Major News Agencies & Broadcasters to Boycott Rugby World Cup.

Leading news agencies have launched a boycott of the 2007 Rugby World Cup, plunging the event into controversy on the eve of its opening game.

News agencies the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse & Getty Images said that no text, photo or video news from the World Cup would be sent for 24 hours in protest at restrictions imposed by the sport’s governing body, on the transmission of photos during games.

The effect of the Boycott Is likely to have a significant impact on New Zealand Broadcasters TVNZ, Prime & Sky as none of the Networks have rights to broadcast RWC games, and will rely heavily on internationally acquired footage. understands further boycotts are in the pipeline- which could have a profound effect on TVNZ who rely on both the Associated Press and Reuters as primary news sources..

Mediaworks owned TV3 is unlikely to feel the brunt of the strict broadcast guidelines- as they are New Zealand’s official broadcaster of the Rugby World Cup.

It’s believed a number of the countries online news sources such as,,, & will also be hindered by the restrictions.

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Meet the New One News Weather Presenter Renee Wright.

United Travel Getaway presenter Renee Wright has taken on a position as Weather Presenter for One News according to .

The former model and radio host is no stranger to the One News team. She presented the Tabloid/Entertainment Show ‘Headliners’ for the broadcaster during 2005 before it was cancelled due to poor ratings.

Wright hadn’t been heard or seen from much in the past year until the original Getaway presenter Charlotte Dawson left the position leaving the door open for Wright and C4’s Clarke Gayford.

Wright is one of a few new faces tipped to replace former surf lifesaving champ Brendan Horan who took voluntary redundancy from the state broadcaster earlier in the week.

It’s unclear if Wright will continue her position at Getaway.

Neither TVNZ or Prime TV were available for comment.

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For the second consecutive week, PRIME Television has achieved a record ratings result with the channel’s highest ever audience share (7.2%) amongst all people 5+, an increase of 16% compared with the same week last year.

In PRIME’s target audience of all people aged 25-54, the channel also achieved its best ever peak audience share of 7.0% for the second consecutive week, 11% higher than in the same week last year.

The growth in August comes on top of PRIME’s record-breaking result in July, when the channel achieved its highest ever monthly cumulative audience with over 2.4 million people tuning in.

PRIME Channel Manager Karen Bieleski said “We are naturally delighted that audiences are responding so well to our new programmes such as America’s Got Talent and Robin Hood, as well as existing favourites like Doctor Who, PRIME Presents and PRIME News.

“Last year, PRIME achieved its highest ratings in the second half the year, and we are confident that we will repeat this pattern in 2007. We are still to launch some fantastic new series like Flight Of The Conchords and our local sitcom, Welcome To Paradise, which will both premiere next month exclusively on PRIME.”

PRIME increased channel share is due to the popularity of new shows including America’s Got Talent, Robin Hood and Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader along with regular favourites Top Gear, Doctor Who, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, United Travel Getaway, Wife Swap, The Crowd Goes Wild and Midsomer Murders.

What happened to the Goodmorning programme on Prime. The one from Sydney. I liked it as it was fun and gave an Aussie slant to the world. I loved that Guy who is the main presenter. He loved himself and thinks he knows everything. The weather man is great.

Are they going to bring it back….. Be great if they did..

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interesting indeed. Also I wonder who the new male C4 host will be?

The TVNZ website has a very nifty feature I have been using for a while. It is a television schedule of all the programmes the free to air channels in New Zealand are showing, TV One, TV2, TV3, C4, and Prime.

The only problem I have with the schedule listings is that the programmes don’t always line up with their respective starting time.

Just saw a 2007 new season add for Prime – looked so much better than the other channels 2007 season adds.
It had heaps of new shows that are not on their 2007 new season list and they looked really intresting!
They include..
*Some new show for Charlotte Dawson called ” Charlottes list” which looks like one of those Hollywood paparazi/ gossip shows!
* A new drama comedy called “Psych” follows Shawn Spencer who has developed a keen eye for detail after being instructed by his police officer father to note even the most minute details of his surroundings. After Shawn calls in a tip on a crime to the police, he is actually accused of committing the crime. To try to clear his name, Shawn convinces the police that he is a psychic and he begins solving cases for the police…
*and a drama called “kidnapped”
There were more shows but they moved to fast!
Their new catch phrase is ” Feel the sensation ‘ lol!

Ok heres a question: Why is it that TV One and Prime have been scheduling the same show at the same time opposite each other?

TV One: Midsomer Murders, 8.45PM
Prime: Midsomer Murders, 8.30PM
(Prime has since removed Midsomer Murders from its schedule and replaced it with movies)

TV One: Ten Years Younger In Ten Days, 7.30PM
Prime: Ten Years Younger, 7.30PM

Seems pointless really…

How come the main NZ story of the day, or even according to some of the decade, didn’t come til after the first ad break? In fact if I remember correctly they started off with some overseas stories when there’s all sorts of majorly significant stuff going on in NZ today.

Did I miss something? did they in fact cover Brash’s resignation in detail earlier?

With new cult shows and returning favourites, Prime’s new lineup looks more youth orientated in 2007

New Series Include:
Robin Hood
Hidden Palms
Dead Like Me
I Pity The Fool
AA Torque Show
Work Out
No Reservations

Documentaries including:
Captain Cook – Obsession And Betrayal In The New World
Disasters Waiting To Happen
Derek Tastes Ear Wax

Returning Series Include:
Top Gear
Monster Garage
United Travel Getaway
Doctor Who
The L Word
Las Vegas
Reno 911!
Dog The Bounty Hunter