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. Christchurch earthquake (Alison Pugh)
2. Hotel Grand Chancellor (Tom McRae)
3. Costa Concordia sinking (Garth Bray)
4. Safety drills (Lisa Stark, ABC)
5. Rena salvage
1. Body in the drain (Dan Parker)
2. Last Big Day Out in New Zealand (David Farrier, live cross, exclusive)
3. Creditors want to euthanise Zion’s big cats (Tony Reid)
4. Arrests made in Manchester Street (Annabelle Tukia, live cross)
5. Costa Concordia sinking
It was more “not yet, but soon” on One News tonight as Alison Pugh told us that decisions are coming on the damaged zones in Christchurch. How could One News lead with an item that had absolutely no news value what-so-ever? More upset home owners complaining about the situation but nothing to tell them about what’s going to happen for them.
One News also covered the Royal Commission looking at the Christchurch earthquake and how design changes in the Grand Chancellor were responsible for its demise. Then it was back to the boats.
I didn’t mention it last night but what is the point in having Garth Bray filing reports from London about the Costa Concordia? Unless he’s flying in and out of Italy every day, the job could be done from Auckland.
3 News had a very different bulletin. They lead with the story about the body of 43 year old Peter Black in a drain near Te Papa which he appears to have died in after trying to retrieve his car keys.
Next up was an exclusive by David Farrier that, while newsworthy, felt a lot like an infomercial for the music festival that is ending its run in New Zealand this week.
A bank wanting to euthanise endangered cats is too good a story not to run if you want an emotive response from your viewers.
And while the earthquake has the eastern suburbs upset, it’s the street workers in the city that have the ire of residents. The police made 14 arrests last night which featured in fourth place on 3 News before the boats rounded out the top 5.