Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: A lot of money and a bit rich

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  • Richard Wain,

    Mex is a legend Mr Brown, just get over it.

    I have no opinion on Hamish McKay having not really ever seen any rugby on TV3.

    big chin though, I'm sure he can cop this vitriole...

    FYI it's impossible to watch live sport TV with radio commentary unless you've got a delay on one of the media: radio's faster than live TV pics... of course, a simple guitar delay or tape loop would suffice on the radio end of things... simple if you're a guitar geek or sound engineer, that is. hard for the rest of us... someone should think about this and adjust the speed of the radio commentary Radio Sport et al, it's hardly rocket science... would be great for any Kiwis test in the UK, now THOSE guys truly scrape the barrel of commentary, yuk.

    Since Nov 2006 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    At that time Apple Computers were at the nadir of their commercial history.

    Steve Jobs is a tit isn't he? There he goes claiming credit for Apple's resurgence when all the time Shortland Street was responsible. Time for some Wikiality I think.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1616 posts Report Reply

  • Matt Nippert,

    Does anyone know what Hamish McKay's background in broadcasting or journalism is?

    This I can answer. During the Lions tour, when Diana Wichtel was away, I compared the commentary teams of Sky and TV3 during a meaningless midweek match:

    The Sky crew are experienced professionals, with Grant Nisbett having called every match for the network since it won live match rights in 1996. TV3’s Hamish McKay oozes enthusiasm, if not big-match experience: his CV lists calling Manawatu provincial games for regional radio as his chief asset.

    Sports commentators tend to use cliches and puns, but this McKay blurt probably ranks alongside Mexted's most ridiculous clangers: “Questions over the Lions, have they lost their roar? They’re not too raw to show their talents tonight! There’s that children’s book Nobody Laughs at a Lion.”

    To which Bunce responded: “Too many of those Red Bulls, fellah.”

    More likely a lack of Ritalin.

    Cheers,
    Matt

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Mexted amuses me. I'd prefer him to Grant Fox any day. There, I said it.

    PC vs Mac? That's a bit like reading Descartes these days. "What OS" is the real question? And the answer begins with L...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8598 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Does anyone know what Hamish McKay's background in broadcasting or journalism is?

    Troublingly, he trained for four years to teach your children.

    You can't knock his enthusiasm though:

    Throughout his student years McKay had applied to numerous media organisations . He had even taken himself off midway for a six-month polytech journalism course. For practical broadcasting experience, he commentated “into an empty jug at the Fitz for years”.

    One day his friends had had enough. They egged him into going down to the local radio station to see about a job. Later, McKay discovered he was known at 2XS as the “Can I see the manager boy” for his boldness. But they gave him local club rugby to cover that weekend, and, after a few weeks, the commentating of provincial games. He stayed three years at 2XS and learnt general, council, court reporting: in other words, the lot, ending up news editor in the two-person newsroom. “Get a job in the provinces” is his advice to up and coming journos, “because you get to do everything”.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18991 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    If the maximum possible fine is $100,000, it could be cheaper to just broadcast the ads from NZ. It'd cost at least half that much to fly the production crew to France, and you'll probably end up in court anyway...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 421 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Truly magnificent spotting there Russell...

    I wonder what Keith Quinn and Ron Palenski made of him in France in 95 (assuming they ever got to meet him of course)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • tim kong,

    That section on the TV3 website about the presenters looks like it's been written by Womans Weekly.

    "Slightly smaller than Gary and with a fairer complexion, Alan nevertheless was a big man..."

    what's all that about??

    I fear for the rantings of MaCyver - he's all tabloid flash and flappery, forever trying to make the game seem somewhat more than it is.

    ".. he sees teaching and reporting as similar skills. They each interpret and illuminate life’s facets. "

    He's obviously not been in a classroom recently.

    Bunce, Fox and Whetton all stand around like your average Kiwi blokes, seemingly embarrassed by the carry on. They combine their powers to tell us with words, exactly what we're seeing. Brilliant!

    I'm hoping good lads over at the ARC will have some sort of audio stream sorted by then.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 146 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    If the maximum possible fine is $100,000, it could be cheaper to just broadcast the ads from NZ.

    Unless its $100,000 per Sunday, or per ad break, or per ad...

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 841 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    Not to be too gratuitous here, but this chick digs Robyn Malcolm too. She pwns all in her path. Damn the fact I haven't seen her on TV for over 8 years (except when visiting home, in odd moments) - man, she's getting better with age.

    While we're on the topic of unholy same-sex luurrve AND the WRC, I see the French have been doing some exceedingly "arty" promos of the event. Now, if the rugby had a bit more of that kind of thing going on, I might even watch it.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    If the maximum possible fine is $100,000, it could be cheaper to just broadcast the ads from NZ.

    Can a person/company in NZ be injuncted not to break a law?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4467 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    re: Mac's on Shortland St.

    Do any of the usual healthcare applications run on a Mac in a supported fashion? My doctor's system is all but character based, so I kinda doubt it.

    I guess in the S-S universe the Mac is the dominant desktop system and consequently all software *is* ported and supported to run on it. Just like in films all messaging applications work fullscreen with REALLY BIG TEXT. And mobiles don't exist due to their ability to destroy many plot setups (the exception to this is UK copshow The Bill, which is one of the first programs to incorporate mobility-aware plotlines).

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4467 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Can a person/company in NZ be injuncted not to break a law?

    I don't think so - that's more or less what a law is - an injunction not to do something.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 841 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    And mobiles don't exist

    And call ID takes at least 60 seconds to identify the caller.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 841 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I guess in the S-S universe the Mac is the dominant desktop system and consequently all software *is* ported and supported to run on it. Just like in films all messaging applications work fullscreen with REALLY BIG TEXT.

    In the early days of Shorty, Nick infected the clinic's computer system with a virus! This was obvious to all because not only did every computer screen start flashing "VIRUS" in REALLY BIG TEXT, but there was also a computerised voice chanting "Virus! Virus! Virus!" coming from each computer.

    Thankfully the upgrade to Macs appears to have put a stop to this.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1865 posts Report Reply

  • InternationalObserver,

    Just like in films all messaging applications work fullscreen with REALLY BIG TEXT. And mobiles don't exist due to their ability to destroy many plot setups

    You'd think that after a hundred years of cinema people would have realised by now that it's actually safer to give the hero all the information they need "to bust this conspiracy wide open" over the phone.
    But no, it's never safe to talk over the phone -- someone might be listening so instead you arrange to meet the hero somewhere secret but dark.
    But because you arranged this rendezvous over the phone you'll always be dead before the hero arrives...

    Since Jun 2007 • 909 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    If the maximum possible fine is $100,000, it could be cheaper to just broadcast the ads from NZ."

    Unless its $100,000 per Sunday, or per ad break, or per ad...

    Can you pay fines concurrently?

    I mean, If I can serve 3 ten year sentences at one time, surely I can pay three, or thirty, $100,000 fines with one $100,000 cheque, right? :)

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 798 posts Report Reply

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