Posts by llew40

  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy,

    You guys actually think Gower is pro-Nat and anti-Labour?

    No, but I am uncomfortable with the trend - Paddy is far from alone - of journalists wanting to creep onto the stage and into the spotlight.

    That said, the journalist as 'star' has probably been around for longer than I care to admit - Paul Holmes certainly didnt mind the limelight.

    I guess the realisation of the inevitable mismatch between the unashamedly romantic and idealistic view of the journalist as a defender of truth and justice and 'reporter-of-facts' as opposed to the journalist as 'maker and shaper of news' and as a media 'personality' is what rankles me.

    Since Nov 2012 • 27 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy,

    Good post. I get this is an election year and that politics is blood sport, and that news is a highly commercial and brutally competitive business that is under threat from global forces and very dependent on a shrinking business model.

    But I'm also (probably being naive) quite mystified by the growth in the editorialising of the news, and the increase in journalists who want to insert themselves into the narrative as participants (even 'stars') in the political events of the day. Is this really the best way to survive?. And I actually work in the industry (insert a grumpy "it wasn't like that in my day" comment).

    Since Nov 2012 • 27 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Republished: The CTV collapse…,

    Hmm you may well be right Liz, but some of those criticisms do feel quite strong , particularly in relation to the lack of resources. I honestly doubt that many entities preparing for future disaster responses can realistically and adequately resource for all possible yet hitherto unrealised scenarios.

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  • Hard News: Spring Timing, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The question of whether certain Labour members will be able to resist putting the boot into The Greens is, as always, open. They still have their hard-core “I would rather die than share government with The Greens” members, and there’s a very real risk of public hissy fits.

    Shane Jones doesn't even seem to be trying to keep a lid on it. But I do think most of his colleagues will be more constructive.

    This is one of my strongest recollections from the last election - the entrenched tribalism which culminated in a palpable sense of 'those Greens have stolen our votes' entitled blarings from the party faithful.

    It will be be one of the most interesting threads in the campaign, Labour and Green absolutely need each other to win. There is a history of - maybe not bad blood, but certainly a sense of Labour taking the Greens for granted. And a poltically clever incumbent who will be looking to tie them together at every possible opportunity. How Cunliffe and Norman/Turei play this dynamic will be fascinating.

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  • Hard News: Telecom and TV, in reply to BenWilson,

    Suspect you might be talking about Chorus. Different company. They are largely responsible for rolling out fibre (along with some smaller rollouts including Northpower and Enable), and they are the only monopoly aspect of the NZ telecommunications sector now.

    Since Nov 2012 • 27 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Mayor's marginal enemies, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    again, you may well be right, but when I said senior officials, I also meant officials from Auckland Council, not just central Government

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  • Hard News: The Mayor's marginal enemies, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    You may be right, but I have heard senior officials say that government is supportive of the CRL, at the least. There is a lot more common ground between Brown and Government than most people realise.

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  • Hard News: Splore 2014: Everyone's…, in reply to Nick Shand,

    Nick I didn't get a photo but stood next to him during the Cuban Brothers, and the costume was outstanding

    Since Nov 2012 • 27 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Growing up in public,

    Airports have to strike the right balance between allowing media to do their jobs, ensuring safety of travellers (and meeters and greeters), and keeping the flow of people moving.

    By and large they do a great job of this, considering there is 14 million plus trips through Auckland each year, many thousands of whom could be described as 'famous', and many hundreds who could be described as 'very very famous'.

    Principles of safety and keeping the airport moving aside, it is sometimes a matter of preference for the arriving VIP or their 'team' - many want to give fans (and media) the opportunity to see them (and vice versa). Many just want to get through the airport and to their hotel room as soon as they can, or are running to a tight schedule.

    By and large media respect all of this and work with all the agencies in the right way because everyone has a job to do and there will always be another VIP of significant public interest.

    Since Nov 2012 • 27 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All John's Friends,

    That only matters if they're in Epsom.

    True dat, how many are from Epsom is the question.

    Since Nov 2012 • 27 posts Report Reply

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