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Media mega-merger reaches the end of the road

Analysis– The bid to combine New Zealand’s two biggest publishers of news is all but over. Mediawatch looks at why and what comes next. Stuff and NZME gambled when they appealed last year’s High Court ruling which upheld an earlier decision preventing them from merging. Photo: RNZ They have lost and will now have to […]

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Court of Appeal rejects NZME-Stuff merger

The Court of Appeal has turned down the proposed merger between media companies NZME and Stuff. Photo: RNZ In December last year, the High Court upheld the Commerce Commission’s decision to refuse the merger. The commission had turned down the merger because of concerns about concentrating too much commercial and editorial power in one organisation. […]

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Peter Jackson may testify against Harvey Weinstein, lawyer says

Director Peter Jackson has spoken with actor Ashley Judd’s legal team and could furnish “powerful” testimony supporting her defamation and sexual harassment suit against film producer Harvey Weinstein, her attorney says. Director Peter Jackson could support actress Ashley Judd in her lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson Judd’s civil suit, filed in […]

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Playwright Neil Simon dies aged 91

US playwright Neil Simon, whose name was synonymous with Broadway comedy and theatre, has died in New York. Neil Simon, who has died aged 91, grew up in the New York City borough of the Bronx. Photo: AFP / Getty Images The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park writer had more than 30 plays […]

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NZME profit falls by more than half

NZME’s profit is down by more than half as revenue fell in challenging market conditions. NZME’s six month profit halved to $3.7m. Photo: RNZ / Brad White The media company’s net profit for the six months ended June fell 53 percent to $3.7 million, which included a one-time investment of $3.1m. The underlying profit fell […]

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Spending scoop highlights the pros and cons of leaks

Newshub’s early reveal of Simon Bridges’ big bill for travel created a political drama for the rest of the media this week. But the handling of the leak also sparked a pushback from some pundits and others in the media. Simon Bridges looks at Newshub;s leaked list of his travel expenses during Monday’s exclusive report – […]

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Seven foot tall pre-Māori disappear from TVNZ

TVNZ has removed a documentary that claims Celts settled New Zealand thousands of years before the arrival of Māori from its on demand service following a query from RNZ’s Mediawatch. A still from the documentary Skeletons in the Cupboard Photo: Skeletons in the Cupboard screenshot The two-part documentary, New Zealand: Skeletons in the Cupboard, claims, […]

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Fairfax to merge with Nine in Australia

Fairfax Media in Australia has announced plans to merge with Nine Entertainment. Photo: AFP The merger would create an integrated media giant across television, online video streaming, print, digital and real estate advertising. Nine will effectively be the dominant partner with more than 51 percent of the shares and its current chief executive and chairman […]

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Free speech debate goes full noise

Two online provocateurs from Canada sparked a debate about free speech and hate speech here without ever setting foot in the country or saying anything meaningful about New Zealand. Photo: Sharkhats/Flickr This week Auckland mayor Phil Goff backed a bold but controversial idea for Auckland – a sculpture described as a local version of the […]

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RNZ gets $4.5m extra funding this year

RNZ has been allocated $4.5 million of extra funding for this financial year. The Budget in May allocated $15m for public media and today the government announced it will be split between a new Innovation Fund, RNZ and NZ On Air. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran said the extra money for […]