Log in left eyes

August 19, 2015

Winston Peters started the criticism of Mike Hosking as a National Party stooge.

Labour leader Andrew Little and Green co-leader James Shaw joined in, followed by several left wing bloggers lamenting bias in the media, especially on state-owned TVNZ.

Hosking has an unlikely defender in Brian Edwards who says rather than being right-wing he’s a social conservative.

. . . While I’d be surprised to discover that Hosking is a closet member of the Parnell, Remuera or Epsom branches of the Labour Party  – total membership five! – I’d also risk my bottom dollar that he isn’t a member of any political party. This is, or should be the default position for any broadcaster working in the field of news or current affairs.

What Hosking betrays on Seven Sharp, on commercial radio and in his writing is not political bias but social conservatism. The two may overlap from time to time, but are inherently different. It’s entirely possible and even commonplace to be left wing and socially conservative. . . 

Whatever his views, isn’t it strange that many of the people who are so upset by Hosking thought it was absolutely marvelous that John Campbell who wears his left wing heart on his sleeve was appointed to state-owned RadioNZ  National.

Perhaps the log in their own eyes blinds them to their hypocrisy and to Hosking’s professionalism.

Both he and Campbell are very good interviewers who are more than capable of putting their own views aside to ask tough questions of people across the political spectrum.

 

 


Media merry-go-round

December 17, 2013

Has TVNZ has decided Seven Sharp isn’t sharp enough?

The changes can’t have anything to do with the Broadcasting Standards Authority ordering TVNZ to apologise for “personal abuse masquerading as satire” about Conservative Party leader Colin Craig.

Jesse Mulligan who delivered the diatribe is staying on the show.

The programme got bad reviews before it started.

I warmed to it after it gave the title of the country’s Sharpest Town to Oamaru.

But the programme never fired and TV3’s Campbell Live became the default for anything resembling harder news stories.

The changes have prompted a bit of  a media merry-go-round.

Ali Mau is going to RadioLIVE.

Seven Sharp presenter Ali Mau is leaving TVNZ’s light current affairs evening show to host a RadioLIVE programme with Willie Jackson.

The pair will host a new early afternoon show. . .

Jackson previously hosted an afternoon RadioLIVE show with John Tamihere, but both were taken off air after an interview with an alleged friend of a Roast Busters victim.

Tamihere will not be returning to RadioLIVE next year.


Free publicity pays off

October 17, 2013

Oamaru’s entry and subsequent win in Seven Sharp’s Sharpest Town competition gave the Waitaki District free publicity which is paying off:

. . . In July, Oamaru took the title of Seven Sharp’s New Zealand’s Sharpest Town competition in a landslide victory.

As a result, Oamaru played host to the Seven Sharp team for a live broadcast from the Victorian Precinct on August 5.

All things good about the district, including Alps 2 Ocean, businesses, education, steampunk, the Victorian Precinct, the Penguin Colony and the people, were showcased to about 409,700 people around the country.

LJ Hooker’s Stephen Robertson said the company had noted a 30 per cent increase in the volume of sales since the Seven Sharp publicity.

Of the 30 per cent increase, about 60 per cent of inquiries had come from out of town, with some specifically mentioning the TVNZ exposure. . . .

There will be other factors influencing the increased sales but the television programme has had a positive impact.

It’s also helped locals look at the District with a fresh appreciation of its charms and given us a welcome infusion of positivity.


Oamaru looking sharp

August 6, 2013

Thanks to the thousands of people who voted for Oamaru as New Zealand’s sharpest town, Seven Sharp broadcast live from the historic precinct last night.


Oamaru is NZ’s sharpest town

July 9, 2013

Seven Sharp went on the hunt for New Zealand’s sharpest town and found it in North Otago.

Oamaru has taken the Sharpest Town crown.

More than 10,000 people voted and the winner, Oamaru, was announced on Monday’s Seven Sharp.

The Sharpest Town, as well as being decked in the glory of the title, will also play host to the Seven Sharp team for a live show. . .

It was a decisive win in spite of the tough competition from Motueka, Ohakune, Okaihau and Te Anau.

Thank you to all of you who responded to my pleas to vote for Oamaru I hope you’ll take the opportunity to follow up with a visit.

You can see some of the charms of the town and wider Waitaki District, here among which is the annual Victorian heritage celebrations which will be held from the 14th to the 17th of November this year.


Oamaru – the living is easy

July 7, 2013

Some more reasons why Oamaru should be New Zealand’s sharpest town:

You can vote here.

You can watch the Seven Sharp video of the town here.


Vote for Oamaru

July 5, 2013

Oamaru used to be a small town you had to pass through to get from Christchurch to Dunedin.

It’s still in the same place but it’s becoming a destination.

The little blue penguins, yellow eyed penguins, historic buildings, steam punk, good restaurants, the Vanished World fossil trail, Alps to Ocean cycle trail and many other natural and (wo)man made attractions have made it a destination in its own right.

It is one of five towns selected for Seven Sharp’s focus on sharp towns.

Oamaru will feature this evening and your vote will help it become the Sharpest Town.

The winning town will be revisited by the Seven Sharp team for the filming of a live show.

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