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. Jock Hobbs dies (Andrew Saville)
2. Huge breach of privacy at ACC (Simon Bradwell)
3. Urewera 4 case (Donna-Marie Lever)
4. POAL strike (Kim Vinnell, live cross)
5. Death penalty a possibility for US soldier

3 News

1. Jock Hobbs dies (Hamish McKay, breaking news)
2. Syrian deaths (Alice Carruthers)
3. Huge breach of privacy at ACC (Adam Ray, live cross)
4. Chris Cairns libel trial (Melissa Davies)
5. Air Asia X ends service to Christchurch (Jeff Hampton)

Commentary

The death of Jock Hobbs lead both bulletins tonight.  3 News had it as breaking news although the story had been out for close to half an hour.

The ACC privacy breach is concerning.  While the breach happened in August last year, ACC were only made aware of it in December.  Now, in March, the public is made aware.

The Urewera 4, POAL strike and suggestions the soldier responsible for killing 16 Afghani civilians yesterday might get the death penalty were the other stories on One News while more carnage in Syria, the ongoing Chris Cairns match-fixing case and the end of Air Asia X’s flights to Christchurch were on 3.

The Urewera 4 case is regularly in the Top 5 for One News as the case continues while 3 News has had Chris Cairn’s case in theirs.  Which is the more important of the two stories?

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 strike (Amy Kelley, live cross)
2. Meatworkers strike (John Newton, live cross)
3. US soldier kills 16 Afghani civilians (Jack Tame, live cross)
4. Cricket match-fixing claims (Kate Lynch)
5. ACC loses HIV appeal (Simon Bradwell)

3 News

1. Merges coming to government ministries (Duncan Garner, live cross, exclusive)
2. Japan earthquake and tsunami anniversary (Mike McRoberts)
3. Japan disaster victim farwelled by fireworks (Janika Ter Ellen)
4. US soldier kills 16 Afghani civillians (Mandy Clark, CBS, warning)
5. POAL strike (Tony Field, live cross)

Commentary

They were quite different bulletins tonight.  Other than the killing spree by the US soldier in Afghanistan and the Ports of Auckland dispute which lead One and was fifth on 3, the remaining stories were rather different.

The unions flexing their muscles in the meat industry followed the ports on One.  The story about the alleged cricket match-fixing was interesting in that the allegations have been made by an organisation whose credibility has been called into question by those being accused.  Is it just more tabloid nonsense or is there some guts to this story?

Simon Bradwell’s story highlighted the impact the appeal decision has.  As was pointed out, the ruling effectively means that non-disclosure of HIV+ status means any sex had is not consentual, which is then a crime that carries a penalty of 20 years.

3 News lead with an exclusive on the merger of a number of government ministries which it is understood will be unveiled on Thursday.

Mike McRoberts continued his reporting from Japan.  I haven’t felt as though his reporting has been as good as it usually is when he hits the road like this.  Normally he has quite emotive stories that depict life where he’s reporting from.  Perhaps it’s me but they feel a little disconnected.  Other than seeing him sitting in a classroom with school children last night, so far I think we’ve only seen him standing in the middle of a wasteland.  I can only assume that there is a report coming for 60 Minutes.

The story about the woman whose ashes were blasted into the heavens inside a fireworks display was more of a human interest story than one of the 5 most important stories of the day.

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. Anniversary of Japan earthquake (Stephen Smith)
2. Anniversary of Japan earthquake (Lisa Davies)
3. Body found in Port Hills believed to be Emma Campbell
4. Labour announces new foreign investor policy (Renee Graham)
5. Len Brown happy to play mediator

3 News

1. Body found in Port Hills believed to be Emma Campbell (Julliet Speedy, live cross)
2. Anniversary of Japan earthquake (Amanda Gillies)
3. Anniversary of Japan earthquake (Mike McRoberts, live cross)
4. Motorcyclist dies near Masterton
5. Volvo Ocean Race arrives in Auckland (Tom McRae, live cross)

Commentary

Both networks had two stories on the anniversary of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami and one about the body found in the Port Hills.  The ordering was different though.

One News then used stories gathered from Q+A earlier in the day while it was the death of a motorcyclist and the arrival of the Volvo Ocean race yachts in Auckland on 3.

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. MUNZ march (Stephen Smith, live cross)
2. New Zealand woman jailed in the US for black market babies (Phil Vine)
3. David Bain makes first public speech (Steve Marshall, live cross)
4. Chris Cairns match fixing case (Garth Bray)
5. Weather Bomb

3 News

1. Chris Cairns match fixing case (Melissa Davies)
2. Chris Cairne match fixing case (Amanda Gillies)
3. MUNZ march (Tom McRae)
4. Final look at Christchurch Cathedral (Julliet Speedy)
5. David Bain makes first public speech (Samantha Hayes, live cross)

Commentary

The former Ports of Auckland workers and their Union brothers march down Queen Street lead One News but came in third on 3 behind two Chris Cairns stories.

The story about the New Zealand woman jailed in the US for trading babies was newsworthy but also a promo for TV One’s current affairs show Sunday.

Despite being exhonorated, released from prison and then spending an hour listening to David Bain give his first public speech about the murders of his family, One News’ Steve Marshall’s first question was “did you kill your family?”  I’m not sure which is worse. Asking the question or admiting you asked the question?  What kind of response was he honestly expecting to get?  Or was that the whole point?  

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. Pike River coal mine sold (Lisa Davies, live cross)
2. New stevedores wanted (Amy Kelley, live cross)
3. Cost if Rena had waited (Kim Vinnell)
4. 3D modeling of Port Hills rocks (Joy Reid, live cross)
5. Otago Rugby Union gets another week (Max Bania)

3 News

1. Pike River coal mine sold (Annabelle Tukia, live cross)
2. Jock Hobbs in critical condition (Jim Kayes, live cross)
3. Otago Rugby Union gets another week 
4. Dotcom residency (Patrick Gower, exclusive)
5. NZ/Fiji relations (Michael Morrah)

Commentary

The most interesting point from tonight’s news was 3 News’ “exclusive” about Kim Dotcom’s residency.  The problem was that One News also appeared to have OIA documents on the residency which screened further down their bulletin.  3 News did state it was “first on 3″.

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. 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