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Hard News: Media7 will soon be Media3

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  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Actually, 99% of the time I was just looking for highlights, but denied about half of that time.

    See, I can just about understand them geoblocking the highlights - though that's probably because I had legal, cheap-ish access to all the games if I wanted 'em, thanks to a decent online streaming deal in the US. What I couldn't understand was geoblocking any news item from NZ which contained *even a few seconds of RWC footage*, even when the game itself was not the focus of the item. That's just petty.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • chris, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    They had free live games on Guangdong sports channel, the commentators seemed pretty fresh but they loved our Piri.

    OT - Ups team!

    中国 • Since Jan 2010 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • David Chittenden,

    Congratulations Russell and the team! That is very good news. Media 7 is the only show from NZ that I watch while I'm out of the country for a few years. I really hope the on demand thing won't be geo-blocked for Media 3 ...

    Since May 2011 • 31 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    It is great news for Media 7/3 - well done Russell. And credit to TV3 for taking it on. Not only do they get some great programming, they also get the chance to stick it to TVNZ for letting its public service programming slip away. I'd imagine the latter was at least a small consideration - the icing on the cake :)

    The difference between Media 7 and Back Benches is that we're made by TVNZ, produced internally as part of News & Current Affairs. So when the announcement was made to close TVNZ 7, Top Shelf and RB did what any good production company would do, and hit the phones, worked contacts, tried to find a new home. Whereas TVNZ clearly aren't going to do that, at least not outside of TVNZ. We lack, if you will, a 'champion'. And given neither Wallace nor I own the concept/name, it's not ours to shop around.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1130 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    That's great news but can I make a suggestion? Please can you have some more girls on your panel? What about bringing some local women from your audience onto the stage - people like Jackie and Sofie?

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2099 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to sarahk,

    the argot naught...

    Don’t like old guys trying to be hip, though.

    admittedly Ace, Boss and Hip are all older than Russell, but were
    an accepted part of the parlance & patois of his generation...
    it's these young folk that create a flipped out adhocracy by
    appropriating and messing with the etymology...
    word up
    yrs
    Arnold Keir Mud-John

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5061 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Very happy for you and the team Russell and for me as viewer.

    I saw The Nation had added media comment but so brief in comparison it's great to know TV3 aren't attempting to duplicate what you've already built.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 566 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Congratulations :)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1811 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to sarahk,

    I don't like young 'uns being facile.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Clint Fern,

    Thought you didn't look as disappointed as you should at the end of last nights show when I thought there was only two to go. Well done, great that at least part of 7 will live on.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston,

    Great news for real news Russell .
    Will Media 3 be the same as Media 7 - didn't have to compromise too much to get on a commercial channel?
    Will you still be able to piss people off in other words.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 503 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Clint Fern,

    What becomes a legend?

    …at least part of 7 will live on

    That raises a good point.
    Does anyone know what will happen to all the 7-generated stuff on the TVNZ on-demand site?
    Will the TVNZ stuff remain (like Back Benches ) and does the rest revert to the originating Production Companies?
    Collected show DVDs?
    Hopefully people will still have access (somehow) to what has gone before – being mindful of the folly of flushing both baby and bathwater…

    …or are they taking the Bysshe….

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    `My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

    Percy Bysshe Shelley
    (all part of my personal pointing percy at the proletariat project)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5061 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    That’s great news but can I make a suggestion? Please can you have some more girls on your panel?

    Look out next week.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18969 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    adhocracy

    Word!
    And what we are living under, too...

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    pointing percy at the proletariat project

    A clean shot...

    ;-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite,

    This is sheer grooviness.

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 980 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    That’s great news but can I make a suggestion? Please can you have some more girls on your panel?

    To be fair, I don't think it's for lack of effort. While things are a lot better than they used to be, there's still serious gender/diversity gaps at senior editorial and management in media. And in panel shows like Media 3, you can have a perfectly balanced panel for a topic and have it all fall apart on the morning of production day for all kinds of reasons from twitchy management to airport closures.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • nic.wise, in reply to Russell Brown,

    how much is geoblocked

    I'm not sure - ive not tried.

    Just tried it. Campbell live appears to work.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    and Sofie?

    No! :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Stupid,

    Congrats Russell. Still sucks about TV7 though. Unbelievable.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Hilary! No! Frighten me half to death it would. And when speaking under pressure, ie in front of big crowds, cameras, or both, I tend to tear up and not speak well at all. Big old bummer that would be.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Hilary! No!

    So, that's sorted then ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    In my experience, you throw up before, you throw up afterwards but you’re OK during the event yourself (no matter how convinced you are you were a babbling brook of imbecility).

    Not sure that helped, but the truth seldom does. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Go on --you would be great. But avoid wearing striped shirts.
    If we are looking to gender equality, could we still make some exclusions--Michelle Boag or Joanne Black, for example?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Myles Thomas, in reply to Russell Brown,

    This is great news. It'll be interesting to see your ratings - especially on Sat morning. Also you'll have to turn the heat up at times on your own bosses so please - no more self-censoring.

    As for Saving TVNZ 7 we'll take it to the wire - you never know. And then it'll be bring back 7, not so much because TVNZ 7 is perfect (it isn't) but because it's all that most Kiwis know of public service TV channels.

    Here's to another 5 years at TV3! Good luck

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 103 posts Report Reply

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