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. Future of Otago Rugby Union (Max Bania, live cross)
2. Remembering Jock Hobbs (Andrew Saville)
3. Conviction for former sports star who assaulted son
4. ACC privacy (Simon Bradwell)
5. POAL strike (Ruth Wynn-Williams)
1. Prime Minister accused of misleading (Duncan Garner, exclusive)
2. Future of Otago Rugby Union (Dave Goosselink, live cross)
3. Hip replacement recipients to sue (Rachel Morton)
4. Oceania resthome workers stop work meeting
5. POAL strike (Tom McRae)
The ACC privacy story is a rather bad breach but I’m not entirely convinced that Simon Bradwell’s reporting on it was fair tonight. He reports,
Whangarei Man, Alan Nicholas, was at home this morning when he got a phone call from ACC. But instead of giving their name, the caller wanted Alan Nicholas to give his, as well as his date of birth.
Perhaps Simon has never dealt with a bank, a government department or one of many other large organisations who hold personal and private information but generally speaking, if one of those organisation needs to get in contact with you and calls you, they will ask you to identify yourself so that they know they’re not talking to the wrong person. I have experienced the exact same thing with the IRD and my bank on occasions. To suggest this is bad practice by ACC when it is actually a safeguard used by many organisations as a way to ensure they’re not breaching privacy is not cool. I would suggest that this instance, had the call to Alan Nicholas been unrelated to what is one of the worst privacy breaches in New Zealand’s history, confirming his identity would unlikely have been a problem.
One News failed to credit the source of their story about Ports of Auckland worker Cecil Walker. They used images of the post from the blogger but ommited the header and name of the author. Strangely enough, their online story clearly stated that the author of the story was WhaleOil. 3 News went in the opposite direction and interviewed the blogger, learning more about the information that had been leaked to him.
3 News had an exclusive that had footage of John Key telling the PSA that there wouldn’t be job cuts and that he wasn’t too keen on asset sales from back in 2008. There have, of course, been two elections, a global financial crisis and the Christchurch earthquake since then. Not surprisingly, Labour leader David Shearer was available for comment while the Prime Minister was not.