My super scientific Masterchef rankings*:

1 (no change) Tanisha and Verena

2 (up from 3): Karina and Kasey

3rd equal: Jaimie and Bec, Nikki and Jordan and Trudie and Shelley (I can not separate these three duos).

*I think that any of these duos could win.  The competition is so hot.

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marksainsburyThe headline in this morning’s Sunday Star Times read “Personal Grievances at TVNZ Double”.

TVNZ spent almost quarter of a million dollars to settle a doubling in personal grievance cases in the past financial year.

The payments cover employment action taken by 10 staff and total $246,000 – up $182,150 on 2012, during which there were four settled personal grievances.

In 2011, TVNZ paid out $82,000 following four grievances, and in 2010 the figure was $86,250 following five complaints against the network.

Let’s crunch these numbers.  This equates, on average, to 4 people being paid $20,500 in 2010, 5 people being paid $17,250 in 2011, 4 people being paid 15,692.50 in 2012 and mysteriously, 8 people being paid $30,750 each in 2013.

That settlement trend was heading down until 2013, the year Seven Sharp replaced Close Up. One large, single settlement could easily bump up those numbers without creating any cause for concern over other issues of grievances at TVNZ. Continue reading »

q_a_logo_2013_N3I had to laugh on Sunday morning at how quickly the new Radio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson emphatically responded to Susan Wood’s question about the two state broadcasters potentially merging news rooms.

SUSAN Quick last question.  Do you fancy, or would you be in favour of a joint newsroom with TVNZ?

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Talofa, welcome to part two of Masterchef goes to Samoa.

Here are my updated super scientific Masterchef rankings after part one of the Samoa trip:

6 (down from 5):  Nikki and Jordan (dark blue aprons).  Coming into tonight they were the worst performing duo in the previous marinated fish challenge.  This means they are only one bad dish away from elimination.

5 (up from 6) Trudie and Shelley (Teal aprons) – still don’t see them winning.

4 (down from 3):  Glynn and James (Light blue aprons).  These boys should be able to light a fire, which should help them with tonight’s challenge.  I think they think they are better than they are (surprised when they get negative comments).

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My super scientific Masterchef rankings:

6 (down from 5):  Trudie and Shelley (Teal aprons) hit the bottom in the rankings this week.  I know they won the burger challenge last week, but I still see them as the least likely to win this competition.

5 (down from 3):  Sadly, Nikki and Jordan (Dark Blue aprons) continue to drop in my rankings.  Of any team who could storm back into the top three, I would bet on these two however.

4 (up from 6):  Jaimie and Bec (Purple aprons) work well as a team.  They seem to cook well.  Will they win? I just don’t think so.

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Tonight there is no elimination, but there will be a big prize for the winners.  The pantry is open for the entire night and the pressure is off, in terms of elimination, so it should be interesting to see how the duos work in this situation.  Tonight’s challenge is to create the best burger and chips in 30 minutes.  The second place prize tonight is a night of luxury up north in a hotel for the bottom four teams.  The top two duos will enjoy a night of luxury in Melbourne and time with George C in his test kitchen.

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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 »