Face of the Day


The Mediaworks board have unanimously backed Mark Weldon’s management of Mediaworks.

MediaWorks chief executive Mark Weldon has once again been given the full backing of the media company’s board.

It had been speculated that Mr Weldon’s position could be in jeopardy when the MediaWorks board met today. The speculation was, in part, prompted by the shock resignation of star newsreader Hilary Barry at the end of last week.

After today’s board meeting MediaWorks’ chair Rod McGeoch dismissed the conjecture.

He said there was not a mainstream media company in the world that had not faced major restructuring involving a focus on reducing costs, part of which involved reviewing the profitability of all shows and segments

“MediaWorks is no different. We have to change and we are changing. We have a clear strategy for this, led by our CEO.”

Mr McGeoch said the board fully supported the MediaWorks strategy and had “full support for the CEO executing that strategy”.

Reading between the lines, the board actually wants to get rid of the expensive prima donnas and restructure with fresh new talent.  The steady stream of high profile and key staff exits from the company is therefore likely to continue.


– Newshub


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  • herewego

    And long may it. These individuals need to realise they read the news – they ARE NOT the news. Content is king; not these presenters.

    If the exodus happens it will make for a better product and help some individuals realise they not as important as they think they are.

  • Woody

    In days long gone, I didn’t care who the person was who set the type on the newspaper I read, these self important newsreaders are no different to those typesetters, yes they are important in that how they do their job affects the presentation of the product but beyond that they are replaceable.

    When I watch the news, I don’t care who presents it so long as the do a fair and reasonable job and that right there is why I never watched Hilary.

    • R&BAvenger

      Eric Roberts on Prime and Peter Williams on One are about the only 2 who meet your requirements.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Yes I really like both them.
        I heard many good things about PW too following West Coast mining tragedy.

        Blast from the past > Cameron Bennett, he was good at his work, stayed on topic and was consistently stoic

        • R&BAvenger

          To be fair Janica Ter Allan does a pretty good job on Prime as well. Prone to the occasional bout of oh and ah, such as when Prince George met Obama while dressed on his PJs and dressing gown, but otherwise fine.

          • Is you heart made of stone? Huh???


          • OneTrack

            Sorry R&B, I think Janica is one of the problems. Too many times I have seen the smirk of disgust when she is reading an item, most recently anything about Trump. Now I know they all hate because is has money and is white, but they could hide it a bit better.

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Come on I even went oh and ah Both those babies are pretty cute :-)

  • intelligentes candida diva

    ‘…Fresh new talent…’ is only a positive in any work place.

    I hope they come in with attitudes such as:

    1. I am not a celebrity
    2. I do a job like Police, teachers, nurses social workers truck drivers etc etc
    3. I am dispensable
    4. I will endeavour to convey the facts and leave any opining to the public

  • Cadwallader

    The newsreaders are conduits between the world and the viewer. The problem is that the newsreaders believe they are more than the sum total of their role and their utility. I have long since given up on TV news. The pivotal event was seeing that oily Mike McRoberts standing in the studio in front of a picture of a scene in the ME but wearing a flak-jacket! Why? This is like a bunch of kids playing make-believe. It is apparent that this absurdity is now mutating from TV to radio: Think, Ms Smalley.

  • Positan

    The overblown media focus and artificial outcry on this trivial matter underlines a couple of points. That somehow the bulk of NZ’s population accepts that the medium itself (TV in general) is more important to them than the news and information it carries – or that same percentage of the populace really can’t discern what’s actual and what’s not.

  • KGB

    Paul Homes was the first I remember in this trend to elevate newsreaders to television celebrities. But at least PH delivered us that wonderful Dirty Dennis interview.
    Remember the shock at learning what Homes was paid?
    It’s all got out of control.
    Media works are free to do whatever they chose to meet the market, and we are free to switch channels.

    • pisces8284

      John Hawkesby was an another earlier shock when his pay packet was revealed along with Judy Bailey. Money for old rope they used to call it

  • shykiwibloke

    TV viewership is declining – a sinking lid on revenues forces a sinking lid on talent costs. Simple economics that has applied to countless businesses over the centuries. Yet another sign the inmates refuse to believe what is happening to their industry. They should read “Who Moved My Cheese” but will most likely call for increased state funding to prop up the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.

    • Roland

      Very good point Skb, my daughter and l said exactly the same last night when discussing another matter, wish l had read ‘Who moved my cheese’ a couple of years ago, now l am closing my business

      • shykiwibloke

        Sorry to hear that Roland. Unfortunately the laws of economics aren’t easily persuaded to make exceptions. I have had my share of successes and closures too.

        • Roland

          It’s all good Skb, I invested wisely in property 30 years ago and can now reap the benefit in my twilight years :-)

  • kayaker

    Good strong statement from the Board. It’s only the media types who are in a froth about this.

    • Hedgehog

      Yes, the media just can’t comprehend the fact that most of us don’t really give a toss if news reader A goes to company B. They live in their own little world full of hyperbole.

      • herewego

        Yep – too much time on ZB yesterday talking about news-readers; not the news or news-makers.

        I turned off – almost went to Red Radio!

  • Quinton Hogg

    Those leaving media works aren’t confined to the faces on TV.
    Management teams in regional radio which provides the lifeblood for media works are leaving on mass. Those who are left are sick of covering for those who have left and taking the heat from head office.
    I don’t quite know if those sort of departures were intended.

  • Legallysane

    Bring back Bill Toft I say! No over inflated ego there.

  • Keyser Soze

    I hear they’re creating a new channel dedicated to reality TV because we are way behind Aus and the US in broadcast hours of such fare. Awesome… Let’s dumb down the populace a bit more with yet more mediaworks content that I will avoid like the plague!

    • Bazza63

      If they put all of the reality shows onto a dedicated channel it will free up airtime on the other channel, hopefully, for some better shows etc.

      • pisces8284

        They are all on ‘E’ The Entertainment channel already so it’s only local reality shows that need somewhere to go

      • Keyser Soze

        Oh you poor, poor, very optimistic wee soul ?

    • Ferals of Flaxmere sounds appealing

  • geoff

    What’s all the fuss about? It’s a private company and as such they can run it how they like.
    As far as Barry goes, who cares?

    • Nige.

      I think the fuss is that most people would like to be able to believe that there is a media cooperation that doesn’t have a political direction.

      • geoff

        Name one that doesn’t? However, when it’s publicly owned then there should be a fuss

        • Nige.

          …or when there’s one which claims to be neutral.

  • R&BAvenger

    Getting rid of the prima donna’s is the right move, the editorial direction needs a good shake up too.

    • Cadwallader

      I am not sure that the editorial direction is floundering. It is easy to discern: Just think of anything which may enhance the present government’s reputation or that of JK, then oppose it.No need for facts, they’re now irrelevant, just make a statement any statement, even the most ineffectual bimbos in the news team will be able to understand it.

      • sheppy

        It’s what will keep the viewers away.
        1) work out which direction the majority voted for
        2) champion the other side endlessly
        3) wonder why the majority of viewers don’t watch news and current affairs anymore.
        With the end of “communism live” Mediaworks has a chance to realign with the majority of voters which is suspect they will reflect in favour of vacuousness

  • JC

    When TV3 came in the early 90s a lot of us cheered because it was a private company that would give us more independent news.. instead we got Pacific Pravda with bad language. Even if Weldon destroys TV3 it will be an improvement.


  • Greg M

    Good decision by the board. After the rumours of mass resignations from all the prima donna’s the other day the board has effectively said “bring it on”. Good on them.

    • Aucky

      Just clean the whole incestuous nest of self important overpaid luvvies out from producers down to autocue readers. They seem to think that they are indispensible and anyone with corporate experience will tell you otherwise. TV3 has the process well underway already as long as they don’t replace like with like.

  • MaryLou

    Yes that was kinda my impression of the situation. When you end up with staff with such a high opinion of themselves that no amount of money or backslapping will ever convince them to tow the party line you have an unmanageable situation. It’s clear media needs to change but staff need to be willing to go along for the ride. Yes it’s the job of management to convince them, but not much you can do if everyone “knows better ” . I don’t think that was necessarily Hilary, but I can imagine Campbell and other crusaders being quite difficult.

  • Jman

    The door is wide open for TV3 to make a comeback as a news service on the right of center (ie. where the majority of New Zealanders sit politically). For a long time now, Newstalk ZB has been the sole center right news outlet, but it has gone so far left now. eg. Yesterdays Huddle was a discussion between Josie Pagani and Vernon Tava, hosted by Rachel Smalley…really?? If I turn it on at lunchtime I’m listening to Kerre McIvor who actually sounds almost sensible against that fulminating leftie Mark Dye they have teamed her up with.

    • Ross15

      Totally agree Jman. They don’t even have to be centre right –they just have to be balanced and report the news , not make it. Yesterday it was announced TNZ was teaming up with Fairfax to jointly make video content –we know it will be all leftie stuff if Fairfax is involved , so TV3 has an opportunity to give a serious news program and get back the viewers who have left in droves in the last decade. But some how I don’t think they will the opportunity.
      If they don’t then Prime should move their News to 6.00 or 6.30.

      • OneTrack

        Prime could also bring Charlotte back. Just sayin’.

    • anniem

      I don’t mind Kerre, she has a good voice even if her views are a little woolly, BUT how on earth did Mark Dye get to be part of the tag team? Had anyone ever heard of him before we were lumbered with him? Not only hugely left but chameleon like, changes his views constantly, does he have an opinion of his own? Does he have a brain? Even a lefty brain is better than no brain.

  • oldmanNZ

    $500,000 to read the news. , they could pay some other pretty face $60,000 to do the same job, and she might even read the actual news with no input.

    sad thing is, as TVNZ is state own, why are we paying her $500,000 now?

  • Ruahine

    A New Zealand News service that just delivers facts on happening events would be a winner.

    • OneTrack

      But, but, how would the lower classes know when to be “outraged” if they didn’t have university trained people, like Rachel, to tell them? Then where would we be?