X Factor NZ duo Mae Valley have released their debut single called Brightside. It was written by American songwriter and musician Marti Frederiksen, Canadian singer-songwriter Victoria Banks, and Lindsey Lee. The single reached number 10 on the NZ music singles charts last week.

Check out ‘Brightside’ by Mae Valley here:

There was an earthquake in Los Angeles today.  Here are two videos from two different news networks.  Contrast and compare their on air responses.

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The biggest TV event of year has finally arrived!  That’s at least what you’d think with the number of cameras outside one British hospital.

What do you make of all the coverage?

Will they go for a TV themed name?



CondoleezzaRiceRice joins network as correspondent

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a special correspondent. She will appear regularly to offer her expertise on both local and global breaking news.

Injuries on the set of Castle

An actress and stuntman have been injured in an accident on the set of Castle. Karen David and an unnamed stuntman were both injured when they fell from a moving van, with the latter remaining in hospital for treatment.

While watching Close Up tonight in the story about the
little old lady who was taken advantage of, someone had sent in a letter to
Close Up saying:

‘The treatment of the [lady] had bought me to tears.’

Now I do not expect that the person who wrote the letter to
have perfect English but this is a huge problem on our news shows where journalists consistently
use bought instead of brought. It does happen the other way
around but the former is the most common misuse.

I know that the quote is verbatim from an average Joe Blogs
but this is something that the producers of the show should correct (especially
when they read it out loud too). I would say though, they didn’t even pick up on it.

I have heard the journalist that does Good Sorts on One News
get it confused, our rugby commentators get it wrong and even some of my
lecturers at Auckland University confuse the two.

Brought is to bring something, bought is to
buy something.

I am not saying that I know it all about grammar etc. (I am
sure this is riddled with errors) but I do believe the people who bring us the
news should know the difference and use it correctly.

An 8.9 earthquake has struck Japan and a massive tsunami is engulfing the coast. Meanwhile, TVNZ and TV3 aren’t even running a ticker.

8:20 TV3 have interrupted Glee to cross to the live coverage.  Meanwhile, TV One keeps broadcasting Masterchef.

This is likely to be the biggest event this year, if not of the last hundred years.

8:30pm Now that Masterchef is finished, TV One are broadcasting NHK’s coverage.

You can watch live coverage online here thanks to Al Jazeera English.

8:40pm A tsunami potential threat advisory is in effect for New Zealand.

9:30pm TV One has resumed normal programming. TV3 is still broadcasting 

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has issued the following warning for New Zealand.

“An earthquake of magnitude 8.8 has occured in Japan causing signifcant local damage.

“The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Watch – in response to the above earthquake.

“A tsunami is possible. MCDEM and scientific advisors are assessing the severity of the threat to New Zealand.”

People in coastal areas should:

1. Stay off beaches
2. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)
3. Do not go sightseeing
4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends
5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates

6. Follow instructions of your local Civil Defence authorities.

MCDEM and scientific advisors are closely monitoring the situation to determine whether a tsunami has been generated and to assess the severity of the threat to New Zealand.