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Glucina calls it on Campbell Live

Rachel Glucina tells a few home truths about Campbell Live, John Campbell and those seeking to beatify him.

Campbell can evidently see the writing on the wall. He has engaged media lawyer Linda Clark to fight his cause. And supporters have launched a PR campaign taking to Twitter with a barrage of hyperbole and excuses.

Here are a few of the over-reactions:

• John Campbell is irreplaceable.
• John Key is in MediaWorks’ ear and behind the show’s demise because it holds the government to account.
Campbell Live is the only one doing serious journalism.
• Its exit will signal the death of hard-hitting news, public interest and political accountability.

No. No. No. And no.

There are 20 quality current affairs shows out there, not including Seven Sharp. John Campbell is not the be all and end all…actually he will probably be the end all.

The truth, of course, can be a bitter pill to swallow. Low ratings and commercial reality is what’s at stake. Retaining viewers and growing advertising revenue is core.

The show has been hemorrhaging viewers and ratings for years. Addressing why audiences are tuning out may be difficult for Campbell when his name is on the door. No one likes to lose a popularity competition, and let’s face it, that’s what prime time is.

He’s had ten years of coming second…let’s face it isn’t going to change.

Campbell, I understand, has refused to accept internal suggestions that the show needs to adapt and develop to meet the changing face of media.

Suggestions that he should have a female co-host were strongly rebuffed.

Word has it he rejected a 3 year deal, preferring martyrdom and possible saint-hood instead.

Superficial alterations were made to the programme earlier this year. Campbell Live got a new logo; its host a three-piece suit and gimmicky facial hair.

But that didn’t put a band-aid over the sore, let alone find a legitimate solution to a systemic problem. Viewers are fleeing and how do we keep them? Grow a goatee.

If the behemoth that is TVNZ could adapt and meet the challenges of retaining viewers at 7 o’clock, then what’s stopping TV3?

Campbell Live, which recently celebrated 10 years on air, has long struggled in the ratings competition against counterpart Seven Sharp. And TV3 knows if it’s not winning at 7pm, viewing numbers for the rest of the night will be affected.

The bottom line is people are digesting news differently. No longer are audiences prepared to sit down for a 90-minute hard news marathon. News divisions around the world have had to repackage content in a more engaging way at prime time.

Since news the television current affairs show may be axed, ratings have jumped for Campbell Live.

A crueler tongue than mine likened it to knowing that you are dying and having your funeral early to see who will turn out. Of course it’s a capacity crowd. How long that crowd gathers at the wake and sheds a tear is another thing.

Campbell, a former share trader, was little amused at comments made by John Key, a former broker, who declared last week he has little sympathy for a programme on a private station that needs to net commercial returns for shareholders.

Key branded it an “entertainment” show which got Campbell’s Y-fronts in a knot.

Campbell retaliated on air like an insolent child – he played Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You in the opening credits of his show, and signed off: “I hope we entertained you”.

Let’s hope the Campbell Live fracas has not turned into an ego platform for a man who couldn’t see the writing on the wall early enough.

The ratings boost won’t last…the luvvies will have moved on to rage about something as equally insignificant as a pompous, sanctimonious twat called John Campbell.

 

– NZ Herald

Yep, we called it first, highway robbers illegal and they are bludgers too

The other day we called the chuggers from Coromandel highway robbers and it turns out we were right…and the media has picked up on our call.

A small-town group’s roadside fundraising methods have been labelled “aggressive” by authorities, with commentators even calling the stint highway robbery.

Coromandel group Koputauaki Combined Community Centre carried out illegal fundraising after they stopped cars on an open road and asked for gold coin donations.

People from the centre set up traffic cones on a 100km/h stretch of Colville Rd, north of Coromandel town, over the weekend and reportedly asked motorists to donate a gold coin before they were allowed through to continue their journey.

Fundraising Institute New Zealand chief executive James Austin described the methods “aggressive”.

Thames Coromandel District Council said the activities breached a council bylaw, and that council had spoken to its lawyers about the breach.

Council’s Thames area manager, Greg Hampton, said the centre did not apply for a permit for the fundraising, so had breached a bylaw. A permit is required under the Public Places Bylaw, and the group also should have submitted a traffic management plan, Hampton said.

Hampton could not confirm whether council was considering legal action.

“We haven’t really discussed that yet, and we haven’t had an official complaint.”

Controversial blogger Cameron Slater weighed in on the debate, stating on his Whale Oil blog that the activities were “highway robbery”.

“Imagine this sort of carry-on popping up all over the place? This needs to be stamped out, and stamped out hard.”

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Otago Uni Trougher slags off Funder #DirtyPolitics

Last month I ran a post about anti-sugar troughers and their upcoming conference The 6th National Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference.

It is being run by the Agencies for Nutrition Action or ANA, which hovers up over $300,000 per year in taxpayer funding from the bottomless pit of the Ministry of Health.

A key speakers is Otago University academic Lisa te Morenga who will speak about “Sugar and its Impact on Health: Implications for public health interventions.”

That’s code for sugar taxes on fizzy drinks, restrictions on marketing and banning products they don’t like.

The organisers of this trough-fest will be hoping it’s a great success in order to push for yet more funding from the likes of the Health Promotion Agency.   Read more »

Guest Post – Calling Quail

Simon Lusk with Bruce, Mabo and Dave and his might Isuzu D-Max

Simon Lusk with Bruce, Mabo and Dave and his mighty Isuzu D-Max

by Simon Lusk

Californian Quail can be very cunning and hard to locate. I have spent many, many hours trying to locate birds right across the country, doing reasonably well with dogs, but did substantially better when I started using a locator call.

Mouth calls are tricky to get to work well. I have tried most on the market and while they can help locate birds they do not always sound right, so I have largely given up on them. Instead I use an AJ Productions Call with an upland card in it.     Read more »

Someone needs to tell Dalton he’s dreamin’

Grant Dalton really needs to watch ‘The Castle’ and listen to Daryl Kerrigan.

Team New Zealand will fight for an America’s Cup pre-regatta in Auckland, despite the event’s organisers announcing all races will be in Bermuda in 2017.

Prime Minister John Key said it was “extremely unlikely” the team would get government funding following the announcement on the Cup’s official website yesterday.

Team NZ board chairman Keith Turner told the Herald it “was not the end of the road” for an Auckland qualifying race and the America’s Cup Event Authority’s (ACEA) statement was not legal. The decision was subject to a legal process after the ACEA backtracked on its decision to hold an Auckland event, he said.

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Asset Sales backfires on Dalziel

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The leftie mantra that asset sales are evil under any circumstances as come to haunt ex-Labour MP and Christchuch mayor Leanne Dalziel

Six Christchurch City Councillors are pitching an alternative budget in a bid to avoid asset sales.

The Christchurch City Council is facing a $1.2 billion dollar funding shortfall and is considering a partial sell-down of its assets, including Christchurch International Airport, Orion, and Lyttelton Port. Read more »

Real voter winning suggestion from Young Labour

Yesterday I pointed out that Labour has a propensity to appeal to the margin and not to the middle of New Zealand.

Here is yet another example…Young Labour proposing that Te Reo be compulsory in schools.

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Effwit of the Week

I was going to use Idiot, but somehow it just isn’t enough.

James Dann tweeted this yesterday, and the independent political commentator used by NZ Herald, Bryce Edwards re-tweeted it.

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Ports flips the bird at Len and the luvvies

The Ports of Auckland has flipped the bird at Mayor Len Brown and the luvvies supporting halting work, they have moved in the cranes and construction equipment and got underway on their legally mandated and approved extension work.

Ports of Auckland chairman Graeme Hawkins has announced the company is proceeding with two massive wharf extensions into the Waitemata Harbour.

The decision to continue work comes despite public protests and a political call by Auckland Council to halt work until a wide-ranging port study is done.

The port company has resource consent for the work and there are no legal barriers to prevent it.

Following a board meeting today Mr Hawkins said there had been a hold up with some gear but work was proceeding on the extensions to Bledisloe Wharf. Read more »

Reader content: ANZAC Day Monday observance

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Next Saturday is ANZAC Day – a day for commemoration of New Zealanders who fought wars around the world and more latterly have served in peacekeeping roles, and especially in remembrance of those who died young serving New Zealand. Like many readers and millions of New Zealanders I will be up early to join the local services – a small sacrifice compared to that given by those servicemen and women.   Read more »