Top stories on ONE News and 3 News: March 1, 2012

Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

One News

1. Gavin Clifford Bennett admits fraud of over $100m (Lisa Davies)
2. Foreign charter fishing vessels (Michael Parkin, live cross)
3. 20 Businesses discussing taking action against Rena
4. Wild weather on the way (Jim Hickey, live cross)
5. Flooding in Australia (Steve Marshall, live cross)

3 News

1. Gavin Clifford Bennett admits fraud of over $100m (Jeff Hampton, live cross)
2. Winston Peters ejected from parliament (Tova O’Brien)
3. Foreign charter fishing vessels (Michael Morrah)
4. POAL Dispute
5. Oceania workers strike (Tony Reid)

Commentary

The antics of former Datasouth Finance Director Gavin Bennett and his $103m case of fraud lead both bulletins tonight.  Both networks used the sensational headline that more than a million dollars was spent on female companions.  A little more than 1% of the total amount defrauded from various people, and again, a fraction of the $23m swindled from South Canterbury Finance which the New Zealand taxpayer bailed out.

The foreign charter fishing vessels and the treatment of crew also made both bulletins.

One News has news that 20 businesses from Tauranga are meeting to discuss pursuing compensation against the Rena owners.

Not yet, but soon was the warning from weatherman Jim Hickey about an impending weather bomb followed by Steve Marshall standing near a swollen river in Australia where the weather bomb has come from. 

Winston Peters was turfed out of parliament today for abusing Gerry Brownlee, a move which made a few gambling people happy.  

Industrial action rounded out the Top 5 with MUNZ suggesting their negotiations with POAL today were productive and elderly care workers demanding higher wages.

Verdict

Tie

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