Campbell Live

Mediaworks and Campbell Live finally forced to apologise after 5 years

In a damning Broadcasting Standards Authority decision Mediaworks has been forced to apologise for the conduct of Campbell Live in running a biased story.

TV3 has apologised on air for a story on the now-cancelled Campbell Live show, which showed footage of a woman they secretly filmed.

Margaret Harkema, a former director of the Valley Animal Research Centre, which carried out experiments on beagles, featured in five episodes of the TV3 current affairs programme in late 2011.

Five episodes? Sounds like a campaign of vilification.

Before last night’s Story – the current affairs show that replaced Campbell Live – aired, a message was displayed onscreen with a voiceover.

The message said that the Broadcasting Standards Authority found the programmes were inaccurate, unfair, based on “a pre-determined, narrow view of Ms Harkema and her practices”, were wrongfully edited to portray Harkema as dishonest and left out important information that was inconsistent with Campbell Live’s allegations. ? Read more »

A reader comments on media bias

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A reader emails:

WOBH,

I have been following the Hosking-bashing and defending with interest. It is appalling that a newspaper has chosen to publish Winston’s whinge without any sense of journalistic integrity.

As I’ve commented in the discussion thread, there has not been a BSA ruling against Mike Hosking that I can find. There have been two recently against Campbell Live for imbalance (http://bsa.govt.nz/images/150721_Media_Release_ICNZ.pdf and http://bsa.govt.nz/images/FINAL_Media_release_Harkema_12_Feb_2015.pdf). If you look at the BSA rulings for radio, there have only been 13 breaches of balance since 1991 – so it’s a serious offence. The worst offender by far (more than two thirds of breaches) is Radio NZ!

Where is the public record that shows the truth? ?? Read more »

John Campbell is gone, but the rot continues to show

John Campbell took crusading too far, ultimately it cost him his job as he continually pimped the poor, ran his left wing campaigns and it turns out made stuff up.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint about a Campbell Live episode about unresolved Canterbury earthquake insurance claims four years on from the first earthquake.

The episode was broadcast live on the fourth anniversary of the September 4 earthquake from a Christchurch school hall, with an audience of several hundred residents who had unresolved insurance claims.

The authority upheld the Insurance Council’s complaint that the programme breached standards of balance and accuracy, because it did not include the insurance industry’s perspective and was misleading about the industry’s and the Insurance Council’s willingness to take part in the programme. ? ? Read more »

WARNING: Offensive Content

Martin Martyn Bradbury aka Wrongly Wrongson has come up with a brilliant idea:

I am suggesting MediaWorks a saviour ??why pretend to be anything other than what Mark Weldon and Julie Christie really wants TV3 to be ? an unquestioning mouthpiece for the National Government.

Put hate speech merchant and part time fascist Cameron Slater on with pretend journalist Rachel Glucina to host the 7pm timeslot and call it ?Open wide?. Each weeknight Cam and Rach spit on poor people and laugh at books. Pebbles Hooper can join in half way through with fashion advice for the homeless which always ends in her making jokes about dead babies.

For MediaWorks they can drop the pretence of being a reputable news organisation and for Rachel, Cam and Pebbles, they get to do what they love, voice ill informed right wing nonsense which is so hip with the kids these days.

Between climate change denial and kissing John Key?s arse, they can cut the crap and get to the big issues like ?why are feminists hairy trolls?, ?why are Unionists commie scum? and ?why are Maori?s so smelly?.

It’s brilliant…but his name for the show is a bit gay.

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Wrongly Wrongson Wrong Again

Yes, that's right comrades, I have poo on my fingers

Yes, that’s right comrades, I have poo on my fingers

The most wrong person in NZ politics Wrongly Wrongson aka Martyn Martin Bradbury is wrong again.

The other day he blogged:

Heather du Plessis-Allan has turned down TV3?s offer to host their new 7pm show with Duncan Garner so I think management should just go the whole hog and appoint Rachel Glucina to work as Duncan?s co-anchor.

If TV3 are trying to imitate the hate crime against public broadcasting that is ?Seven Sharp?, then they may as well be totally open to being as sycophantic as ?Seven Sharp? and put Rachel in there. She pretends to be a PR person, so she may as well pretend to be a broadcaster as well.

If TV3 were serious about trying to get back their credibility they would put the incredibly talented?Paula Penfold in the role, but I fear that?s not what they are aiming for.

My God TV broadcasting has become a ruined nightmare under a Government that wants the people distracted rather than informed.

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That’s my story and I’m sticking to it

The Herald has continued their hit jobs on Mediaworks staff with a story on Duncan Garner being on Tinder.

Uhm, so what?

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps in New Zealand. Those looking for love put their profiles out in the open for the public to judge a few selected pictures. It’s also a great source for stories for the rumour mill.

TV3 and RadioLive’s Duncan Garner, 41, was caught up in this exact predicament when his profile was spotted on the dating app.

Garner, an open book, happily explained his presence on Tinder when approached by Spy, saying his curiosity was sparked after private investigator Julia Hartley-Moore had been talking to him on-air about the app, which gave Garner the idea of signing up and sharing his online experiment with his listeners. ? Read more »

Is the boycott against TV3 working?

Martin Martyn Bradbury and his poo-fingered mate over at Scoop Alistair Thompson are pushing hard for a boycott of TV3 because they axed a non-performing show that happened to employ their leftist mate John Campbell.

After a couple of weeks they are claiming victory for their boycott and imploring everyone to stay with it.

But are they accurate?

Well, of course not. These two are simply the wrongest wrong people in New Zealand.

Regan at Throng explains their errors:

After Campbell Live ended on the 29th of May, a campaign to boycott TV3 was called for. While comparing the average audience per program is one way to look at how things are going over time, in the instance that we?re talking about a blanket boycott of an entire channel by a group of people upset by the removal of a single show, a better way to look at the data is the Channel Share.

The Channel Share represents the percentage of all viewers tuning in to a particular channel. So let?s take a look at the data. This is what TV3?s channel share looks like during the review and then onceCampbell Live ended.

Daily Channel Share Last 8 weeks 5+, 7 Day Moving Average

Daily Channel Share Last 8 weeks 5+, 7 Day Moving Average

On the face of it, it would appear that the channel share has suffered a slight drop in the two weeks following the departure of Campbell Live, but has it? We know there was a surge in viewership during the review so let?s put the last two weeks in the context of a bigger picture. Firstly, let?s look at the last 5 years. ? Read more »

Mediaworks management realistic about John Campbell

MediaWorks management viewed Campbell Live’s crusading journalism as a liability that stretched audience patience, company sources say.

The show’s ongoing coverage of Pike River, where 29 men died in a 2010 explosion at a West Coast coal mine, was specifically singled out by management as having led to viewer “fatigue”.

The term “fatigue” struck a sour note last night with Bernie Monk, spokesman for families of the dead mine workers.

“I can’t believe that would be one of the aspects of getting rid of John,” he said.

“Sure Campbell Live covered a lot of it but TV One did a hell of a lot too and they are still willing to do that.

“Campbell Live was a great ally in getting the truth out and I felt he was never over the top or on a crusade by any means.”

The review by management – which concluded on Thursday with host John Campbell leaving the network and the show facing replacement within the next six weeks – also considered Campbell Live over-emphasised charitable fundraising and coverage of the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake, GCSB spying and child poverty.

They’ve labelled it the “GCSB”, but it was of course Campbell’s obsession to bring John Key down at the behest of Kim Dotcom and with the help of stellar performers such as Wrongly Wrongson. Read more »

Irreplaceable?

Toby Manhire says John Campbell’s style is irreplaceable.

When news broke six weeks ago that Campbell Live was on the chopping block the response was genuinely astonishing. This wasn’t just your garden-variety social media outrage – huge numbers of people were properly pissed off, they took it personally.

I felt a bit sorry, even, for MediaWorks bosses, who found themselves copping heaps of flak. Some of it they deserve (and yesterday’s announcement, two minutes before Bill English began reading the Budget, was cynical and unbecoming), but at least as much would have been better hurled at politicians from both major parties who had allowed public service television to become all but extinct.

Oh come on…the media hate politicians doing the Friday dump…and when it suits them they use it themselves.

John Campbell’s mix of acuity, tenacity and integrity is irreplaceable. His work in leading campaigns on school lunches, in disaster relief, and especially in remaining tirelessly focused on Christchurch, when most outside the region had stopped paying much attention, adds up to a formidable legacy.

It is hard to overstate how keenly he’ll be missed by colleagues, too: everyone from those in the mailroom through to senior journalists at TV3 speaks glowingly about Campbell’s willingness to stop and talk, to mentor the next generation of bushy-tailed reporters.

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I could watch this all day

I really can’t stop watching this video of Hilary Barry crying a river of tears for the demise of John Campbell.

https://youtu.be/D1tMwsB3WO8

A mate of mine texted me and said he’d been watching it all morning.

The emotional farewells for John Campbell have begun at TV3 with Hilary Barry choking up on live television.

Mediaworks, the broadcaster of both 3 News and Campbell Live, announced Campbell’s departure earlier on Thursday. ? Read more »

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