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. 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

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 on hospital safety (Amy Kelley, live cross)
2. Increase in infectious diseases (Arrun Soma)
3. Rob Petricevic apologises for Bridgecorp (Stephen Smith)
4. Diwesh Sharma admits burning wife to death
5. Glendene flash flood (Kate Lynch)

3 News

1. Poll: Tighter laws wanted for land sales to foreigners (Duncan Garner, live cross)
2. Report on hospital safety (Rachel Morton)
3. Increase in infectious diseases (Michael Morrah)
4. Rob Petricevic apologises for Bridgecorp (Tony Field)
5. Liquifaction cemetary bones not human (Annabelle Tukia) 

Commentary

Two very interesting healt reports tonight.  First there was the hospital safety report.  Amy Kelley mistakenly left off the word million from her story, saying there were only 2.7 people admitted to hospitals.  One News focused on the 52% of events that were falls.  (There were also 29% of events that were errors in diagnosis and treatment.) 

Then there was the report on infectious diseases 

3 News lead with a new poll on what New Zealanders think about non resident foreigners buying New Zealand land.

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. Glendene flash flood (Donna-Marie Lever, live cross)
2. Whitney Houston farewelled (Jack Tame)
3. Peter Beck delivers final sermon (Max Bania)
4. Promo for TV One’s earthquake anniversary coverage
5. Christchurch boy racers 

3 News

1. Bones coming up (Annabelle Tukia, exclusive)
2. Mine safety investigation (Brooke Sabin, exclusive)
3. First political poll of 2012 (Duncan Garner, live cross)
4. Syriian conflict (Sacha Williams, ITV)
5. Whitney Houston farewelled (Elaine Quijano, CBS)

Commentary

The gratuitous nature of reporting done by the media these days is not actually newsworthy.  However, that doesn’t prevent them from saying things like “we bought you this story”, “when we broke this story” or “we were the ones that uncovered this”.  Perhaps if you win an AFTA then you can congratulate yourself for good journalism.

Jack Tame has been unleashed in America and informed us that since her death, Whitney Houston’s greatest hits has had a sales increase of 6000%.  As with most meaningless numbers, I had to look on Billboard to see that the album had re-entered the charts at #6, just behind Paul McCartney’s new album debut.

One News then talked up their Christchurch Earthquake anniversary coverage that will be airing this week.  Strangely though, their graphic referred to the channel as “TV1″.

3 News lead with 2 exclusives. Firstly, the bones that had come out of their graves due to liquifaction in Christchurch.  The bones were shown on screen which appeared to offend a few people on twitter.  The second was a story about 37 other incidents of mine safety concerns.  

The first political poll of the year on 3 had swings of 3.3% and 3.4% which, having just started the electoral term, had Duncan Garner saying that if an election were held today, John Key and National wouldn’t be able to govern.  

The Syrian coverage by ITV’s Sacha Williams stated that the video footage was not able to be authenticated.  And it was still a story.

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. Glendene flooding (Donna-Marie Lever)
2. Arson at Christchurch schools (Max Bania) 
3. Niue missing art (Barbara Dreaver)
4. Newscorp to launch The Sunday Sun (Tom Simmons, BBC)
5. Whitney Houston’s funeral

3 News

1. Speed-flying tradgedy (Tom McRae)
2. Prince Johan Friso caught in avalanche 
3. Whitney Houston’s funeral (Manuel Gallegus, live cross)
4. Syrian conflict (Brooke Sabin)
5. Race Relations Conciliator role (Alex O’Hara)

Commentary

Is missing artwork from the tiny Pacific nation of Niue really one of the top 5 most important new stories of interest to Kiwi’s today? One News thought so.

Could the same be said of the former member of the Dutch Royal House who was buried in an avalanche?  3 News thought so.

Both stories have some news value to Kiwi’s but surely they should have been further down the bulletin.  

Verdict

Tie