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MediaWorks sells TV studios

MediaWorks has reached an agreement to sell its Auckland property, housing its head office and television studios. The MediaWorks property on Flower Street in Auckland central. Photo: Google Maps MediaWorks put its TV Three business up for sale last year, alongside its property in central Auckland. The company won’t say who it’s selling the property […]

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Tremain Samoa measles cartoon ‘hurtful’ and with a ‘racist quality’ – Media Council

The Otago Daily Times cartoon joking about the Samoa measles epidemic was “gratuitously hurtful” and had a “racist quality”, the Media Council has found. Protesters outside the offices of the Otago Daily Times on 4 December. More than 2000 complaints were made to the newspaper. Photo: RNZ / YouTube Garrick Tremain’s cartoon published on 3 […]

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Robert Downey Jr launches YouTube doco featuring University of Auckland’s AI baby

YouTube has premiered a Robert Downey Jr-fronted series that seeks to demystify artificial intelligence. Photo: YouTube / Laboratory for Animate Technologies The documentary – produced by the actor in partnership with his wife Susan – is one of the platform’s highest profile and biggest-budgeted factual commissions to date. The first episode of the Age of […]

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Cycle of outrage called out on talkback

Mediawatch – To pump up interest in its transport policy, the National Party spoon-fed the media part of it: police fining cyclists who spurn cycleways. But the prospect of Bike Force Raptor backfired. Original Source Powered by WPeMatico

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National criticises public broadcasting decision delays

The National Party is slating the delay of a final Cabinet decision on public broadcasting as the latest broken promise in the government’s so-called “year of delivery”. National Party broadcasting spokesperson Melissa Lee Photo: RNZ / DOM THOMAS Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi will not meet his commitment to announce a final plan by Christmas, with […]

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On the brink? The state of our media in 2019

Our Fourth Estate is “collapsing” according to Winston Peters. This week he set out what he wants as the coalition government ponders a new policy for the media – due to be unveiled any day now. But what does the most comprehensive annual survey of the state of it all reveal? Photo: RNZ While the […]

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Media probe risks and rewards of adventure tourism

Once again, the media were in emergency mode this week when Whakaari / White Island erupted. They raised important questions about risks and rewards of tourism – and some got involved in the emotional push to recover the missing.  Tuesday’s Dominion Post front page. Photo: PHOTO / RNZ Mediawatch This week, once again, we saw […]

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Louise Nicholas calls for ODT and Tremain apology over 2004 rape case cartoon

Sexual abuse survivor Louise Nicholas is demanding an apology from the Otago Daily Times and its cartoonist Garrick Tremain after revelations he made light of her rape case. First Up was alerted to the 3 February 2004 cartoon by former employee Amy* who said acting editor at the time, Barry Stewart, laughed at her 15 years […]

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Controversial Otago Daily Times cartoon: ‘We got it wrong’

Protesters outside the Otago Daily Times offices yesterday. Photo: RNZ / Tim Brown Garrick Tremain’s cartoon making light of the measles epidemic was labelled racist and insensitive and the paper is to cease publishing his work until a review of his future with the publication is completed. About 40 people gathered outside the Otago Daily […]

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Mobile phone ban: Students ‘a lot more active’

Students at an Auckland secondary school are rediscovering the joy of card games, lunch time play and the simple art of conversation thanks to a total ban on phones during the school day. Year 9 students at Glendowie College, one of the latest schools to restrict student use of mobile phones. Photo: RNZ / John […]