Episode 21 series 8

The success of our women’s magazines depends on their ability to speak to the hopes, fears, desires and ambitions of kiwi women.

In New Zealand the market is crowded and fiercely competitive.

NZ Women’s Weekly which celebrates 80 years of publication this week, leads a bunch of titles, which constantly seek to gazumph each other with features detailing the hatches, matches, despatches, misdemeanours and peccadilloes of local and international celebrities.

The other potent driver of magazine sales is the guilt and envy women are encouraged to feel on a range of issues from body shape and size to job satisfaction, pay parity and equality of opportunity at work. Continue reading »

Name: Sam Ackerman

Job Title: Firstline Sports Presenter

Share your favourite work story.
Being in Brisbane to see first hand the Kiwis win the world cup and witness what it meant to them and their families. Close second is being put in a headlock by WWE champion Batista.

What are your three favourite TV shows right now?
I predominantly watch sport and news – but otherwise The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show and Person of Interest. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 674,610 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Highway Cops: 648,500 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 617,460 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  4. Intrepid Journeys: 500,030 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. The Middle: 469,300 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm) Continue reading »

Sky TV channel Vibe has been given a mini makeover in the form of a new logo.

The old pink and black logo that was used from the channel’s launch in October 2007 has made way for this new silver and blue look.

TV3 got a little ahead of themselves last night. Continue reading »

The government has waved off the idea for a levy on commercial broadcasters to help fund the departing TVNZ7.

Save TVNZ7 argued that a fee placed on commercial broadcasters would enable New Zealand to keep its only commercial-free, public service television channel.

“It should have been considered at the beginning of 2011 when the Government was casting around looking for fiscally neutral ways to do it.

“If they were genuinely looking at a way to keep TVNZ7 funded, that would have been the obvious way because it wouldn’t have cost the taxpayer a thing.”

A levy would also allow more money to go into NZ On Air’s platinum fund for local content and also filter down to Radio New Zealand and Maori Television. Continue reading »

Veteran commentator Ian Smith has been called out for using the word “pure” too much in his commentary of the first All Blacks match against Ireland.

Radio New Zealand’s Media Watch programme pointed out that Smith’s repeated use of the word may have had something to do with sponsors Steinlager Pure.

While Smith only used the word four times during the entire coverage of the match, one Media Watch listener was convinced Smith was doing it on purpose. Continue reading »

Fans will get the opportunity to decide exactly what The GC cast member Rosanna Arkle will be wearing when she fights Jaime Ridge in the ring.

The model will take part in a boxing match with Ridge on the undercard of Shane Cameron’s bout with Monte Barrett in July.

In true GC style Arkle, had initially claimed she would fight in just a bikini but has turned the decision over to fans who will get to choose between six “outfits” that she has pre-selected. Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen and Siege: The Real Story

I am looking forward to seeing A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of Wales tonight at 7.30pm on UKTV. I’m a bit of a fan of the royal family, and I always enjoy seeing them just being themselves, without all the pomp and ceremony.

In this programme, Prince Charles reflects on various public events and private family moments during the 60 years of the Queen’s reign, using previously unseen photos and cine films from Her Majesty’s collection, some of which even Charles hasn’t seen before. The Prince is filmed in the private quarters of Windsor Castle and Balmoral, as well as at Buckingham Palace and Highgrove.  Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Revenge: 52250 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  2. Criminal Minds: 40830 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Modern Family: 25950 (TV3, 8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Person Of Interest: 23700 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Desperate Housewives: 23490 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm) Continue reading »