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. 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

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. Brett McKenzie wins Oscar (Jack Tame, live cross)
2. Brett McKenzie wins Oscar
3. Julia Gillard retains top job (Steve Marshall, live cross)
4. John Key congratulates Julia Gillard
5. Christie’s Law bail protest (Kate Lynch)

3 News

1. Changes to welfare system (Patrick Gower)
2. Changes to welfare system (Duncan Garner, live cross)
3. Julia Gillard retains top job (Samantha Hayes, live cross)
4. Christie’s Law bail protest (Michael Morrah)
5. Christie’s Law campaign promo for Campbell Live

Commentary

Last night, Christie Marceau’s parent’s campaign to get the bail laws changed that was launching today lead both bulletins.  Tonight, the actual protest was 5th on One News and 4th on 3.

Second on One News last night was the tip off that the government was about to announce changes to welfare.  Tonight, the story didn’t even make the Top 5, while it was the top 2 stories on 3.  Instead, One News chose to focus on the success at the Oscars of one of the duo from the TV series they said no to.  Firstly a live cross to Jack Tame and then to Brett’s family who were watching the awards at a cinema in Wellington.

Julia Gillard retaining the role of leader of the Labor Party and Australian Prime Minister came in third.

After spearheading their news last night with important issues for the country, One News went for the light version tonight, giving precedence to Australian politics rather than our own.

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. Chrstie Marceau’s parents pushing for bail reform (Kate Lynch, live cross)
2. Government to reveal welfare reform (Heather du Plessis-Allan, live cross)
3. Stock car driver dies in Huntly
4. Jonah Lomu admitted to hospital
5. Future for unions (Stephen Smith)

3 News

1. Christie Marceau’s parents pushing for bail reform (Rachel Morton)
2. Another fire in Christchurch (Jeff Hampton)
3. Greenpeace protesters remain onboard 
4. NZ security company involved in hostage rescue (Brook Sabin)
5. ALP leadership showdown (Amanda Gillies, live cross)

Commentary

Both networks lead with murdered teen, Christie Marceau’s parents campaign for bail reform that launches tomorrow.  

That was where the similarities ended though.

One News could tell us that (not yet, but soon) the government will be announcing its welfare reforms tomorrow.  A speedway driver, renown in his circles, crashed and died last night.  Jonah Lomu is back in hospital.  Stephen Smith had an insightful look at how Union membership has dropped since 1990.

3 News were chasing fires in Christchurch again while Shell waited for Lucy Lawless’ supplies to run out during her protest over Arctic drilling.  Brook Sabin gave a snapshot of what a New Zealand company did to rescue hostages off Somalia which was actually a promo for his 60 Minutes story tonight before the Rudd and Redhead show rounded out 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. Affco lockout on the cards (Stephen Smith, live cross, exclusive)
2. Bill for Occupy Auckland protest (Donna-Marie Lever)
3. Sri Lankan man dead
4. Greenpeace Arctic drilling protest
5. Syrian conflict (Bridget Kendall, BBC)

3 News

1. Mangawhai residents consider rates strike (Rachel Morton)
2. Greenpeace Arctic drilling protest (Tony Reid)
3. Sri Lankan man dead
4. Syrian conflict
5. Syrian conflict (Emma Hurd, Sky News)

Commentary

One News lead with an exclusive on new drama between unions and employers, this time with AFFCO.  

While 3 News lead with debt being incurred by the Kaipara District Council, One News delivered the costs billed to Auckland ratepayers over the Occupy Auckland protests.  With a legal bill over $194k and $17k for restoring grass, ratepayers won’t be happy hearing the bill came to over $360k in total. 

The Syrian confict coverage has been bothering me for a while.  It seems every night that the networks are broadcasting footage and stories while making statements like “no one from Western media was able to verify its authenticity”.  It may very well be authentic but if night after night after night we’re being shown images that can’t be verified as being authentic, could they simply be propaganda?  Or worse, someone just having a bit of fun with YouTube…

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. Air New Zealand profit down (Amy Kelley, live cross)
2. Opposition responds to Air New Zealand
3. Lombard Finance directors found guilty (Heather du Plessis-Allan)
4. Leo Gao bailed
5. Lucy Lawless boards drilling ship (Sarah Batley)

3 News

1. Lombard Finance directors found guilty (Charlotte Shipman, live cross)
2. Air New Zealand profit down (Tony Field)
3. Lucy Lawless boards drilling ship (Tony Reid, live cross)
4. POAL (Michael Morrah)
5. ALP leadership (Amanda Gillies)

Commentary

Has anyone else noticed that despite David Shearer now being the new leader of the Labour Party, he very rarely is interviewed for opposition opinion?  Former leader Phil Goff has been on the news a couple of times this week but tonight it was Labour’s SOE spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.  Are the TV networks deliberately ignoring him?

Lucy Lawless’ publicity stunt for Greenpeace won top 5 spots on both networks tonight, highlighting Shell’s imminent oil exploration in the Arctic.  I wasn’t aware of this until tonight as I’m sure many others weren’t either so it appears Lucy’s own impending criminal record has been worthwhile.

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. Preliminary report on Air Balloon crash (Daniel Faitaua)
2. POAL Strike (Stephen Smith, live cross)
3. Port of Tauranga profit up 22%
4. ALP leadership drama (Steve Marshall, live cross)
5. 305 jobs set to go at MFAT (Jessica Mutch)

3 News

1. ALP leadership drama (Samantha Hayes, live cross)
2. Paul Henry’s early debut in Australia (Amanda Gillies)
3. National appeases Maori asset sales concerns (Duncan Garner, live cross)
4. 305 jobs set to go at MFAT (Tova O’Brien)
5. McCully’s emails (Patrick Gower)

Commentary

The preliminary report for the Air Balloon crash that happened in January lead One News tonight but was outside the top 5 on 3 News.

The Australian Labor Party drama and the resignation of Kevin Rudd from his foreign affairs ministerial position lead 3 News which was the perfect segue into some PR for Paul Henry’s new role on Australian TV. 

Duncan Garner’s story that the National Party has come to an agreement with the Maori Party over asset sales is one that has bothered me from the start.  To me, it seemed as though it was nothing more than another publicity stunt, much like the “We’re going to mine on Great Barrier” was.  Were National and the Maori Party ever not going to come to an agreement?  Garner made the comment:

“This didn’t need to become a messy public fight”.

The problem with that statement is that the messiness of it all appeared to be manufactured news while the actual negotiations that were going on behind closed doors now appear to have delivered the inevitable outcome.

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. Christchurch Earthquake anniversary (Lisa Davies, live cross)
2. Christchurch Earthquake anniversary (Lorelei Mason, live cross)
3. Remembering the foreigners who died
4. Cantabrians remember (Joy Reid)
5. Awards for heroism (Ruth Wynn-Williams)

3 News

1. Christchurch Earthquake anniversary (Mike McRoberts, live cross)
2. Cantabrians remember (Jeff Hampton, live cross)
3. Remembering the foreigners who died (Jessica Rowe)
4. Awards for heroism (Dan Parker)
5. Family remembers loved ones (Tom McRae)

Commentary

Both Simon Dallow and Mike McRoberts stood outside the Christchurch Cathedral wearing hard hats and yellow vests to deliver the Christchurch Eartquake anniversary coverage which dominated tonight’s bulletins.

One News had a lot of “last years news”, recapping what actually happened 12 months ago in Christchurch.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it would be difficult to believe someone wouldn’t be aware of what had happened.  

Jessica Rowe’s story about the families of the Asian students who died in the CTV building was particularly moving and definitely the best story from all the coverage.  

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 Earthquake memorials (Lorelei Mason, live cross)
2. Christchurch Earthquake memorials (Lisa Davies)
3. Christchurch Earthquake anniversary (Joy Reid)
4. Promo for tomorrow’s Christchurch Earthquake anniversary coverage
5. Solid Energy coal mine Spring Creek (Simon Bradwell)

3 News

1. Christchurch Earthquake memorials (Hamish Clark, live cross)
2. Christchurch Earthquake memorials (Mike McRoberts)
3. Promo for tomorrow’s Christchurch Earthquake anniversary coverage
4. Bexley one year on (Jeff Hampton)
5. Amy Cooney remembers her brother (Mike McRoberts)

Commentary

It was all build up for tomorrow’s Christchurch Earthquake anniversay tonight other than the new mining story on One News.

Outside of the Top 5, 3 News also had hacked emails from Murray McCully in an exclusive that appeared to have very little substance.  Perhaps there is a bombshell on the way but what was shown certainly wasn’t the embarrassment it could have been. 

Verdict

Tie