Fair Go

PippaWetzellGordonHarcourtFairGoAfter a stellar year Fair Go will end its season with The Best of Fair Go 2015.

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The Fair Go Best and Worst Ad Awards have come around again.

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Pippa_Wetzell_Gordon_HarcourtAre you annoyed that all the new customers get all the great deals? Its been mentioned on Throng before, that long-time subscribers of SKY Television don’t get the same discounts and rewards that new subscribers do.

While new subscribers and customers of SKY and other organisations get the likes of their first month’s service free, free MySkyHDi, free sports and movies and a six-month subscription to a streaming service (e.g. Lightbox, Neon), long-time and loyal customers don’t get anything.

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Last night’s The Bachelor rose to its highest level for the season with an average audience of 323,620. This was an increase on Campbell Live’s average audience of 284,330.

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Announced on TV One’s Facebook page

Fair Go takes a break next week before moving to an all new time slot at 8:00pm, Monday – starting 1st September.

Tonight on the show:
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The story that Fair Go presenter Gordon Harcourt has waited three years to tell, screens on the TV ONE consumer affairs show tonight.

Yesterday, a Mount Maunganui car dealer and his finance company were fined $65,000 for 28 charges of misleading representation in a “vehicle-go-round”.

Gordon first reported on the car dealer, Alan Spiers, in February 2011 and in July that year went back for a second story. It was on this occasion that he was assaulted and punched in the face, an offence he pleaded guilty to September 2011. Spiers was convicted and ordered to pay reparations to Gordon and to cover the repair of the camera equipment and court costs.

By the time of Gordon’s second visit, Spiers’ businesses Mount Auto Court and MAC Warranties had been raided by the Commerce Commission. Nearly three years later that investigation has finally concluded with a total of $65,000 in fines against Spiers and MAC Warranties sentenced in Court yesterday. Tonight, Fair Go will tell you what they couldn’t tell you in 2011, and show you how Spiers did business.

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fairgologoThere have been plenty of complaints about Fair Go recently, particularly from former host of the TVNZ consumer affairs program, Brian Edwards. This morning I noticed that there has also been a Facebook group set up to help the victims of the show.  Their purpose is:

to unite as many people as possible who have been harassed and intimidated by TVNZ and its reporters from the ‘Fair Go’. For people to share their experiences, and to collate as much information about the shows malpractices and dubious reporting methods as possible. Once we have enough people, we will be able to directly address or grievances with the appropriate regulatory bodies, government officials, and government organisations that are supposed to be there to protect EVERyONE. So please feel free to join and share your experiences the more people we have the more impact our plea will have in stopping this shows bully tactics and force TVNZ to come out from hiding behind its powerful and intimidating legal teams.

Meanwhile, Brian Edwards offers some recommendations about what to do if someone from the program contacts you.

It’s time to even the odds for the victims of Fair Go.

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The 2014 TV Guide Best On The Box awards winners are announced. There are a few surprises…

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fair-go-average-ratings-2011-2013Fair Go returned last night at the new time of 8pm and enjoyed a 4% better start than the 2013 debut with an average audience of 503,470 viewers.  The last two years have launched progressively higher than the previous year.

The trend, however, across the last few years heads in the other direction.  The average audience for Fair Go has been successively down for the last 2 years to an average of 560,589 viewers per episode in 2013. Continue reading »