Will NZME and Fairfax implement a paywall?

Will NZME implement a paywall?

The answer is probably yes. The reasons are varied, but one reason is that they think they have got their model right and it will be successful. Or at least APN their parent company thinks that way.

Publishers across the world are at a crossroads. There are two alternatives they face at this point: pull up stumps after investing in expensive paid content strategies deciding they’ve hit a barrier they can’t get over, or hold their nerve and look to break the subscriptions ceiling that confronts many of them?

If there was one moment that stood out at the International News Media Association (INMA) 2015 World Congress this week it was when Australian moderator, and former Sydney Morning Herald editor, Robert Whitehead polled the room full of top media executives, from around the world, on their support for paywalls.

Whitehead first asked everyone who had a paywall to stand and, in a room of 200-300 people, maybe 75 per cent stood up.

He then asked (without naming anyone) for those who didn’t think their paywall was working for them to sit. Around a third of those standing sat.

Whitehead then polled the room again asking those who had reservations or who would not recommend paywalls to another publisher to sit, leaving only those “who thought they were doing it really well”. This left only around ten newspaper executives standing.

Those left standing (and yes for the record: News, Fairfax and APN were all in the room) were representatives from the big media brands of the world: The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

Media brands with a deep reach who have achieved mass audience and are making it pay on the basis of their global audience.

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Ted Cruz calls out the media and the left on gay rights

I’ve been saying this for months now…that the left and media are silent on ISIS and their treatment of women and homosexuals. They are more concerned with whether or not our soldiers might end up in combat and how that can be avoided than thinking about why it is that ISIS must be defeated.

Ted Cruz has been under attack in the US about his views on gay rights and he finally had something to say about the fascination of the media with his views.

Truth Revolt reports:

After a string of questions on his opinion on same-sex marriage and gay rights, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) called out the left and the leftist media (particularly MSNBC) for “obsess[ing]” over opinions on sexuality while “ISIS is executing homosexuals.”

The comments came during a campaign stop Tuesday in Beaumont, where Cruz met with county officials and other local leaders to discuss his positions on foreign policy, promoting economic growth, and defending the Constitution. When reporters began to ask him about his views on same-sex marriage, Cruz called out the left and the media for what he characterized as a myopic perspective on gay rights (transcript via Texas Tribune):

CRUZ: Is there something about the left—and I am going to put the media in this category—that is obsessed with sex? ISIS is executing homosexuals—you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals—that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.   Read more »


Alert? Really? Sounds bad

You have just got to love our two main press outfits.

They are both carrying headlines about a “Megaquake alert”.

herald-quake stuff-quake

So should we run for the hills? I mean a 3.3 metre tsunami sounds pretty devasting.

When did this mega-quake happen? How much time do we have?

I mean the media say it’s an alert…should we be worried?    Read more »

Face of the day

Tom Haig PPTA Blogger and critic of Charter schools

Tom Haig PPTA Blogger and critic of Charter schools

Today’s face of the day is Tom Haig a blogger at The PPTA Blog



Tom appears to be a master in the Art of ‘ Dirty ‘ Politics. Nicky Hager has explained to us all what Dirty Politics is. It is when someone whose views he does not agree with successfully influences public opinion by getting their stories/narrative into the Mainstream media.Tom has clearly achieved that as his blog post on the $100,000 Waka story went live on the exact same day it broke on the New Zealand Herald. Collusion? You betcha.

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Looks like the mainstream media has found a hurricane to piss into

The mainstream media are so far up their own fundament they are actually still in denial and believe that they are still relevant to most people.

Witness the way they have carried on, especially the NZ Herald, in the past weeks over John Key’s silly fetish with hair. Trying to milk the story for all it was worth, which was frankly about the same as a soy latte moccahino at Rosies of Parnell.

The White House press corp are another case in point.

Over the last six years, a confluence of forces have eroded the foundation of the relationship between the White House and the reporters who cover it most regularly. Financial pressures have reduced the number of news organizations committed to daily coverage of the White House and to participating in its cycle of pools, briefings and trips on Air Force One. And technologies including Twitter, YouTube and livestreaming of events mean the White House can communicate directly with the public without going through the traditional media that still dominates the Brady Briefing Room.

In fact, through Twitter and its website, the White House already operates something akin to its own news agency, and the president gives much more face time to niche media outlets such as MTV, Telemundo and BuzzFeed than to the reporters who camp out in the West Wing day after day.   Read more »

News IS Entertainment

Much was made about John Key describing Campbell Live as “entertainment”…failing entertainment but entertainment nonetheless.

The left-wing were agog…how dare they call Saint John’s show entertainment…yet that is precisely how people consume news these days.

A recent article at Baekdal on wider media trends explains why. But the news segment is fascinating:

What about TV news? Is that dead? Well, this one is tricky.

Dedicated news channels like CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News are not really something people watch because of the news. They are more a form of entertainment and as such fit perfectly with the 2.8 hours of leisure TV per day.

As such, neither of these (nor their European counterparts) are in any real trouble. There will be changes commanded by the nature of on-demand TV (and the internet in general), but no real ‘disruption’.    Read more »


Comment of the day

George makes some interesting points in the General Debate today:

It is shameful that when an event, regardless of its significance occurs involving those in the media, it is splashed all over the publications as if it was of the utmost importance. So Campbell Live is to be axed! News yes – public hysteria no.

A programme that rates 2% of the potential audience being axed is not that significant for 98% of the population but the media don’t get it. If it involves one of their own they truly believe we care. It is the socialist way. Failure is tolerated, failure to deliver is tolerated, continuing to support poor performance is tolerated as is its campaign to reinstate failure.

This is why socialists should never run this country.

If TV 3 was funded by a socialist government, Campbell would have been knighted.

Private enterprise sees through the sham and deals with it. Thanks MediaWorks, you have done 98% of the population a favour.

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Where is the public interest in knowing the details of a suicide?

If a coroner decides that a death is suicide, the only information that can be made public is the person’s name, job and address and the fact that the death was self-inflicted.

Under the proposed reforms, the media will be able to report a death as a “suspected suicide” before a coroner’s inquiry is completed, if the facts support that conclusion.

The Chief Coroner will be able to grant an exemption for a suicide to be reported on if satisfied that the risk of copycat behaviour is small and is outweighed by the public interest.

Media Freedom Committee member Clive Lind said that unlike the tabloid press overseas, New Zealand media had generally been responsible in reporting on suicide.

He said the changes were “a step forward” but added that if the facts clearly showed a death was suicide, reporters should not have to call it “suspected”. This was the practice in most other similar jurisdictions.

Media Freedom Committee member Clive Lind isn’t allowing for the serious erosion taking place in our media.  Overseas media, for example, do not hound their governments for operational details on national security matters. Nor do they publish details of troop movements or photographs of special forces personnel where individuals are easily identified.   Read more »


NZ Media want to know who our troops are, here’s why they shouldn’t

Yesterday Fairfax ran a piece about the secrecy over who precisely from our Defence Forces would be sent to Iraq.

They seem to think that they should know who they are.

They are wrong and here is why.

Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, United States addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its “brothers residing in America” to kill them.

The Pentagon said after the information was posted on the Internet it was investigating the matter.

“I can’t confirm the validity of the information, but we are looking into it,” a US defence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Saturday.

“We always encourage our personnel to exercise appropriate OPSEC (operations security) and force protection procedures,” the official said.   Read more »

There was once a time when media understood operational security

The media are hankering after the identities of Kiwi troops being deployed to Iraq.

One can only assume that they want to put these soldiers and their families in even more danger. Instead they turn it into a story about the NZDF being secretive.

The media disgusts me.

The Government is keeping a tight lid on the identities of the soldiers being deployed to Iraq to ensure the safety of both them and their families from what it calls a barbaric terrorist group with “broad tentacles”.

The New Zealand Defence Force’s reconnaissance team has already arrived in Iraq and next month Kiwi troops were expected to be deployed to train Iraqi soldiers in the fight against Islamic State (IS).

While the threat to soldiers and their families shouldn’t be a worry on a “daily basis”, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee told TVNZ’s Q+A it was enough of a concern to warrant protecting the identities of all those being deployed. Read more »