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. 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

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. Carterton hot air balloon crash (Sarah Batley, live cross)
2. Carterton hot air balloon crash (Rawden Christie, live cross)
3. Carterton hot air balloon crash (Daniel Faitaua, live cross)
4. History of hot air balloon pilot Lance Hopping (Ruth Wynn-Williams)
5. How safe is hot air ballooning? (Joanne Hunkin)

3 News

1. Carterton hot air balloon crash (Charlotte Shipman)
2. Carterton hot air balloon crash (Simon Shepherd/Charlotte Shipman, live cross)
3. History of hot air balloon pilot Lance Hopping (Adam Hollingworth, live cross)
4. How safe is hot air ballooning? (Adrian Taylor)
5. Carterton hot air balloon crash (Whena Owen, live cross)

Commentary

3 News called today’s tragedy

New Zealand’s biggest loss of life in an air crash since the Erebus disaster in 1979.

One News called it as New Zealand’s 7th worst in history

1. 1979: Erebus – 279
2. 1963: Kaimai ranges – 23
3. 1949: Waikanae – 15
4. 1942: Whenuapai – 14
5. 1944: At sea – 14
6. 1948: Mt Ruapehu – 13
7. 2012: Carterton – 11

 

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. Predictions of earthquakes in Canterbury for 30 years (Alison Pugh, live cross)
2. Salvors prepare Rena for weather (Renee Graham, live cross)
3. Ports of Auckland industrial dispute
4. New laws in Fiji (Barbara Dreaver, live cross)
5. Changes to US defence spending (Tim Wilson)

3 News

1. Christchurch earthquake (Annabelle Tukia)
2. Taranaki earthquake
3. Body of woman found in car in Christchurch (Jessica Rowe)
4. Hitler saved by priest as a child (David Farrier)
5. Summer weather(Jono Hutchison)

Commentary

One News lead with an incredibly sensational story about the predicted fate of everyone living in Christchurch for the next three decades.

It’s the news no one in Christchurch wants to hear.  Earthquakes might continue in the city and the Canterbury province for the next 30 years. GNS scientists made the prediction today.

What the GNS scientists actually said was

A 5 following this sequence is still very likely. Magnitude 3′s are likely to go on for several years. Magnitude 1′s and 2′s will go for [?] 30 years…

It’s hard to know what the context was around the comment either as it appeared to be an edited sound bite. 

For all that fear mongering, how noticeable will those three decades of earthquakes be?  According to the Modified Mercalli scale:

1′s. Very mild movement, only detectable by instruments.

2′s. Some people feel a slight movement, particularly on upper floors of buildings. Suspended objects such as chandeliers may swing.

Three decades of nothing significantly noticeable at all then.  Based on the last 5 years, 1′s and 2′s aren’t that uncommon in Canterbury anyway.  

Verdict

3 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. Worst weather set to batter Rena (Renee Graham)
2. Foveaux Straight deaths
3. Destiny Church recieves consent to build town (Kate Lynch)
4. Engineers maintain Parklands safe for rebuild (Alison Pugh, live cross)
5. Accidental millionare remanded in custody

3 News

1. Foveaux Straight deaths (Leanne Malcolm)
2. Locator beacons (Alex Bourne)
3. Boaties rescued in Sydney after clining to Esky
4. Worst weather set to batter Rena (Jono Hutchison)
5. Accidental millionaire remande in custody (Adam Hollingworth)

Commentary

One News again lead with the Rena tonight with more warnings about its demise as this weekend’s weather will be the worst the ship has had to endure in the three months it’s been stuck on the Astrolabe reef.  If their wish is granted and the ship dramatically breaks apart, unfortuneately for them, the weather will most likely prevent them from sending a chopped in to catch the action on camera.

The events of the sea continued on 3 News with an emotional interview with the father of one of the two men who died in Foveaux Straight.  The following story about locator beacons seemed as though it should have been on a current affairs programme.  Then, the story of the boaties who were rescued in Sydney after clinging to a chillybin before more warnings about the storm about to lash the Rena.

One News had footage from Destiny’s New Years service where Brian Tamaki announced they had the consents to build a town for their church in South Auckland.  It always amuses me that despite all of TV3′s digging, One News always seems to get the stories and interviews.

More of the same for Parklands residents and there didn’t really seem to be anything new in Alison Pugh’s story.

The accidental millionaire in court rounded out the top 5 on both channels

Verdict

Tie