Posts by Mark Graham

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  • Hard News: The Righteous Humour,

    perhaps a time to flog my facebook page - Bring Back the Daily News with Jon Stewart to Free to Air Television.

    Might need help on that title.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Weekend Compendium,

    Joss Whedon remains one of my heroes…

    on another issue…
    Re the debacle with PSA and the resulting story – surely there’s a story on Govt. Depts’ media management which seems to be predicated on obfuscation and denial until caught out that would be perfect for Media3?

    Last week I brought to light a fairly major screw up with the old Dept of Building and Housing over Licensed Builders. Their initial reaction to my first enquiry was to ignore it. After John Gray, from the Homeowners and Buyers Assoc went direct to the top, an answer came which completely sidestepped the issues I raised.

    After going to Radio NZ on Thursday afternoon and being interviewed on the Panel, the DBH spokesperson then came on the next day, said I was completely overstating the case and then proceeded to once more gloss over the issues. However, some digging by Cushla Manning at RNZ news finally got them to admit that there were, in fact, issues with the scheme.

    This seems to be a part of active management of media by Govt, Depts in trying to hide issues – witness the red herrings brought up at MSD around hackers after Keith’s uncovering of the fiasco and Auckland Harbour co and MSD release of personal information around the protesters against their actions.

    This goes back to when I had my radio show and trying to pin down Ministers and assorted Govt dept types was terrible, through to refusals by Govt Ministers to appear on Radio NZ…etc…

    People should be held to account for their actions and decisions and it's getting harder...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Decked Out,

    Thank you @dubdotdash. Love your work.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: "Because we can",

    I'm STILL waiting to see what firm numbers there are on who is "ripping off" the welfare system. There is much talk around targeting those who breed on the system and use social welfare as their lifestyle choice but no-one, ever, to my knowledge has ever quantified just how many there are.

    Bullshit politicking.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Paying for what doesn't come…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    ...but there's a basic conflict with public-interest goals in restricting access to the work produced. That's not to say it's wrong -- just that there will be a place fo non-exclusive subscription models.

    You forget, Russell, that the bulk of news media is not there for the public good, as much as it pulls that cloak on, but as a business,notwithstanding Hickey's new venture. News media before the internet was largely accessed by buying a newspaper or magazine. TV was 'purchased' by watching ads.

    Ad revenue is not sufficient to pay for online news services. I have some scepticism around public supported news organisations working, too. You might recall Salon tried this some time ago - no sign of that model now.

    In fact, I lament for the anticipated future of independent news media. As potentially compromised as it has always been, overtly in some cases, especially overseas, there has been some great journalism done. With fewer resources available, this is where we will all suffer - more Fox, less CNN.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Paying for what doesn't come…,


    As a publisher, it’s interesting watching how things are developing in media. Television, which used to be free to consume, is increasingly becoming subscription based. Radio may not be far behind.

    Print, on the other hand, is moving (somewhat) from subscription to free and the internet is moving from free to subscription.

    Let’s face it, while content remains king, each media organisation will have to find its own mix of subs/ad revenues/alternative revenues and it seems to me that there isn’t enough creative thinking being applied to revenue streams within most of the larger news organisations.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Radio is still relevant,

    May I recommend a few shows on George FM.

    The Dose on Saturday midday to 2pm is superb with Barnie Duncan and Selector Sam playing excellent classic underground soul/funk and afrobeat.
    followed by The Saucer with Sam E and then The Uptown Boogie with T Rice and Hudge

    Sundays features the inestimable Cian from Conch Records on at 10 with the very good Earshot – this man knows underground beats. Sundays right through on George is excellent with standouts being Cian’s show, DJ Nynety at midday, Chocolate Sunday at 4pm with Gene Rivers, Bahaco with Bobbie Brazuka, Cian’s Brazilian partner in Conch, and then Geezer Guy with the Greatest Show on Earth at 8.

    Other standouts include:
    Monday features the international class of Recloose and Frank Booker at 6pm with Hit It and Quit It. Nuff Said…with Tommy Flowers on Wed at 10pm.

    Sadly, George recently changed its midweek morning lineup, removing some of the best DJs in Auckland – Jason Eli (now consigned to Saturday mornings at 6am(!), Phillipa and Soane have gone MIA and Mediaworks has replaced them with more mainstream show featuring Tom, the erstwhile DJ liaison guy. The gutting of George continues.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Cinema Scoped,

    I was part of the team that developed the Waiheke Cinema. It was a privilege to work with some great people, Godfrey Hall in particular, who spend hours hunting out and negotiating the purchase of ancient but magnificent projectors. But one thing I will lay claim to was the idea of using donated sofas. And it works a treat, though I note from your photo the standard has improved dramatically from the first couple of years, and that the sleeper sofa seems to have been retired.

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  • Hard News: The Voyage of a Lifetime,

    Good work Rus.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Where do you get yours? (Food…,

    Yay for good food outlets in the neighbourhood. Ponsonby And Mt Eden Nosh is also very good, Il Forno for glorious baked goodies and Little Boy sausages.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

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