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.
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
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)
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.