TheVoteSince The Vote has been dumped for 2014 it is completely unsurprising that the experts on the panel for this month include two comedians from TV3’s Jono and Ben at Ten.  I’m not sure if the reason they’re on the show is because they’re young enough, without actually being teenagers, to qualify as having an authoritative voice on the subject or because the show they appear on, which could loosely fall into the current affairs category, rates nearly double what The Vote usually does and their presence may draw across their fans.


Today’s world is full of opportunities for Kiwi teens, but with opportunities come risks.  Two New Zealanders – Lorde and Lydia Ko – have topped Time Magazine’s 2013 list of the world’s most influential teenagers.  But back home, the Roast Busters story has called into question whether our teens are really coping with the pressures of modern life.

This month, two teams led by Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner will argue the moot ‘Teenagers have never had it so good’ in TV3’s national debate programme The Vote, screening at 8.30pm next Wednesday night.  Broadcaster and lawyer, Linda Clark is again the referee, charged with keeping the debaters in line and on topic. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 658,830 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 495,560 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. High Country Rescue: 401,500 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Seven Sharp: 396,400 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Two and a Half Men: 355,600 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)

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I’m quite happy with how these TV Talk’s are going as a space for everyone to have a general chin wag about television.  As a conversation starter, what has been your favourite moment on TV recently?

Stoppress have some interesting thoughts from TVNZ’s General Manager of Acquisitions, Production and Commissioning, Andrew Shaw:

On local content:

“It’s easy to give it a one line description of local content, but it’s an awful lot harder to execute it to a standard that the audience expects. The beauty of original television is that if you get it right your audience rewards you with loyalty, regular viewing and engagement. Get it wrong and the opposite applies. We are blessed to have a tremendous local production community who make really compelling New Zealand content, and across the widest possible genres. We’ve got tremendous children’s dramas that will be coming to the screen in the next year, adult drama, reality observation, documentary, entertainment, one-off films and the like. There are fewer companies than there were but the 80/20 rule applies in any industry. And the companies that have configured themselves so they’ve got resources for development, vertical integration overseas, or have a strong sales history and are successfully exporting content, they’re doing well and it’s great to be in business with them.”

On ratings:

“My perspective is that there will have to be a lot of change in the measurement system in the next five years. If you think about what we now look at, whether it’s live, delayed, recorded or through various sites, there’s a great deal we don’t know about who and how they’re using media and those are questions the industry will have to ask. But we shouldn’t underestimate the power of a good mystery.”

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Unafraid of a little publicity, the ABC has released their 2014 new season promo online to showcase the extensive list of local content Australians will be enjoying in 2014.

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Hawaii Five-O: 46560 (TV3, 9:35pm – 10:30pm)
  2. The Walking Dead: 32850 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. The Mentalist: 31620 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  4. North America Revealed: 23320 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. The River: 10940 (TV2, 10:30pm – 11:30pm) Continue reading »

Do you get the feeling I miss this show?

5-30pm-avgAfter losing Home and Away, TV3 have struggled to make anything work in the 5:30pm timeslot that leads into their news bulletin.  Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals was down 80% on what HAA had been delivering but it’s still been the best choice of what’s been on offer so far.

Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals had an average of 55,486 viewers during the series while Celebrity Masterchef was down 19% on that to 45,166 viewers per episode.  Big Brother Australia, which started on Monday and screens from 4:30pm, is already down 4%.  Granted, we’ve only had two episodes though, the average audience is well below where the other shows started. Continue reading »


Last week one of our children bought home this nice piece of Mediaworks marketing from school.

With more than $750,000 raised and the claim that 3rd Degree helped raise another $300,000 for World Vision, I’d say Mediaworks has won the “battle of benevolence” over TVNZ, wouldn’t you?

Hundreds of schools all over New Zealand held mufti days today to raise money for the Philippines Emergency.

Their generous efforts are part of a Campbell Live initiative that has now raised more than $750,000 for Unicef’s work in the stricken country.  Continue reading »

nigellaGorgeous celebrity cook Nigella Lawson has been accused by her former husband, Charles Saatchi of taking drugs. The claim was heard in court ahead of the fraud trial of two sisters who used to work as personal assistants to the celebrity couple.

Italians Francesca Grillo, 41, and Elisabetta Grillo, 35, are accused of using a credit card given to them by the pair to buy things for themselves. The defendants, of Bayswater, west London, deny the charges. The court was read an email from Saatchi to Lawson saying the defendants “would get off” because Lawson was “so off your head on drugs” Continue reading »