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. 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)
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)
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.