TVNZ vs Throng

Regan at Throng is getting more than a little frustrated with the over-bearing and arrogant attitude of TVNZ:

Every major TV network in the world that we work with regularly sends out publicity material which we gladly publish for them because, well, we love talking about TV.  When the latest reality TV show hits the airwaves, our inbox gets flooded with bios and photos of the contestants from publicists desperate to get their content talked about and promoted for, in the most part, free.

TVNZ seems to have rocks in their head because this is their response:

Hi [throng]Thanks for your email requesting profile pictures of the Top 25 MasterChef contestants.

At TVNZ we’re very cautious about where our images go, and don’t send them out indiscriminately.

Could you please tell me what you need the pictures for and how they will be used?

Many thanks


Oh come on it is hardly indiscriminate. It is Throng, one of the top 5 blog sites in the country, specialising in TV matters. But it gets worse:

Hi [throng]

We’re currently being very selective with the provision of our MasterChef contestant images, so were are not sending any additional ones out at this stage.



Who ever the moron at TVNZ is they should be sacked, unless of course she is shagging someone important.


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  • Liberty

    It is just another FCP.  

  • ConwayCaptain

    TVNZ is a disaster.  They have crap programmes and crap so called A more like Z list presenters.

    The sooner the Govt flogs it off the better.

  • Blair Mulholland

    Sell Sell Sell!

  • Southshore

    Could not agree more PR is PR – and the program is not that great to warrant this kind of protection nonsense.   Isn’t the old adage all coverage is good coverage?  There are shots of the Top 16 on the TVNZ website anyway..  TVNZ has probably done a deal to flog off the photos exclusively to some tacky Woman’s mag.   And you can beat the contestants get ZIP.

  • Rockfield

    I just don’t get TVLeftWing’s attitude … Throng are the real deal, and from what I can see completely above board.


  • Unklefesta

    Cant sell it , we would have to pay someone to take it

    • Killjoy

      That would be a Labour party policy…

      • Killjoy

        Then they’d buy it back for more than they paid and blame National for it