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. Glendene flash flood (Donna-Marie Lever, live cross)
2. Whitney Houston farewelled (Jack Tame)
3. Peter Beck delivers final sermon (Max Bania)
4. Promo for TV One’s earthquake anniversary coverage
5. Christchurch boy racers 

3 News

1. Bones coming up (Annabelle Tukia, exclusive)
2. Mine safety investigation (Brooke Sabin, exclusive)
3. First political poll of 2012 (Duncan Garner, live cross)
4. Syriian conflict (Sacha Williams, ITV)
5. Whitney Houston farewelled (Elaine Quijano, CBS)

Commentary

The gratuitous nature of reporting done by the media these days is not actually newsworthy.  However, that doesn’t prevent them from saying things like “we bought you this story”, “when we broke this story” or “we were the ones that uncovered this”.  Perhaps if you win an AFTA then you can congratulate yourself for good journalism.

Jack Tame has been unleashed in America and informed us that since her death, Whitney Houston’s greatest hits has had a sales increase of 6000%.  As with most meaningless numbers, I had to look on Billboard to see that the album had re-entered the charts at #6, just behind Paul McCartney’s new album debut.

One News then talked up their Christchurch Earthquake anniversary coverage that will be airing this week.  Strangely though, their graphic referred to the channel as “TV1″.

3 News lead with 2 exclusives. Firstly, the bones that had come out of their graves due to liquifaction in Christchurch.  The bones were shown on screen which appeared to offend a few people on twitter.  The second was a story about 37 other incidents of mine safety concerns.  

The first political poll of the year on 3 had swings of 3.3% and 3.4% which, having just started the electoral term, had Duncan Garner saying that if an election were held today, John Key and National wouldn’t be able to govern.  

The Syrian coverage by ITV’s Sacha Williams stated that the video footage was not able to be authenticated.  And it was still a story.

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. Glendene flooding (Donna-Marie Lever)
2. Arson at Christchurch schools (Max Bania) 
3. Niue missing art (Barbara Dreaver)
4. Newscorp to launch The Sunday Sun (Tom Simmons, BBC)
5. Whitney Houston’s funeral

3 News

1. Speed-flying tradgedy (Tom McRae)
2. Prince Johan Friso caught in avalanche 
3. Whitney Houston’s funeral (Manuel Gallegus, live cross)
4. Syrian conflict (Brooke Sabin)
5. Race Relations Conciliator role (Alex O’Hara)

Commentary

Is missing artwork from the tiny Pacific nation of Niue really one of the top 5 most important new stories of interest to Kiwi’s today? One News thought so.

Could the same be said of the former member of the Dutch Royal House who was buried in an avalanche?  3 News thought so.

Both stories have some news value to Kiwi’s but surely they should have been further down the bulletin.  

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. Basin Reserve stand deemed unsafe (Simon Bradwell, live cross)
2. Wellington City earthquake report (Sarah Batley)
3. More businesses closed in Christchurch
4. Pike River inquiry (Lisa Davies)
5. Auckland thunder storm

3 News

1. More businesses closed in Christchurch (Jessica Rowe, live cross)
2. Wellington City earthquake report (Emma Jolliff, live cross)
3. Christchurch apartment owner wants less bureaucracy (Jeff Hampton)
4. Auckland thunder storm
5. Air Australia grounds fleet (Michael Morrah)

Commentary

One News dramatised the Basin Reserve story tonight as a significant story, leading their bulletin while 3 News mentioned it as part of their coverage of the Wellington City Council’s earthquake report.

The Auckland thunderstorm made the top 5 on both channels, as did CERA’s decision to shut down more businesses operating in buildings deemed unsafe

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. Pike River inquiry (Lisa Davies, live cross)
2. Biggest P lab bust near Taupo
3. Kiwi’s arrested in USA on drugs charges
4. High profile businessman arrested (Amy Kelley)
5. Urewera 4 case

3 News

1. Trevor Mallard breaks his own scalping law (Tova O’Brien, live cross)
2. Iran shows off nuclear fuel rod (John Irvine, ITV)
3. US wants to ban Iran from banking system
4. Biggest P lab bust near Taupo
5. Government surplus (Duncan Garner)

Commentary

It was an interesting top 5 tonight in that both networks only had one story in common – the biggest P lab bust in NZ.

Trevor Mallad’s embarrassing ticket scalping lead 3 News while it was the ongoing inquiry at Pike River on One.  Kiwi’s busted on Cocaine charges, a high profile businessman arrested and given name suppression and a delay of the Urewera 4 case were the top stories on One while Iran unveiling a nuclear fuel rod, the US threatening to get Iran kicked out of the international banking system and the government surplus were on 3.

Which do you think were the most important stories of the day?

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. Crafar farms sale (Sarah Batley, live cross)
2. Crafar farms history
3. Water spouts in Auckland (Lacey Wilson, live cross)
4. Weather update (Jim Hickey, live cross)
5. Halfway mark for Christchurch CBD demolition (Lorelei Mason, live cross)

3 News

1. Crafar Farms sale (Tony Field, live cross)
2. Grace Holdings in liquidation, SFO investigation (Simon Shepherd)
3. Mojo Mathers inaugural speech in parliament (Tova O’Brien)
4. Leith Comer pays back Te Puni Kokiri money (Duncan Garner)
5. Sailor missing in Bay of Plenty

Commentary

The most interesting point from tonight’s news was One News’ coverage of the water spouts in Auckland.  The event, that happened hours earlier, eventuated with nothing happening after a couple of funnel clouds formed.  A live cross to a calm looking Auckland Harbour where Lacey Wilson told everyone how the images and video footage of what was unfolding had flooded social media at the time.  Peter Williams then reminded everyone that if you weren’t watching it as it happened, they had images on their website.

The admission that coverage was available elsewhere as it happened but now they have some stuff on their website is a little embarrassing isn’t it?  

I’ve noticed that One News like to produce these background stories now for things like the Crafar farms, giving an overview of how things developed over time to get where they are.  There is value in having these when the related story needs a bit of background but hasn’t the Crafar farms story been in the news and covered enough that everyone knows about the history?

3 News had the water spout further down the bulletin and instead, focused on another SFO investigation, the ongoing developments in Te Puni Kokiri’s spending and Mojo Mather’s parliamentary requirements.

Verdict

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. Urewera Four trial (Donna-Marie Lever, live cross)
2. Auckland man jailed for underage sex tour (Nicole Bremner)
3. Mojo Mathers (Michael Parkin)
4. Pike River inquiry (Lisa Davies)
5. Hotel fire hero (Max Bania)

3 News

1. Urewera Four trial (Jane Luscombe, live cross)
2. Pike River inquiry (Rachel Morton, live cross)
3. Mojo Mathers (Tova O’Brien)
4. Te Puni Kokiri boss under fire (Duncan Garner)
5. Valentines Day (Charlotte Shipman)

Commentary

A fairly similar top 5 tonight with 3 of the stories being the same.

Of the two different stories it was the motel operator who was jailed for sex tours vs the outing of Te Puni Kokiri boss Leith Comer’s excessive spending and then a hero who alerted his friend inside a burning building vs the cost of roses on Valentines day.

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. Urewera Four trial (Donna-Marie Lever, live cross)
2. Air New Zealand flight from Japan quarantined (Stephen Smith)
3. Future plans for Auckland City (Jessica Mutch)
4. Grammy Awards (Jack Tame, live cross)
5. Whitney Houston (Cecilia Vega, ABC)

3 News

1. Air New Zealand flight from Japan quarantined (Amanda Gillies)
2. Mondayisation of public holidays (Patrick Gower, live cross)
3. Urewera Four trial (Jane Luscombe, live cross)
4. David Garrett pleads guilty to drink driving charge
5. Calrification regarding last night’s taxi story

Commentary

The Air New Zealand flight quarantine coverage has bothered me all day.  Once the health officials declared they had over reacted, it was inevitable that fingers would be pointed.  It seems apparent that as a country we are rather unprepared for catastrophe.  Even if the response was an over-reation, media reports suggest that it took far too long to respond to even with the 2 hour advanced warning prior to the plane’s landing.  I’m unsure whether to praise the networks for pointing that out or whether it’s an over-reaction by them to an unseen response team that was following protocols in the hopes of preventing a contagious outbreak.

Jack Tame is now in the US, it appears.  Reporting from outside the emptying awards ceremony, Tame relived moments from the spectacle that, again this year, is not being broadcast in New Zealand. 

The final story in the Top 5 on one was one of the ABC’s more polished turds.  It was a tabloidish look at the last few days and events in Whitney Houston’s life, leading up to her death.  

David Garrett’s day in court made the top 5 on 3 News. I’m beginning to wonder if only famous people get caught drink driving.

There was also clarification on last night’s Taxi story on 3 News.  They wanted to assure us that no one in their story had actually used sex as a method of payment.

Verdict

Neither

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. Whitney Houston dies at 48 (Peter Williams)
2. Whitney Houston dies at 48 (Sam Rubin, live cross)
3. Whitney Houston
4. Father of injured teen window wash wants answers (Amy Kelley)
5. Search for 13 year old scaled down

3 News

1. Whitney Houston dies at 48 (Alex Bourne)
2. Response to Whitney Houston’s death (Bigad Shaban, CBS, live cross)
3. Sex for fares (Amanda Gillies)
4. Urewera 4 trial starts tomorrow (Alex O’Hara)
5. Search for 13 year old scaled down

Commentary

The big news of the day was the death of Whitney Houston.  One News had 3 stories on the death, including a brief history of the recording artist and an informed interview with entertainment reporter Sam Rubin.

3 News’ live cross to the CBS reporter outside the hotel where Whitney Houston died so he could read comments other celebrities had made via Twitter was completely pointless.

Credit to Amanda Gillies for having the license plate of the taxi driver who wanted to remain anonymous also blurred out during her sex for fares piece.

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. Search for 13 year old bridge jumper (Kim Vinnell, live cross)
2. Teenage window cleaner falls (Amy Kelley)
3. Merivale Mall closure (Ana Olykan)
4. Kent Gardner: UK New Zealander of the Year (Garth Bray)
5. Sea Lion shot on Otago Peninsula (Max Bania)

3 News

1. Search for 13 year old bridge jumper (Amanda Gillies)
2. Merivale Mall closure (Jessica Rowe)
3. Syrian conflict (Stuart Ramsay, Sky News)
4. New building rules (Charlotte Shipman)
5. Father puts bullet in daughter’s laptop over facebook comments (Benjamin Cohen, Channel 4)

Commentary

TBC

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. More homes set for demolition in Christchurch (Daniel Faitaua, live cross)
2. Commercial building audit (Renee Graham, live cross)
3. Pike River inquiry (Lisa Davies)
4. Public submissions invited on 111 system
5. POAL mediation (Stephen Smith, live cross)

3 News

1. More homes set for demolition in Christchurch (Hamish Clark, live cross)
2. Crusaders home ground construction (Jessica Rowe)
3. Commercial building audit (Dan Parker)
4. Lloyd Morrison dies (Rachel Tiffen)
5. 18yo window cleaner injured from 30m fall

Commentary

TBC

Verdict

TBC