Before we get into tonight’s show, here are my updated rankings:

6 (down from 4):  Jaimie and Bec (Purple aprons): These two are good cooks, and work pretty well under pressure, but as they said themselves last week, they are running out of middle.  They haven’t regularly been near the top OR at the bottom, but squarely in the middle.  Time is running out for them.

5 (no change):  Trudie and Shelley (Teal aprons): I find it hard to separate this duo from Jaimie and Bec.  The same arguments could be made for both pairs.  It comes down to who does better on the night.

4 (up from 6):  Glynn and James (Light blue aprons): These two have proven me wrong time and again with their cooking.  Dark horses in the mix?  I would like to hear less surprise about still being in the competition and more cooking to prove why they should stay there.

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The good news is that local content was up slightly across the board in 2013 but this was only due to increases provided by Maori Television and Mediaworks’ TV3 and Four. TVNZ provided the largest decline in local content.

The annual NZ On Air Local Content Report released today reveals some challenges being faced by the television sector.

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. Continue reading »

So after last nights Rabbit challenge, tonight we have the elimination round with two duos safe – Tanisha and Venera (Green Aprons) and Karena and Kasey (Pink aprons).

Pre-Show Highly Scientific Masterchef Duo Rankings:

7 (down from 4): Jack and Cerry (White aprons): The happy-go-lucky attitude is entertaining, but it does not instill a lot of hope that they can make it through this elimination.

6 (up from 7):  Glynn and James (Light blue aprons): How many more challenges can they fluke their way through?

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Welcome to my first ever recap of anything ever!

Right, before the show gets under way tonight I thought I would give my rankings for the Top 7 at this stage in the competition.

Highly Scientific Masterchef Duo Rankings:

7.  Glynn and James (Light blue aprons) – These guys seem to me like they entered the competition for a bit of a laugh and are surprised that they are still here.  They came on Masterchef having never done any baking. What the truck?!  They both CAN cook, but I see them as least likely to win in the end, and it seems as though they would agree. Continue reading »

shocked-tamatiAfter the recent revelations of conflicts of interest by TVNZ employees and a number of them going on to become members of parliament, or at least attempt to be, TVNZ is now suggesting that employees may have to disclose their political affiliations.  Furthermore, it appears as though TVNZ will no longer employ presenters who have stood for a party after the Shane Taurima fiasco.

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick says employees may have to declare any links with a political party as a result of Labour hopeful Shane Taurima’s actions while general manager of its Maori and Pacific unit.

But TVNZ’s existing guidelines for journalists already advise that and warn against situations similar to that when Mr Taurima was rehired at the state broadcaster last year.


Former Breakfast weather presenter Tamati Coffey will not be allowed back in a similar role at Television New Zealand after putting his hand up for Labour. Continue reading »

Perhaps Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter hasn’t watched much TV recently but much of what we watch is advertising packaged up as content, is it not?  A startling revelation this is not.

Last week we were issued a takedown notice by TVNZ over their dodgy cyber bullying story we posted to YouTube.  We’ve countered that claiming fair use and the fact that it was now a news story itself, not to mention that other media organisations have published the video, as news, on their own video platforms.

We also published TVNZ’s apology less than 2 days later.  Ironically, TVNZ haven’t chosen to pursue a takedown on that one. Continue reading »

TVNZ_buildingI noted on Sunday that one of the papers highlighted TVNZ’s warnings to staff to stay silent and not speak up about the state broadcasters recent issues around conflicts of interest and the manufacturing of stories from their newsroom.

State broadcaster TVNZ has attempted to push the mute button on staff – with a media ban and fears of dismissal for those who speak out.

The company media policy was the focus of two meetings last month.

Staff were warned before and after a leak to the New Zealand Herald revealing abusive messages read out on air by Peter Williams and Dean Butler of TVNZ were actually made up. Continue reading »

After their newsroom was caught out making stuff up, TVNZ now appear to be in damage control, issuing takedown notices for content that is clearly now a news item.

Dear Throng Media:

We have disabled the following material as a result of a third-party notification from Television New Zealand claiming that this material is infringing:

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