1. Media analysis. It’s the new pub banter. Even John Key was at it this week, on Newstalk ZB, assessing the state of the newspaper market.
Listen to the rest of the encounter here.
2. Paul Henry is back! As the Australian ABC’s Mediawatch puts it, he’s “been imported from New Zealand specifically, it seems, to kick Australian television’s political correctness in the goolies”.
Watch the clip and read the transcript here.
Sick eh? What’s sicker still is that Henry’s bosses at Ten will be delighted that their struggling little breakfast show has featured on Media Watch. If they’d had any shame, they wouldn’t have hired him in the first place.
3. TVNZ 7 is gallows-bound – though not without a fight.
This week’s Media 7 takes a look at issues around online content and internet copyright without being boring, inaccessible or condescending. Which is some feat.
4. And not to be forgotten, our own, consistently excellent Mediawatch on Radio New Zealand National. The latest edition looks at the plight of TVNZ 7, and what replaces it, and online endorsements, and a bunch of other things.
5. Anyone interested in the Leveson inquiry into the UK press can find a handy collection of video highlights – necessarily incomplete – from the hearings at the UK ITN YouTube channel. It’s a good place to catch up, or to get a flavour at least.
The most recent addition is Rebekah Brooks, who appeared on Saturday morning NZ time. She’s since been arrested over allegations of perverting the course of justice.