Posts by Damian Christie

  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest, in reply to sandra,

    There must be money to be made there …

    There's not. The DVD market isn't what it used to be, and people's interest in watching old 4:3 ratio docos from 20 years or more ago is pretty limited. These things are usually better in one's memory than in reality - this coming from someone who's spent more time than most trawling the archive for gems.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1160 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    The evening TV news stories and even their ordering are so identical across stations as to be more than a coincidence.

    It's not a coincidence. Both networks are lining up stories according to a well established set of new values. Are they colluding or communicating these decisions to each other? No. But without seeing the news tonight, I'm guessing both led with about ten minutes on Christchurch fires, then the Cadbury closure... close? After that you'll find it gets a bit more random. Sometimes the two have different lead stories, where one has polling done, or an exclusive, or just got better pictures of a big event.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1160 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    But the infrastructure already exists – there’s no real benefit in not using it.

    Okay point taken from you and Russell both on that one, I guess it depends on the extra cost from actually programming and operating those freeview channels - putting together a schedule, producing links and teasers and all that stuff isn't quite as low cost as putting shows directly online. And I suppose I'm also thinking about it in conjunction with my TV1 idea - TV1 doing most of the heavy lifting in the public service side, with overflow handled by online, rather than a whole separate freeview channel.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1160 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest,

    Great post Dylan.

    I've also thought about this quite a bit, being directly involved in the beginning and end of TVNZ 7 and being part of news and current affairs there since 2004 until a couple of years ago.

    I often thought the solution would be to keep TV2 as it is, and make TV1 the 'public broadcaster'. It has a huge audience from the get-go, and you could even *possibly* keep it commercial, on the understanding that revenue (and therefore ratings) aren't the driving motivation on that channel. Hire a CEO, senior management, commissioners and programmers on the basis of vision and commitment to high quality programming, not just in news and current affairs but also drama and the like.

    It's worth noting on any napkin calculations, that if it hadn't been required to pay a dividend, there wouldn't necessarily have been $10m or so each year. I remember Kevin Kenrick standing up at a staff function celebrating the fact that targets had been reached that year. "Revenue was down, but we managed it by cutting costs!" he cheered, like the onslaught of redundancies was something to be applauded. I think TVNZ would've been one of the few 'profitable' media companies during some of those darker years.

    I think these days you could ditch the Freeview infrastructure required for TVNZ6 and 7 with an online-only offering, but one that has mandatory promotion in places where people will find out about it, i.e. 1, 2, one news website etc.. I found out myself the hard way about what happens to an online-only show at TVNZ when they don't bother promoting it (it dies a death).

    Side note: Gareth Morgan's exchanges on Twitter seem to very quickly devolve into ad hominem attacks (from him). This doesn't bode well, although I guess if he's looking for the Trump effect...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1160 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: On Ice, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Thanks for sharing those memories Ross - your experience sounds incredible vs my short 'tourist' trip, but still something I will always remember!

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  • Hard News: Up with the Pacer: embracing…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Thanks for the post Russell, I too have been weighing up whether buying an e-bike would get me out more. At present I use my bike only for small jaunts with the family; the hills immediately before my office (Bond St hill, or Bullock track etc), and immediately before my house are enough to ensure I arrive a sweaty mess. Running errands around the CBD presents similar challenges. So I've been seriously considering it, if it means I can get exercise on my way to work, rather than swearing at the traffic I'm a part of.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1160 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Up with the Pacer: embracing…, in reply to Robert Harvey,

    By regenerative electrics, I assume you mean the ability for the bike to recharge itself?

    From what I've read (admittedly I think on e-motions site itself), it isn't a goer. It creates drag on the bike in harnessing the energy (which is the opposite of why you get an e-bike anyway right?), and the amount of energy harvested only adds a very small amount to the total range.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1160 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Helen, in reply to Russell Brown,

    She came across as a bitter hardened campaigner until her cancer was announced.

    No, she was never that.

    +1 on that. She wasn’t bitter, nor earnest – as you said very nicely Russell, she was relaxed and fun. I mean, she was rightfully a bit pissed off on occasions, but was so easy to talk to. On a few occasions I offered her a ride home after Q+A just so we could continue the conversation and I could enjoy her company for a bit longer. In my (limited) experience of union leaders, she was unique in that regard. She will be missed and she did great things right until the end.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1160 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Gaffer Departs,

    This is still my favourite skanking remix of that Sharon Jones track, a few years old now.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1160 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The media awards are dead –…, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    I see. And I can see how that would be useful. Perhaps you could apply as "Public Address, just the bit that Graeme Edgeler does" (that would be Legal Beagle, of course). :)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1160 posts Report Reply

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