Posts by Jason Kemp

  • Hard News: Mediaworks: The only horizon…,

    Here are the numbers for TV 3 from Brian Gaynor Big effort needed for MediaWorks bonuses

    An increase in MediaWorks' equity value from $207 million as at September 30, 2014 to $608 million, which was the company's value when it was acquired by Ironbridge Capital in 2007, would deliver a bonus of up to $40 million for directors and senior executives."

    TV3 with revenue of $250m is still a large business but in decline.

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  • Hard News: Mediaworks: The only horizon…,

    Broadcast TV’s in a death spiral, right?

    It was reported that John had a 3 year contract and only 1 year of that was tied to Campbell Live so it is probable he knew long ago likely scenarios and outcomes. Linda Clark will have been working hard and the upswing in audience numbers will hopefully have made some difference.

    The reality is that selective viewers of broadcast TV don’t pay the bills. TV3 has been bailed out at least twice before and the last reorganisation saw something like $500m written off by a consortium of banks and other owners.

    Campbell Live was the last watchable show on TV3 and that is a sad thing. Apart from a few selected shows no-one in my home has watched regular TV for years.

    With an unlimited data (connection) and a choice we are close to 100% online. Ironically we watch TV shows we missed on broadcast and some of them have 7+ years of series available – all with no ads or a handful like on Hulu.

    Occasionally we watch Maori TV – it seems strange that is the last local bastion of thoughtful TV in NZ. Al Jazeera is good – although a little unrelenting for longer viewing.

    Hopefully John will have a holiday and be successful somewhere else.

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  • Up Front: Stand for... Something, in reply to Stephen Christie,

    My hesitation about patriotism and its close relative nationalism is that it always comes across as black-and-white thinking. And that’s a trap.

    Thanks Stephen I agree . I’m not sure the opening conversation with the American in a pub really means what anyone thinks it means. In other words patriotism of the obvious kind seems to be the very opposite of the attitudes and culture of most New Zealanders.

    Except when there is some national sports team winning something. As it happens I have no interest in cricket or rugby so I can mostly avoid the periodic outbreaks of faux patriotism. Most of those sports teams are professional entertainers working in a media business. I know some people like that sort of thing but it is mostly just media manipulation.

    Maybe there is some reason for flags in 2015 but I can’t think of a good one.

    To me patriotism of the obvious U.S kind seems to be some kind of soundtrack for a Leni Riefenstahl movie.

    It often masks a power play by an elite against the underdog in an argument. At the same time I’m not sure anyone can define patriotism.

    As someone who has often travelled outside NZ the biggest change in some kind of collective national culture is the welcome use of the Māori language in regular speech.

    I personally think that tells more of a Nationhood story than any kind of “top-down” PR campaign can ever hope to do.

    In other words – it is complicated but so far for me patriotism seems to be a mostly negative thing. A kind of manipulation alert for the most part.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    The 20 highest rating funded television programmes on air last week, 2 – 8 April 2015

    From that list Country Calendar is the real star coming in number 1 and number 11 as a repeat beats. a lot of other programmes I haven't seen either.

    Perhaps the key word there is *funded* TV 3 news & CL are probably unfunded.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Thanks Russell – so there are 3 indicators that count.

    Nielsen measures live viewing (with a sample of 600 Peoplemeter households) and also time-shifted viewing, via a smaller panel.

    On-demand viewing over the internet is measured separately by the broadcasters and third-party companies. But it’s still typically a fraction of the broadcast audience.

    How then does one get to be on a people meter panel? One commenter (Alfie) mentioned their parents were on one for 8 years. That doesn’t sound very efficient.

    I also recall some mention of viewer engagement which alludes to media buzz on social channels. And what about the brand value angle noted by Bart Janssen?

    Am I correct in noting that TV3 news ratings are down because it doesn’t have a soap before it to get viewers. That must have a flow on effect to CL as well- surely.

    I wonder if CL would be better in a different time slot and in my view better would be more hard hitting stories. I have watched less of CL lately because unless a politician is getting roasted or there is a meaningful topic I won’t stay for the whole programme.

    I think that the days of live broadcast TV are definitely numbered although that could change if global mode gets turned off.

    At present 90% of viewing in our household is online via AppleTV. I get most of my news via twitter and some from radio (but only while driving.) NZ TV news from any channel is not a patch on Al Jazeera.

    CL is pretty much the only show on mainstream TV that I still watch but only if the topic suits. I suspect that the fluff stories on CL are an attempt to prop up numbers and be more like 7sharp which I have never watched.

    If MediaWorks wants to get to a younger demographic they need to be on YouTube or another streaming channel because that is what the kids watch now.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Except that the same forces at work here were / are keen on closing down RNZ I thought?

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  • Capture: Aurora Australis,

    Thanks Again Paul & Ian, I had seen some of these on twitter but not all and it was great to find them here in one place.

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement,

    Best not to give these shows any more oxygen. I note that MediaWorks are the same company attempting to resurrect Paul Henry for some more trolling around the media dregs so it obviously works for them.

    Netflix, Hulu and other streaming channels are killing broadcast channels, We are just watching the death throes of the old business model or not if you have already switched.

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading,

    Not sure about anyone else but based on the 3 reports that were released yesterday there is zero accountability shown by Key, Collins or the Corrections department. Releasing 3 reports in a day like that is extremely cynical and the mark of an untrustworthy and lying government.

    I'd prefer to have a PM I could trust. if I recall correctly the late Hunter S Thompson mentioned that Richard "Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on"

    I'm in deep despair about the lack of integrity in government. Ironically Key leaked the original info about the SIS briefing to call Goff a liar and now that it has been shown he lied and had the SIS lie on demand that is sick and not in a good way.

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  • Hard News: Over the paywall?,

    If the content is worth paying for I don't mind subscribing but the system has to actually work and be easy to use for both staff and readers.

    On the Herald online this morning they had the headline
    "Tobacco giant vows to find $23b award"

    and now I see it has been changed to "Tobacco giant vows to fight $23b award" but there is a big difference between those two. At times it looks like the content on the herald looks like it is on auto pilot.

    Very few stories there have any depth and that I would guess is a big challenge for daily news sites. There is almost zero analysis of stories on say the Herald. A few columns are not the same thing but those columnists rely on being widely read to have any influence so it is not a simple editorial puzzle.

    It would be very good to know how other local paywalls are working or not. The NBR has been operating that way for a while with most of their content blocked from free access and they do seem to have some exclusive stories or analysis.

    The Listener also operates a paywall. I have tried to pay for access there and the least expensive deal they can do is $5 for 5 days. Unfortunately after paying and getting a login I still can't get access but since it was a $5 test it is not worth the hassle.

    I did talk to a subscription person but they kept referring to their supervisor and clearly knew nothing about digital subscriptions and I was quoted 3-5 days* to process which means the subscription would expire before they could look at it.

    They should be able to extend subs to cover their slow process times but the over all impression is of an out sourced subs team with no clues. *After waiting longer they got it down to 24hrs but that is still too long in 2014 when the logistics should be simple and fast.

    I have some experience of using bandcamp for music projects and formula there is pay $x or more. Quite often "subscribers" there pay more than the named price. Not always but that is always welcomed.

    I did try using "flattr" which operated a micro payments system. It was recently taken over by someone else and the latest changes to their terms and conditions made it too much hassle to use.

    So for anyone looking at these systems they need to be able to have a:

    clear paid content strategy
    technology / support systems that are easy to use
    ideally a micro payment system of some kind (prepaid wallet?)

    These would all be good things to know.

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