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As the US Presidential Elections approach, the focus is sharpening not just on US internal issues but on the individual media performances of Obama and Romney and their ability to “sell” their key principles to middle America and the world.

A key to setting the stage for the election are the one-on-one television debates that have become a tradition, starting from the first debate that aired in 1960 between Nixon and Kennedy. The last debate between Obama and McCain drew audiences of around 50 million.

The topics discussed in the debates are generally the most controversial issues of the campaign and the main target is undecided voters; those who usually aren’t partial to either political ideology or a specific party. Continue reading »

Without so much as dipping a pinkie in the government’s money piles, Triangle Television has found new fodder for GC lovers.

“The Boy’s Place”, a six-part comedy series, features the adventures of an unlikely group of bogans. Join beer swilling Shamus, film and TV addict Josh and their kleptomaniac, gay, farm-boy flatmate Brett as they set up house in greater suburbia. There’s a urinal in the bathroom, a settee made from beer cans and plastic swords bedeck the walls.

“The Boy’s Place” screens free-to-air on Triangle from Tuesday July 3 at 8pm.

For the second year in a row Auckland’s Triangle Television is pleased to be able to bring coverage of AFL to the free-to-air viewing audience.

Triangle’s CEO Jim Blackman says that in association with AFL Australia the channel has arranged to screen a game a week commencing on Sunday June 17 at 9pm up to and including the legendary grand final in September.

“We are pleased to be able to provide a broader exposure to this sport which we believe will grow in popularity over the next few years to the point where we may even see a Kiwi team playing in the League” he says. Continue reading »

Take a best-selling American author, add her New Zealand love stories, mix in a German film crew and you get the spices that make up a hot, nine-week TV film season starting on Auckland’s Triangle Television from Wednesday, May 2 at 8:30pm.

The free-to-air UHF broadcaster has a long and well-earned reputation for delivering its audience a fresh, international TV diet.

These nine TV films, based on the work of Emilie Richards, explore the realities of love, romance, and self-realisation. They are in German with English subtitles.

While on a sabbatical, Emilie wrote several novels set in Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading »

Meet Michael Wigge, a journalist, comedian, documentarian and world traveller. Wigge zigzagged across four continents and eleven countries in 150 days without a cent to his name, but resourcefulness to spare.

His adventures are chronicled in the upcoming television series “How to Travel the World For Free”, which starts airing on Triangle Television on Wednesday, May 2 at 8pm. Continue reading »

The majority of New Zealanders don’t really understand their legal rights and for some even getting a speeding ticket can be a traumatic experience.

To help people Triangle Television is producing a new public service legal series, “Know Your Rights”, based on the book of the same name by well-known Auckland barrister Catriona MacLennan.

MacLennan has practised law in the southern areas of Auckland for the past 12 years and was the first lawyer to work at Nga Ture Kaitiaki Ki Waikato Community Law Centre, where she provided legal advice to people who couldn’t afford lawyers.

MacLennan continues to work in fields in which few lawyers practise and her clients include some of the most disadvantaged people in New Zealand, including beneficiaries and people for whom English is a second language. Continue reading »

In a year of turbulence and strife between unions and employers Triangle TV is launching “The Union Report”, a new current affairs programme that looks at the news of the week through the lens of industrial relations.

Hosted by blogger and controversial broadcaster Martyn Bradbury, the “The Union Report” will bring together dispute insiders, union leaders and commentators to provide an alternative analysis to traditional mainstream media coverage. Continue reading »

National broadcaster Stratos Television will screen what is believed to be the world’s first current affairs programme based on a forecasting system operated by the commercial arm of Victoria University.

The programme “iPredict Election 2011” will screen every weeknight from Monday October 31 leading up to the general election on November 26th.

Hosted by Martyn “Bomber” Bradbury, a rotating team of panellists, including NBR’s Matthew Hooton, Scoop’s Selwyn Manning, blogger Phoebe Fletcher,’s Bernard Hickey, Labour’s David Cunliffe, National’s Nikki Kaye, Mana’s Hone Harawira and New Zealand First’s Winston Peters will debate and discuss key election issues using the daily predictions from the iPredict website.

iPredict was established shortly before the 2008 General Election as a market-based political and proved to be more accurate than 15 of the 19 polls published in the run up to the election. Since inventing prediction markets in 1988, the University of Iowa has successfully predicted every US Presidential race.

iPredict and similar markets work based on the theory of “the wisdom of crowds” which says that a large number of people making individual judgments on future events will prove more accurate than any individual.

The producers believe what makes iPredict predictions so accurate, compared with traditional polls, is the growing number of homes that no longer have landlines, preferring to turn to internet and mobile phone for communications. This means there is a large chunk of voter opinion that is under-represented in polls.

Instead participants in the iPredict process can visit the iPredict website to invest in favour or against possible outcomes. This has proven to be a very reliable way of predicting outcomes of all kinds.

“iPredict Election 2011” will screen for four weeks from Monday October 31st at 7.00pm on Stratos Television and will be repeated the following morning on Triangle Television at 11.30am Tuesday to Friday and 11.00am on Saturdays.

As the race towards the legendary AFL Grand Final heats up, Kiwi sports fans will be able to watch the lead-up on free-to air television on Stratos Television and Triangle Television.

Under a special arrangement with Sky Television, the Australian Football League, and Australian Network both Triangle Television and Stratos Television will be screening an AFL match a week, culminating with the highlight of the season, the ‘2011 Toyota AFL Grand Final’, in prime time.

Stratos CEO, Jim Blackman, says even though it’s late in the season, he is delighted that the parties have come together to build the presence of the sport and make it more accessible to its growing fan base.

“There is an assumption that Aussie Rules is restricted to Victoria, but that’s not the case. There are professional leagues right across Australia and there’s growing interest in New Zealand, with some 18 clubs participating nationally.”

The impetus to screen Aussie Rules on Stratos and Triangle came from local fans and supporters who were keen to watch as much football as possible each weekend, and to see the game on free-to-air television

The Stratos and Triangle Television networks have already been screening “The Local Footy Show” – a round- up of state-wide Victorian matches for most of this season, and the addition of the premier matches is seen as a natural addition to the line-up.

With the exception of the Grand Final, the matches screened on Triangle and Stratos will be different to those screened on Sky Sport 3., giving fans the opportunity to see more matches in the critical lead up.

Matches will screen on Sunday night at 7:00 pm on Stratos and 8:30 pm on Triangle Television from September 3rd. Details of the games that are selected will be available on both the Triangle Television website ( and the Stratos website ( from Monday prior to broadcast each week.

Sunday, June 26 at 8:30pm on Stratos

From child trafficking in southern Africa to the resettlement of Afghani refugees in Norway, this Global 3000 special sheds light on severe and relentless breaches of human rights. Mozambique is increasingly becoming a major hub for child trafficking despite being part of the UN agreement to protect the rights of children. The special also follows Khalid Jans who fled the Taliban and now struggles to make a new life for himself in Norway.