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 (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

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. CTV Building not up to standards (Lorelei Mason, live cross)
2. Gerry Brownlee apologises to Bob Parker for calling him a clown (Daniel Faitaua)
3. New Dotcom property seisure (Donna-Marie Lever)
4. Asian woman has elbow dislocated by police (Amy Kelley)
5. Electoral Commission rules against Radio Live’s Prime Minister’s hour (Jessica Mutch, live cross)

3 News

1. CTV Building not up to standards (Hamish Clark, live cross)
2. Christchurch death toll
3. Gerry Brownlee apologises to Bob Parker for calling him a clown (Annabelle Tukia)
4. Police retreat from permanent 4kph tolerance (Dan Parker)
5. Unemployment (Duncan Garner)

Commentary

Did Wendy Petrie refer to Kim Dotcom as a “German Billionaire” tonight? 

The decision on tonight’s verdict came down to the final story on One News. The electoral commission announced that it would be referring TV3’s sister company, Radio Live, to the police over the Prime Minister’s radio show that aired for an hour on the 30th of September, 2011, a little less than two months before the general election.  However, what they failed to mention was that TVNZ’s One News themselves were also referred to the police.

TVNZ OneNews coverage before 7pm on 26 November 2011.  It is the Electoral Commission’s view that the broadcast breached section 197(1)(g)(i) of the Electoral Act 1993 because it included statements that were likely to influence any elector as to the party for whom the elector should or should not vote.

3 News also provided clarification on their shark attack story from the previous night that the moving pictures of the shark cage were actually from a different operator.

Verdict

3 News

This is an absolute gem care of 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. Pike River (Lisa Davies, live cross)
2. WINZ overpayments (Heather du Plessis-Allen, exclusive)
3. Iwi meet with Crown over asset sales (Michael Parkin, live cross)
4. Power prices rising by up to 7% (Amy Kelley)
5. Milk price war

3 News

1. Pike River (Rachel Morton, live cross)
2. Navy barge hits reef (Michael Morrah)
3. Bluff teenager has encounter with shark (Dave Goosselink)
4. Large whale shark found 
5. Funeral for wasp attack victim (Rachel Tiffen)

Commentary

The Pike River Royal Commission’s findings as to what caused the explosion and deaths at the mine lead both bulletins tonight.  The most likely scenario is said to be a roof collapse that released methane which was then ignited by what they assumed was the turning back on of an electrical system that had been off for repairs.

3 News had the comment of the night from Lt Col Bronwyn Heslop who said the following in response to the grounding of the navy barge

It’s not ideal but, you know, you have boats, there are rocks. 

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. Father of abused jailed for 3 years (Kim Vinnell)
2. John Gadsby avoids jail (Daniel Faitaua)
3. Sonny Bill Williams (Craig Stanaway)
4. Water rights Waitangi claim (Michael Parkin, live cross)
5. Asset sales protest (Renee Graham)

3 News

1. John Gadsby avoids jail (Annabelle Tukia, live cross)
2. Asset sales protest (Duncan Garner)
3. Water rights Waitangi claim (Charlotte Shipman)
4. Mondayising public holidays
5. Rena clean up now at $130m

Commentary

The John Gadsby story was completely unnecessary and only made headlines, even leading 3 News, because of his celebrity status but as Annabelle Tukia pointed out, his fourth time being caught over the limit was dwarfed by the other person up on their 18th charge.  Apparently the number of people being caught over the limit in Christchurch is on the rise but that was the minor point to the story.  

The Sonny Bill Williams biffo made the top five on One News with Craig Stanaway asking if it was a publicity stunt.  3 News didn’t give it such a high spot.

One News finally got around to headlining the water rights Waitangi claim that Patrick Gower reported on repeatedly over the weekend.

Both networks covered the protest at parliament over asset sales as well.

Verdict

Tie