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Blood on a newsroom floor

The axe is swinging hard at a newspaper with staff losses apparently larger than what has been revealed so far.

Richard Harman has been leaked documents which suggest that up to 150 staff are about to get the DCM.

The NZME media group which includes Newstalk ZB and the NZ Herald is thought to be looking for over 100 redundancies as it restructures.

It has so far publicly refused to confirm any numbers but details of the plan leaked to POLITIK indicate that the company may be looking to terminate at least 150 staff.

That would put a huge hole in New Zealand’s largest media company and has the potential to impact on its highly regarded journalism.

The numbers being talked about would make this the biggest media mass redundancy New Zealand has seen.

It is however not clear whether the move will impact on its Press Gallery team.

The redundancies will include journalists but will extend to other staff within the company.    Read more »

Be still, my beating heart

Scout has revealed that the axe is swinging at a newspaper.

A huge shake-up is under way at the New Zealand Herald with several high-profile names facing redundancy, SCOUT has learned.

On Wednesday, staff at NZME – owners of the Herald – were invited to attend a company presentation announcing expansion plans to integrate its print, digital and radio news teams in a 24/7 operation. Lunch was served and staff were feeling positive.    Read more »

I thought it was because he isn’t a tool like Campbell

Chris Trotter has some thoughts on Mike Hosking.

It’s a bit whingy and uses stupid terms like neoliberalism, but he is probably the first lefty to recognise some cold hard facts.

WHEN IT COMES TO RATINGS, Mike Hosking is a winner. He knows it, his employers know it, and, if they’re honest with themselves, the Daily Blog’s firebrands know it too. What he says to Newstalk-ZB’s listeners is, for the most part, well received. Which is why Newstalk-ZB’s breakfast show is the most popular product on commercial radio. Seven Sharp’s viewers, likewise, are insufficiently offended by Hosking’s opinions to change channels. And that’s all anyone has to do, FFS – if they don’t like or approve of Hosking’s shtick – change the bloody station or switch channels. Their forbearance, in the case of Seven Sharp, is what made the programme roughly twice as popular as Campbell Live.

If Chris was honest he could say the same thing about Whaleoil and our readership which is more than all the other blogs in New Zealand combined. There is a reason for that, and it is the same reason as he states above. It is also the reason why the left wing want to take us all down…we are effective, articulate and winning. That is why they resort to criminal actions, false Police complaints and complaints to IRD…using the forces of the state they despise to bully and intimidate.

Though it pains the Left to admit it, Campbell Live was a vehicle for values shared by fewer and fewer New Zealanders. Thirty years of neoliberal hegemony will do that to a country. The social-democratic culture in which Kiwis over 50 were raised, while very far from being dead, can be accessed now only through the indistinct portals of nostalgia. By contrast, the culture which succeeded it, whatever people choose to call it, is everywhere you look. Love it or hate it, this is the culture we are all required to move and function in: the culture that counts.

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A reader comments on media bias


A reader emails:


I have been following the Hosking-bashing and defending with interest. It is appalling that a newspaper has chosen to publish Winston’s whinge without any sense of journalistic integrity.

As I’ve commented in the discussion thread, there has not been a BSA ruling against Mike Hosking that I can find. There have been two recently against Campbell Live for imbalance ( and If you look at the BSA rulings for radio, there have only been 13 breaches of balance since 1991 – so it’s a serious offence. The worst offender by far (more than two thirds of breaches) is Radio NZ!

Where is the public record that shows the truth?    Read more »

Not if they are like you love

Rachel Smalley called NZ women "heifers" and "lardos"

Rachel Smalley called NZ women “heifers” and “lardos”

Rachel Smalley likes digging great big holes to stand in.

When she called fat chicks lardos and heifers accidentally, even though it was her real thoughts, she quickly backed down and apologised.

But after her ill-tempered rant against John Campbell she states she won’t back down from her claim that we need more women in prime time radio.

On Friday, I questioned the lack of diversity in prime time radio – and the fact that we have six shows that are all hosted by men with the exception of one programme, which is co-hosted by Susie Ferguson. She is the sole female voice in prime time radio.

It creates a near-monopoly of male broadcasters who are shaping our perspectives, directing the course of interviews, setting the news agenda and, ultimately, influencing our opinions and point of views.

The six men are Guyon Espiner, Duncan Garner, John Campbell, Paul Henry, Larry Williams and Mike Hosking. I have worked with all of them, to varying degrees. Each and every one is a brilliant broadcaster. That is not in question. It never was.

But my position on Friday – and it’s the same position today – is that New Zealand society isn’t straight, white and male. So prime time radio, which achieves the greatest audiences, should not be straight, white and male either. It must reflect diversity of perspective, gender and culture.

This is not a witch hunt. It’s just a conversation. How did we get here? And how might we change it, in future? The best person should always get the job – a quota would be abhorrent.

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Mike Hosking on Cunliffe (the lights are on, but nobody’s home)

Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking is overdoing the face palming too

Is David Cunliffe incompetent or mad?

Hard to tell the difference, but I think his incompetence leads to him appearing mad.

Is he out to lunch or out of touch?

Last Thursday he was definitely out to lunch.

Is David Cunliffe deluded or living in a parallel universe?

Deluded.  No doubt.

I grant you he’s in a precarious position and you have to offer some sort of explanation each time a poll comes out that shows you bad news. But by the time he’s offered the excuses then buggered off skiing, he starts to look like a bloke who either doesn’t care or doesn’t get it or both.

To want to be a leader of a country is an all-consuming passion. You must want it so badly you can taste it. Despite what we so often say about politics and politicians, by and large the ones that get to the top are dedicated, professional, talented and know a long day when they see one.

Cunliffe’s job is not to lose wondering. Cunliffe’s job is to inspire those who support him and give them hope that September 20 won’t be a disaster. Cunliffe’s job is to lead from the front, to be the inspiration, to be the ‘go to’ figure, to give the membership the sense that anything is possible, that the race is winnable, that the path chosen is the right one. Winning breeds winning. Success breeds success. Inspiration is contagious. Cunliffe shows none of these qualities, especially when he’s not even at work. Read more »

Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Greg Boyed, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.  Greg is sitting in for Larry while he’s having some well deserved time off.

Topics today may include:

1) Labour Party Conference / Cunliffe: I’m sorry for being a man

2) The battle of Education polices – Labour v National

3) Fallout from the Malaysian diplomat scandal

4) Japanese Prime Minister’s visit – TPP & Whaling

5) The battle of violence polices – Labour v National

6) Trevor Mallard & the Moa

7) Horan & Winston Peters in a legal tussle?

8) ?

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Rachel Smalley, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.  Rachel is sitting in for Larry while he’s having some well deserved time off.  Greg Boyed will sit in over the next two weeks.

Topics today may include:

1. Should Key name and shame the diplomat?

2. National Party Conference / Roading announcement

3. TV3 and One news/ Colmar Brunton Polls show Labour heading sub-30% yet better for Labour than other recent polls

4. McCully to stand aside in East Coast Bays if asked

5. Logging of windfelled trees on the West Coast.  Two Labour MPs crossed the floor.

6. John Key’s biography

7. Labour’s alternative budget

8. #TeamKey

Cam on Cam

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.


Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB [UPDATED]

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani and me Barry Soper on The Cauldron.  [Cam still tied up in court]

Topics today include:









Cam on Cam

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.


If you could ask John Key a question, what would it be?

John Key – LIVE at Newstalk ZB today

Photo: Edward Swift

Photo: Edward Swift

Prime Minister John Key will be LIVE in studio on Friday morning with Leighton Smith, taking your calls between 11am and midday.

If you have a question for the Prime Minister, make sure you email it to Leighton or call up on 0800 80 10 80 Thursday after 11am.

Prime Minister John Key v Leighton Smith

11am to Midday

Only on Newstalk ZB

Do you have a question for the Prime Minister? Email it to [email protected] 

or call 0800 80 10 80 on Friday morning from 11am


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