Mediaworks on another John Drinnan fabrication for the NZ Herald

MediaworksThis just in from Mediaworks in response to the NZ Herald’s ill-informed media commentator, John Drinnan.

There is on-going speculation that the Jono and Ben show is being considered as a possible replacement for Campbell Live. This seems to be based on a fabrication by the Herald and has unfairly led to significant negativity towards Jono Pryor, Ben Boyce and the rest of the Jono and Ben team.

For the avoidance of doubt, MediaWorks Corporate Counsel, Alex Nicholson makes the following statement:

“The statement in John Drinnan’s articles in relation to the Jono and Ben show, which is attributed to “TV3 bosses”, is a complete fabrication and is not based on fact. Jono and Ben has never once been mentioned in any MediaWorks management forum, discussion or document as a possible replacement for Campbell Live. ”

My sources within Mediaworks told me earlier that Jono and Ben wouldn’t be replacing Campbell Live. More on that later.

MediaWorks confirms Campbell Live review

MediaWorks’ senior management is undertaking a review of Campbell Live.

Led by Mark Jennings, Group Head of News, the review of Campbell Live comes as part of the broader review of the MediaWorks business by the MediaWorks executive.

Mark Jennings says: “Campbell Live is one of the mainstays of New Zealand media and has been at the forefront of New Zealand’s news and current affairs landscape for a decade. John Campbell and Campbell Live have won every award possible, broken some of the most important stories of the decade, repeatedly been voted most popular current affairs presenter and programme, and made a real difference to Kiwis’ lives.

“Viewer expectations in 2015 are quite different from those of 2005 and we need to constantly review our programming to ensure we are meeting those expectations.”

MediaWorks notes the review is being undertaken to improve commercial performance of the 7pm TV3 time-slot in a changing television market. It is not a reflection on the quality of the programme, or the work of John Campbell or any of the journalists or producers in the Campbell Live team.

No specific timeframe can be given for the review Jennings says, but a period of consultation with all staff who work on Campbell Live has now commenced.

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  • Mr Guess

    Don’t trust John… not that John, the other John. No, not that John either. Why are there so many John’s around at the moment?

    • Dave Ian Batten

      Because Greg is busy.

    • benpaul12

      Brilliant!

  • bc

    The latest is Campbell Live is going to be replaced by a weeknight soap. I don’t know how that is going to increase the ratings for TV3 as it will be up against Shortland Street.
    Still, it fits tv3 fomat which is putting dumb and dumber shows on it’s network. I don’t know what they continue to pretend otherwise. They might as well just don’t go all reality tv and call themselves the reality tv channel.

  • terrya

    Yesterday, Drinnan wrote:

    “MediaWorks has denied the Jono and Ben show had been considered as a possible replacement for Campbell Live. MediaWorks corporate counsel Alex Nicholson issued a statement today saying:

    “Jono and Ben has never once been mentioned in any MediaWorks management forum, discussion or document as a possible replacement for Campbell Live. “Mark Jennings added: “Campbell Live is one of the mainstays of New Zealand media and has been at the forefront of New Zealand’s news and current affairs landscape for a decade.””
    How is this misrepresentation? Why don’t you read what Drinnan has written in full. This is on a par with your mispresentation of what he wrote a week or so ago about the the withdrawal of NZOA funding for the karaoke show that you seem to like so much.
    The speculation about the puerile Jono and Ben show was carried by many, as you well know.
    Footnote: I don’t know Drinnan. I just like accuracy.

    • Regan Cunliffe

      You might like to get off your high horse. Drinnan has updated his story. Check the time on your screen? 6:04pm last night? How on earth could that story be correct without editing? Check the google cached: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:LQ3r4TyjWaMJ:www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm%3Fc_id%3D3%26objectid%3D11430174+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nz

      Drinnan is dishonest and has a history this kind of nonsense.

      • terrya

        At 6.03 pm yesterday, Drinnan wrote:

        TV3 bosses told Campbell Live staff the channel is thinking of canning the current affairs show for a daily entertainment show, with some speculating Jono and Ben are in line as replacements.

        That is one of the options in a “consultative document” handed out yesterday, which left Campbell Live staff shell-shocked.
        The “some” presumably referring to the CL staff not the TV3 bosses.