John Campbell

The left can stop whining about John since Rachel is coming to replace him

asda

Martyn Martin, Tiso and all the cry babies can rest assured that another journalist that won’t be influenced by National will take over the “real and honest investigative reporting” reins at TV3.

So calm down you lot.

Perhaps John Key will be taken down by Heifer Smalley?   As they say, if you want the job done properly, send a woman.

I’m quite amused by the possibility of 3 dumping Campbell for Smalley.   Campbell may not have been to the management’s liking, but at least he can’t be accused of being a lightweight.

Mediaworks management realistic about John Campbell

MediaWorks management viewed Campbell Live’s crusading journalism as a liability that stretched audience patience, company sources say.

The show’s ongoing coverage of Pike River, where 29 men died in a 2010 explosion at a West Coast coal mine, was specifically singled out by management as having led to viewer “fatigue”.

The term “fatigue” struck a sour note last night with Bernie Monk, spokesman for families of the dead mine workers.

“I can’t believe that would be one of the aspects of getting rid of John,” he said.

“Sure Campbell Live covered a lot of it but TV One did a hell of a lot too and they are still willing to do that.

“Campbell Live was a great ally in getting the truth out and I felt he was never over the top or on a crusade by any means.”

The review by management – which concluded on Thursday with host John Campbell leaving the network and the show facing replacement within the next six weeks – also considered Campbell Live over-emphasised charitable fundraising and coverage of the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake, GCSB spying and child poverty.

They’ve labelled it the “GCSB”, but it was of course Campbell’s obsession to bring John Key down at the behest of Kim Dotcom and with the help of stellar performers such as Wrongly Wrongson. Read more »

John Campbell to join Red Radio?

The excuses keep on coming.  Apparently John Campbell’s show failed because it didn’t have enough people too lazy to change the channel after watching an Aussie Soap 2 hours earlier?

Are these people even hearing what they’re saying?

Martin Gillman, partner at MG Communications, said the departure of the veteran broadcaster is a sad day for journalism.

“He’ll be greatly missed. I think he’s the nicest person in broadcasting, so it’s tragic that he’s going.

“He’s become the scapegoat for a bigger issue at MediaWorks, which is the fact that the 6pm to 7.30pm slot is not performing as well as it needs to.”

MediaWorks’ revenue is directly proportionate to the size of the audience it can deliver, Mr Gillman said.

For quite some time now the audience for 3News, and as a result Campbell Live, has been waning, he said.

Mr Gillman believes the company is right to do something about Campbell Live’s time slot.

“One of the reasons the audience is flagging is because the news audience wasn’t delivering a good audience into the 7pm slot.”

While it might sound bizarre, the problem stems back to the loss of Australian soap opera Home and Away, Mr Gillman said. Read more »

Irreplaceable?

Toby Manhire says John Campbell’s style is irreplaceable.

When news broke six weeks ago that Campbell Live was on the chopping block the response was genuinely astonishing. This wasn’t just your garden-variety social media outrage – huge numbers of people were properly pissed off, they took it personally.

I felt a bit sorry, even, for MediaWorks bosses, who found themselves copping heaps of flak. Some of it they deserve (and yesterday’s announcement, two minutes before Bill English began reading the Budget, was cynical and unbecoming), but at least as much would have been better hurled at politicians from both major parties who had allowed public service television to become all but extinct.

Oh come on…the media hate politicians doing the Friday dump…and when it suits them they use it themselves.

John Campbell’s mix of acuity, tenacity and integrity is irreplaceable. His work in leading campaigns on school lunches, in disaster relief, and especially in remaining tirelessly focused on Christchurch, when most outside the region had stopped paying much attention, adds up to a formidable legacy.

It is hard to overstate how keenly he’ll be missed by colleagues, too: everyone from those in the mailroom through to senior journalists at TV3 speaks glowingly about Campbell’s willingness to stop and talk, to mentor the next generation of bushy-tailed reporters.

Read more »

I could watch this all day

I really can’t stop watching this video of Hilary Barry crying a river of tears for the demise of John Campbell.

A mate of mine texted me and said he’d been watching it all morning.

The emotional farewells for John Campbell have begun at TV3 with Hilary Barry choking up on live television.

Mediaworks, the broadcaster of both 3 News and Campbell Live, announced Campbell’s departure earlier on Thursday.   Read more »

Phone hacking illegal, but email hacking fine. Well, if it’s my email it is

Nick Davies will forever be known as the journalist who broke the phone-hacking scandal in the Britain, bringing down the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid.

At a Christchurch WORD event on Tuesday night, he discussed his views on the media and his book, Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch, with The Press editor Joanna Norris.

Starting in 2008 after a tip-off, Davies, who works for The Guardian, began investigating illegal phone-hacking and bribery by journalists employed by News International.

He wrote more than 100 articles over two years on the activities but it was only when he revealed News of the World journalists had listened to and deleted voicemail messages left for murdered teenager Milly Dowler that public outrage forced the police to re-open investigations.

By 2011, it was revealed more than 210 people had been complicit in the illegal activities and victims numbered more than 5000.

Don’t hold your breath that the same will happen in New Zealand when it comes to email hacking.  Journalists, decent, trained and skilled, have been directly involved in the Dirty Politics hacking against me and others.    Read more »

The luvvies couldn’t sustain their support for John Campbell for even a week

The luvvies who came out in support of Campbell Live managed to sustain their enthusiasm for the show for … oh…about 3 days.

Throng reports:

This won’t make pleasant reading for some but the ratings for Campbell Live have fallen away since the initial panic at the potential departure of the show from TV3.  Viewers tuned in en masse and gave the early evening current affairs program the boost in the arm that it desperately needed but last night’s episode failed to rise above Friday’s low.

With Monday traditionally being the highest night of the week and Friday the lowest, this doesn’t bode well for the rest of the week as the Mediaworks executives complete their review of the show.

Source/ Throng.co.nz

Source/ Throng.co.nz

Read more »

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

Face of the day

Today’s face of the day is going to lose his job. The fuss and outrage in the Media because of this fact is ridiculous. Most people get 90 days to prove themselves before they can even call the job their own. John Campbell has been given ten years. Ten years to improve ratings and he hasn’t.

Media studies lecturer Peter Thompson says a finite pot of advertising revenue has made it less attractive to produce local content, particularly in genres that do not optimise ratings and revenue.

So in lay men’s terms it has low ratings and low revenue because no one watches it.

MediaWorks’ concern is not primarily Campbell Live’s rating lower than Seven Sharp but its marginal returns and capacity to deliver audience flow to subsequent programmes.

Sooooo it is not making money and no one is watching it. Got it.

– NZ Herald

 

Campbell Live “consultation process” mere window dressing

MediaWorks management cut a key Campbell Live sponsorship deal, smoothing the path for the show’s axing, months before the company told staff it was conducting a formal review of the flagship current affairs programme.

Citing declining ratings and a need to improve financial performance, TV3 owner MediaWorks announced on April 9 Campbell Live‘s future was up in the air.

The news led to an outpouring of public support for the programme, including nearly 75,000 signing an online petition calling for the show to be saved, with the attendant publicity contributing to a 40 per cent spike in ratings this week.

Last night, in an open dig at network bosses who have suggested replacing the show with a soap opera, Campbell Live opened to the theme tune Let Me Entertain You.

The terms of the review initially called for consultation with affected staff, understood to number about 25, to end yesterday with a decision on the show’s future to follow shortly after.

But MediaWorks confirmed yesterday that the consultation process had been extended into next week.

However, a Weekend Herald investigation can reveal that earlier this year MediaWorks, in an unusual move, secretly trimmed the length of the show’s cornerstone sponsorship. Read more »