I’m looking to take on at least one person from the start of November to help me out with Throng. This is a fairly flexible role with limited hours and would suit someone who loves TV, loves writing and wants a new challenge with the aim of increasing their hours over time.

If this might be you, email me: regan @

We’ve been offline for more than 24 hours thanks to some numpty Chorus contractor digging up a fibre link just down the road. Normal service will resume shortly…

I recently did an interview with Wal Reid from the New Zealand Entertainment Podcast. My part kicks in at 17mins if you’re interested. Among other things, we discuss House of Cards, Shortland Street, Seven Sharp, The Paul Henry Show and True Detective

It was suggested in the comments yesterday that perhaps we run an open post during some specific shows for those of you who want to, to comment on. I’m always open to trying something new so we’ll start off with Masterchef tonight and see how we go.

If there are any other shows that you might like a post specifically for this purpose, please let me know in the comments.



Happy New Year everyone!  Firstly I’d like to thank all of our regular readers for taking the time to visit, read, comment and contribute to the conversations here on Throng.  One of the regular comments people make is that it would be nice to have some different voices writing here.  In 2014, I’d like that to be the case as well.  There are a number of things I’d like to see develop on Throng this year but in order for that to happen, there will need to be some new contributors join the team.  If you think you’d like to contribute something either on a regular basis or just whenever you feel the urge to vent or get excited about something then I’d invite you to get in touch and we can have a discussion around how that can happen. Continue reading »

Thanks to everyone for your kind messages over the last week.  For those of you who don’t know, I spent last week in hospital with pneumonia.  I’ve got 4-6 weeks of recovery so will be building back into things until then.

There is much to catch up on and I have a number of pieces of analysis to publish, the first of which will be up shortly.

Next week we’d like to run some reader commentary on Throng so here is our extended invitation.

If there is something you’d like to say about a show, a channel, programming, production, funding, FTA vs Pay or anything else to do with television in our fine country, put your fingers to the keyboard and type up your thoughts.

All submissions should be received by 5pm, Thursday July 11th so we can schedule them for next week and should be emailed to regan [at]


We’re contemplating introducing a new forum on Throng for a bit more general discussion about television but would like to get some feedback on whether or not this might be something useful.

Happy to take on board any other content suggestions you might have.

I would like to apologize to Choice TV, Brian Holland from Choice TV and to Regan Cunliffe over the posting below made the other day, which clearly should have been looked into further before the post was made.

It is habit for me to dive in before finding out the full story and this experience has made realize that I need to rethink the way I do things on message boards like Throng and elsewhere.

I believed at the time it was the right thing to do but to call out Choice TV as I did, on reflection, was the incorrect way of doing things and I also apologize for that as well.

I sincerely hope this has not ruined the relationship Throng has with Choice TV and I also hope it has not ruined the relationship I have with Regan as a member of Throng.

Thank you.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Nigel Godfrey as a new contributor to Throng.

We’ve been fans of Nigel’s work since we met him on the set of New Zealand Idol 8 years ago.  He has a wealth of TV industry experience and plenty to say about it so we look forward to his thoughts and commentary.

Nigel Godfrey made both his West End and Television debuts at the age of 13 during the year of the Queen’s first jubilee. After leaving Alleyn’s School he starred as Kipps at the Westminster Theatre in Half a Sixpence and followed this with lead roles in both Oh What a  Lovely War and The Boyfriend at London’s Golden Lane Theatre. In 1986 and 1987 he worked with The Miss World Group and Thames Television on Miss UK, Miss Great Britain and The International Final of Miss World – broadcast LIVE from The Royal Albert hall to an estimated audience of 500 Million. Nigel Continued to work for Thames Television until 1988 when he decided to move to Sydney. Continue reading »