TVNZ

Hosking laughs all the way to the bank (and ratings) as yet another petition is started

The left-wing don’t understand that calling bans on people they disagree with actually gives the victim of their attacks more followers.

Look at what has happened with Milo Yiannopoulos.

Now a counter petition has been set up in support of Mike Hosking.

A counter petition in support of controversial TVNZ broadcaster Mike Hosking is quietly gaining momentum online.

Petitioner Dan Gray started the counter-movement in a bid to “keep Mike Hosking at TVNZ for the same reasons people want the petition signed to get rid of him.”

The petition, set up on Wednesday afternoon, has since garnered several hundred signatories.

“Mike is a free thinker against politically correct crap” wrote one Hosking supporter. “I want a broadcaster who speaks his mind even if I don’t agree with it all the time.”

The petition was organised to counteract the anti-Hosking petition set up by lawyer Dan Wayman last week, asking that the Seven Sharp host “be removed from public broadcasting at TVNZ”.

Read more »

John Key’s in-womb termination of TVNZ/ MediaWorks merger

John Key has scotched any possibility of a TVNZ/MediaWorks merger.

Prime Minister John Key has ruled out the possibility of a merger between the two major players in the New Zealand media landscape — TVNZ and MediaWorks.

It comes after reports in Australia that the privately owned broadcaster — which owns TV3, half of New Zealand’s commercial radio market, and Newshub — and the state-owned broadcaster are in merger discussions.

Mr Key says the Government is not keen on the idea, and is not something that’s actively being progressed.

“I think it’s very unlikely to happen and I don’t think there’s a great amount of support from the Government side, which is a critical part. The Government would have to allow it to happen on the TVNZ side.

“We like the idea that there are competing networks. I’ve heard, not formally but on the grapevine, that there’s a bit of interest and that just simply reflects the fact that there’s a very changing media landscape now in the world,” says Mr Key.

Read more »

Tagged:

Stop your whining Barbara, it is unbecoming and not working

tantrum

Barbara Dreaver is putting on a weapons grade whine louder than an air raid siren because she isn’t getting her way.

What is truly funny is watching the Media party begging John Key to help out poor Barbara when they normally just want to kick him in the balls.

Well Key’s entreaties failed…predictably…and Barbara isn’t happy.

Fiji’s Prime Minister also said that according to New Zealand media what happened in Fiji somehow lacked legitimacy.

That’s because it did lack legitimacy. The bottom line is it was a military dictatorship which ejected the democratically elected government with weapons, sacked the judges, abolished the constitution, put military personnel in top public service positions, censored the media and introduced laws forbidding groups of people meeting.

However, as Frank Bainimarama points out, things have moved on. He was democratically elected by the people, his Government is now legitimate.   Read more »

Latest poll shows a NZ First/National government could govern easily

160607-One-News-Colmar-Brunton-poll-28-May-Jun-2016-prelim-1024x793

The latest One News/Colmar Brunton Poll is out and the status quo remains.

There are some small margin of error movements but essentially National is still riding high after 8 and a half years in government.

  • National 48% (down from 50)
  • Labour 29% (up from 28)
  • Greens 12% (up from 10)
  • NZ First 9%
  • Maori Party 1%
  • Conservative Party 1%

That Conservative party number will collapse to nothing in coming months when the truth start coming out about Colin Craig.   Read more »

Tagged:

Wah wah wah, banned from Fiji and still whinging about it

Barbara Dreaver is having a great big sook because she, along with another dishonest journalist, Michael Field, remain banned from Fiji.

So once again, instead of Fiji, or the PM, or what can be achieved, the media makes the story about themselves. Petulant, whinging arseholes.

According to Prime Minister John Key the 2006 Fiji coup is ancient history and the time is right for his official visit this week.

But it still isn’t right for everyone.

Remnants of the military dictatorship still remain – and some journalists who specialise in the Pacific, including myself as TVNZ’s Pacific Correspondent, are still banned.

Why? What on earth are they afraid of?

Fiji held its democratic elections in 2014, the country made its choice, and is now intent on letting the world know it is free and fair.

Yet it persists in maintaining some undemocratic actions.

Restricting, banning and persecuting media is in every military dictator’s handbook – I get that.

But has or has not Fiji moved on from this?

Read more »

Two minutes on Google could have saved Andrea Vance’s reputation

hager and vance

Canon Media Award-winning ‘journalist’, Andrea Vance, continued her Panama Papers hit job attacked a New Zealand lawyer in her stories, attacking them for working with an allegedly “corrupt” Kazakh politician.

In Panama, they have realised that Kazhegeldin is a “politically exposed person.” Their research revealed his role in a corruption scandal in the central Asia country. After three years as Prime Minister, Kazhegeldin had resigned in 1997 and fled his home country. He was then accused of tax evasion and using stolen funds to buy property in Belgium.

Four years later, in his absence, he was convicted of abuse of office by a Kazakh court – including charges that he took bribes from a mining company and received a Mercedes and Toyota car.

However if she had bothered to spend just two minutes on Google she would have found out that she is in fact attacking the good guy from Kazakhstan, and far from hiding his house he in fact lives there and is on the electoral roll at that address.

Even Red Radio has provided some balance to the original story, by looking into the role of the current President and dictator of Kazakhstan in smearing anyone who opposed the President. Allegations that Andrea Vance used to try and smear New Zealand and Kiwi based lawyers acting legally.

Read more »

Rodney on the Panama Papers…again

Rodney Hide uses his HoS column to deride the left for leaping on the Panama Papers bandwagon.

The Panama Papers big reveal proved better in prospect than reality.

We had the promise of New Zealand as a tax haven, squillionaires hiding their ill-gotten gains, Prime Minister John Key shown to be dodgy, and the rich getting richer through wholesale tax avoidance.

The expectation was political carnage.

Labour Leader Andrew Little looked strong: he promised to ban foreign trusts, overturning law from Roman times.

Sure, it was Nicky Hager who has history of getting to 7 by adding 2 plus 2. But this appeared different. Hager was working with a team of top Television New Zealand and Radio New Zealand journalists .

Maybe, just maybe, they had something.

And then the Big Reveal. The names making the headlines were Alan Hubbard, as a shareholder of some or other company; a Tauranga-based Elvis impersonator, who had his address listed for a Mr Basil Al Jarah registering a company in the British Virgin Islands, and Greenpeace, but it seems Greenpeace was on another leaked database, and that it wasn’t really them.

There was one rich lister and political donor named but his donation was to the Greens, not National.

Oh, and it was explained, just because someone is named doesn’t mean they have done anything wrong or improper.

Turns out fewer than 200 New Zealand trusts have links to Mossack Fonseca, all of which are properly disclosed and subject to information sharing requests from other countries and Inland Revenue.

Confused? Yup. Don’t care? Yup.

Read more »

Aren’t the Media party so proud of themselves today

TVNZ have put out a media release this morning boasting of their awesomeness over the so-called Panama Papers.

Let’s dissect this, shall we?

This morning, a major investigative collaboration between ONE News, RNZ News and journalist and author Nicky Hager exposes more New Zealand links to secret offshore trusts that are operating in this country to avoid paying tax.

Major investigative collaboration? Oh come on, there was no investigation on the part of the journalists nor from political activist Nicky Hager. Once again, just like Dirty Politics they are laundering the criminal efforts of an anonymous (to some) data thief.

It’s the biggest new development in the Panama Papers scandal since the tax haven records of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca were first leaked in April.

The big new development appears to reveal that lawyers and accountants set up trusts.   Read more »

Why did Hager only choose TVNZ and RNZ?

8ba77d6b-0bbe-408a-806c-03602d8b1acd

Further to my musings on Hager and the media colluding on a hit on National and John Key, it kind of came to me that I could explain why TV3 was being cold shouldered by Hager (because John Campbell is now with Radio New Zealand).

I also figured out why Fairfax are outside the tent (because Andrea Vance is now at TVNZ).

But then it struck me.   What on earth has happened to the NZ Herald?

Matt Nippert and David Fisher were donkey deep running the Dirty Politics campaign along the Labour Party, Rawshark and Hager play book.  The New Zealand Herald were having pool parties diving through reams of my emails, mocking me and my friends on a daily basis through the paper, online and through social media.  They also phoned companies and key people with one sided stories, even managing to get some people sacked.
Read more »

Fraser House whispers 2: Which media are the “in crowd” with Nicky Hager?

8ba77d6b-0bbe-408a-806c-03602d8b1acd

If you have missed yesterday’s intelligence report on the goings on around Labour, Hager and the Panama Papers hit, quickly catch up and then return.

I’ve run the tapes through a noise filter and managed to pick up some more of the conversation.

As I said yesterday, it appears TV3 have been frozen out from Camp Hager.  Which seems a little odd, seeing as TV3 are one of the most Government-hostile media companies, and the likes of Owen and Gower would be chomping at the bit to get a freebie served up. Read more »