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Mediawatch looks critically at the New Zealand media - television, radio, newspapers and magazines as well as the 'new' electronic media.

More than 70 media organisations around the world - including most of New Zealand's leading media companies - have signed up to the Covering Climate Change Now week that kicks off on Monday 16 September. Mediawatch's Jeremy Rose talks to Stuff editor in chief Patrick Crewsdon about the the week and climate change reporting in general.

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A media cry for help Aug. 17, 2019
Struggling news media companies have been lobbying the government behind the scenes for some time. On Thursday broadcaster MediaWorks put it all out in the open, telling the minister responsible its future is in doubt and democracy could die in darkness if he fails to act now.
All our MPs but one voted to change the gun laws. Opinion polls showed a majority approved and thousands of banned weapons have been peacefully surrendered. Do reported claims of widespread discontent among the nation’s gun owners stack up?
Gun lobby push back on buy-back; media crys for help; covering climate change.
Mediawatch's weekly catch-up with Lately. Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about colossal corrections undermining an article, airing the ethics of the 'empty chair,' the Rich List offering rich pickings for more lists - and more ministerial manoeurvres on public media funding.
Coverage of political party conferences tends to focus on the leaders who we see all the time in the news - and ignore the party members who gather once a year to be heard. But at the Green Party conference last weekend, they kept the media at arm's length because ...
Once upon a timeour major media companies and telcos were none of each others' business. Now they are all up in each others' business because of 'convergence' driven by digital technology and the internet. TVNZ's board told the government it won't be getting dividends in this crowded market and this ...
Media see red over Green 'blackout'; Convergence - yesterday's buzzword now the new normal; distressing deaths converted into clickbait; Warriors' struggles spark f***-letter word frenzy.
A tragedy involving a Kiwi who died in Peru recently was reported sensitively. The tragic deaths of a Peruvian couple there was turned into morbid clickbait.
Given recent NRL results and refereeing blunders, anyone emotionally invested in the Warriors could be forgiven for turning the air blue. Recent stories in print have had as many dots, dashes and asterisks as actual letters lately - and some outbursts broadcast probably shouldn't have been.
This week on Mediawatch Midweek Jeremy Rose talks to Karyn Hay about some new free video streaming services and reviews some book review sites, and takes a look at the Listener at 80.
Over the coming year NZ on Air plans to spend $37.7 million on factual programmes and $46.4 on dramas and eventually most of the resulting content will find its way to the on-demand services of the country's broadcasters and media media companies. And the public - which has forked out ...
The government’s handling of an important announcement last Wednesday muddied the waters when it turned off the tap for all media but one.
Back in the day, nudity on TV was rare and the isolated sightings were almost national events. There's plenty of it available on-demand and on any device these days, but does it do us harm? The broadcasting watchdog’s been weighing that up.
Broadcasters say their political polls aren’t perfect but they do reveal significant swings of support. In that case, they ought to notice more and more people don't like being asked to pick a 'preferred prime minister'.
Government turning off the tap on big water news; preferred PM polling proves pretty unpopular; interrupting ads in publicly-funded programmes on-demand; tax the shock of the nude on TV.
Forty years ago this week a milestone meeting of scientists led to the first comprehensive report on climate change science. Four decades later, media outlets around the world - including Stuff - have hooked up to boost coverage of the issue globally. But here, some broadcasters are still fuelling scepticism ...
It's not news that people doing PR and communications for the state heavily outnumber the journalists who report on the agencies employing them. And journalists know most of those on 'the dark side' get fatter paypackets than they do. But the numbers crunched by RNZ's Phil Pennington shows the gap ...
28 Mediawatch for 28 July 2019 July 27, 2019
Broadcasters boosting climate change scepticism; crunching the number on public service PR and comms.
This week on Mediawatch Midweek Jeremy Rose talks to Karyn Hay about the new Netflix series The Great Hack; Boris Johnson - the disgraced hack turned UK PM, and; "Ricky Leaks" - a journalistic scoop that's seen hundreds of thousands taking to the streets of Puerto Rico demanding the resignation ...