Mark Jennings

NZME hit on Mediaworks backfires

I don’t know if it is the first rule of journalism, but “fact check” has to be close to the top.

Not that anyone on the payroll at NZME seems to be aware of it. ?The New Zealand Herald’s Duncan Grieve wasn’t.

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Approximately an hour?ago The Spinoff published a story indicating that Julie Christie had resigned from the board of MediaWorks ? and implied that she was currently employed in an executive role.

We have since been informed that this is not the case ? that she remains on the board, and has no intention of resigning. The Spinoff unreservedly apologises to Ms Christie for any distress this story may have caused her, as do I, Duncan Greive, in my capacity as author of the story and editor of the site.

The letter we received from her lawyers is below. We do not dispute any of the contents.

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Sledge of the Day – Mark Jennings

Janet Wilson has had her annual whinge about all the “tits and teeth” on television.

In her blog Adjust Your Set, former reporter Janet Wilson gives rival stations and her old bosses TVNZ and TV3 a serve, saying they are guilty of hiring pretty, young females for their looks and not their news-sense.

“They’re not there because they can do the job better than anyone else; sniff a story out at ten paces or craft a yarn that makes us think,” said Wilson.

“They’re there because they simply LOOK good. Try contrasting that with female reporters in the American networks who aren’t considered up-to-speed journalistically until they’re approaching middle-age.”

Just one TVNZ reporter, Christchurch-based Charlotte Bellis, who was schooled in journalism in the United States, escapes Wilson’s tirade.

Bellis, Wilson says, “seems to have got off her chuff and stopped the tits-and-teeth smirking and got out there and told me something I hadn’t heard before … after all, it is news.”

“The rest belong to that inglorious group, the Pick Me Tribe. These are the prancers who endlessly pick up stories from the front page of that day’s Herald and simperingly regurgitate it on camera.”

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Politicians who resort to using courts to bully broadcasters deserve what they get

Colin Craig is a bully.

He uses the law to try to silence critics, and now he has gone to court to bully TV3, a private company, to force them to have him on their minor party debate show.

Conservatives leader Colin Craig has won an eleventh-hour High Court scrap over his exclusion from a televised political debate.

TV3’s political show?The Nation?did not invite Mr Craig to a minor parties debate tomorrow morning, which will include the Green Party, New Zealand First, the Maori Party, Act, Mana and United Future.

Mr Craig filed urgent legal proceedings with the High Court at Auckland today and his application for an interim injunction to restrict the screening of the debate without him was heard this afternoon.

Justice Murray Gilbert sided with the Conservative Party leader saying any inconvenience to MediaWorks was outweighed by the public interest in having Mr Craig at the debate.

The debate cannot legally go ahead without his inclusion.

MediaWorks confirmed that rather than scrap tomorrow’s debate, they would include Mr Craig.

“We’ll have to somehow squeeze him in,” said director of news Mark Jennings.

But?The Nation’s?Tim Watkin said the production values of the show would suffer as a result.

Each political leader will get less than five minutes to speak because of the late inclusion, he said.

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When will TV3 make changes, something has to give

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Mark Jennings should have a look at his ratings for the late news which rates pretty well considering Mediaworks put absolutely NO money or resources into it at all.

Jennings seriously needs to answer to shareholders why he thinks a Greenie who lives in Grey Lynn who uses prime time to push an agenda that excites his dinner party guests is the right formula.

Maybe it’s Jennings that needs to go and take a fresh look taken at the leftie agenda that comes out of 3news that condemns it too crap ratings.

Paul Henry is on the payroll who better reflects the public in general and would be good for a ratings jump at?7pm?

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The Nation cancelled? Depends on who you listen to

Richard Harman put it about that The Nation had ben cancelled. This is apparently untrue.

Regan at Throng explains:

Yesterday we published a story that claimed?The Nation had been canned by TV3. ?This is incorrect. ?TV3 contacted us this afternoon, concerned about inaccuracies in the story. ?As it turns out, the release sent out by Frontpage, the company that has produced The Nation for TV3 for the last 4 years was misleading.

The headline stated ?After four years The Nation ends this weekend?. However, TV3?s Head of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings, told Throng that this isn?t the case at all.

?The Nation is a TV3-owned concept and part of our news and current affairs stable and we certainly haven?t ?canned? it.?

What is actually happening is that the independent production company has been removed from the equation and it will now be produced in house.? Read more »

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