throng-logoBlogging has been part of our household since 2002 but it hasn’t always been about television.

While Rachel was still lecturing statistics at Auckland University and writing courses to help the media better use stats in their reporting, the world of blogging was beginning to take off. After 9/11, there was an influx of new political commentators who took to the web to voice their opinions on the war on terror and it was these blogs that helped a lot of people realise that anyone could build an audience and engage with them like never before.

It was around then that we met Darren Rowse. Rachel helped him as he developed his first blog but it was toward the end 2003 that something interesting happened. Darren had written a post about Guy Sebastian and the Australian Idol competition and on the night of the finale, his blog went nuts. There was very little else online and all of a sudden, thousands of people had found his post and were talking about the finale and the result of Guy winning.

This got us all to thinking. What if rather than having a single post about something, we created an entire blog for just one topic? And with that Idolblog was born. Continue reading »

It is that time of the year when newshound Dan Lake (“Dan News“) compiles his annual blooper reel. Checkout the funniest moments from local and international news bulletins throughout the year, in the video below.

TV Talk is our daily general discussion thread at Throng.

Readers are invited to share their own thoughts and observations on television in New Zealand as we attempt to crowd source all the details around what is happening in the industry and beyond.

This includes, but is not limited to, breaking news, bloopers from live TV and anything a television personality posts on social media that might be of interest to other readers.

To participate, just add your comments below. Alternatively, you can always use the Tip Line.

2015-12-16Since the brand refresh of Campbell Live worked so well at the start of the year, Mediaworks have shelled out more Oakbridge capital to give their corporate image a new lick of paint.

What kind of sorcery is this?

seven-sharp-logoWhen we consider how bad the ratings have been for a number of shows this year, it’s hard to believe there could be any silver lining for anyone. While the bottom has fallen out of much of the audience levels TV3 and TV2’s programming with 3 News, Campbell Live, Masterchef, Dancing With the Stars, Shortland Street and Home and Away, to name a few, haemorrhaging viewers, there have been a couple of stand outs that really have bucked the trend and turned things around on 2014. Especially when you consider Continue reading »

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has announced a range of board appointments to some of New Zealand’s iconic broadcasting institutions.

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TV Talk is our daily general discussion thread at Throng.

Readers are invited to share their own thoughts and observations on television in New Zealand as we attempt to crowd source all the details around what is happening in the industry and beyond.

This includes, but is not limited to, breaking news, bloopers from live TV and anything a television personality posts on social media that might be of interest to other readers.

To participate, just add your comments below. Alternatively, you can always use the Tip Line.

TV Talk is our daily general discussion thread at Throng.

Readers are invited to share their own thoughts and observations on television in New Zealand as we attempt to crowd source all the details around what is happening in the industry and beyond.

This includes, but is not limited to, breaking news, bloopers from live TV and anything a television personality posts on social media that might be of interest to other readers.

To participate, just add your comments below. Alternatively, you can always use the Tip Line.

Anna_MoreFM_WildcardwinnerMore FM is pleased to announce Nelson-born Anna Marshall as their bachelorette Wildcard winner for season two of The Bachelor New Zealand.

This makes Anna the first bachelorette to be announced for the 2016 season.

The More FM Wildcard proudly brought to you by Michael Hill, ensured that Anna was put through her paces by More FM’s Lana and Jase in an intensive week-long boot camp along with four other hopefuls. Continue reading »

nz-on-air-640A new series that promises to be a ‘bold voice in Māori current affairs’ has been supported by NZ On Air as part of its ongoing Platinum Fund support for specialist current affairs programmes.

Minority Reports (working title), to be presented by respected broadcast journalist Mihingarangi Forbes, will screen on TV3 on Sunday mornings and be available on demand shortly after. The producers have promised current affairs investigations, arts, and culture stories seen through an indigenous lens. The series is co-funded with Te Māngai Paho and will be supported by TV3.

Two long-running political current affairs series will also return in 2016, The Nation on TV3 and Q + A on TVOne. Continue reading »