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. Police shooting in South Auckland (Kate Lynch)
2. Newt Gingrich wins Carolina primary (Tim Wilson, live cross)
3. Terrorist attacks in Nigeria (Mark Doyle, BBC)
4. Central North Island earthquakes
5. Couple win battle against council (Alison Pugh)
1. Police shooting in South Auckland (Amanda Gillies)
2. Newt Gingrich wins Carolina primary (Adam Hollingworth)
3. High speed chase in Waikato
4. Drink driving blitz in Tasman
5. Solid Energy coal mine protest in Southland (Anna Burns-Francis)
I am absolutely appalled at both networks tonight. Both Kate Lynch and Amanda Gillies had interviews with neighbours of the man shot in the leg by police. On One News, Kate Lynch interviewed a woman who, she told us, had asked not to be identified. While her face had been blurred out, the rest of her body was clearly visible. Add to this the wide shots of inside their home, it would be plainly obvious to other residents on the street as to who it was. On 3 News, Amanda Gillies interviewed a man with his face also blurred out. In a following scene, there is footage of Gillies writing on a pad at a table that is clearly in the same home as the woman who was interviewed on One. The fact that both networks failed so abysmally at protecting the identities of their interviewees is unbelievable. Their names and faces may be unknown to the rest of us but I’m pretty sure Mr William Smith wouldn’t have too much difficulty in identifying them at all.
The Carolina Republican primary was the second story on both channels. Tim Wilson likened Newt Gingrich’s win as giving him more political lives than Winston Peters.
I’m not sure the BBC’s Mark Doyle was quite, as Miriama Kao told us, “at the center of the violence” in Nigeria. He did happen to be outside the mortuary and have some images from Nigerian TV.
Christchurch residents must have been laughing at One News tonight over their decision to publish details of two earthquakes that “rattled” Taupo this morning. The 2.4 and 2.9 quakes fall into the description that wikipedia says are “generally not felt, but recorded”.
One News finished on a somewhat positive story from Christchurch with one couple winning the right to stay in the home they’d been evicted from.
If it wasn’t for the same lack of respect for their interviewees, tonight would have been a complete whitewash for 3 News.
UPDATE: Both Kate Lynch and Amanda Gillies have responded via twitter with the following:
@KateLynchJourno Thanks for your feedback. I discussed with the talent exactly what she was comfortable with us showing and complied with her wishes
@amandagTV3 I asked my talent what he was happy with, he only wanted his face blurred. He was happy with coverage.