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Archive for September, 2009

Show Me The Money!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Over on Kiwiblog Dave Farrar reports on an interesting idea from the redoubtable Herald columnist Fran O’Sullivan who talked at a recent Rural Women NZ conference about expanding NZ On Air funding to cover all media, not just broadcasting.

Fran has a good point. Why should what is effectively a government subsidy to ensure there will remain a New Zealand voice in the media be reserved solely for radio and television?

She argues that NZ On Air (or NZ On Media) funding should be made available to worthy local content whether it is broadcast, in print or on the internet.

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On Your Marks, Get Set….

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Oh dear. There has just been another cock up at TVNZ that will probably cost the broadcaster dearly.

TVNZ announced today it had “offloaded” its Commonwealth Games coverage rights to Sky/Prime TV.

The only problem is – it hasn’t. Yet.

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Never Let the Facts….

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Bill Ralston blogs;

Your entire faith in the veracity of the media can be destroyed any time you read a news story when you, yourself, have some inside knowledge of the true facts.

I spotted two news items this week that bore no relationship to the reality of the issue in question and they were either blatant “beat ups” after a long internal discussion between the reporter and their typewriters (ok, computers) or the reporters were dumb enough to be sucked in by the PR spin of someone with a vested interest.

Fantasy Story One: In the NZ Herald John Drinnan breathlessly reports, “Henry Poised for Bigger Role at 7pm”.

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DOCTORING THE NEWS

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Bill Ralston Blogs:

It’s taken the mainstream media long enough to wake up to the fact it has been cleverly duped by an extraordinary guerrilla PR campaign.

Well, some in the media are now waking up to what bloggers like Cactus Kate and Gotcha’s Whaleoil were warning about days ago.

Exceltium is a savvy PR company run by Matthew Hooten and it seems it has waged an extraordinarily effective campaign on behalf of their client Diagnostic Medlab Ltd (DML) against their competitor Labtests NZ Ltd.

Labtests recently took over the lucrative contract to provide services to Auckland’s District Health Board and the loser, DML, has been screaming like a stuck pig.

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Good Night & Good Luck

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Bill Ralston blogs:

I mercifully missed the Qantas Awards but I understand TVNZ news swept almost all the telly journalism awards.

That, in itself, is a little odd because I find the standard of reporting and the stories run on 3News at least the match of TV ONE and I probably watch at least as much of 3 News as ONE’s.

Something annoys me about ONE news. It’s not the presenters, they’re fine. The set is good, the titles fine, the music OK. The reporters, by and large, are fine.

Then I began thinking about it. Actually, the content of the stories on TV ONE is not the problem. It is the packaging.

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Corruption; the Dark Enemy in the Sunshine State

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Just returned from some R & R in my old adopted home of Queensland.  Back in the 80’s they used to brag it was the State where the weather was “fine one day, perfect the next” – which is pretty much how you’d also describe corruption in The Sunshine State.

Like the weather, political corruption there seems to stay the same.

Twenty years ago Queenslanders saw the seamy side of their state in a ground breaking Royal Commission of Inquiry into Corruption headed by Tony Fitzgerald QC.

I covered the last 6 months of that Inquiry for the ABC.  Day after day cops turned state’s evidence and politicians squealed in what, for a young journo, was the gig of the century.

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