1. Growing list of companies adding credit card transaction fees (Live cross, Catherine Loft)
2. Road rule education call for tourists
3. Chris Jordan sets up adventure tourism lobby group
4. Robin Brooke unlikely to be charged
5. Road worker injured
1. Cameron Slater reveals another accused with name supression
2. River tragedy
3. Police dragged under car is a transexual
4. Flight diversion
5. Auckland airport buys shares in Australian airports
There were a few annoying things in tonight’s news bulletins.
Firstly, the “growing list of companies” weren’t revealed on ONE News until right at the end of the item after everyone had had their whinge. They listed Telecom (3%), NZ Police (3%) and Wellington Combined Taxis (fee not mentioned).
ONE News could have re-framed their entire story about Robin Brooke into something far more interesting – almost all of the story was a re-hash of last night’s item, updating it to say, basically, there were no updates – except – and this is the bit they left right until the end: it is reported the ONE News’ item last night was censored from Fijian TV (they screen the show there). While censorship of the news there isn’t new, it is fascinating. Can’t believe ONE News replayed Robin Brooke’s (boring) answerphone message.
Ok, now onto what bothered me with 3 News. Can’t believe they started an item saying the following:
“It’s been revealed that the police officer dragged under a stolen patrol car in Christchurch was the country’s first officer to undergo a sex change.”
Basically, there was no real news to add to last night’s item about the stolen police car, except oh let’s get people’s attention by talking about a transexual. This is news, how? Are they implying that this fact motivated the alleged offender somehow? ONE News also mentioned this in the middle of their item but didn’t try to hook you in with it.
Cameron Slater’s tweets tonight in response to the lead item on 3 News are quite interesting:
“Chris Comesky is an idiot, I’m not even on bail.”
“Wish the media would describe me as allegedly having done something, they do for everyone else, right now they are wrecking the crown case”
His site is currently down, guess the news sent lots of people over to his site trying to find out who he named today.