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Hard News: About Campbell Live

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  • Alfie,

    TV3 News hit a new low on Thursday with a lengthy news story about the Batchelor and how the supposed relationship was progressing. Naturally John Key was invited to comment, saying that he'd expected the woman (with long blonde hair) to win.

    News? Nah! Julie Christie blatantly cross-promoting shows at the expense of their newsroom's credibility? Looks like it.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Graham McCready's attempt to get Prime Minister Ponytail into court has failed. An anonymous judge (well done the Harold) cited a "lack of evidence".

    You might have thought that the guilty party admitting the offense to almost all of the world's media would count for something. Maybe the judge doesn't manage to keep abreast of world events?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Alfie,

    John Key was invited to comment, saying that he’d expected the woman (with long blonde hair) to win.

    How embarrassing - he is obviously following it.

    OMG.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    did he really mention her "long blonde hair"? how creepy

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    did he really mention her "long blonde hair"? how creepy

    I don't have a link but it was something like, "The PM said today that he expected (woman's name) to win." It was me who pointed out the ponytail length blonde hair which, in the context of recent events, seemed a bit creepy.

    So yes, Key's probably following the bletchelor. After all, it's entertainment, isn't it? And as we know, that's the only reason everyone watches TV.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Sorry if ponytails are becoming boring, but here's an odd little story that's more interesting for the timing than the content. It was released by TVNZ at 2:14pm Thursday May 21 -- during the budget reading.

    TVNZ has confirmed that the Prime Minister played with a presenter's hair in a "joke" two years ago.

    The broadcaster said the presenter suggested John Key pretend to style her hair.

    Mr Key did so.

    TVNZ said it would not name the presenter.

    So... another case of our PM doing the hair thing, but according to TVNZ there were no creepy motives this time. It was just a "mutual joke between friends."

    Wasn't that the same excuse Key used for harrassing the waitress?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Alfie,

    Mr Key is also keeping mum about any related contact he's had with Ms Glucina. Looks like the ombudsman will be called in on this one.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2109 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Friday night's Campbell Live was TV3's highest-rating show of the night with 330,830 viewers. And what do you do with your top-rating show? Why dump it, of course. Christie and Wheldon aren't paid the big bucks for nothing, eh!

    The Herald mentions those ratings today as well as a disturbing rumour.

    Sources say the changes mean Campbell Live's cast will be cut from 22 to 16. Rachel Smalley and Paul Henry are among the names rumoured to be in the running for co-hosting duties.

    Honestly, TV3 may as well just rebrand as CrapTV and get it over with.

    There's no byline on the story so it could well be more Glucina nonsense.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    The final Campbell Live show will air this Friday.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Addendum
    Next Monday replacing Campbell Live TV3 will screen Road Cops. Really! You couldn't make up this level of inane decision making. But hey... it's Julie Christie.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Alfie,

    AS an alternative to Road Cops you could try this thing I stumbled upon...

    LyngSat Stream has public links to 4441 linear TV channels
    and 3276 linear radio channels transmitting on internet

    Beats fumbling round TV3's webshite or any "Ondemand" nonsense.
    And it is so Random ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    My apologies if someone has linked to this story by Rachel Stewart before, but it's one of the nicest pieces I've read throughout this debate.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    The last two nights of Campbell Live have been particularly good. Oh what fools TV3 have been.

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Viewers may hve noticed that TV3 have hastily changed their self-ads, those "for me it's three" jingles.

    Samantha Hayes used to tell us she liked to watch John Campbell. And Campbell used to plug Jono and Ben.

    But JC has not only left the building, he's been airbrushed out of the "family" photos as well. Presumably next week the voiceover will be Paul Henry saying he loves Road Cops.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to izogi,

    I wouldn’t expect it to be great in a journalistic sense, but there’s already precedent for doing more or less this, with The Project on Channel Ten, which is overloaded with comedians on the payroll thanks to Melbourne’s comedy scene. The format would surely appeal to much of the audience currently watching Seven Sharp.

    …and then despite its general flippancy, the Project comes up with stuff like this (facebook video, sorry), which if anything demonstrates just how much a group of Channel 10 on-staff comedians can produce a result more similar to what Campbell Live used to aim for, yet would probably never see the light of day on Seven Sharp in its current state.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    For what it's worth, the Press Council has censured the Herald for Glucina's attack on Amanda Bailey. The Herald summarises the Press Council decision but appears to make no apology to Bailey. I'm surprised that the Herald didn't resort to the obvious defence that Glucina isn't actually a journalist. We live in strange times.

    Kudos to Giovanni Tiso and the others who made complaints.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Alfie,

    The Herald summarises the Press Council decision but appears to make no apology to Bailey.

    I think it's pretty clear that would be the decent thing to do now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    John Campbell made a brief return to TV last night at the end of the Crowd's Gone Wild (before going on to some Sky sport thing). He made a couple of little digs at authority http://m.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11474779

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The Herald summarises the Press Council decision but appears to make no apology to Bailey.

    I think it’s pretty clear that would be the decent thing to do now.

    If this happened in Scandinavia, the Herald would find its wallet a fair bit lighter.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Ms Glucina’s reported friendship with the Prime Minister did not give rise to a conflict of interest. There is no question of any compromise of her independence or that of the NZ Herald

    Yep, Pravda is an independent publication.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Another Herald gossip columnist has demonstrated her suitability to fill Glucina's shoes. Commenting on the deaths of Ashburton mum Cindy George and her three children who were killed by car fumes, Pebbles Hooper described the tragic deaths as "natural selection".

    The Herald certainly knows how to pick em.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Alfie,

    Thats a Stuff artical about her behavior there. And they put it in the entertainment section. It’s a race to the bottom alright.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4414 posts Report Reply

  • simon g, in reply to steven crawford,

    Alfie linked to a Stuff article because the Herald has ignored it.

    It beggars belief that this person is paid by the Herald to write anything. If that organisation has any kind of ethical standards, this should be instant dismissal.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to simon g,

    If that organisation has any kind of ethical standards

    They *promoted* the editor who sanctioned Glucina. What's a little eugenics between pals?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Alfie linked to a Stuff article because the Herald has ignored it.

    Its not a bad thing that the Herald ignored it, is it?

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4414 posts Report Reply

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