John Campbell, Patrick Gower, Paul Henry, Duncan Garner and Sean Plunket will lead MediaWorks’ comprehensive coverage of the 2014 General Election on TV3, RadioLIVE and online.

· John Campbell and Duncan Garner will present TV3’s Decision ‘14 election broadcast, starting at 7pm on Saturday 20 September. They will be joined in the studio by Paul Henry, Linda Clark, Bryce Edwards, Josie Pagani, Te Anga Nathan and Matthew Hooton. 3 News Political Editor, Patrick Gower and a team of journalists will report LIVE from 14 locations around New Zealand, gauging reaction and tracking developments in the electorates. The 7 Days comedians will take a satirical look at proceedings. Continue reading »


Tonight’s 3News-Reid Research poll shows that the Conservative Party is on the verge of making it into the next Parliament, even without an electorate deal with National.

The poll, conducted in the week following the release of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics book, has the Conservatives on 4.6 per cent, tantalisingly close to the five per cent MMP threshold.

The poll has also asked for the public’s reaction on whether John Key should stand Judith Collins as a minister. Continue reading »

I think (unfortunately) in today’s ‘Ratings’ driven News environment it’s uncommon to get anymore than a 30 Second preview into the workings of our country’s TV Newsrooms. They’re usually plush with shots of presenters inside the studio, and reporters crossing live with either a ridiculous catch-phrase or Toyota Ad theme song. With that in mind I was pretty happy to see ‘Behind the Seen’ a short film put together by TV3 Video Editor Toby Longbottom about the February 22nd Quake. 

If claims made by Brian Edwards in his blog post that 3News Political Editor Duncan Garner told Chris Carter that he will destroy him by Christmas are true, how can we take him seriously anymore? If it is true, it will show him to have a personal agenda and unable to provide us with objective political news. If it is true, he must stand down.

$314 Million in the hole and the reorg’s not over yet. McKenna and Jennings next to face the firing squad?

Mediaworks, the owner of TV networks TV3 and C4, has announced a massive loss of $314 Million dollars (the biggest yet). The Network’s attributing $258 Million of that to a write-down associated with its 2007 acquisition of the business. Although a loss of this scale is unprecedented for the Mediaworks business it is nothing new for an organization, which like many has been smashed around by the recession after a hugely leveraged buyout in the height of the easy-credit financial bubble. The goodwill write-off symbolizes just how much of a premium Ironbridge paid for the Mediaworks assets. Still, with huge losses comes an even bigger demand to cut costs, and as Ironbridge execs have proved in the past, either Mediaworks Management toes the line, or faces the consequences.

TV3 Minus 314... Million

Whilst most of the Mediaworks burden hails from large interest payments the company was also affected by operational restructuring costs associated with dumping its low-rating Breakfast rival ‘Sunrise’ a few weeks ago. In addition cuts across its Radioworks network (consisting of The Rock, more FM, The Breeze, RadioLIVE and more) happen on an almost annual basis. Speculation was rife in 2009 that the Board was looking to slice its Radio and TV businesses in two with some arguing the synergy between the two businesses was almost non-existent, with infighting between Radio and TV execs rife. Additionally if one of the divisions were to be sold, this could reduce Ironbridge’s debt burden and arguably obscure how much they overpaid for the group. But the decision was made to keep the two as one, in the short term.

On top of the substantial write-down and staff layoffs, Mediaworks’ flagship TV network TV3 has suffered at the hands of low ratings in the first quarter of 2010. Last year long time Mediaworks CEO Brent Impey fell on his sword after poor performance in the TV business prompted the board to ask him to make layoffs. When he refused he was cut loose (or resigned depending on who you believe). With that, former Channel 9 (Australia) <strike>axe-wielder</strike> executive Ian Audsley was employed on a short-term contract to do what Impey had refused. Audsley cancelled both Sunrise and ASB Business and announced the implementation of a new Studio Automation System that would replace floor crews with Robotic Cameras and eliminate control room staff (an additional 20 jobs to go). When all’s said and done programming executives are more optimistic for the remainder of 2010, with a new season line-up underway.

More Rolling Heads?

After butchering her side of the business Radioworks CEO Sussan Turner was rewarded with the role of Group CEO, overseeing both sides of the group with former TVNZ marketing executive Jason Paris to head the TV networks in the coming days. Still, the onslaught of new Management has many at the top questioning the competency of those below.

Mediaworks’ online division ‘Interactive’ (largely considered the laughing stock of the business, both internally and externally) is headed by former radio staffer Siobhan McKenna, the board and management alike are said to be frustrated by the lack of performance in what they consider the future and core growth category of the Mediaworks business. Two options are currently being tabled, firstly the idea of dismantling the Interactive business and redistributing control of each Brand’s digital presence back to the Brand itself (in other words TV3 would control TV3’s Website, The Edge would control theirs and so on) with both Radio and TV divisions sharing responsibility for advertising sales. This however is a close second to Management’s preferred option of finding a new more suitable head for the division, with Jason Paris paying particular oversight to the development of TV (specifically the OnDemand business) and insight for new ventures in the radio division.

3News' Mark Jennings next for Axe?

Turner is also reportedly livid with ‘News and Current Affairs’ chief Mark Jennings who managed to absorb huge amounts of staff back into existing positions after ASB Business and Sunrise were cancelled, the argument being same cost structure, less programming. This comes off the back of a 3News reporter signing into a Prison as a relative of Clayton Weatherston, Campbell Live staff dressing up as Medal Thieves, his failure to gain an audience for Sunrise and losing high profile staff such as Rod Cheeseman and Kate Lynch to TVNZ. The trouble for Turner is who to replace Jennings with. Internally staff are impressed with the leadership of 3News Executive Producer Mike Brockie, but he is close to Jennings, and reportedly couldn’t be less interested in the role. Conversely producer John Hale is believed to be keen but he may be too polarizing, alienating several staff in the past, so perhaps Jennings is safe, for the moment.

The bigger picture in the coming months is the possibility IronBridge will offload the business altogether. IronBridge’s managing partner Julian Knights recently told Reuters it was looking to dump a number of its businesses whilst the market was hot but refused to include Mediaworks in the list only to say they were exploring their options. When prompted by the NZ Herald on the possibility of a profitable sale spokesman Kerry McIntosh said “We are facing a more difficult set of circumstances than we were at the beginning, but if the market continues to recover and we trade well we expect we will be okay.” That said, with a $91 Million payment in interest alone for the past year the prospect of a profitable sale might seem further and further away.


Hi Everyone,

So tonight I am watching 3News (I don’t really like 3News), Anyways there was a News Piece that Amanda Gilles did (something to do with Oz, but I forgot) anyways when the camera went to her speaking, she wasn’t moving her mouth, but she was speaking through here teeth, It just looked really weird!! What are your thought’s???



Here are nearly nine and a half minutes of hilarity from New Zealand television this year as compiled by Dan News.

Vanawatu = Vanuatu

I believe they meant Vanuatu

Pissed off with Nightline?

just wondering if anyone else is pissed off with Nightline on TV3?

I’ve watched Nightline for as long as I can remember. But lately it seems to be this massive anti-government moan fest .

Every Nightline update is bitching about the Government.

Tonight was another classic example.

In both their updates and Opener they proclaimed the government was trying to stiff charitable causes, and claimed Pig farmers wanted to have the government’s health minister locked up, for calling a Flu caused by Swine ‘Swine Flu’ rather than H1N1.

I notice it most when your compare what Nightline covers with what is covered in the news at 6 o’clock, and on Tonight on TV1, it looks pretty bad for Nightline.


I’m not sure who produces Nightline these days, but I’m guessing it’s no longer Rebecca Singh, which is really a shame, because she used to make such a cool show.

It’s also weird, because since we now know she is openly lesbian, you would think she would be really in the tank for Labour, but she always seemed really balanced.




Even if you think there has been no political bias, something must have changed, because their ratings are nowhere near as good as they used to be.


I won’t stop watching cause I really like the Internet stuff David Farier does, and I always watch Sports tonight. But I’m not really chuffed with their News.

I reckon TV News channels must hate it now that anyone can just come on the internet and bitch about their coverage. But I wonder if anyone at TV3 will read this (maybe reply)?


BTW: I used to be an intern at TV3