One News

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.

ONE News

1. French credit downgrade (Rawdon Christie)
2. Man dies using chainsaw in Christchurch
3. Fishing deaths
4. Rena salvage (Kim Vinnell, live cross)
5. Korean fishermen arrive in Christchurch

3 News

1. Fishing deaths in Tauranga (Jane Luscombe)
2. Swimming deaths
3. Drug lab fire in Epsom motel (Adrian Taylor)
4. French credit downgrade (Juliet Speedy)
5. Rena salvage

Commentary

The French credit downgrade and implications for New Zealand exporters lead One News tonight and was reported on by Rawdon Christie, who was also reading the news tonight.  3 News had it in 4 place.

The death of a Christchurch man was in second place on One News, perhaps ahead of the fishing death stories because it involved a chainsaw.

Kim Vinnell looked like inspector gadget during her live cross from Mount Maunganui. A black trench-coat looking jacket can’t have been the coolest thing to be wearing out in that Bay of Plenty sun.  Again, nothing happening, yet.  3 News covered the minor developments of the day in passing.

3 News had footage from the scene of the fishing death in Tauranga.  The face of the victim was blurred as paramedics worked on trying to revive him. 

Drownings elsewhere in the country were in second place on 3 News, including the death of an older man in a swimming competition in Taupo.  One News had the story as breaking news midway through their bulletin.

Verdict

Tie

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.

ONE News

1. Rena clean up (Kim Vinnell, live cross)
2. Wellington weather
3. Southland weather (Max Bania)
4. Bus crash on Saddle road (Matt McLean)
5. Central Otago crash

3 News

1. NIWA apologies for summer weather predictions (Emma Jolliff)
2. Pregnant woman assaulted in Rotorua (Tony Reid)
3. Plastic beads endangering wildlife in BoP (Jono Hutchison, live cross)
4. Labour concedes Waitakere and Christchurch central
5. American soldiers urinate of corpses (Michael Morrah)

Commentary

There wasn’t really any news tonight regarding the Rena.  It’s still a mess out there. Despite finding plastic beads on a beach, it doesn’t seem as though the number that have spilled from the container that had 17 tonnes of them is that many at all.  Considering experts even stated that a bird would have to digest a lot of them before they became sick suggests that this isn’t anything other than another “nothing yet, but soon” story by both networks.

Nice to see NIWA apologising for getting the weather predictions for summer so wrong.  It would have been fun landing in Wellington today by the looks of it.

Verdict

Tie

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.

ONE News

1. Turangi 5yo girl assault case (Stephen Smith, live cross)
2. Rena salvage (Kim Vinnell, live cross)
3. Hot air balloon wreckage removed (Daniel Faitaua)
4. Drug driving campaign (Matt McLean)
5. Ports of Auckland mediation

3 News

1. Rena Salvage (Rachel Tiffen, live cross)
2. Rena Salvage (Jono Hutchison, live cross)
3. Ports of Auckland mediation (Tony Field)
4. Hot air balloon wreckage removed
5. Korean fishing crew to be flown to New Zealand

Commentary

Rena delivered two stories on 3 News tonight at the top of the bulletin while there was only a single story on One News after their lead story about the 16 year old accused of assaulting the 5 year old tourist in Turangi.  3 News had a short update about the case outside of their top 5.

One News still had a reporter on the scene of the hot air balloon crash to tell us that the wreckage has now been taken away.  3 News had a short update on the fact.

3 News had a story about the Ports of Auckland industrial action while it was a short update on One.  

One News also had a story about a new ad campaign that was starting tonight.  News worthy? Yes. But was it paid editorial?  3 News had the story later in their bulletin.

Verdict

Tie

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.

ONE News

1. Destiny Church city (Kate Lynch, live cross)
2. Rena clean up (Kim Vinnell, live cross)
3. Rotorua Shoplifters
4. Date looming for red sticker evictions (Abby Scott)
5. New restrictions in Fiji (Barbara Dreaver)

3 News

1. Rena clean up (Jono Hutchison, live cross)
2. Rena salvage (Tony Reid)
3. Rena clean up (Rachel Tiffen, live cross)
4. Fire on ship in Antartica (Emma Jollif)
5. Fonterra confirms wholesale milk price cut

Commentary

The Rena disaster dominated 3 News again tonight, taking out their top 3 spots while it was just a single story on One in the second spot.  While 3 Newsthere had acquired some close up footage from Maritime New Zealand, there wasn’t much else that couldn’t have been squeezed into a single story with one reporter.  Tony Reid’s story would have been a better fit for a current affairs show as it was more indepth than it was actual news.

One News lead with the suggestion that Brian Tamaki was after taxpayer money to fund his Church’s city.  While that may be the case, it all seems to be speculation at this point.  From what I could tell, Brian Tamaki only suggested the government should give him money by saying

They’d be better off giving me money to build their towns instead of the stuff they’re building out there and wasting money.  They’re building bigger prisons…

The pending deadline for Christchurch residents living in the shadow of the Port Hills once again featured the defiant Joe Bennett and his wonderful sound bites. Bennett needs to vacate his property by next Wednesday.  Isn’t that the same date they told us the last time they interviewed him?

On a more curious note, One News decided to blur out the faces of the three woman in the Rotorua shoplifting video while 3 News, who screened it later in their bulletin, did not.  Do these women now have name suppression?

Verdict

Tie

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.

ONE News

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

3 News

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)

Commentary

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.

Verdict

Tie

On Sunday night, Sarah Batley offended a lot of people as she tried in vain to conjure up a hearse carrying the victims of the hot air balloon crash in Carterton.

Comments of disgust flowed on Twitter, Facebook, TradeMe and a number of other blogs including Throng.

There was a suggestion that perhaps Sarah Batley was just following instructions from her producer.  We asked TVNZ who that was.  They declined to tell us.

We also asked TVNZ for a statement in response. They replied with “we don’t have any comment to make”.

The same night as this story, One News ran a piece about Mediaworks employee Drew Neemia’s rogue tweet where it was suggested that he should have just fronted and apologised.

Ironic much?  

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.

ONE News

1. Rena debris hits beaches (Donna-Marie Lever, live cross)
2. Hot air balloon crash (Ruth Wynn-Williams, live cross)
3. Condolence messages 
4. Hot air balloon victims (Simon Bradwell)
5. Phillipa Morehu (Kim Vinnell)

3 News

1. Rena debris hits beaches (Jono Hutchison, live cross)
2. Rena salvage (Janika Ter Ellen, live cross)
3. Hot air balloon crash victims (Charlotte Shipman, live cross)
4. Hot air balloon crash victims (Dan Parker, live cross)
5. Christchurch earthquake memorial (Annabelle Tukia)

Commentary

The Rena clean up lead both networks again tonight.  One News continued with their “nothing yet, but soon” script as Miriama Kamo asked Donna-Marie Lever if there was any sign of anything washing up where she was at Mount Maunganui beach.

Well there isn’t yet, but, apart from, of course, that foam you’ve just seen a short time ago. People are really enjoying the beaches. A lot of kids down here and they’ve been out and about in the sand today. But that could change at any time. We have been told that containers could continue to wash up on beaches along this coast up until Friday. And of course the weather conditions and the tide itself are the only things which determine just which beaches it may land on.

Charlotte Shipman’s story about the hot air ballooning victims was far more insightful than any of the others we’ve seen. However, Dan Parker followed that up with a story that repeated practically everything we already knew about Alexis and Chrisjan from yesterday.

And was Annabell Tukia live. It certainly looked as though she could have been but there was no clarification printed on screen.

Verdict

Tie

Sarah Batley’s live cross on One News tonight was utterly disgraceful and disrespectful to the 11 people who died tragically yesterday in the hot air balloon crash in Carterton, their families and their friends.

Desperately hoping to be live while a hearse drives past with bodies of the victims is incredibly distasteful, offensive and unnecessary.

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.

ONE News

1. Rena breaks apart (Renee Graham, live cross)
2. Rena timeline (Joanna Hunkin)
3. Hot air balloon crash (Rawden Christie/Sarah Batley, live cross)
4. Hot air balloon crash victims (Simon Bradwell)
5. Hot air balloon crash victims (Ruth Wynn-Williams)

3 News

1. Rena breaks apart (Jono Hutchison, live cross)
2. Rena breaks apart (Jankia Ter Ellen)
3. Rena breaks apart (Ashlee Tulloch)
4. Hot air balloon crash (Simon Shepherd, live cross)
5. Hot air balloon crash victims (Adam Hollingworth)

Commentary

The event the media has been salivating over for the last 3 months has finally happened with the Rena succumbing to the sea and splitting in two.  Neither networks had footage of the much touted event taking place though and only had footage of the afternath.

3 News dedicated 3 stories to it before breaking to the other news of the day while One News had two, with the second being filed, strangely, by their entertainment reporter.

Sarah Batley’s live cross to the cordon outside the hot air balloon crash site on One News was appalling as she desperately seemed to be hoping that a hearse carrying bodies would drive passed while she was on air.

You may be able to see behind me, the cordons are clear and we’re expecting a hearse to emerge any minute now from Sommerset Road, carrying the bodies of two more of the victims. Now last night, two bodies were removed from the scene and police have confirmed that they were the bodies of the two people who jumped out of the hot air balloon.  But any moment now, we’re expecting a hearse to come out of Sommerset Road.  We’ve actually just seen a procession of cars drive up the road, possible family members, who will then follow the hearse out.

After her story, Rawden asked what the next steps were in the investigation and again she looked back over her shoulder in the hopes that the hearse was going to be in shot.

Once all the bodies are removed, and you may be able to see behind me that police are currently in the process of doing that as we speak…

The hearse never appeared.

Verdict

3 News