Embellishing… not something decent, trained and skilled journos do, surely?

Regan at Throng had a blinder about Sky TV yesterday. ?Today he climbs into the NZ Herald.

herald-x-factor-bsMost days I find something in the NZ Herald that really makes me angry. The number of times I have read things that are simply not true or have had massive embellishment is astounding. Take this utter nonsense that the NZ Herald leads with this morning.

According to the once proud bastion of the fourth estate,

Television mogul Simon Cowell – whose company Syco Entertainment created The X Factor reality format – had no knowledge MediaWorks had used convicted killer Shae Brider on The X Factor NZ and is taking the matter “very seriously.”

That sounds very ominous indeed, except that Simon Cowell said none of that at all.

A spokeswoman for Fremantle-Media and Syco said: “We have latterly been made aware of the situation and take this matter very seriously.”

The fuss all comes from a Diary exclusive:

The Diary has learned a clause in the contract held by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia, owners of the format, stipulates the show can’t be brought into disrepute in accordance with the third-party license agreement.

It’s understood that special dispensation would have needed to be sought to use Brider, and MediaWorks failed to get permission. A representative for Cowell said he had no knowledge a convicted killer was to appear on the show.

The Diary contacted Ann-Marie Thomson, Syco’s global head of media, Ben Todd, Syco UK’s head of media, and Ian Hogg, chief executive of FremantleMedia Australia – which co-produces The X Factor NZ with MediaWorks – for comment.

A spokeswoman for FremantleMedia and Syco told The Diary yesterday: “We have latterly been made aware of the situation and take this matter very seriously.

“We are currently looking into it with the local producer, MediaWorks.”

To suggest Simon Cowell has personally stepped in is complete and utter garbage and this is a massive beat up by the sensationalists at the Herald.

But here’s the rub. Both Mediaworks and NZME, the Herald’s owner, are wanting to go to an IPO this year. All this story is, is the NZ Herald attempting to undermine Mediaworks’ credibility. Unfortunately they continue their own self-underming by this blatant nonsense.

It has come to the point where I just can’t trust anything that organisation produces. Furthermore, I don’t think I can trust anyone who writes for them. It’s hard to know which stories are real, which have been manufactured, which is PR and which is advertising any more.

So the Press Council found that David Fisher had written a half sentence devoid of facts (I called it lying), and now the NZ Herald is caught pants down making stuff up, lying again, embellishing.

They are on a slippery slope down there. ? I think they aren’t doing anything to endear themselves to any potential investors. ?Paper papers is a?sunset industry, the quality of their output is highly questionable, and the media landscape is in a huge amount of flux.

Just the right time to ask investors to step in.


– Regan Cunliffe, Throng