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Government report urges support for gaming and interactives industry

New Zealand could have a billion dollar interactive media and gaming industry within five years, a new government report has found. The report called for the establishment of an Interactive Commission that fledgeling developers could pitch ideas to. Photo: 123rf The Interactive Aotearoa report called for a planned approach to growing the sector and the […]

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Do reports of gun owners’ anger stack up?

All our MPs but one voted to change the gun laws. Opinion polls showed a majority approved and thousands of banned weapons have been peacefully surrendered. Do reported claims of widespread discontent among the nation’s gun owners stack up? A selection of firearms which are now prohibited, on display to media at a police press conference. […]

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Media’s worldwide push for climate change coverage

Last week the Sunday Star Times ran an article asking the question: Is the New Zealand media eco-friendly? It was more an environmental stock-take of the media businesses themselves than an analysis of their editorial commitment to reporting the environment. We learned that Stuff uses vegetable-based ink, RNZ has a sustainability working group, Mediaworks aims […]

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Convergence: yesterday’s media buzzword is now the new normal

Once upon a time our major media companies and telcos were none of each others’ business. Now they are all up in each others’ business because of ‘convergence’ driven by digital technology and the internet. TVNZ’s board told the government it won’t be getting a return in this crowded market and this week media bosses told Mediawatch […]

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Still the right thing: Do the Right Thing at 30

Thirty years on, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing is as urgent as ever, says Dan Slevin. Bill Nunn as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989). Photo: Universal Over in the UK, they may not have a coherent political future but they do know how to celebrate classic movies. For the 30th […]

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Preferred PM polling’s proving pretty unpopular

Broadcasters say their political polls aren’t perfect but they do reveal significant swings of support. In that case, they ought to notice more and more people don’t like being asked to pick a ‘preferred prime minister’.  TVNZ’s Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie give the nation the latest political poll results. Photo: screenshot / TVNZ1 News […]

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Broadcaster watchdog weighs up our attitudes to nudity on screen

Back in the day, nudity on TV was rare and the isolated sightings were almost national events. There’s plenty of it available on-demand and on any device these days, but does it do us harm? The broadcasting watchdog’s been weighing that up. Gogglebox Photo: ThreeNow Last month Milton Wainwright was convicted of wilful damage after cutting the […]

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Twitch Fortnite streamer Ninja switches to Microsoft’s Mixer

Amazon’s games streaming platform Twitch has lost one of its biggest stars to a rival site owned by Microsoft. Photo: Johannes EISELE / AFP Tyler Blevins, known to fans as Ninja, had 14.7 million followers on Twitch and mostly played Fortnite. Mixer was launched in 2016, but has lagged behind the popularity of Twitch and […]

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Watching Friends without a laugh track is disturbing – neuroscientists tell us why

by Dannielle Maguire of the ABC David Schwimmer’s character on Friends is a bit of a kooky, awkward kind of guy, but that’s what makes Ross funny, right? [embedded content] Perhaps not. Many Friends fans will remember Ross’s sandwich saga when someone from his workplace swipes his turkey sandwich from the staff fridge. His reaction […]

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Climate scepticism boosted by broadcasters

Forty years ago this week a milestone meeting of scientists led to the first comprehensive report on climate change science.  Forty years later, media outlets around the world – including Stuff – have hooked up to boost coverage of the issue globally. But here, some broadcasters are still fuelling scepticism instead.   People watch flames from the […]