Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care,

    Catriona Maclennansays that on her reading of of paras 80-90, the police didn't understand the law around consent, alcohol and sexual conduct with a person under 16.

    She also observes that the police decision not to lay charges was reviewed by the Auckland Crown Solicitor, and wonder what that says about the quality of advice.

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  • Capture: Aurora Australis, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I had the same feelings looking at Blair Parkes’ latest Beach Storm double exposures…

    We do need to organise a Capture post from that man.

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to linger,

    Wouldn’t provision of a dedicated YouTube channel (or parallel public-access portal) address both concerns at practically zero cost?

    There's still a massive gulf between broadcast and online audiences. Anyway, gotta go, but I'll carry on this korero this afternoon :-)

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to fraser munro,

    just for the record – despite my criticism, it would be a bit unfair to not recognise that allocating limited funding across a wide pool of applicants – and taking into account some of the more opaque factors – must be a bugger of a job

    It really must, especially given that the budget has been frozen in cash terms since National took government in 2008.

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  • Capture: Aurora Australis,

    I'm kind of speechless looking at these pictures. Emotional, even. Thank you, guys.

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    But IMO NZ on Air shouldn’t be ratings driven; it should fund on potential contribution to NZ culture – even if only half-a-dozen people see it.

    And which networks will screen these programmes that attract half a dozen viewers, and at what time of day? Will not happen.

    It's just not how the system works. There's a straightforward solution, of course: a properly-resourced public broadcaster.

    Although even then, as is the case at Radio New Zealand, there's still a case for some form of audience measurement. You do want to know what's working.

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to fraser munro,

    (and then trying to claim they are docos – do they still do that?)

    THIS. This drives me nuts. It's hard for NZ On Air, because most of the network screening commitments they get for documentary funding are things are really aren't documentaries. At best, they're "obs-docs".

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    But the value of the farm is based on the amount of milk produced not the profit, so they make more milk and lose more money in order to be able to sell their farm for a higher profit.

    Yes, I've seen it fairly convincingly demonstrated that the real money in dairy farming is in capital gains.

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to fraser munro,

    but writers, producers, directors, actors, designers, technicians etc etc etc – as a whole – simply arent even in the picture. Then theres the added issue of the downwards spiral of whats on screen, and how that in turn feeds back into the industry

    To be fair, X Factor is keeping a bunch of production people in employment, even if it’s not their favourite thing. And scripted TV drama has performed horribly for TV3 in the past couple of years.

    But NZ On Air said this week it won’t be part-funding the big talent show formats any more. I’d link to the Drinnan story but he has his numbers all confused and it'd be like spreading misinformation.

    Short version:

    X Factor NZ series 1 (2013) = $1.6m

    X Factor NZ series 2 (2015) = $800,000

    X factor NZ series 3 = $0

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…,

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