MediaWorks (publisher)

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 »

Glucina calls it on Campbell Live

Rachel Glucina tells a few home truths about Campbell Live, John Campbell and those seeking to beatify him.

Campbell can evidently see the writing on the wall. He has engaged media lawyer Linda Clark to fight his cause. And supporters have launched a PR campaign taking to Twitter with a barrage of hyperbole and excuses.

Here are a few of the over-reactions:

? John Campbell is irreplaceable.
? John Key is in MediaWorks’ ear and behind the show’s demise because it holds the government to account.
? Campbell Live is the only one doing serious journalism.
? Its exit will signal the death of hard-hitting news, public interest and political accountability.

No. No. No. And no.

There are 20 quality current affairs shows out there, not including Seven Sharp. John Campbell is not the be all and end all…actually he will probably be the end all.

The truth, of course, can be a bitter pill to swallow. Low ratings and commercial reality is what’s at stake. Retaining viewers and growing advertising revenue is core.

The show has been hemorrhaging viewers and ratings for years. Addressing why audiences are tuning out may be difficult for Campbell when his name is on the door. No one likes to lose a popularity competition, and let’s face it, that’s what prime time is.

He’s had ten years of coming second…let’s face it isn’t going to change.

Campbell, I understand, has refused to accept internal suggestions that the show needs to adapt and develop to meet the changing face of media.

Suggestions that he should have a female co-host were strongly rebuffed.

Word has it he rejected a 3 year deal, preferring martyrdom and possible saint-hood instead.

Superficial alterations were made to the programme earlier this year. Campbell Live got a new logo; its host a three-piece suit and gimmicky facial hair.

But that didn’t put a band-aid over the sore, let alone find a legitimate solution to a systemic problem. Viewers are fleeing and how do we keep them? Grow a goatee.

If the behemoth that is TVNZ could adapt and meet the challenges of retaining viewers at 7 o’clock, then what’s stopping TV3?

Campbell Live, which recently celebrated 10 years on air, has long struggled in the ratings competition against counterpart Seven Sharp. And TV3 knows if it’s not winning at 7pm, viewing numbers for the rest of the night will be affected.

The bottom line is people are digesting news differently. No longer are audiences prepared to sit down for a 90-minute hard news marathon. News divisions around the world have had to repackage content in a more engaging way at prime time.

Since news the television current affairs show may be axed, ratings have jumped for Campbell Live.

A crueler tongue than mine likened it to knowing that you are dying and having your funeral early to see who will turn out. Of course it’s a capacity crowd. How long that crowd gathers at the wake and sheds a tear is another thing.

Campbell, a former share trader, was little amused at comments made by John Key, a former broker, who declared last week he has little sympathy for a programme on a private station that needs to net commercial returns for shareholders.

Key branded it an “entertainment” show which got Campbell’s Y-fronts in a knot.

Campbell retaliated on air like an insolent child – he played Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You in the opening credits of his show, and signed off: “I hope we entertained you”.

Let’s hope the Campbell Live fracas has not turned into an ego platform for a man who couldn’t see the writing on the wall early enough.

The ratings boost won’t last…the luvvies will have moved on to rage about something as equally insignificant as a pompous, sanctimonious twat called John Campbell.

 

– NZ Herald

John Drinnan was wrong but continues to dance on the head of a pin pretending he was right

John Drinnan is more often wrong than right. He likes to interview his keyboard and claim high ethical standards even when he seeks to hound people out of jobs for nothing more than differing from him in their political outlook.

When he gets things wrong does he apologise?

A source said another option canvassed was the notion of a show in the style of?Jono and Ben, or Hard Copy. In this column last week – based on a conversation that looked at the review of Campbell Live, I mistakenly attributed this idea to a TV3 document.

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Comment of the Day

There is a lot of fuss about the demise of Campbell Live, mostly from the wailing left wing.

They claim that it is the death of current affairs.

Unfortunately they are wrong, there are plenty more current affairs shows as one commenter, GregM, this morning pointed out.

Yep says it all. The other thing that cracks me up is the lefty whingers going on that this is the end of current affairs programs on free to air TV. Hardly. We still have:
Q+A
The Nation
Native Affairs
Sunday
360
3rd Degree (changed name to 3D)
60 Minutes
20/20
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Consumer NZ slams action on global mode

Consumer NZ has come out against the cartel of media companies trying to shut down global mode provided by some ISPs.

They stop short of calling them mafia-like but they do call them out for their blatant protectionism.

NetGuide reports:

Consumer New Zealand has joined the growing number slamming the proposed legal action by Sky, Lightbox, TVNZ and Mediaworks to stop global mode, saying the proposed action is ?a huge blow to consumers?.

Sue Chetwin today slammed the move as ?simply protectionism of old content distribution models?.

A number of New Zealand ISPs received a legal letter from Buddle Findlay, representatives of Sky, TVNZ, Lightbox and Mediaworks last week, ordering them to stop providing access to services such as Global Mode which provide access to international geo-blocked TV and movie services.

?While they may argue that this is not about taking action against consumers, it?s exactly consumers who will end up paying more because of this,? Chetwin says. ?? Read more »

Drinnan joins Fisher on the making stuff up naughty bench at the Herald

We all know David Fisher makes stuff up, he got slammed as did his editor Shayne Currie, by the Press Council for making stuff up over a Customs story.

John Drinnan is another who makes stuff up, often interviewing his keyboard and yesterday he got his chops busted.

So egregious were his “fabrications” yesterday that MediaWorks issued a very strongly worded press release.

Their spokeswoman, Rachel Lorimer said:

CLARIFICATION ? Jono and Ben and Campbell Live

There is on-going speculation that the Jono and Ben show is being considered as a possible replacement for Campbell Live.? This seems to be based on a fabrication by the Herald and has unfairly led to significant negativity towards Jono Pryor, Ben Boyce and the rest of the Jono and Ben team.

For the avoidance of doubt, MediaWorks Corporate Counsel, Alex Nicholson makes the following statement:

“The statement in John Drinnan?s articles in relation to the Jono and Ben show, which is attributed to ?TV3 bosses?, is a complete fabrication and is not based on fact. Jono and Ben has?never?once been mentioned in any MediaWorksmanagement forum, discussion or document as a possible replacement for Campbell Live.??

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