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. Report confirms Rena shortcuts (Heather du Plessis-Allen)
2. Reaction to Rena report (Kim Vinnell, live cross)
3. Up close with the Christchurch Cathedral (Lisa Davies)
4. Inside look at Crown Plaza (Joy Reid)
5. Asset sales debated in parliament (Jessica Mutch)

3 News

1. Report confirms Rena shortcuts (Adam Ray, live cross)
2. Reaction to Rena report (Tony Reid, live cross)
3. James Hemana sentenced to life imprisonment (Amanda Gillies)
4. Defence force savings targets (Tova O’Brien)
5. Redundancies at Pike River 

Commentary

The preliminary report on the Rena disaster and reactions to it lead both bulletins.  However, the interpretations by both networks were quite different.

Now they felt they’ve been dealt another blow. – Kim Vinnell, One News

The report that has come out today in Wellington doesn’t mean a lot for the people up here. – Tony Reid, 3 News

The moment I heard Kim make that statement I thought it was ridiculous and completely sensational.  Thankfully Tony Reid had the same realistic approach.  The report changes nothing.  It just confirms what we had already assumed, that the crew of the Rena cut corners and ended up polluting the Bay of Plenty coastline and costing the country and businesses millions of dollars in the process.

One News then covered two stories on buildings in Christchurch.  They used words which suggested they were exclusive.  The reality was that access to the Cathedral was part of a media tour.  3 News also had the story much further down their bulletin and included an interview with Rebecca O’Sullivan, the camera operator who entered the Cathedral with Hamish Clark after the February quake, who was one of the last people to go inside.

The “Inside look” at the Crown Plaza demolition was also on 3 News who pointed out that the images of the demolition were actually shot by the demolition manager on his cell phone.

Fairly obvious which network was better tonight.

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. POAL announces redundancies (Stephen Smith, live cross)
2. How POAL will increase productivity
3. Picket at Lyttelton
4. Strike at Oceania elderly facilities
5. 11 war graves desecrated in Libya (Renee Graham)

3 News

1. POAL announces redundancies (Tony Field, live cross)
2. Picket at Lyttelton
3. Comparing POAL and Port of Tauranga (Tom McRae)
4. US Republican primary (Danielle Nottingham, CBS, live cross)
5. Building and Housing boss under fire (Patrick Gower)

Commentary

The industrial action at the Ports of Auckland and its continuing spread to other parts of the country took the top 3 stories on both channels tonight.  

The industrial action theme continued on One with the strikes at Oceania elderly care facilities.

The US republican primary was again a top story on 3 News before Patrick Gower was unleashed on Katrina Bach, the chief executive of the Department of Building and Housing, who has been accused of being a workplace bully. 

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. Canterbury earthquake royal commission (Lisa Davies)
2. 2011, record year for disasters
3. Australian flooding (Simon Dallow)
4. Australian flooding (Melinda Nucifora, Network Ten, live cross)
5. Budget cuts for Police (Jessica Mutch)

3 News

1. Australian flooding (Samantha Hayes, live cross)
2. Australian flooding (Adam Hollingworth)
3. Canterbury earthquake royal commission (Annabelle Tukia)
4. Asset sales (Duncan Garner)
5. Chris Cairns in court (Melissa Davies, live cross)

Commentary

Both Adam Hollingworth and Amanda Gillies used the same images in their stories while Adam’s story included much of what Amanda had already told us.

Of the political stories, 3 News covered the asset sales while One News focused on the cuts to police.

Former New Zealand cricketer, Chris Cairns, was in court to defend allegations he was involved in match fixing.

Verdict

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. POAL dispute (Kim Vinnell, live cross)
2. Weather bomb (John Newton)
3. Australian flooding (Steve Marshall)
4. Soldier’s grave descrated in Libya
5. Child custody case in Algeria (Jessica Mutch, live cross)

3 News

1. SH2 closed between Opotiki and Gisborne (Amanda Gillies, live cross)
2. Weather bomb 
3. Masterton eels (Charlotte Shipman)
4. Toddler found in field dies
5. More tornadoes in the US (Elaine Quijano, CBS)

Commentary

The video footage of Soldier’s graves being descrated in Libya on One News was the location where 9 New Zealand servicemen are buried but there was no clarification as to whether or not kiwi’s graves were amongst those affected.

3 News jumped on the latest viral video with the Masterton eels making the top 5. 

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. Weather bomb clean up (Heather du Plessis-Allen, live cross)
2. Weather bomb clean up (John Newton)
3. Weather bomb clean up
4. More tornadoes in the US (Jack Tame)
5. Flooding in Australia

3 News

1. More arson in Christchurch (Juliet Speedy, live cross
2. Weather bomb clean up (Brook Sabin)
3. Weather bomb clean up
4. SH2 blocked between Opotiki and Gisborne
5. More tornadoes in the US (Alex Carruthers)

Commentary

One News was an almost identical copy of last night.  3 News had two stories dedicated to the weather bomb clean up but it was the arson problem in Christchurch that lead the bulletin.  The coverage had a few extra details than One News.

The road closure between Opotiki and Gisborne was the fourth story on 3 News which is a fairly big deal if you’re planning on driving that route as either alternative adds another 3 hours to your trip.

The only other story in common was the tornadoes that have again taken lives and destroyed towns across American.

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. Weather bomb (John Newton, live cross)
2. Weather bomb (Charlotte Bellis)
3. Weather bomb (Simon Bradwell)
4. Sailor rescued off Raglan coast (Joy Reid, exclusive)
5. Weather bomb

3 News

1. Weather bomb (Brook Sabin, live cross)
2. Weather bomb (Jerram Watts, live cross)
3. Weather bomb (Josh Heslop, live cross)
4. Australian weather
5. More tornados in the US

Commentary

Weather was the only thing on the mind of both networks tonight.  One News had exclusive footage from the One News sponsored Rescue Helicopter which plucked a sailor from the sea off the coast of Raglan. 

It was the first time I’d seen Jerram Watts on TV3 and his comment “When Wellington throws you a lemon, make lemonade” left me wondering if he might be TV3′s verson of Jack Tame.

TV3 also made the most of having Josh Heslop live at the TV3 sponsored Derby Day at Ellerslie.

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. Christchurch Cathedral to be deconstructed (Joy Reid, live cross)
2. Weather bomb (Amy Kelley, live cross)
3. Taupo Ironman cancelled (Charlotte Bellis, live cross)
4. Weather update (Karen Olsen, live cross)
5. Flooding in Australia

3 News

1. Otago Rugby Union gets 7 day reprieve (Dave Goosselink, live cross)
2. Christchurch Cathedral to be deconstructed (Jeff Hampton)
3. Tornado destroys church in Illinois
4. Farmers store in Rangiora closed
5. Weather bomb (Mike Hall)

Commentary

The bell tolling for Christchurch’s Cathedral lead One News before it was all weather, weather, weather.

Amy Kelley’s story provided a reasonable amount of useful information for those who are likely to be caught up in the weather.  The rest of the weather coverage could have been rolled into a single story.

3 News lead with rugby and Otago Rugby getting an extra 7 days to sort out their debt issues.  The Christchurch Cathedral deconstruction segued into a large brick church in the USA that had stood for nearly 120 years before a tornado destroyed it overnight.  The closure of Farmers in Rangiora is the latest casualty of buildings being deemed unsafe to operate in.

The weather bomb story was the first of two.  The second, which was outside of the Top 5, could also have been seen as a promo for the TV3 sponsored Carnival at Ellerslie. 

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. Gavin Clifford Bennett admits fraud of over $100m (Lisa Davies)
2. Foreign charter fishing vessels (Michael Parkin, live cross)
3. 20 Businesses discussing taking action against Rena
4. Wild weather on the way (Jim Hickey, live cross)
5. Flooding in Australia (Steve Marshall, live cross)

3 News

1. Gavin Clifford Bennett admits fraud of over $100m (Jeff Hampton, live cross)
2. Winston Peters ejected from parliament (Tova O’Brien)
3. Foreign charter fishing vessels (Michael Morrah)
4. POAL Dispute
5. Oceania workers strike (Tony Reid)

Commentary

The antics of former Datasouth Finance Director Gavin Bennett and his $103m case of fraud lead both bulletins tonight.  Both networks used the sensational headline that more than a million dollars was spent on female companions.  A little more than 1% of the total amount defrauded from various people, and again, a fraction of the $23m swindled from South Canterbury Finance which the New Zealand taxpayer bailed out.

The foreign charter fishing vessels and the treatment of crew also made both bulletins.

One News has news that 20 businesses from Tauranga are meeting to discuss pursuing compensation against the Rena owners.

Not yet, but soon was the warning from weatherman Jim Hickey about an impending weather bomb followed by Steve Marshall standing near a swollen river in Australia where the weather bomb has come from. 

Winston Peters was turfed out of parliament today for abusing Gerry Brownlee, a move which made a few gambling people happy.  

Industrial action rounded out the Top 5 with MUNZ suggesting their negotiations with POAL today were productive and elderly care workers demanding higher wages.

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. Raurangi Marino sentenced to 10 years for child assault in Turangi (Kim Vinnell)
2. Kim Dotcom retains bail (Donna-Marie Lever, live cross)
3. 16 hot air balloons grounded (Daniel Faitaua)
4. Rena captain pleads guilty (Renee Graham)
5. Sex offender working as teacher (Nicole Bremner)

3 News

1. Sex offender working as teacher (Patrick Gower, live cross)
2. Sex offender working as teacher (Amanda Gillies)
3. Raurangi Marino sentence to 10 years for child assault in Turangi (Tom McRae)
4. Kim Dotcom retains bail (Simon Shepherd, live cross)
5. Republican primaries (Alice Carruthers)

Commentary

The sex offender story has built momentum with those at the executive level now being hounded for answers.

The teen who assualted the child tourist in Turangi lost his name suppression and was handed 10 years.

Kim Dotcom’s lavish lifestyle and bail provided more media excitement.

One News had the grounding of 16 hot air balloons and the Rena captain pleading guilty while 3 News covered the Republican primary.

Verdict

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. Convicted sex offender found to have taught at schools (Michael Parkin, live cross)
2. $900k upgrade of swimming pool at NZ Embassy in Japan (Jessica Mutch, exclusive)
3. Otago Rugby Union on brink (Max Bania, live cross)
4. Sports star in court
5. Kim Dotcom trial

3 News

1. Convicted sex offender found to have taught at schools (Patrick Gower)
2. Convicted rapist admits breaching supervision order
3. Former minister and Lombard Finance directors lose parliamentary perks (Duncan Garner)
4. Cruise ship adrift in Indian Ocean (Alex Carruthers)
5. Beneficiaries looking for jobs (Tova O’Brien, live cross)

Commentary

The story of the convicted sex offender who has been found to have been working at at least 8 schools that lead both networks appears to have been broken by Maori Television’s Te Kaea.  3 News quoted them as the source but I can’t find any other media doing so online.

The $900k upgrade of the swimming pool at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo was as much appalling as it was a good exclusive.  

Max Bania had the quote of the night, describing the uphill battle for the Otago Rugby Union as being two converted tries down with 5 minutes to play.

Verdict

Tie