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. Crafar farms sale (Renee Graham, live cross)
2. Crafar farms sale (Stephen Smith)
3. Christchurch City Council drama (Alison Pugh, live cross)
4. Julia Gillard drama (Steve Marshall)
5. Missing Tongan relief money to be repaid (Barbara Dreaver)

3 News

1. Crafar farms sale (Patrick Gower)
2. Land sales to foreigners (Dan Parker)
3. Kim Dotcom land purchase
4. Christchurch City Council drama (Dave Goosselink)
5. First multi-story building begins in christchurch (Jessica Rowe)

Commentary

The Crafar farms sale approval to Chinese company Shanghai Pengxin was the big story of the day and lead both networks.  

The public seem quite opposed to the sale of New Zealand land to foreigners, Chinese or otherwise.  It is a little ironic that the subsidiary that would own the farms is called “Milk New Zealand”. 

The other big story was the ongoing drama with the Christchurch City Council and Tony Maryatt’s payrise.

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. Occupy Auckland protesters evicted (Stephen Smith, live cross)
2. POAL expansion plans (Ruth Wynn-Williams)
3. Teapot tapes leaked (Michael Parkin, live cross)
4. John Key’s State of the Nation speech
5. Christhchurch City Council problems (Alison Pugh)

3 News

1. Mona Blades mystery (Alex Bourn, live cross)
2. Fiji floods (Tony Reid)
3. Papua New Guinea floods
4. Papua New Guinea 
5. Julia Gillard in tussel (Samantha Hayes, live cross)

Commentary

There were no stories in common tonight.

One News lead with the eviction of the Occupy Auckland protesters before offering the terrifying scenario of a Ports of Auckland expansion.  Considering they’re bleeding customers, is this a real threat at the moment?

Then it was the actual story of the day.  The release of the teapot tapes on the internet.  Ironically, the story overshadowed the Prime Minister’s State of the Nation address which One News ran next.

The problems with the Christchurch City Council and the speculation that Tony Maryatt might decline his payrise rounded out the Top 5 on One.

3 News lead with the news that the police dug up the floor of a house in a murder cold case and found nothing.  Kind of pointless to send a reporter to do a live cross from Kawerau where there literally was nothing happening.

The cynic in me suggests that the Fijian floods made second place because 3 News had flown Tony Reid up there. 

The drama in Papua New Guinea made the next two stories before we got to see Julia Gillard thrown into a car not once, not twice, not even three but four times.  

My other observations from 3 News tonight were that after making such a fuss over the teapot tapes during the election, it wasn’t until the 7th story that it got a mention.  Obviously they saw the Prime Minister’s State of the Nation address as more important as it was in place six which is probably the way that it should have been but I’m a little surprised that the ordering was the way that it was on both networks.

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. Police crackdown on prostitution in Christchurch (Joy Reid, live cross)
2. Calls for unreinforced masonry buildings to be checked (Tom mcRae)
3. $2b cost to reinforce all unreinforced masonry buildings
4. Kim Dotcom’s bail hearing (Kate Lynch)
5. Kim Dotcom’s residency

3 News

1. Fiji floods (Tony Reid)
2. Queensland weather (Samantha Hayes)
3. Kim Dotcom’s bail hearing (Amanda Gillies)
4. Pilot whales refloated on Farewell Spit (Emma Jolliff)
5. Concerns over Norwegian adventurer

Commentary

TVNZ added a second sex sting to their bow this week, this time joining the police in Christchurch to crack down on prostitution happening close to residential areas.  

Anyone who owns an unreinforced masonry building in New Zealand will be watching the latest developments closely and will no doubt be asking who will be footing the $2b bill for the upgrades.

Kim Dotcom’s bail decision was released this morning, as the Judge said would happen on 3 News on Monday.  This was the only story that was shared by both networks.  3 News lead with weather, whales and concerns over the Norwegian adventurer who is presumed to be on his way back to Antarctica.  

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. Regulation for Fonterra (Kate Lynch, live cross)
2. Underage sex sting (Jack Tame)
3. Rotorua Homicide  
4. Fielding plane crash (Rebecca Edwards)
5. Fiji Flooding (Barbara Dreaver)

3 News

1. Political parties wooing Ratana (Patrick Gower)
2. Crew rescued from boat near Tauranga
3. Fiji flooding
4. Dept Labour escapes charges (Rachel Morton, exclusive)
5. Regulation for Fonterra (Tova O’Brien)

Commentary

It was the cost of milk and the regulation of Fonterra on One News vs the start of the political year on 3 News with the political parties trying to woo the Maori vote from Ratana.  The Fonterra story was number 5 on 3 News.

The follow up story on last night’s Close Up underage sex sting added that a law change is coming that will enable police to prosecute despite there not actually being a minor involved.

Rachel Morton’s exclusive about the Department of Labour’s resposnsibility for safety at Pike River and choosing not to charge themselves will no doubt raise some eyebrows.  The royal commissions findings on that will certainly be interesting.

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. Occupy Auckland arrests (Donna-Marie Lever, live cross)
2. Plane crash near Fielding (John Newton)
3. MegaUpload (Kate Lynch)
4. Kim Dotcom residency 
5. Accidental millionaire case

3 News

1. Occupy Auckland arrests (Jane Luscombe, live cross)
2. Plane crash near Fielding (Dan Parker)
3. MegaUpload (Amanda Gillies)
4. Kim Dotcom residency (Rachel Tiffen)
5. Accidental millionaire case (Adam Ray)

Commentary

An identical Top 5 from both networks tonight.  Of the two, 3 News had details of 3 police officers who, according to Occupy Auckland protesters, had identical badges -Z557.  When quizzed by Jane Luscombe, the officer in charge sidesteped the question.  Police are now investigating.

In the MegaUpload story, One News told us that because the judge had deferred the bail decision, Kim Dotcom would have another night behind bars.  3 News told us it was two days.  On the story on 3 News, the judge stated that Dotcom would be remanded until the decision on Wednesday morning.  

There was a protester trying to get in shot on both channels during the live crosses to Aotea Square with a sign that read “Media Lies!”.  He managed to stand with the majority of the sign behind Donna-Marie Lever’s head on One News but managed to make it readable on 3 News.

One News also revealed their new, spruced up look tonight.  We’ll post images later.

Verdict

3 News

Did you know that people interviewed on ONE News and 3 News are referred to as “talent” by reporters?  We were surprised and uncomfortable to hear it being used in this context.  Of course, we’ve heard it in relation to actors, hosts, reality show contestants etc before.

When Kate Lynch and Amanda Gillies clarified their recent stories to Throng, both used the curious word:

We weren’t the only ones to notice the use of the word.  

Vaughan Davis tweeted: “‘Talent?’ I’d never heard that term used for the subject of a news story before. Is it common?  Familiar from ad and programme production but hadn’t heard in a news context.”  

Wendypoo tweeted: “I was a little gobsmacked at that term too!  Yeah I wouldn’t have thought it would be used in news terms, doesn’t sound like a very creditible term”

What do you think about the use of the word “talent” in the context of a person being interviewed by a TV news crew?  

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. Police shooting in South Auckland (Kate Lynch)
2. Newt Gingrich wins Carolina primary (Tim Wilson, live cross)
3. Terrorist attacks in Nigeria (Mark Doyle, BBC)
4. Central North Island earthquakes 
5. Couple win battle against council (Alison Pugh)

3 News

1. Police shooting in South Auckland (Amanda Gillies)
2. Newt Gingrich wins Carolina primary (Adam Hollingworth) 
3. High speed chase in Waikato
4. Drink driving blitz in Tasman
5. Solid Energy coal mine protest in Southland (Anna Burns-Francis)

Commentary

I am absolutely appalled at both networks tonight.  Both Kate Lynch and Amanda Gillies had interviews with neighbours of the man shot in the leg by police.  On One News, Kate Lynch interviewed a woman who, she told us, had asked not to be identified.  While her face had been blurred out, the rest of her body was clearly visible. Add to this the wide shots of inside their home, it would be plainly obvious to other residents on the street as to who it was.  On 3 News, Amanda Gillies interviewed a man with his face also blurred out.  In a following scene, there is footage of Gillies writing on a pad at a table that is clearly in the same home as the woman who was interviewed on One.  The fact that both networks failed so abysmally at protecting the identities of their interviewees is unbelievable.  Their names and faces may be unknown to the rest of us but I’m pretty sure Mr William Smith wouldn’t have too much difficulty in identifying them at all.

The Carolina Republican primary was the second story on both channels.  Tim Wilson likened Newt Gingrich’s win as giving him more political lives than Winston Peters.

I’m not sure the BBC’s Mark Doyle was quite, as Miriama Kao told us, “at the center of the violence” in Nigeria. He did happen to be outside the mortuary and have some images from Nigerian TV. 

Christchurch residents must have been laughing at One News tonight over their decision to publish details of two earthquakes that “rattled” Taupo this morning.  The 2.4 and 2.9 quakes fall into the description that wikipedia says are “generally not felt, but recorded”. 

One News finished on a somewhat positive story from Christchurch with one couple winning the right to stay in the home they’d been evicted from.

If it wasn’t for the same lack of respect for their interviewees, tonight would have been a complete whitewash for 3 News.

Verdict

Tie

UPDATE: Both Kate Lynch and Amanda Gillies have responded via twitter with the following:

@KateLynchJourno Thanks for your feedback. I discussed with the talent exactly what she was comfortable with us showing and complied with her wishes

@amandagTV3 I asked my talent what he was happy with, he only wanted his face blurred. He was happy with coverage.

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. MegaUpload arrests (Kate Lynch, live cross)
2. Concern over NZ residents being extradited to the US (Nicole Bremner)
3. Robert Bennett to represent Megaupload (Tim Wilson, live cross)
4. Costa Concordia (Luisa Baldini, BBC)
5. Tony Abbott gaffe

3 News

1. Police shooting in South Auckland (Amanda Gillies, live cross, breaking news)
2. MegaUpload arrests (Adam Hollingworth)
3. Departure tax rise in Fiji (Rachel Tiffen)
4. Brooklands says goodbye (Anna Burns-Francis)
5. Costa Concordia (Paul Davies, ITV)

Commentary

It was less than perfect timing for Kate Lynch’s live cross outside Mt Eden Prison where MegaUpload’s Kim Dotcom was being held as the railway signal bells started ringing as soon as they returned to her from her story.  

And it was a reversal of coverage tonight with One News having three stories about the case against MegaUpload.com.  After the live cross to Kate Lynch, who was in the same city as the story, Nicole Bremner covered off the concern over residents being extradited to the US before Tim Wilson joined in from New York to disclose that Dotcom had hired the same attorney that had represented President Clinton during his Lewinsky drama. 

3 News lead with more not actually breaking “breaking news”.  The police shot someone in the leg at 4:20pm and Amanda Gillies was outside Middlemore hospital where we can assume the victim was receiving treatment.  

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. MegaUpload.com shutdown (Daniel Faitaua, live cross)
2. Search continues for 15 year old near O’Neill’s beach
3. Costa Concordia (Chris Cuomo, ABC)
4. Southland earthqakes
5. More complaints over repair delays in Christchurch (Joy Reid)

3 News

1. MegaUpload.com  (Adam Hollingworth)
2. Who is Kim Dotcom (Emma Jolliff)
3. MegaUpload.com shut down (Alex Bourne)
4. Manurewa rape
5. Accident at Grand Chancellor hotel deconstruction in Christchurch

 

Commentary

The big story of the day was the raid by New Zealand police on the old Chrisco Mansion where MegaUpload.com’s founder and New Zealand resident Kim Dotcom was living.  The file sharing website founder, along with other company executives were taken into custody following an FBI lead raid in the hopes of getting them extradited to the United States so they can face a US court on charges that include copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering.

3 News had three stories about MegaUpload.com and the raid which took place in Coatesville, near Auckland.  One News had one story that featured a live cross to Daniel Faitaua – in Wellington.  3 News coverage was indepth but when talking about how the hacking group Anonymous had taken down the Department of Justice, among others, in response, they used the wrong website address (justice.govt.nz), despite the right address (justice.gov) coming up as they typed. 

Joy Reid’s story about complaints over the delay in getting repairs done in Christchurch seemed to be more of the same to me.  The big issue appeared to be that all the repairs had to be logged through the EQC and then Fletchers now rather than the previous way which was getting work done and then billing EQC.  Isn’t there some serious journalism that could be done in checking how that system is working rather than just complaining about it?

And while we’re on Christchurch, is there anything good actually happening down there?  Does anyone have a good experience to share about how they’ve been helped?  It seems that there is a lot of complaining that we’re constantly hearing about but not a lot of things that are positive.  One can only imagine that work is being done somewhere, helping someone but obviously those stories aren’t as “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. What’s left of the Rena (Kim Vinnell, live cross)
2. Costa Concordia (Matthew Price, BBC)
3. Body of swimmer recovered
4. 3 year old attacked by dog in Ashburton (Tom McRae)
5. Concerns for elderly in Christchurch (Joy Reid)

3 News

1. Meridian drops bid for Otago wind farm (Jono Hutchison)
2. Inflation rate falls (Tony Field)
3. Latest water incidents (Annabelle Tukia)
4. 3 year old attacked by dog in Ashburton
5. Costa Concordia 

Commentary

The shipwrecks lead One News tonight. Firstly the Rena and then the Costa Concordia.  It was the closest that Kim Vinnell had been to the Rena in a while and observed that there was a stench of rot in the air.  One News used the international affiliates at the BBC to file their story about the Costa Concordia before air a correction.

Last night they stated that New Zealand companies could decide when safety drills were taken.  They admitted that this was wrong and in fact they need to be taken within 24 hours of boarding.

3 News had the Costa Concordia coverage at #5.

Both networks covered the 3 year old from Ashburton who was attacked by a dog while eating chocolate.

3 News covered a number of incidents in and around water while One News just mentioned the body of the Titahi Bay swimmer that had been missing had now been found.

Joy Reid went out with the Red Cross in Christchurch to visit the elderly in place five.  Not sure that was really news.

3 News also had coverage of the inflation figures and the subsequent reduced cost of living.  

Verdict

Tie