Clearly too much fat in media newsrooms


Radio Live and TV3 are both owned by Mediaworks.  Mediaworks have made a big deal about their new “one newsroom” concept, copying NZME… apparently.

NewsHub will be a multi-platform TV, radio and digital news service, transforming MediaWorks’ award-winning 3 News and RadioLIVE News services into a combined organisation, beginning with the move to an integrated newsroom later this year.

The service will provide the latest news and in-depth analysis across one of New Zealand’s largest media organisations.

“We are bringing an entire organisation together from the TV, Radio and Digital newsrooms with a clear vision of how we can best serve the evolving New Zealand audience,” said MediaWorks Group CEO Mark Weldon.

And NZME had both Newstalk ZB and the NZ Herald at the press conference, and they supposedly have plans to rationalise to “one newsroom” also.  

New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) has confirmed plans for its new, world-class newsroom operation, offering audiences access to even better journalism and content.

Journalists from the New Zealand Herald, Herald on Sunday, NZME news agency, Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport will relocate to the purpose-built media hub in central Auckland in December, the next phase in meeting the needs of a rapidly growing digital, particularly mobile, audience. The newsroom, with over 280 people, will offer a unique mix of journalistic and content platforms, including a multi-purpose video studio and state-of-the-art Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport production studios.

NZME managing editor Shayne Currie confirmed that while there were still some internal selection processes occurring this week, due to new roles being created, there would be about 15 redundancies

Clearly, there is  lots of fat ready for the trimming.

NewsHub and Media Hub.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.