Carol HirschfeldRadio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson has announced that Carol Hirschfeld, the former General Manager Production for Maori TV, is to join Radio New Zealand as Head of Content and Radio New Zealand Networks Presentation Manager, John Howson, has been appointed to the new role as Head of Radio.

This news comes on the back of restructuring at Maori Television and Hirschfeld’s decision not to accept the position of head of internal productions or to apply for the role of head of programming and production at the organisation. Chief Executive Paora Maxwell has acknowledged her contribution to Maori Television since joining the organisation in 2009. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Castle: 72250 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Wentworth: 57900 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  3. Criminal Minds: 48580 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Grey’s Anatomy: 32650 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  5. Cougar Town: 25380 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

hbo-logoI’ve been thinking about this for a while now and wondering how long it would take before the likes of HBO and Showtime realised that there is money to be made in direct to consumer relationships without the need for broadcast or cable deals. As it turns out, this may now not be too far away as both HBO and Showtime are signalling the move is on the horizon.

Earlier in the month, CBS CEO Les Moonves told investors that there was a “very strong possibility” that Showtime will be offered directly to consumers over the Internet. Time Warner’s Chief Executive also moved that “up until now” the broadband-only opportunity wasn’t at the point where it would be smart to move the focus from the existing strategy but now concedes that the broadband opportunity is quite a bit bigger. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 673,680 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 533,080 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Fair Go: 532,690 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Seven Sharp: 486,530 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Purina Pound Pups To Dog Stars: 479,050 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)

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Last night, John Campbell had an exclusive interview with Labour Party leader hopeful David Cunliffe on Campbell Live. The interview was a bit of a coup for Cunliffe who, after leading the Labour Party to one of their worst results ever, is hoping to be given the nod over challenger Grant Robertson.

While you’d expect there to be equal air time for general election rivals, a party primary doesn’t necessarily require a fair share of coverage by broadcasters. Nonetheless, Robertson sent out this somewhat embarrassing tweet, practically begging for some prime time exposure.

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