This came this morning regarding the attempted merger of Fairfax & NZME;
Having read your submission re the proposed merger of NZME/ Wilson and Horton and Fairfax I thought you would be interested in results we are releasing today of a survey of New Zealanders' views on this.
They concur broadly with your conclusions.
Horizon Research conducted this national survey in the public interest. I am surprised the media companies have not done the same, or published anything if they have.
We post the results here:
We also published comments made by survey respondents.
The survey is representative of the 18+ population at the most recent census.
If we can help with further information please don't hesitate to ask.
Horizon Research Limited
Thanks, Russell. The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is changing its name, to reflect a wider interest in all aspects of media but it is not happening immediately (I am an elected trustee of CBB). The venture with Action Station is an outcome of shared interests and I am looking forward to it generating good debates and goid outcomes. In the meantime, the conversation here. is pretty damn good.
Like all simple ideas, Morgan's declaration has simplistic appeal. But it is also half-baked and solipsistic. As others have commented above, television is about much more than journalism.
I contacted Auckland Transport (09 355 3553) and they posted me a bunch of useful maps (four different sectors of Auckland).
Now to get my new Trek Conduit up to Auckland and try some of them pathways..
Excellent photos. Like Rob, I was seated up in the dark heights. The music was great but Cave was a distant, flailing figure. Obviously there are good spots at the Vector and not-so-good.
I see that both Lorde and Broods are appearing at Coachella 2017
Good stuff, Russell. Is there a good site where such paths are overlaid on a map. for non-Aucklanders to find them? I did find one site but the details were miniscule.
I have a Significant Birthday coming up and as a present to myself, I have put a deposit on a rather excellent e-bike: 2017 Trek Conduit, which has a range of 120km, built-in lights and something called Shimano Step-through. Expensive but we can keep our rather battered Toyota running for another year or two.
The other birthday present is a week on the beach in Samoa (to allow the birthday to pass, in a place where no one knows my name). I had ideas of cycling there but rabid dogs are apparently a problem.
Not big on fish but can cope with it when it is battered or crumbed, So, the thought of eating raw fish fills me with horror. People used to go on about eating oysters as akin to the meaning of life; so I once tried one but it was a horrible experience--like gagging down a bad smelling snot-ball.
We are visiting Samoa (Samoa Samoa) in January, so I am hoping for pork and lots of fruit.
You have had a very year, Russell, and I expect even more from you in 2017. I see that MediaTake is in repeats on Maori Television and it will be good to see it back next year.
Kind of happy that my contribution to the rather good 2016 Trees at the Meteor (its motto 'Compassion Not Consumption') has a Highly Commended award.. It was constructed from cardboard and 35mm film trailers.
I am with Hebe: morte. It has been far too popular this year.