Posts by Damian Christie

  • Hard News: Radio being made, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Adding value is another thing entirely.

    SO MUCH *THIS*. For the most part, watching TV news isn't about watching the presenters or the reporters or the newsreaders, it's about the pictures captured out in the field. The rest could all be done with radio only. The TV news channels have only had to focus on the reporters and presenters (and what they're wearing) to get through the gaps between the interesting pics, and to stamp on their own brand.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Radio being made,

    You are right about the Nadene Lomu interview. It was the first thing I heard when I tuned in at 5.20 or thereabouts, and my reaction was 'woah... this isn't the Checkpoint I'm used to'. No hustle and bustle. I'm not sure if it was considered a good 'get' for a debut episode or what, but it seemed a bit odd many weeks later.

    Everything else was bang on (lapels excepted) - I had to laugh after the financial markets report, John's effusive thanking of the person who'd just popped by to say that the kiwi dollar was down against the yen or whatever, very cute.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Bowie, Original…,

    Christ, maybe I'm doing it wrong but I just had to give permission to access my Facebook, Spotify AND Soundcloud accounts to download that Tula song. Which I did, because meh, come at me spammers. Also it's a nice tune.

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  • Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yes, I assume that's the case.

    I'm told there's going to be a minute of Scout material playing before 3 News - creating the unfortunate sense that it is in fact leading...

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  • Hard News: Laughing from diversity, and…, in reply to Lyndon Hood,

    I agree with your unease on this one - not specifically whether this example fell on one side of the line or the other, but that there must be some line where the things you are attributing to someone are so unlikely to have been said by that person, and would be offensive (rather than just say, ridiculous) if said in any other context, then is it really okay to say them? It's easy to come up with any number of horrible hypotheticals.

    Not that I'd put anything past Hosking after hearing another couple of awful sociopathic rants last night (not something I regularly subject myself to), but an anti Maori rant might've been more clearly satirical in the voice of say, Holmes, a few days after his Waitangi column, or Cheeky Darkie etc.

    Yes, it doesn't pay to over-analyse these things, but it's worth thinking about.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Laughing from diversity, and…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Yes I don't think Slater's appearance was satire, and from watching a few bits of a few eps of the show today, that's what I find a little confusing. It sort of jumps from funny skit show to Mediawatch without much rhyme or reason. I can't quite get my head around it - but that's not a bad thing necessarily, and most of those individual bits are good.

    The Slater thing was just awkward, as Russell says. He was at pains to want to be liked, and to be funny, and failed on both fronts.

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  • Cracker: IT'S ALIVE, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    What was a pain – being stuck at the entrance after submitting details, waiting for an email;

    Yeah I found the same thing (although mine was in the 'promotions' tab of my gmail), and at least I already had the URL for the episode. None of this is pleasing to hear, but thanks for letting me know. :/

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: IT'S ALIVE,

    I note the personal details required are an age *range* and a gender (quite binary, which I understand not everyone is happy with). Not ideal, but yeah...

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  • Cracker: IT'S ALIVE, in reply to Alfie,

    As an aside, I tried to view the piece but TVNZ refuses me entry unless I provide them with my email and other personal details.

    Yeah that's a very recent thing, and the feedback from young people (and some old ones apparently) is that it's not particularly welcome. I've raised it with TVNZ and of course there's obviously some reasoning behind it - the question will be whether the audience, who happily sign up for facebook/snapchat/instagram feel it's worth signing up for. At least it's not a paywall I guess...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: IT'S ALIVE, in reply to Marcus Turner,

    Dick Weir used to read a news bulletin for kids. Later, Lloyd Scott did it.

    My first TV job (and prob the reason I've come back to this track) was on Flipside, which was a great youth magazine show, and launched the careers of many young people kicking around in media today.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1147 posts Report Reply

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