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  • stephen walker,

    The NZ media is so Anglo-centric it makes Australia look like the world's most cosmopolitan Asiaphiles.

    The bottom line is that anyone who wants to get out of that narrow mindset just leaves and does their thing. As can be seen by the talent and achievements of the panelists at this event.

    Good on these women for showing how it's done! The sheer pace of life in Asia is like a drug. Get your fix!

    BTW, does anyone under 35 understand the Selwyn Toogood reference ;)

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    Al Jaz 24/ 7 and Australia Network 24/7 are the highlights of an sometimes patchy 50 odd channel Indovision service up here (although the rather graphic local news channels do tend to draw you in)

    The quality of the news, the balance, and the analysis on both rather dwarf their US & (to a much lessor degree) UK counterparts. I'm quite particular to the irregular show on Al Jaz, fronted by various ex-CNN anchors, which seems to take some pleasure in dissecting the biases of the US networks. Considering the shit that they get from the beltway and their disciples I guess they have the right.

    It was all a really useful grounding in the reality of just how much news there is in Asia,

    three and a half billion people gets you that.....

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3208 posts Report Reply

  • kowhai montgomery,

    Al Jaz is a welcome addition to our screens. Must get freeview, that has decided it.

    Good on these women for showing how it's done! The sheer pace of life in Asia is like a drug. Get your fix!

    BTW, does anyone under 35 understand the Selwyn Toogood reference ;)

    Yes Asia is like a drug, I loved the crazy madness and am still in withdrawl. The Selwyn Toogood thing, right over my head ; )

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 485 posts Report Reply

  • Jim Cathcart,

    Even stuffy NHK (Japan national broadcaster) fits in Al Jaz before the BBC from 7:20-7:30 on their morning international news slot. I notice that it's always dubbed directly from the Arabic as opposed to the English version. Without wanting to pump sclerotic NHK too much, I've always found their documentaries on the Middle East to be closer to the pulse than what I have seen in English.

    Since Nov 2006 • 121 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Oh, bonus fun. We went out to dinner on Tuesday night.

    Sagarika's father in law, Dilip Sardesai, played cricket for India and her husband and son are manic cricket fans.

    When we spied Adam Parore at the restaurant she was quite excited, so we encouraged her to go over and get his autograph and a picture. He was cool, but Sally looked a bit miffed ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18969 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    BTW, does anyone under 35 understand the Selwyn Toogood reference ;)

    Hey, I'm 32 and I got it. I remember watching Beauty and the Beast during the school holidays.

    I recommend Selwyn's autobiography "Out of the Bag", which pops up from time to time on Trade Me.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1863 posts Report Reply

  • uroskin,

    Aljazeera has already been screening since day 1 on Traingle TV Auckland and Wellington (and will continue to do so after the Stratos launch). If you catch the AJ News Hour (currently at 6am) you may spot anchor Kamal Santamaria, who ued to be on TV3 News.

    Waiheke Island • Since Feb 2007 • 178 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Re Toogood: 28 and got it.

    Re Freeview: does anyone know if Freeview will be coming through the Sky/Telstra boxes?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    It seems to me that anywhere the pernicious dead hand of Murdoch has fallen (i.e. most of the English speaking world) news has been packaged as just another lowest possible reality TV variant focussed primarily on the advertising revenue stream. People with a brain in the English speaking are so starved of quality journalism of any kind they've even taking to paying to see documentaries at the cinema. And now I finally have a reason to buy a freeview box.

    Oh and Selwyn Toogood. What a different age, by hokey! A time when the marriage of Tinika Bouchier(sp?) was impossibly exotic and when winning a washing machine was a big deal and when summer salads were made with vinegar & condensed milk dressings and boiled eggs.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1811 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    oops should read "A time when Tinika Bouchier(sp?)..."

    I was going talk about the buzz when she got married but I work intervened.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1811 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Also 32 (for eight more days!), and I'm all about the Selwyn Toogood reference. I loved watching Beauty and the Beast and It's in the Bag.

    I remember in primary school, the height of childhood wit was calling him 'Selwyn Threebad'...

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3661 posts Report Reply

  • Jonty,

    SKY had the chance to get Al Jaz last year and plumped for Fox (the propaganda channel of the Republican Party) instead.
    Sadly, down here in the hinterland we can't get Triangle so the news about Stratos is wonderful.
    Has anyone noticed Campbell is getting a tad tabloid just lately? Thought there might be a bit of relief with the carbon credit segment last night, but the woman was almost unintelligible.

    Katikati • Since Mar 2007 • 101 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Oh, and Tom: we still have one of those boiled egg, vinegar and condensed milk salads every Christmas. My grandfather wouldn't have it any other way!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3661 posts Report Reply

  • Neil Smart,

    One thing we didn't get to discussing was the Chinese government's new crackdown on "low taste" reality TV programmes, and in particular Idol-style talent shows.

    What a great idea suggest it to John Key he doesn't have any policies!!
    Banning reality TV is a good place to start.

    Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Same here on the salad! I insist on it, its a Kiwi culinary classic, we use iceburg lettuce on a long dish with half tomaties and curried eggs interleaved along each side and the dressing on the top down the middle. ALWAYS served at a picnic with huge wedges of bacon and egg pie and cold lamb sammies on boxing day.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1811 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    this perhaps indicates the penetration of Selwyn into our psyche a few years back.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3208 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    we use iceburg lettuce on a long dish with half tomaties and curried eggs interleaved along each side and the dressing on the top down the middle

    Hell, that's a bit flash! </grandfather>

    The thought of banning reality television sends an icy chill down my spine. Life without The Amazing Race, Project Runway, America's Next Top Model (and its current stand-in, The Search for the Next Doll), and repeats of the Real World? What do you people want me to do - read or something? :)

    (That documentary from a couple of years ago about al Jazeera, Control Room, was very interesting. I'm afraid that's all I've got on the 'real' subject at hand.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3661 posts Report Reply

  • InternationalObserver,

    Remind me why she was made redundant from TVNZ, will you?

    Was she made redundant? I thought she was Holmes' producer and when he went, she went?

    As for Al Jazeera ... it's a bit like back in the 90s when all the hipster style guides were buzzing about 'Yum Char' which you'd been doing since the 80s (cue elderly PAS readers with stories of 'back in the ...')

    Anyway Al Jaz is great and the more that see it the better. The VERY sad thing is that the US spin machine do their best to brand it as Al Qaida TV. This is because they've spent millions themselves on their own Arabic TV channels (to spin the US line) only to have that chap from Qatar do the same and do it much better (__independent__ news anyone?). Hence the reason for detaining the Al Jaz cameraman in Gitmo. BASTARDS!!!

    Since Jun 2007 • 909 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Or "Seldom Muchgood".....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • wendyf,

    Is al Jazeera a forlorn hope down here in Christchurch?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Is al Jazeera a forlorn hope down here in Christchurch?

    No, that's the thing: Stratos is nationwide.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18969 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Easterbrook,

    Great Selwyn Toogood story.

    Years ago I used to work with his grandaughter. She told me about how, when she was about 5, Selwyn arranged it so her and her brother could sneak on to the Play School set and play with Humpty, Jemima, Manu and the Teds.

    Best Grandad ever!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 244 posts Report Reply

  • daleaway,

    When I worked with Selwyn Toogood he told me his most frequently used playground nickname was "Seldom Anygood". He had lousy school years, and only found his strengths once he had been called up into the army. He ended up a Major.

    He was indeed an institution in the 1950s and 60s and even into the 70s. When "It's in the Bag" hit town, there was no bigger drawcard. I went to a live show of it once in Kilbirnie and he could work a crowd like noone else. And it was fun.

    All credit to the man for pioneering freelance broadcasting work in this country. He and his late wife Cynthia were a most affable and courteous couple.

    Tineke's name was spelt thus.

    Since Jul 2007 • 178 posts Report Reply

  • Daniel McKenzie,

    I've been watching Al Jazeera when I can online since seeing clips of it on YouTube. Looking forward to seeing it on Stratos. I especially like The Listening Post (they post it in full on YouTube), gives a bit of balance to global reporting.

    That Daily Show clip was hilarious!

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2006 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    When I worked with Selwyn Toogood he told me his most frequently used playground nickname was "Seldom Anygood".

    It's in the Bag was taped in our school hall once. I went. It was very exciting.

    But the best ever Bag moment was at the end of a series, when a nice Russian immigrant chap had gone all the way through to the totally big-ass prize and his big question was ... What is the Kremlin? ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18969 posts Report Reply

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