of Auckland’s Level 4 border fired up the media this week - just as the Government prepared to green-light a risky shift to Level 3 in the supercity. Meanwhile the media also channeled South Islanders' irritation over Level 2 - and expats' MIQ misery over the new 'unlucky dip' lottery system.
25/09/2021 • 9 minutes
Collins’ snub startles media - but it cuts both ways
National's embattled leader surprised the media by spurning some interview opportunities this week - and the public exposure that would have come with them. But while political reporters often criticise the party for a failure to focus on the things that really matter, the same seems true of the news media when National MPs actually do.
25/09/2021 • 5 minutes 27 seconds
Mediawatch for Sunday 26 Sep 2021
Covid complications confuse the media; Collins' snubs startles media - but it cuts both ways; confused claims of Covid-compromised cancer care; Collins' snubs startles media - but it cuts both ways.
25/09/2021 • 29 minutes 59 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Opining on elimination
Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Bryan Crump on Nights. This week Hayden Donnell talks to Bryan about media angst over whether ‘elimination’ is still our Covid strategy - and the Herald aiming high for vaccination, but with one big name conspicuously off-message. Also: anti-vaxxers fooling Facebook; and former broadcasters hired as columnists by NBR, whose owner once pledged to purge opinion from the outlet.
22/09/2021 • 13 minutes 38 seconds
Rule-breaking fires up debate on fairness and privilege
As the lockdown in Auckland lengthened, the exposure of one couple’s rule-breaking prompted a predictably intense pile-on. Ironically, that actually helped to keep their names out of the headlines - briefly - and it also fired up long-running arguments about the right to know, privilege and fairness.
18/09/2021 • 12 minutes 10 seconds
Mediawatch for 12 September 2021
Mediawatch looks at how the media zeroed in on our social cohesion this week - as the current lockdown in Auckland became the longest we've had so far. Also: Mediawatch talks to the BBC's Peter Taylor, a reporter with 50 years of experience reporting terrorism and violence - and how it can be overcome
18/09/2021 • 30 minutes 53 seconds
Peter Taylor: 50 years focused on a 100-year conflict
Few journalists on the planet have more experience of reporting terrorism than the BBC’s Peter Taylor. He has spent half a century covering Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles - a consequence of the partition of Ireland 100 years ago. He’s risked his own life meeting face-to-face with terrorists - and also the terrorised and those working for peace.
18/09/2021 • 18 minutes 56 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - 15 September 2021
Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Bryan Crump on Nights. This week Hayden Donnell talked to Bryan about the media facing accusations that they're undermining the Covid response by airing the claims of critics of the elimination strategy.
15/09/2021 • 12 minutes 41 seconds
Reporting Afghanistan after abandonment
Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks prompted the US to invade Afghanistan, the Taliban announced they’ve taken the whole country again this week. Journalists who remain there are at risk in spite of assurances media freedom will be respected. Will proper journalism be possible under the Taliban?
11/09/2021 • 17 minutes 3 seconds
MediaWorks refresh fires up fans of outgoing veteran
In the midst of a bid to move away from its troubled internal culture, MediaWorks hired new people for news and talk radio this week. But the sudden retirement of controversial veteran host Peter Williams was the talking point for listeners - making it a rough ride for his successor when the news broke.
11/09/2021 • 12 minutes 45 seconds
Mediawatch for 12 September 2021
Reporting Afghanistan after abandonment; MediaWorks rings changes and fires up fans of outgoing veteran
11/09/2021 • 30 minutes 53 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - terror, hate and terrible tweets
Mediawatch’s weekly catchup with Bryan Crump on Nights. This week Colin Peacock talked to Bryan about where the media focus fell after the LynnMall attack; Patrick Gower ‘On Hate’; some in-depth Covid reporting; that Seymour tweet's insulting response - and a sports stalwart starting anew.
06/09/2021 • 15 minutes 54 seconds
Media confront thorny questions raised by terror attack
When a terrorist struck on Friday, the media were confronted with shocking reports and images - but also thorny questions about what happened and why - and how much they could reveal.
04/09/2021 • 11 minutes 21 seconds
Demands for greater scrutiny - and media push back
The opposition’s unhappy about the scrutiny the media are applying to the government, especially over vaccines - but some reporters pushed back at criticism of them this week.
04/09/2021 • 12 minutes 10 seconds
Mediawatch for 5 September 2021
How the media reacted to another shocking act of terrorism at home. Also: political pressure for greater media scrutiny of the Government - and TVNZ's boss giving up the top job.
04/09/2021 • 31 minutes 35 seconds
TVNZ's long-serving boss creates a vacuum
TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick will leave the state-owned broadcaster next February after almost a decade in charge. TVNZ will now have to find a new leader as the government progresses plans to create a new public media entity incorporating TVNZ and RNZ by 2023.
03/09/2021 • 4 minutes 45 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: scrutiny under scrutiny - and Lou Grant
Mediawatch’s weekly catchup with Bryan Crump on Nights. This week Colin Peacock talked to Bryan about the media reflecting on the fairness of the scrutiny they apply to those running our Covid response - and some of the criticism coming back at the journalists. Also: journalists facing a surge of state sector spin doctors - and how Ed 'Lou Grant' Asner put the newsroom on the small screen.
31/08/2021 • 18 minutes 33 seconds
Mediawatch for 29 August 2021
Mediawatch looks at how our media covered the struggle to contain the Delta variant -- and how media reports of Covid clusters in Auckland this week sparked racist responses and claims that the reporting itself made the problem worse.
28/08/2021 • 34 minutes 8 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - racist reactions and offshore opinions
Mediawatch's weekly catchup with Nights. This week Colin Peacock chats to Bryan Crump about the media in the middle as reports about Covid clusters spark racist reactions - and offshore opinions about our elimination strategy raise hackles here. Also: a big name in TV journalism signs of suddenly - and Facebook tries a little transparency for once.
25/08/2021 • 14 minutes 29 seconds
Mediawatch for 22 August 2021
Media react to level 4 lockdown and the dawn of Delta; the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
21/08/2021 • 30 minutes 50 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Covid's media comeback
Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Lately. Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about the media back in Covid-emergency mode; a business editor slapping down Covid complainers - and a truly clueless TV game show.
18/08/2021 • 15 minutes 39 seconds
Landmark climate report lands - but makes little mark on media
The first comprehensive IPCC stocktake of the global climate trends for years was easy to read and its confronting conclusions were clear. But after hitting front pages and headlining bulletins the day it landed, it didn’t make much of an impression on our media - or prompt much political debate.
14/08/2021 • 5 minutes 56 seconds
The double standard in the bike bridge backlash
A proposed walk and cycle bridge over the Waitematā provoked a furious media backlash over the goverment's wasteful spending. Why don't roading projects get the same treatment?
14/08/2021 • 13 minutes 21 seconds
RNZ challenged on turning stolen data into news
Unknown cyber-criminals sent stolen information to the media to pile on pressure to pay a ransom. RNZ subsequently aired a scoop sourced from it before a court ordered all media to dump the dodgy data. The Privacy Commissioner tells Mediawatch RNZ was unethical and he wants action - but RNZ insists the public interest was well served.
14/08/2021 • 20 minutes 39 seconds
Mediawatch for 15 August 2021
Landmark climate report lands - but makes little mark on media; double standard in bike bridge backlash; RNZ challenged on turning stolen data into news.
14/08/2021 • 39 minutes 44 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Olympic overload and conference crankiness
Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about what the media made of an Olympics that turned out better than many expected in Tokyo - or did it? National Party members overlooked in coverage of the conference; reports of an MP's social media slip-up that prompted criticism - and a student lifts the lid on the far-right.
11/08/2021 • 19 minutes 25 seconds
GOAT in a boat - and a trans trailblazer in Tokyo
While Lisa Carrington struck gold and set records, Laurel Hubbard struck out in competition but still made history and headlines as our first ever transgender Olympian. She also won hearts and minds speaking sparingly, but with dignity to the media about the controversy surrounding her.
07/08/2021 • 11 minutes 13 seconds
Making sense of ‘Milk and Money’
The recent Groundswell protest put farmers’ grievances about the government’s environmental policies front and centre. Good timing for a new six-part documentary series exploring the dairy industry, and its future in the midst of a climate crisis. But ‘Milk and Money’ is no ‘Country Calendar.’
07/08/2021 • 21 minutes 40 seconds
Mediawatch for 8 August 2021
GOAT in a boat - and a trans trailblazer at Tokyo 2020; MediaWorks’ accountability still in question; making sense of ‘Milk and Money’; big-name broadcasters boosted by watchdog’s verdict.
07/08/2021 • 39 minutes 38 seconds
Accountability in question after MediaWorks review
A review of the working culture at MediaWorks released this week is by far the most comprehensive airing of the internal problems of any New Zealand media company. But its leaders and governors have not yet answered questions about it - and it’s far from clear if anyone is accountable.
07/08/2021 • 7 minutes 11 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: News not fit for social media
In this week's episode of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a mainstream media outlet getting kicked off YouTube, a court judgement against RNZ, and a harrowing culture review at MediaWorks.
04/08/2021 • 23 minutes 36 seconds
‘Hussy’ OK says BSA (*in context)
ZB’s Mike Hosking called Meghan Markle “a hussy” on the air earlier this year. It was a rude and sexist slur on someone he didn’t know at all - and it prompted formal complaints to the broadcasting watchdog. But the BSA says it wasn’t a breach of broadcasting standards.
01/08/2021 • 3 minutes 45 seconds
Olympians strike gold - while media find plenty of colour
Kiwis finally struck gold in Tokyo this week - but the media didn't always get the colour they were looking for.
31/07/2021 • 10 minutes 32 seconds
Media ramp up angst over arming police
A year ago, a trial of armed police teams was scrapped with opponents adopting the slogan ‘Arms Down.’ One year on, some in the media are now amplifying calls for arming all officers after the death of PC Matthew Hunt and an increase in officers being confronted by guns.
31/07/2021 • 13 minutes 32 seconds
Mediawatch for 1 August 2021
Kiwi strike Tokyo gold - and give media plenty of colour; ramping up angst over arming police; 'hussey' is OK says BSA (in context)
31/07/2021 • 35 minutes 11 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: 28 July 2021
On this week's Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about an error-strewn academic report, a prominent radio host's abrupt departure, some less-than-sympathetic accounts of people stranded overseas by Covid 19, claims that climate change was missing from reports of the recent floods - and a call to close down 'open letters' by columnists trying to make a point.
28/07/2021 • 21 minutes 20 seconds
'Groundswell' exposes rural / urban divide in media
At the biggest national protest for years last week, farmers made it clear they're unhappy with the government and they feel unloved by the country - and the media. The media coverage also revealed a rural / urban divide itself.
25/07/2021 • 18 minutes 52 seconds
Government and media get on same page for terrorism
A group representing our major news media have agreed a set of principles for reporting terrorism and “national security events." It's a response to fears extremists could use the media for their own ends and that disclosures during an emergency could put lives in danger - especially when information is unverified. But does giving ground on this mean the media surrender their right to publish in the public interest?
24/07/2021 • 6 minutes 20 seconds
The problem with economists' forecasts
The data is clear: economists' forecasts are often wrong. Given their track record, shouldn't these prognostications come with more caveats and disclaimers when they're broadcast by the media?
24/07/2021 • 11 minutes 17 seconds
Mediawatch for 25 July 2021
Protests expose urban/rural divide in media; government and media on same page over terrorism reporting; the problem with economists' forecasts.
24/07/2021 • 33 minutes 31 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - podcasting politicians
Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. Colin Peacock talks to Susana Leiataua about surprises in Gerry Brownlee’s ‘Backroom’ while James Shaw jams with Brian Eno. Also - talk radio ringing the changes; ‘anti-woke’ UK TV news channel turns to Farage after viewers tune out.
21/07/2021 • 16 minutes 51 seconds
New journalism fund's first projects unveiled
The first tranche of the government’s $55m journalism Fund has been allocated - against a backdrop of criticism it could skew reporting of political issues. Māori journalism projects and a new training initiative are the major beneficiaries of the first $10m, but some of the money goes to things already funded from the public purse. Mediawatch asks talk to NZ On Air’s head of journalism about that - and what the public will get for their money.
17/07/2021 • 21 minutes 7 seconds
Money for the mob and hoha over koha
A regional paper’s scoop about $2.75m in public funding for a drug rehabilitation programme with Mongrel Mob connections kicked off a political controversy - and so did $200 koha.
17/07/2021 • 10 minutes 48 seconds
A deeply unsympathetic media campaign
Employers have put their hands out for more migrant workers to fill gaps in their rosters over the last two weeks, but their campaign may have hit a sour note.
17/07/2021 • 9 minutes 47 seconds
Mediawatch for 18 July 2021
Labour market's mixed messsages; new journalism fund unveils first projects; angst over money and the mob; good, bad and gruesome of sport.
17/07/2021 • 41 minutes 12 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - revenge for pineapple on pizza
Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about controversial sportscaster Martin Devlin reportedly returning to the radio; the Forever War in Afghanistan; football not coming home after all - but dominating the media.
13/07/2021 • 17 minutes 47 seconds
Afghanistan’s war dropping out of sight
Twenty years after the US invaded Afghanistan in pursuit of Al Qaeda, it suddenly pulled its troops out this week. It’s the end of the longest war in modern history in which 3500 New Zealanders also served and 10 died. Will it be out of sight and out of mind for the media now the country is on its own again?
10/07/2021 • 7 minutes 58 seconds
Do top stars trump media power in sport?
Naomi Osaka will be a star at the Tokyo Olympics after taking time out for her mental health. Some say giving stressful press conferences a swerve was no-one else’s business, but those in the business of selling sport saw the seeds of doom in the tennis star’s stance. After all the noise, has she changed sports media for good - or for the better?
10/07/2021 • 17 minutes 57 seconds
Sexist sports spray sparks startling sacking
A story about a little-known sports journalist losing a brand new job on a radio network that’s not even on air yet surged to the top of the ‘most-viewed’ lists on news websites this week. Why was producer Sam ‘Lashes’ Casey sacked for something he wrote for another media outlet?
10/07/2021 • 10 minutes 56 seconds
Mediawatch for 11 July 2021
Afghanistan's war dropping out of sight; a sexist sports spray sparks a startling sacking; does star power trump media power in sport?
10/07/2021 • 30 minutes 19 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: A sport radio sacking
In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Susana Leiataua about a sacking prompted by a sexist column, some illuminating commentary on proposed hate speech legislation, and some missing voices in thhe media's coverage of a restaurant industry campaign.
07/07/2021 • 16 minutes 13 seconds
Media turn up heat on hate speech
A discussion document on proposed hate speech laws generated plenty of discussion in the media - and spurious claims that merely insulting people could be criminalised. Some senior journalists seized on ministers muddying the waters - but did they give the public a clear picture of what’s actually at stake
03/07/2021 • 9 minutes 31 seconds
Putting victims at the centre of reporting
The media has sometimes been guilty of sidelining, shrugging off, or silencing sexual assault and harassment victims. Stuff's Kirsty Johnston talked to Mediawatch about how to centre those victims in reporting.
03/07/2021 • 18 minutes 50 seconds
Reporters stand in storm, confirm it's cold and wet
Most of us waited out this week's winter storm indoors, with heaters set to high. Not so the nation's journalists, who instead sought out the most miserable places in the country, and stood in the middle of them.
03/07/2021 • 7 minutes 2 seconds
Mediawatch for 4 July 2021
Media turn up heat on hate speech; victim-cantered reporting; reporters weathering the storm.
03/07/2021 • 34 minutes 26 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - 30 June 2021
Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about new data on the media and misinformation in New Zealand - and a new podcast airing anxiety about China’s influence here. Also: a southern stalwart honoured by the ODT and a new talkback takedown on TV.
30/06/2021 • 15 minutes 42 seconds
Covid in the capital fires up media
How did our media react when a Covid case imported via the trans-Tasman travel bubble compromised this countryâ€™s long run without cases in the community?
26/06/2021 • 6 minutes 46 seconds
New public media plan enters uncharted waters
The clock is ticking for the government’s proposed new public media entity. The next step is a business case and a new charter being drafted behind closed doors. But RNZ already has a charter that’s now under review - and could mean more scrutiny of government's plan.
26/06/2021 • 14 minutes 8 seconds
Small screen ‘sex scandal’ drama? Old news, actually
The shock - horror response sparked by news of a publicly-funded ‘sex scandal’ TV drama was almost as stale as the decade-old affair it was based on.
26/06/2021 • 6 minutes 43 seconds
Mediawatch for 27 June 2021
Covid in the capital fires up media; government media plan enters un-chartered waters, more sport on air for free around the corner, angst over sleaze on screen is old news
26/06/2021 • 32 minutes 31 seconds
More free-to-air sport around the corner
A new national radio network dedicated to sport will go live on air on Monday 19 July - just in time for the Tokyo Olympics. Australian-owned SENZ will fill a void left by the closure of NZME's Radio Sport in April 2020 during the Covid lockdown. Meanwhile TVNZ and Discovery have done deals with Sky to get the Olympics and Wimbledon on screen for free.
23/06/2021 • 4 minutes 6 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: A silent night
On this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about media angst over the Ministry of Health's communications concerning the Covid case in the capital, sensitive and insensitive reporting on Laurel Hubbard - and a New York Times headline for the ages.
23/06/2021 • 18 minutes 59 seconds
Hui over Christchurch terror attacks puts media under the spotlight
A counter-terrorism hui intended to help heal the wounds inflicted in Christchurch two years ago sparked a walk-out which hit the headlines.
19/06/2021 • 19 minutes 38 seconds
Running the numbers on the PM's media schedule
When Jacinda Ardern changed her media schedule earlier this year, it raised heckles from commentators who felt she was ducking scrutiny. But what have the changes actually meant?
19/06/2021 • 5 minutes 44 seconds
Undeclared SponCon causing political and editorial headaches
The Herald's dedicated property section printed 64 articles under the banner 'Our New Auckland' without declaring they were sponsored by Kāinga Ora, prompting NZME to review its processes on sponsored content.
19/06/2021 • 2 minutes 8 seconds
Mediawatch for 20 June 2021
Media under the spotlight at Christchurch hui, running the numbers on the PM's media diary; Undeclared SponCon causing political and editorial headaches.
19/06/2021 • 31 minutes 33 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - game of life and death
Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. Colin Peacock talked to Karyn Hay about the launch of the new news channel labelled ‘Fox News for the UK,’ the bike bridge beat-up that’s still creating comment - and how a football game turned into a life and death dilemma for broadcasters.
15/06/2021 • 18 minutes 29 seconds
Climate message cutting through
When the Climate Change Commission released its first blueprint for cutting our carbon emissions earlier this year, there were plenty of spurious stories about the end of gas-fired barbies and private cars - and a slump in meat and dairy production. But there was a lot less of that when the Commission's final advice to the government was made public this week.
12/06/2021 • 4 minutes 57 seconds
Too much heat makes transport fraught
The big budget for a new non-car harbour bridge in Auckland sparked a big 'bike-lash' in the media last week - and how we build and use our roads has become a huge wedge issue all around the country. Mediawatch asks a journalist dedicated to covering transport: do the deep divisions and inflamed opinions make it hard to report all this effectively?
12/06/2021 • 15 minutes 37 seconds
Mediawatch for 13 June 2021
Climate message cutting through; too much heat makes transport fraught; wrong numbers dial up anxiety over vaccine supplies.
12/06/2021 • 30 minutes 57 seconds
Wrong numbers amplify anxiety over vaccine supplies
Against a backdrop of news reports about shortages and anger over delayed Covid-19 vaccinations, a Herald opinion piece this week claimed our supply would run dry within days. But swift fact-checking elsewhere established it was based on the wrong numbers.
12/06/2021 • 9 minutes
Midweek Mediawatch 9 June 2021
Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about journalists hitting out at government spin and information control - and unhappiness over the release of a major climate report. Also: an odd documentary about a celebrity accused of harassment who’s accusing his accusers of manipulation.
09/06/2021 • 22 minutes 2 seconds
For whom the bell trolls - cyclists
While record-breaking floods threatened to sweep away bridges in Canterbury, the inundation of the Auckland Harbour Bridge by cyclists made headlines too - and sparked a big backlash on talk radio. The subsequent announcement of a new big-budget bridge just for cyclists and walkers further inflamed the divisive urban issue of ‘bikes vs cars’.
05/06/2021 • 17 minutes 21 seconds
The Nimby photo formula
Stories about local issues, from housing developments to cycleway constructions, are nearly always illustrated the same way. Mediawatch asked a Voyager-winning photographer why angry people with their arms folded are so ubiquitous in our media.
05/06/2021 • 5 minutes 16 seconds
Mediawatch for 6 June 2021
For whom the bell trolls - cyclists; the NIMBY photo formula; Aussie China crisis report falls flat.
05/06/2021 • 31 minutes 56 seconds
Aussie China crisis report falls flat
Last week a comically overwrought ad for Australia’s 60 Minutes TV show hit headlines here, promoting an item suggesting ‘New Xi-land’ had gone soft in China. It aired across the ditch on TV this week. What was all the fuss about? Not much . . .
05/06/2021 • 9 minutes 25 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Eyes on the prizes
Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. Colin Peacock talked to Susana Leiataua about who won what at journalism’s night-of-nights - and how it matters more to the companies than their journalists. Also - the wealth and health of top-level tennis under the media spotlight
02/06/2021 • 15 minutes 9 seconds
The Australian outfit rebooting 24/7 sport on the radio
More than a year after Radio Sport shut down, an Australian outfit wants to set up a new national network here - and it's hired some big names to get it off the ground. But who is driving this across the Tasman? And what's their plan?
29/05/2021 • 20 minutes 7 seconds
A belated investigation into a skifield founder's Nazi past
Most of the media stories on Willi Huber focused on his work founding the Mt Hutt skifield. This month, North & South finally unravelled the other central event of Huber's life: his role in one of the most brutal divisions of the Nazi army.
29/05/2021 • 19 minutes 21 seconds
Bob's big birthday's goes round the clock
Did you know Bob Dylan turned 80 this week? You did if you were tuned in to RNZ National last Monday.
29/05/2021 • 6 minutes 8 seconds
Mediawatch for 30 May 2021
The Aussie outfits rebooting 24/7 sport on radio; a belated investigation into a skifield founder's Nazi past; Bob's big birthday goes round the clock.
29/05/2021 • 36 minutes 30 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Who gets a voice?
In this week's episode of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a run of bad headlines for radio networks, an AP journalist's controversial firing, and an about-turn in the media's coverage of the Samoan election.
26/05/2021 • 15 minutes 41 seconds
Media can make and break leadership in volatile times
A new analysis finds media coverage is more important than ever after Covid in shaping our perception of leaders’ success, trustworthiness and transparency (or a perceived lack of them). But - as we hear so often these days - trust in the media themselves is falling fast. So how does that work?
23/05/2021 • 24 minutes 43 seconds
Sportscaster's conduct put spotlight back on media culture
Newstalk ZB sports host Martin Devlin was back on air this weekend, after he apologised for lashing out at one junior colleague - and sending inappropriate messages and unwanted invitations to women in his newsroom. The incidents went unreported for ten days - but they're not the only ones that raised alarm about the culture in our media companies this week.
22/05/2021 • 11 minutes 56 seconds
Poll piles pressure on party leader - but do we care?
Political reporters and pundits confidently claied the end is nigh for Judith Collins’ National Party leadership - following another opinion poll showing she’s not particularly popular right now - and neither is her stance on race. But the relentless focus on her grip on the job is obscuring other issues.
22/05/2021 • 4 minutes 45 seconds
Mediawatch for 23 May 2021
Sportscaster's conduct put spotlight back on media culture; poll piles pressure on party leader - but do we care?; media make and break leadership in volatile times.
22/05/2021 • 33 minutes 26 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - Gaza, a gaffe and a brutal review
Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Lately. This week Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about the media targeted in Gaza live on TV - and the Gaza crisis spilling over into sport on screen. Also - an epic US broadcasting deal that could change the game here, a front-page foul-up and a brutal book review.
19/05/2021 • 17 minutes 1 second
Shocking news reveals southern reporting cutbacks
That shocking knife attack in Dunedin’s central city this week came out of the blue - but the coverage also revealed the ranks of reporters there are thinning out. One major TV broadcaster had to cover it from Christchurch on the day - and the other is set to scrap its office in Dunedin altogether.
15/05/2021 • 10 minutes 10 seconds
Crown Law takes aim at Newsroom
An online investigation that exposed Oranga Tamariki tactics - and prompted five inquiries and significant changes in policy and practice at the agency - is now being investigated by the Police. The publisher has also been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in costs incurred when Crown Law sought an injunction to take it offline, raising concern about media freedom and a chilling effect on journalism exploring the state’s use of its power over people.
15/05/2021 • 4 minutes 57 seconds
Access all areas? The past and future of community broadcasting
The Access Radio movement is 40 years old and today 12 stations broadcast locally and online. Some fill local gaps left by stations hooked into national networks - and some produce programmes up for national awards. But low-budget broadcasting isn’t the only way to reach communities with content these days. Does access radio have a digital-age future?
15/05/2021 • 21 minutes 9 seconds
Host takes a swing at slack media - but misses
Top-rating talk host Mike Hosking apologised recently after he slammed political reporters for missing a big story - and a colleague publicly pointed out he was wrong. It didn’t stop Mike Hosking hitting out again this week - but being wrong, again.
15/05/2021 • 5 minutes 56 seconds
Mediawatch for 16 May 2021
Shocking news reveals southern reporting cutbacks; Crown Law takes aim at Newsroom; Access all areas? Community broadcasting turns 40; host takes swing at slack media - but misses.
15/05/2021 • 38 minutes 37 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch - 12 May 2021
Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. This week Hayden Donnell talks to Karyn Hay about a magazine telling the full story of an SS soldier who became a "hometown hero" and a tourism pioneer here - and another mag's in-depth account of Tom Scott's piles. Also - reporting Covid vaccines without fueling doubts and the doubters; the government pushing back on reports of the 'pay freeze,' and ZB getting a bit more diversity on air.
12/05/2021 • 19 minutes 50 seconds
China’s PR intensifies as media focus falls on Uyghurs
China used to deny or ignore media queries about the human rights of the ethnic Uighur minority. But before our government debated its response in Parliament this week, China’s embassy held an invite-only briefing for reporters and experts. What did they learn from the event one reporter called “extraordinary to the point of farce”?
09/05/2021 • 17 minutes 30 seconds
Upping the game in women’s sport coverage
“Not good enough” was the verdict of Sport NZ boss Raelene Castle after a fresh analysis of thousands of sports reports across our media found women feature in only about one in seven. But offshore reports of the same results said our media lead the world in women’s sports coverage. What’s the story?
08/05/2021 • 20 minutes 7 seconds
Mediawatch for 9 May 2021
China's PR intensifies as media focus falls on Xinjang; the state of play in coverage of women's sport; more clarity on online polls.
08/05/2021 • 39 minutes 55 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch: Return of Orewa, rabbits and The Apprentice
Mediawatch’s weekly catchup with Lately. This week Colin talks to Karyn Hay about the media unpicking the political strategy behind warnings of “separatism.” Also: ‘Bunny-pocalypse Now’ in the South, diminishing returns for The Apprentice - and anonymous agony advice in print.
05/05/2021 • 20 minutes 46 seconds
Silver Lake buy-in to Silver Fern no silver bullet for media
To sell or not to sell a slice of the commercial rights to New Zealand rugby was the squabble that pre-occupied the sports media this week. But the media couldn’t agree on who has the power over the ailing national sport’s direction.
01/05/2021 • 7 minutes 50 seconds
The news stories making readers dumber
News organisations often report the results of informal polls they carry out by embedding surveys in stories or on social media. Mathematically minded people argue that in doing so, they're misinforming their audience members, and leaving them worse off.
01/05/2021 • 11 minutes 39 seconds
Mediawatch for 2 May 2021
Silverlake buy-in to silver fern triggers sports media; trust on media on the slide; online polls misrepresent public opinion.
01/05/2021 • 40 minutes 29 seconds
Midweek Mediawatch 28 April 2021
Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Lately. This week Hayden Donnell talks to Susana Leiataua about change at the top in the Herald's political coverage - sparked by a change for veteran political editor Audrey Young - as the Press gallery marks 150 years.
28/04/2021 • 15 minutes 49 seconds
We’ve got trust issues - with news
New research shows New Zealanders' trust in the news media slipping, even when it comes to the news they choose themselves. That's obviously a bad news story for our media - but what can they really learn from asking us what we think?
28/04/2021 • 36 minutes 55 seconds
Reporters finally have a nice day
On Monday, New Zealanders tuning into the news witnessed something rare: bulletins filled almost entirely with joy, relief, and even a bit of singing.
24/04/2021 • 4 minutes 54 seconds
Coping with Covid chaos disrupting sport on screen
A core part of your business is screening the world’s sport to customers keen enough to pay for it. Then Covid stops almost all of it stone dead. What do you do? Mediawatch asks a Sky exec how they handled that - and the threat of Covid chaos hanging over the Olympics and this week’s ill-fated effort to fire up an elite European football league.