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20 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
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.
16 minutes | Aug 7, 2022
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.
9 minutes | Aug 6, 2022
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.
32 minutes | Aug 6, 2022
Mediawatch for 7 August 2022
The cost of living cash controversy; calls for action over malicious misinformation - and the government review already underway.
19 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
‘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.
4 minutes | Jul 31, 2022
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.
9 minutes | Jul 30, 2022
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.
32 minutes | Jul 30, 2022
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.
8 minutes | Jul 30, 2022
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.
14 minutes | Jul 30, 2022
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.
18 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
Midweek Mediawatch - Climate context & Hawaiian holidays
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.
8 minutes | Jul 24, 2022
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 minutes | Jul 23, 2022
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.
33 minutes | Jul 23, 2022
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
21 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
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.
19 minutes | Jul 17, 2022
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?
8 minutes | Jul 16, 2022
'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.
36 minutes | Jul 16, 2022
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.
6 minutes | Jul 16, 2022
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.
19 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
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.
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