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. 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)
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)
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.