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Prince Harry to sue two British tabloids

The Duke of Sussex has begun legal action against the owners of the Sun, the defunct News of the World, and the Daily Mirror, in relation to alleged phone-hacking. During his recent tour of Africa, Prince Harry accused the British tabloid press of “relentless propaganda” regarding the coverage of hsi wife. Photo: AFP or licensors […]

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Listen to Saturday Morning with Kim Hill

8:10  Anti-Springbok-tour veterans on the power of HART HART badge Photo: supplied / Victoria University New Zealand protest group Halt All Racist Tours (HART) formed in 1969 to protest against sporting contact with apartheid South Africa. In 1981 the issue of whether the All Blacks should play the Springboks came to a head with the […]

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TV comeback: Spitting Image lines up new satirical targets

Satirical puppet show Spitting Image hopes to return to the small screen, 23 years after it last aired. Front Row host Mary Beard and Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law with a puppet of Donald Trump. Photo: Supplied / Twitter New episodes of the comedy, described as “public service satire” by co-creator Roger Law, will take […]

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Giving Amazon a break

Amazon Prime’s announcement of a Lord of the Rings TV series to be made here was big news in the media – as was the huge tax break it is likely to get. It’s part of a business model that means Amazon paid no tax on $18 billion profits in the US last year – […]

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Facebook expands hidden ‘likes’ policy from Instagram

Facebook is rolling out a move to hide the number of likes on users’ posts during a trial in Australia this weekend. Photo: Unsplash / Kon Karampelas From Friday, some Australian users were no longer able to see the number of likes or reactions on another person’s Facebook post, following similar moves on the company’s […]

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Expert says public relations needs an ethical upgrade

People point the finger at politicians, platforms and the news media for the spread of fake news and misinformation, but an expert tells Mediawatch the PR industry’s role usually goes under the radar – and an ethics upgrade is urgent. Dr Lee Edwards, London School of Economics. Photo: PHOTO / RNZ Colin Peacock In her […]

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Mediawatch: Sparks fly over streaming the Rugby World Cup

We haven’t been this twitchy about tech since Y2K. Spark took a gamble by buying the World Cup broadcast rights and offering live streaming coverage to subscribers. It sparked a flood of sceptical – sometimes hostile – media coverage, but the bigger picture is the future of sport on screen. Hawkes Bay Today puts its […]

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YouTube to pay up to $US200m in child privacy settlement

Google’s YouTube will pay up to $US200 million ($314 million) to settle over violation of US child privacy laws after a Federal Trade Commission investigation. Photo: LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP Politico reported the settlement was expected to be between $US150 million and $US200 million. The settlement is set to be announced next week and will […]

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Hamish McKenzie: The Kiwi helping revitalise email

Venture capitalists last month pumped $US15.3 million into Substack – a start up that helps writers monetise email newsletters. The New York Times’ Mike Isaak has said it’s his favorite new social media network. “It doesn’t incessantly spam me with notifications. When I post, I’m not bombarded with @mentions from bots and trolls. And after […]

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Political parties are targeting us with propaganda online

Recent elections overseas were won by narrow margins amid claims voters were influenced by messages injected in their social media feeds from political parties.  Is all this coming to an election near you in 2020? And why are you picking up the bill for the kind of political ads that now have a bad name […]