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. MegaUpload.com shutdown (Daniel Faitaua, live cross)
2. Search continues for 15 year old near O’Neill’s beach
3. Costa Concordia (Chris Cuomo, ABC)
4. Southland earthqakes
5. More complaints over repair delays in Christchurch (Joy Reid)
1. MegaUpload.com (Adam Hollingworth)
2. Who is Kim Dotcom (Emma Jolliff)
3. MegaUpload.com shut down (Alex Bourne)
4. Manurewa rape
5. Accident at Grand Chancellor hotel deconstruction in Christchurch
The big story of the day was the raid by New Zealand police on the old Chrisco Mansion where MegaUpload.com’s founder and New Zealand resident Kim Dotcom was living. The file sharing website founder, along with other company executives were taken into custody following an FBI lead raid in the hopes of getting them extradited to the United States so they can face a US court on charges that include copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering.
3 News had three stories about MegaUpload.com and the raid which took place in Coatesville, near Auckland. One News had one story that featured a live cross to Daniel Faitaua – in Wellington. 3 News coverage was indepth but when talking about how the hacking group Anonymous had taken down the Department of Justice, among others, in response, they used the wrong website address (justice.govt.nz), despite the right address (justice.gov) coming up as they typed.
Joy Reid’s story about complaints over the delay in getting repairs done in Christchurch seemed to be more of the same to me. The big issue appeared to be that all the repairs had to be logged through the EQC and then Fletchers now rather than the previous way which was getting work done and then billing EQC. Isn’t there some serious journalism that could be done in checking how that system is working rather than just complaining about it?
And while we’re on Christchurch, is there anything good actually happening down there? Does anyone have a good experience to share about how they’ve been helped? It seems that there is a lot of complaining that we’re constantly hearing about but not a lot of things that are positive. One can only imagine that work is being done somewhere, helping someone but obviously those stories aren’t as “newsworthy”.