Seasoned reporters extremely angry about Mediaworks’ lack of integrity

A true contender for the Sledge of the Year:


I wish we could have had a non-censored version of Hosking’s thoughts on this.   The fact that a media organisation broke a Reserve Bank embargo while headed by the ex CEO of the NZ Stock Exchange is just unforgivable.  

I like how the Reserve Bank has withdrawn access to all media organisations.  It’s like holding back the whole class for something one kid did.  The pressure on Mediaworks will be palpable.

I wish the media had similarly come together over Mediaworks’ Heather du Plessis-Allan “loophole” stunt.  At the time all the media fell in behind her against the police and the public in general.   As we’ve seen over the last few days with Australian media heading off to another country to try and kidnap a child, there are just some organisations that have lost their way.

In New Zealand, Mediaworks and the NZ Herald are the most morally bankrupt media organisations by consistently doing what they know is wrong.  And at times, illegal.




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  • Wheninrome

    Way to go, if they behave like children treat them like children. There is no scouts honour at stake here.
    If they want to be taken seriously, or rather their employers want to be taken seriously raise the bar, have expectations and ensure they are met.

  • Boondecker

    I’m not sure these Mediaworks people take any peer-driven criticism seriously and as time has already shown will no doubt repeat their actions again. It’s simply unprofessional and displays a complete lack of integrity. What a reputation to have though.

  • Keeping Stock

    Mediaworks needs to name the offender. At the moment, EVERY employee of Mediaworks is under suspicion because of the actions of one untrustworthy staff member.

    • john Doe

      You are right in suggesting that the person should be named. It is not as if there is name suppression. Should be named and sacked. I have my idea who it was but again speculation.would be irresponsible.

    • Michelle

      Or are they all in on it?

      • MaryLou

        Yes. It wasn’t just one staff member, plenty knew and did nothing to either halt or report it.

    • biscuit barrel

      Well only the Wellington based ones . Its not too hard to work out who has been transferred from the “newshub” to other duties recently

  • Abjv

    Guess that means the budget lockup will also be a little short of media this year. Did the NZ dollar do anything out of the ordinary in the 45 minutes or so before the actual OCR announcement was made? Were there any unusual trades e.g. Someone unexpectedly going short or unexpectedly not closing out a short position taken earlier? What happened to the price on ipredict over these 45 minutes? Was it just a casual decision to leak or did it go all the way to the top?

  • Urbanviper

    You’d think that when they agree to the lock up the media organization should also sign some undertaking with which if there was a leak then not only would the media organization have to immediately cooperate with an investigation, but once it had been found (or its journalist found) to have conspired in the leak, the media organization would immediately have to stop reporting for three days, carry the costs and potentially face criminal charges (if market manipulation was established).

  • Cadwallader

    In fairness to Mediaworks they do undertake in depth consideration on one topic alone: How many knives can we throw at JK in one “news” bulletin?

  • Huia

    This whole media propaganda, lack of morals and misreporting isn’t just happening in NZ, it seems to be a world wide thing.
    Makes you wonder just who is manipulating, why and what is the hidden agenda.
    I am not usually a subscriber to conspiracies, but on this subject (as on a couple of others lately) I have wondered who the puppeteer is.

  • kayaker

    I like the way the Reserve Bank acted swiftly and decisively on this. There’s nothing like peer pressure to sort out the errant twits who’ve spoiled it for everyone.

  • cows4me

    I wonder how media works management would feel if one of their reporters let the opposition know about a big breaking story they knew exclusively about, not a lot of thinking going on.

  • RockinBob625

    I heard Guyon Espiner talking to the blogger who dropped them in it. Guyon asked him if he felt guilty that someone may have got in disciplinary trouble.

    Guyon, you are a tool.

  • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

    I don’t see what the problem is here.The Reserve Bank must know who they locked up so it can not be that hard to find the culprit.With what was at stake they should have bought the SFO in the same day slapped all of them with summons to a interview and a warrant to search phones and lap tops.

    No water boarding required.

  • Keanne Lawrence

    It is great to see The Reserve Bank adopting a similar policy on this occasion parallel to the Media party’s “anything goes” by stopping sensitive information. Who in their right mind would be silly enough to entrust the Media party with any sensitive information?
    Trustworthiness was an early casualty in a long list of nees’s.

  • andrewo

    …and what’s wrong with Kim’s backside?

  • WBC

    For a great piece of satire regarding the media sponsored attempted kidnap go to the betoota advocate webpage and look up lebanese-tv-crew-shot-dead-attempting-to-kidnap-brisbane-school-kids.

    Maybe not the most intellectual piece of satire, but it gets the point across.