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. 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.  

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. Another dairy farm to be sold (Sarah Batley)
2. New Zealand and Australian Prime Ministers meeting (Steve Marshall)
3. Occupy Auckland 
4. Pike River body recovery
5. Treaty Claim finalised for 90 Mile beach

3 News

1. New Zealand and Australian Prime Ministers meeting (Samantha Haye, live cross)
2. Pike River body recovery (Rachel Morton)
3. Jonathan Dixon arrested
4. Nermarket viaduct closed
5. Road deaths

Commentary

One News lead with news that another, bigger farm is about to be sold to foreigners.  

The amount of time it is going to takt to recover the Pike River bodies and the ongoing developments with the Australia Day protests and John Key meeting with Julia Gillard were the only other stories in common. 

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 (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