1. Haiti earthquake (Live phone call to Jamaica)
2. John Key on Hillary Clinton visit
3. Exclusive interview with VISA spokesman on convenience fees (Live cross)
4. Accused police shooter fights name suppression
5. Nelson sunniest place in NZ, Whakatane complains
1. Haiti earthquake
2. Fatal police chase (Breaking news, live cross)
3. John Key on Hillary Clinton visit
4. Prince William visit / Hillary Clinton visit / BDO
5. Warning against buying diesel vehicles
There was a stark contrast in the two bulletins’ coverage of the big story of the day: Haiti’s earthquake. It occurred today just before 11am NZT. Within a few hours, I could see a few little video clips online of the damage from the quake and interviews with people on the streets. When it came to tonight’s bulletin – over seven hours after the earthquake, ONE News only had rotating photos to show us, with phone interviews. Absolutely no video of the aftermath or damage in Haiti. 3 News’ whole item was video, except for a couple of quick photos at the end. There was an internet video interview during an aftershock as well as phone interviews. When disasters strike, video is still the most powerful medium and seeing all those people walking the streets and hearing the chaos of noises brought home the reality of the earthquake. Seeing people staring at the badly damaged palace will stick with me. I was so disappointed that ONE News couldn’t bring any video footage.
Both bulletins covered John Key’s press conference before Hillary Clinton’s visit.
The exclusive interview with Sean Preston from VISA on ONE News didn’t tell me anything really eye-opening (it was more interesting to see how nervous he was, sweat beading on his forehead), just that VISA didn’t think retailers should charge a convenience fee when they had been absorbing the charges for years.
The diesel story seemed to be sourced from a press release from the Dog and Lemon guide, but I can’t find it online.
Haydn Jones’ Nelson/Whakatane story on ONE News was rather silly and seemed more suited for an item on Breakfast. He held up flash cards of photos during the live cross (why there needed to be a live cross I don’t know).
3 News’ story about Prince Williams/Hillary Clinton/BDO all happening this weekend was full of a bit of fluff too (e.g. showing a Remuera jeweller’s rings in case the Prince wanted to buy an engagement ring).
Verdict: 3 News
The Haiti earthquake is one of the biggest stories of the year to date and 3 News had the far superior coverage.
What did you think of tonight’s news bulletins?