One News

I normally watch 3 News, if any news show (I generally get my news online) and I decided to switch back and forwards between the two shows tonight to see what stories they were running.

I was amazed at how very little overlap there was tonight in the news stories. Is this usually the case, or quite common?

Miriama Kamo is presenting the news tonight from the newsroom. Could this mean a possible change of set for ONE News tomorrow night?

This has happened in the past where the news has been presented from the newsroom the weekend before the ‘proper year’ gets under way. I remember a few years back when Jim Hickey was presenting the weather and showed a quick view of the studio with just a single chair at the centre of the empty room!

Can anyone else notice a slight difference in the graphics on ONE News tonight? I can’t quite make out what is the difference whether the outline is not as defined as previously or what.

I’m impressed with how overseas TV news have started to make use of computer animations to explain events, such as the animation used in the QANTAS story (graphics from 7 News). I’ve noticed ONE News graphics getting better, would be great if they could do a bit more. It really helps!

When there are plenty of more important European issues and events to report on why does the ONE News European Correspondent persist on covering any news on the Royal family? I understand it would be a whole lot cheaper, but come on they should put a bit more effort in!

TV One had an item on its news last night celebrating the record amount Kiwis spent in the last 10 days on credit & debt cards. Here’s an extract of the print version from their website:

Record Christmas shopping spree
Dec 21, 2006

New Zealanders are having a record spending spree this Christmas, if Eftpos transactions are anything to go by.
Paymark Eftpos, which accounts for around 80% of New Zealand’s electronic transactions, reached a record amount of transactions on Thursday, with 92 transactions a second recorded before midday.
And the Eftpos operator predicts they will reach 100 per second with last minute shopping as Christmas gets closer.
In the last 10 days, Kiwi’s have used their credit or debit cards 23 million times to purchase around $1.3 billion dollars worth of goods, 7% up on the same period for last year.
The big spend up is putting a smile on retailers faces, who are expecting this year to be even better than last.

But they failed to balance this with reference to reports in the last few months about the problems for the country of Kiwis over-using their credit & debit cards, as shown in the following extracts from a TV One report (there’s also a video of the TV report on TVNZ’s website):

Alarm over credit card debt
Sep 19, 2006

The credit card is a handy piece of plastic – particularly in this age of internet and phone shopping.

But New Zealand’s credit card debt now stands at a whopping $4.5 billion.
Of the $4.5 billion owed nationally on cards nearly $3 billion incurred interest in July at an average 18.8%. In the past year New Zealanders have paid about $540 million in interest charges alone.

One News approached the big banks to talk about credit card debt. Westpac refused to comment, while the BNZ and ASB failed to return calls. ANZ and National issued statements saying that they do give tips to customers on handling cards.
In a documentary shown in New Zealand recently an American legal expert reported a conversation she had had with a top banker who explained the attractions of credit cards for banks.

Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren says she was told “if you cut out the people who are least likely to repay, if you cut out the most marginal borrowers – the ones who are deepest in trouble – then you are cutting out the heart of our profits.”
David Skilling from the think tank the New Zealand Institute, says being heavily indebted and having an economy driven by consumption is not going to get New Zealand into the top half of the OECD.
“It’s not going to reverse the brain-drain or close the income gap between us and Australia.”

This is awesome, goes well don’t ya think?

(TV3’s Nightline intro with One News music, by dannewsnz)

Charlotte Glennie is now the Asian Correspondent for ABC Australia. It’s a real shame TVNZ lost her. Surely they could’ve trimmed the budget from somewhere else rather than by closing down the Asian Bureau.

Couldn’t TVNZ possibly make use of the reporters for Asia Down Under and Tangita Pasifika to provide more in-depth stories relating to Asians/Pacific Islanders when needed in their bulletins? I noticed that Tangita Pasifika did use Barbara Dreaver while she was in Fiji for one of their editions. How about the other way around?

And finally how much longer is Bill Ralston expected to remain as Head of News and Current Affairs? Even I admit he’s done an appalling job.

NZ Herald has the article below on their website today, saying that TV One News continues to shed viewers.

3 News figures add to One woes

Saturday December 9, 2006
By Martha McKenzie-Minifie

TVNZ’S embattled One News continues to shed viewers, with 3 News winning a bigger share of its rival’s target audience for the first time last month.

The latest figures end a tough week for TVNZ, during which presenter Susan Wood left the state broadcaster amid a cancer scare after 21 years.

Rumours of low morale also circulated and a stand-off with unions over failed pay talks continued.

3 News, fronted by Mike McRoberts and Hilary Barry, targets viewers aged 18 to 39. But last month it took a 38 per cent share – the biggest chunk of 6pm viewers – of One News’ target 25-to-54-year-old audience, as well as winning in its own target demographic.

One’s flagship news show, presented by Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie, took a 34 per cent share of 25-54, says AGB Nielsen Media Research.

Although One News remained the most watched news bulletin for all people 5 and over, its popularity has fallen in the past two years while its rival’s has risen.

Phillip Hart, media director at media strategists Mitchell & Partners, said the figures were significant.

“It’s more bad news for the One News team,” said Mr Hart. “The news is one of the core foundations of TV One and to lose four weeks in a row is pretty tough for them.”

Mr Hart said the ratings would knock morale – and hit the bottom line – at TVNZ.

In its latest rate-card release, the state broadcaster slashed the price of its news-slot ad space an average 15 per cent for the three months from April.

“Simon and Wendy don’t seem to be resonating with audiences the way their predecessors have and Mike and Hilary are picking that up,” said Mr Hart. “It’s just a continual slide for TV One.”

Advertisers consider viewers in a target demographic more valuable than children and the elderly.

TVNZ news and current affairs publicist Rachel Lorimer said One News remained the country’s most watched news bulletin for all people 5 and above, commanding a 42 per cent share to 3 News’ 29 per cent.

She said competition was hotting up but it was not all bad news.

“There are lots of positives, including, of course, One News being judged Best News at the Qantas TV Awards.”

TVNZ had several initiatives in the pipeline, such a new lead-in show, local soap opera The Point.

Ms Lorimer said TV One’s 7pm offering, Close Up, had performed well against TV3’s Campbell Live, including in the important Auckland market.

Mr Hart said the 7pm slot was toughly contested: “It’s not as if Campbell Live has set the world on fire.”

Judy Bailey signs off for the last time on One News.

Network News is rebranded to One News (31/12/1999), but even Judy is still adjusting to the change.