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Crossing The Rubicon

Friday, February 15th, 2013

To: Kevin Kenrick, CEO TVNZ

Jeff Latch, Head of TVOne and TV2,

Andy Shaw, GM, Acquisitions, Production and Commissioning.

Dear Kevin, Andy and Jeff,

It’s been two weeks now since your baby “Seven Sharp” hit our screens and there’s a lot of people who feel they have a lot to say about it. And no wonder!

But it’s not the programme I’m writing to you about but your part in it.

Is it true that all of you were involved in every aspect of the programme from inception, including deciding which stories went where in the first week? I’m wondering what “Seven Sharp’s” Executive Producer, Raewyn Rasch had to say about that? I hope plenty, but I’m guessing not a lot.


Send in the Clowns

Friday, September 28th, 2012

So TV ONE’s Close Up is to close up shop at the end of the year. According to TVNZ it’s too old, past it’s prime, tired and no one wants to watch it any more.
Instead TVNZ will invent a whole new 7pm programme which it claims will be current affairs. Neither statement is true.


Selling Out To Someone Else’s Bottom Line

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

There were squeamish tummies all round on TV ONE’s “Breakfast” this morning.  And it wasn’t just because the four presenters, Rawden Christie, Petra Bagust, Corin Dann and AMP Business’s Nadine Chalmers-Ross had swallowed KFC’s 520 calorie non-bun Double Down burger. It was the following crashing sound as their collective credibilities plummeted through the floor.

Deciding to put the item on in the first place is the fault of the producers.  No doubt, Executive Producer Graeme Muir wrestled with whatever burnt-out news morals he has left and came up with the rationale, “ I know, if we put a nutritionist on-air as the presenters scoff it down, that’ll present fairness and balance into the segment!” Wrong, wrong, wrong.


Where Pimps & Thieves Run Free & Good Men Die Like Dogs…

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I’m loath to blog about television again, because there are so many more interesting things happening in media.

However, the sight of Cameron Bennett stepping out of the Deathstar (ahead of being pushed) provides an insight as to why I feel compelled to comment on the train wreck that is TVNZ News and Current Affairs.


Tears For Fifty Years

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

It was poet and philosopher George Santayana who said, “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.”  Such is the case with TVNZ’s homage to its own history, the jauntily named “Cheers To 50 Years.”

This was a programme touted as a celebration of all that we’ve known and loved on the box for the past half-century but which resulted in the boring vying with the banal for two excruciating, culture-cringing hours.


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.


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”.