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. Rena stern sinks (Donna-Marie Lever, live cross)
2. Cargo ship breaks up at Christmas Island
3. Bodies to be released to families from hot air balloon crash
4. Ports of Auckland strike (Kim Vinnell)
5. Australian activists to be freed
1. Rena stern sinks (Tony Reid, live cross)
2. Rena stern sinks (Jono Hutchison)
3. Rena stern sinks (Janika Ter Ellen, live cross)
4. Shipping lanes (Dan Parker, exclusive)
5. Cargo ship breaks up at Christmas Island (Samantha Hayes)
The sinking of Rena’s stern lead both bulletins tonight, as to be expected, however after all the excitement One News have had for the last three months, only a single story covered the sinking and mess. 3 News went all out and had Tony Reid broadcasting from a make-shift studio as well as stories from Jono Hutchison and an informative piece by Janika Ter Ellen.
Dan Parker’s exclusive on shipping lanes was well balanced but it sounded as though Gerry Brownlee was more interested in going through the legal processes with the Rena’s owner than taking action to prevent further tragedies.
Both also covered the timely sinking of a the MV Tycoon at Christmas Island. Timely in that happened on Sunday.
Kim Vinnell was the only other reporter with a story in the Top 5 on One News.