3 News

Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

One News

1. Waitangi (Jessica Mutch, live cross)
2. Waitangi (Jack Tame)
3. Waitangi Day celebrations in Auckland (Donna-Marie Lever)
4. Waitangi Day celebrations elsewhere
5. Waitangi Day in Bluff (Max Bania)

3 News

1. Waitangi (Patrick Gower, live cross)
2. Breastfeeding protest against Facebook (Rachel Morton)
3. 60th anniversary of Queen Eliabeth’s reign 
4. UK weather (Melissa Davies)
5. Queensland flooding (Samantha Hayes, live cross)

Commentary

It was all Waitangi Day drama and celebrations again on One News while there was one political story of the day’s events on 3.  

The breastfeeding photo ban by Facebook story raises some interesting questions.  Is showing a woman breastfeeding with a baby latched on on one side and suction cup on the other in good taste and decency?  Should there have been a warning for those people who may have been offended by the images?

The last four stories on 3 News were also all international stories while One News was completely local coverage.

Verdict

Tie

Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

One News

1. Drama at Te Ti Marae (Jessica Mutch, live cross)
2. David Shearer’s first Waitangi
3. Waitangi Day (Stephen Smith)
4. History of drama at Waitangi
5. Governor General inspects Royal Guard

3 News

1. Water Treaty settlement (Patrick Gower, live cross)
2. Drama at Te Ti Marae (Mihingarangi Forbes)
3. Russia and China veto UN Syrian resolution (Alex Forrest, ITV)
4. Protests outside Syrian embassies (Tony Field)
5. Heavy snow in UK (Martha Fairlie, ITV)

Commentary

It was all Waitangi Day coverage on One News.  Plenty of drama but also some highlights of the brighter side to the national day.

There were only four stories in the first segment on 3 News tonight.  Two stories were dedicated to Waitangi Day followed by two stories regarding the problems in Syria and then the weather in the UK. 

Verdict

Tie

Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

One News

1. Pitch invader at Wellington Sevens (Rebecca Edwards, live cross)
2. Kim Dotcom denied bail 
3. Asset sales (Jessica Mutch)
4. Governor General arrives at Waitangi
5. Papua New Guinea boat sinking 

3 News

1. Water Asset Sales (Patrick Gower, live cross)
2. Governor General arrives at Waitangi (Mihingarangi Forbes, live cross)
3. New Zealnd summer (Alex Bourne)
4. Official Christchurch Earthquake death toll rises
5. Anomaly in ground survey (Jenny Suo)

Commentary

One News was shortened to a half hour bulletin tonight due to the Wellington Sevens.  Did anyone feel as though they missed something?

One News lead with coverage of the pitch invader from the Sevens that have been screening on the channel.  3 News lead with developments that the Maori Council are wanting a Treaty settlement on water before any asset sales take place.

The drama around the asset sales in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi appears to once again have the media salivating at the prospect of violent protest on our national day.

Meanwhile, Alex Bourne lamented New Zealand’s lack of summer before another bizarre case of “is there actually anything going on here” with an anomaly being found in a ground scan in a 40+ year old cold case.  Unless they actually find the body of the toddler who went missing after being pressumed drowned, I fail to see how this story is worth any value anywhere in a news bulletin. 

Verdict

One News

Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

One News

1. Kim Dotcom bail hearing (Donna-Marie Lever, live cross)
2. Christchurch apartments to be demolished (Ruth Wynn-Williams, live cross)
3. Condemnation of theft from Christchurch red zone
4. Hadlee stand to be demolished 
5. Hayden Wetere murder confession

3 News

1. Kim Dotcom bail hearing (Rachel Morton, live cross)
2. Papua New Guinea boat sinking (Emma Jolliff)
3. Criterion in receivership (Josh Heslop)
4. 5.7 earthqake in central New Zealand
5. Christchurch apartments to be demolished (Anna Burns-Francis)

Commentary

The Kim Dotcom bail hearing lead both news bulletins tonight but unfortunately the judge wasn’t too accomodating as far as releasing a decision in time for six o’clock.

The sudden decision to demolish an apartment building in Christchurch was the other story in common tonight.

One News had 3 other short news bites in their top 5 while the Papua New Guinea boat sinking and another renown New Zealand business going under made 3 News.

Verdict

Tie

Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

One News

1. Ferry sinking in Papua New Guinea (Barbara Dreaver, live cross)
2. Football riots in Egypt (Simon Bradwell)
3. Judge throws out cycling death case (Lacey Wilson)
4. Yan Ping Yang murderer gets life imprisonment
5. HIV infected are going undiagnosed  (Jack Tame) 

3 News

1. Judge throws out cycling death case (Rachel Morton)
2. Football riots in Egypt (John Ray, ITV)
3. Football riots in Egypt (Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC)
4. Investigation into immigrant exploitation at Auckland liquor store (Tony Reid)
5. Land sales to non-residents (Patrick Gower)

Commentary

One News had difficulty connecting to correspondent Rachel Anderson for commentary on the Egypt riots.

The group of student immigants allegedly being exploited by their boss was amusing in that One News covered it as well but outside of the top 5.  While Tony Reid went looking for “Yousef” and managed to track him down, Kim Vinnell was asking staff if she could speak to Ala’a but none of them had heard of that person before.  According to One News, the employer at the center of the story is Ala’a Yousef Bader so perhaps he only goes by Yousef.  One News also stated that the earnings were as low as $2 an hour while 3 News said “$3 an hour and some days, nothing at all”. 

One News did a good job in wording the stats for Jack Tame’s story on the 20% of HIV-positive gay men in Auckland not being aware they were infected.

Verdict

Tie

Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

One News

1. Job losses at Te Puni Kokiri (Heather du Plessis-Allen, live cross)
2. Asset Sales (Jessica Mutch, live cross)
3. Christchurch City Council protest (Lorelei Mason)
4. Christchurch royal commission (Ruth Wynn-Williams)
5. Florida republican primary (Tim Wilson, live cross)

3 News

1. Christchurch City Council protest (Hamish Clark, live cross)
2. Sanitarium factory closure in Christchurch
3. James Cameron moving to Wairarapa (Patrick Gower)
4. Fijian weather (Michael Morrah)
5. Florida republican primary (Adam Hollingworth)

Commentary

Heather du Plessis-Allen’s story was cut short leaving her hanging, seemingly wondering if her planned script was going to make sense any more.

Tim Wilson suggested that Newt Ginrich’s comebacks made Lazarus look like an amateur.  

We’ve been having some interesting discussions about the timing of the Maori Party / National coalition dramas.  Is this an actual issue or something manufactured just in time for Waitangi Day?  It would be highly surprising to me if the coalition fell apart so early after agreement was reached, especially when it is in both parties’ interests to work it out.  Time will tell but I suspect there will eventually be some compromises made and deals done that keeps everyone happy and all this speculation about the government falling over will all come to nothing.

Verdict

Tie

Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

One News

1. Maori Party threatening to quit government (Jessica Mutch, live cross)
2. Glen Becker in court over cyclist death (Kim Vinnell)
3. Pike River charges
4. Occpy Wellington eviction (Arrun Soma)
5. POAL strike (Alexi O’Brien, live cross)

3 News

1. Lion Man Craig Busch heading back to Zion Wildlife Park (Michael Morrah)
2. Maori Party threatening to quit government (Patrick Gower, live cross)
3. Rob Fyfe resigns from Air New Zealand (Tony Field, live cross)
4. Jetstar cancels flight (Adrian Taylor)
5. Occupy Wellington eviction (Dan Parker)

Commentary

Only 2 stories were in common tonight.  The Zion Wildlife Park sale lead 3 News but it was just outside the Top 5 on One News.  One News coverage by Kate Lynch also uncovered background details of the buyers and their history with Craig Busch.

Tony Field provided speculation as to who might replace Rob Fyfe as CEO of Air New Zealand.  One of them was Christopher Luxon who Field claimed managed 1.4 million staff when he was CEO at Unilever Canada.  Canada has a population of 34 million so that figure is unlikely.  When we take a look at the Unilver Canada website, they state that at the end of 2010 they had 167,000 staff.

Verdict

One News

Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

One News

1. Matthew Ellery charged with 6mo Serenity Jay Scott’s death (Donna-Marie Lever)
2. Residential demolition begins in Christchurch (Tom McRae, live cross)
3. Christchurch Earthquake royal commission
4. Christchurch City Council observer
5. Soldier in coma transferred to Auckland hospital (Kate Lynch)

3 News

1. Matthew Ellery charged with 6mo Serenity Jay Scott’s death (Michael Morrah)
2. Residential demolition begins in Christchurch (Hamish Clark, live cross)
3. Christchurch City Council observer
4. Rotary Park School role halves (Anna Burns-Francis)
5. Metal hip replacement concerns (Alex O’hara)

Commentary

The first two stories were the same on both channels tonight with the new government observer keeping an eye on the Christchurch City Council the only other story in common.

Of the remaining stories it is arguable as to which were more newsworthy.

Verdict

Tie

Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

One News

1. Soldier in coma (Donna-Marie Lever)
2. New Zealand and Australian Prime Ministers meeting (Steve Marshall, live cross)
3. Dairy Holdings to stay in New Zealand hans (Sarah Batley)
4. Peter Whittall setting up new company (Lisa Davies)
5. Whanganui vs Wanganui (Arrun Soma)

3 News

1. New Zealand and Australian Prime Ministers meeting (Samantha Hayes, live cross)
2. Shooting in Onehunga (Rachel Morton, live cross, breaking news)
3. Child death arrest (Rachel Morton, live cross, breaking news)
4. UN sends weapons inspectors to Iran (David Martin, CBS)
5. Treaty settlement for far north (unattributed)

Commentary

It was a strange start to the news hour tonight.  One News lead with the soldier who collapsed during a trial for the SAS before the trans-tasman meeting in Melbourne.  Sarah Batley then backtracked on last night’s news that foreigners were going to be buying up more rural real estate when in fact the buyers are kiwi, possibly a superannuation fund.  

Peter Whittall is setting up a new company that is going to do consulting for the mining industry, a move that has offended families whose relatives are still buried in the mine at Pike River.

And apparently the H is still missing from Wanganui.

On 3 News, the trans-tasman story was the lead before two breaking news stories.

The treaty settlement story was actually on One News last night.

Verdict

Tie

It was a tough call tonight.  The breaking news stories were cancelled out by the treaty story that was on One News yesterday. Despite the correction that there were no foreigners involved in the purchase of the Dairy Holdings company we cannot award the win to 3 News.

Further on in the bulletins, both networks covered a topless protest.  One News had the breasts blurred out while 3 News aired the flesh without any censoring or warning.