The Nation

Q+A2012As the year draws to a close, it’s time to take a look at how the shows that appear on our screens week in and week out have compared to the previous year.  First up, it’s the weekend politics programs – TV One’s Q+A and TV3’s The Nation.

While Q+A screened at nine on Sunday mornings, The Nation debuted on Saturday mornings and then had a repeat at 8am on Sunday with an additional discussion panel to fill in the extra time available due to the absence of advertising during that time.

The Nation: Continue reading »

nation_logoYesterday we published a story that claimed The Nation had been canned by TV3.  This is incorrect.  TV3 contacted us this afternoon, concerned about inaccuracies in the story.  As it turns out, the release sent out by Frontpage, the company that has produced The Nation for TV3 for the last 4 years was misleading.

The headline stated “After four years The Nation ends this weekend”. However, TV3’s Head of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings, told Throng that this isn’t the case at all.

“The Nation is a TV3-owned concept and part of our news and current affairs stable and we certainly haven’t ‘canned’ it.”

What is actually happening is that the independent production company has been removed from the equation and it will now be produced in house. Continue reading »

nation_logoThis is a release provided by Frontpage regarding the end of The Nation, however, it is incorrect.  TV3 plans to screen The Nation in 2014 but produce it inhouse.

TV3’s weekend political show The Nation will screen for the final time this week after not being renewed for 2014.  The decision will free up the approximately $900,000 budget of NZ On Air funding the show has received annually for other projects.

TV3 have decided to end “The Nation” so this weekend will be our last broadcast.

And we going to go out with a look back at some of the highlights of the past four years.

We’ll include excerpts from our early coverage of the arts; our expose of the Rugby World Cup traffic shambles; Clayton Cosgrove’s campaign funding; Winston Peters on the road and a look at Bill English’s home town. Continue reading »

There are a couple of peculiar things about today’s press release from NZ On Air:

NZ On Air is pleased to announce support for Q + A for TV ONE and The Nation for TV3 in 2013.

Both programmes are supported through the Platinum Fund – a special contestable fund supporting programmes with something important to say about New Zealand.

“NZ On Air is committed to funding quality current affairs and we’re pleased to be able to support both The Nation and Q + A” says NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson. “These programmes have proven track records for discussing important and timely issues and contributing to mainstream current affairs.”

The Platinum Fund supports content that may be currently difficult to find on our screens.

Yesterday we published some figures about how 2012 has fared for our investment.  On average The Nation cost 6.6 times more per viewer per episode than Q+A and also delivers TV3 revenue via advertising due to the time and day it is broadcast.

It would be very easy to understand why NZ On Air could choose to not fund the show based on those figures.  However, fund the show, it has.

What I find most interesting is the final sentence of their press release:

The Platinum Fund supports content that may be currently difficult to find on our screens.

Are current affairs shows that difficult to find on our screens now?  Or is their statement an indictment on the performance of supposed current affairs shows whose role it would be assumed is to hold politicians to account and demand better performance?  If that is the case, are we now on a slippery slope where broadcasters could suggest dropping their current affairs shows in the hope of getting funding in order to keep them on air?  How long before we see Campbell Live and Holmes 3.0 being at least partially funded by NZ On Air?

NZ On Air announces their platinum funding decisions this week.  Both Q+A and The Nation eagerly await word as to whether or not they’ve been funded for 2013.

  • David Shearer looks back at the week, talks about David Cunliffe, Helen Clark and the future.
  • Matt McCarten and Colin James on the Labour Party.
  • Auckland real estate agent Graham Wall and Professor Lawrence Murphy from the UoA Business School on house prices in Auckland.
  • Brian Edwards and Bill Ralston look back at a tumultuous year in the media.

The Nation airs on Saturday at 9:30am and at 8:00am on Sunday.

– John Key in an extended interview with Rachel
– The Labour Party — what its rule changes will mean for the future of David Shearer’s leadership and the party itself. Natasha Smith and Colin James report from the annual conference.
– That NZ should become a Republic — Lewis Holden from the Republican Movement. The Monarchists have refused to join in a debate because it would “demean democracy” would be “undignified” and would “bring negativity when there is so much positivity around”! Continue reading »

Damien O’Connor on why successive Governments allowed Pike River to happen.

Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley in an extended interview with Rachel.

What’s wrong with the way the Electoral Commission administers MMP — we investigate a glaring hole in the Commission’s regulation which could mean that at least one political party is illegitimate.

Colin James on the week in politics

Susan Wood joins Brian Edwards on the Media Panel. Continue reading »

– Does saying yes to Hobbits also mean we surrender our sovereignty under the Trans Pacific Partnership — NZCTU President, Helen Kelly; NZ – US Council director, Stephen Jacobi; Professor Jane Kelsey and representatives from the film production industry debate this issue.

– An investigation into the troubled state of the University of Canterbury. The University’s Vice Chancellor is live with Rachel.

– Brian Edwards is finally back from Italy! So he’s back on the Media Panel — this week, with Susan Wood. Continue reading »

The Manufacturing Crisis.

– Jenee Tibshraeny reports from Kawerau — once the Government’s manufacturing showpiece now the country’s welfare capital on the latest redundancies at the paper mill.
– Natasha Smith reports from Whangarei on the bright future facing one of the country’s super yacht builders — part of the marine industry, now our biggest manufacturing industry.
– Kawerau Mayor Malcolm Campbell is with Rachel.
– EPMU National Secretary also with Rachel
– Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is with Rachel.
– The Media Panel is Bill Ralston and NewstalkZB’s Susan Wood. (Brian is still lost in Italy). Continue reading »