Toi Iti, Media TakeThe third incarnation of Media7 will debut on Maori Television on July 1. Disappointingly, the state funded series has once again been scheduled after 10pm.

Māori Television’s new current affairs show, MEDIA TAKE (formerly Media3) will answer these questions and a lot more every Tuesday after 10pm from July 1 and repeated on Thursdays at 10.30pm.

Actor and broadcaster Toi Iti, known for his irreverent but penetrating satire, joins Russell Brown to lift the lid and spill the beans on the people who pull the strings of public opinion. Continue reading »

Media3Russell Brown’s media commentary TV show has been given another incarnation with NZ On Air announcing funding for a new series called Media Matters which will air in 2014 on Maori Television.  Russell wrote on his blog:

There will be 20 episodes next year of what will now be known as Media Matters. There will be a Maori co-host (we’re talking to people) and, as you would expect, attention paid to Maori media and Maori in the media, but it’s absolutely a show for everyone interested in media issues.

I haven’t been directly part of the many discussions that have led to this happy news, but I would like to acknowledge the support and goodwill of Maori Television’s news and current affairs division – a crew we’ve always had great respect for.

I can’t tell you any more for the time being, but we will be on in a good timeslot. Continue reading »

Media3Russell Brown has confirmed what many already knew.  Media3 has been canned.

I mentioned something in a speech last night that it’s probably time to make public: our Media3 TV show is no more.

The programme’s demise has been declared more than once by pundits, but as far as we were concerned, we had a show until relatively recently. Shortly before the last season ended, we were asked by TV3 to prepare a prop for the October NZ On Air funding round, with the assumption that we’d be back on air early next year or possibly late this year.

We duly worked up some ideas to freshen up the show and wrote and submitted the prop. We didn’t hear back from TV3 until deadline week for the funding round, and when we did, the news was that the network would not be continuing with Media3. Continue reading »

Media3TV3’s decision to move Media3 from Saturday mornings to Wednesday nights after Nightline appears to have paid off with the show pulling off its highest first run rating since moving to the channel from TVNZ7.

The average audience of 29,200 was nearly double the consolidated average audience of the entire last season, and approximately 20% higher than the previous peak.


There is more good news this morning for TVNZ7 fans as NZ On Air has committed funding, in principle, for Back Benches to run on Prime.

Back Benches looks set to live on after the demise of TVNZ7 with NZ On Air committing funding “in principle” to the programme running on Prime.

NZ On Air spokeswoman Gina Rogers said the agency was having talks with Prime about its financial contribution to the show. Continue reading »

In her not so subtle way, Julie Christie has said what most of us already knew, that TVNZ7 could have been saved – with some clever integration.  Being clever is a trait that left that building long before Rick Ellis did.

Christie believes that the channel could have used TVNZ’s local programming that typically aired in poor time slots on TV One and TV2, in primetime on TVNZ7.

Christie asks, “What are your choices at 7pm? It’s current affairs or Shortland St. What would you rather have?” The smart arse may reply The Crowd Goes Wild, but you get her point.  TVNZ have a vast catalogue of content and a there is a good amount of it that is funded by the taxpayer already but is barely seen due to being tucked away late in the evening.  It would make absolute sense to have that content available elsewhere at a more reasonable hour but there are commercial realities at stake.

Interestingly, Media7 has now been picked up by TV3 and become Media3 while there seems to be a fairly good chance that Backbenches will be heading to Prime.  Can anyone name a show from TVNZ7 that TVNZ are picking up?




10:30am – Saturday, August 11 on TV 3

Media3 joins TV3’s Saturday morning line-up this week, making its debut at 10.30am on Saturday, August 11 th , with an encore screening on Sunday, August 12 th at 11:30pm. Media3 is made by the team behind Media7, which screened on the late TVNZ 7 channel, and will carry on that show’s theme of lively, intelligent discussion about media matters with the people who produce media in New Zealand – and the people who find themselves the subject of media stories. But the team – including presenter Russell Brown and reporters Jose Barbosa, Sarah Daniell and Sam Mulgrew – have been working on fresh ideas and features for the show, which will roll out over the next few weeks. “We’re delighted to be working with TV3, making a show we love and believe in,” says Russell Brown. “We’ve always believed that it’s possible to be both intelligent and entertaining – and to create more light than heat – and that’s what we aim to do on 3.”

The show will be recorded in front of a LIVE audience and the onscreen debates and interviews will be accompanied by field reports, news backgrounders and, says Brown, “occasional mickey-taking of our media peers.”

Make sure not this when Media3 premieres on Saturday, August 11 th at 10:30am on 3.

New TV3 series Media3 filmed its first episode in Auckland on Wednesday night.

The new incarnation of Media7, presented by Russell Brown, will continue to focus on anything and everything to do with the media in New Zealand.

The Media3 website describes the series as “a place for lively, intelligent discussion about media matters with the people who produce media in New Zealand — and the people who find themselves the subject of media stories”. Continue reading »