TVNZ spanked by BSA for fake news story calling Gaza blockade illegal

Fake News: TVNZ caught misleading about Gaza blockade status

TVNZ has copped a spanking from the Broadcasting Standards Authority for describing the blockade of Gaza as illegal…when it is not.

Shalom.Kiwi explains:

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint concerning TVNZ?s coverage of the Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza, on the basis that it breached the required standard of accuracy by stating the blockade of Gaza is ?illegal?. In doing so it set out some important expectations:

Broadcasters should refrain from making unequivocal statements of fact on issues that are the subject of international dispute, to ensure viewers are not misled. This is particularly so in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where a broadcaster?s use of labels and descriptions can have a significant impact on the audience?s understanding, and views on, the conflict.NZ Broadcasting Standards Authority Ruling 2016-087

In September 2016, Green Party MP Marama Davidson participated in the ?Women?s Peace Boat? to Gaza, whose purported aim was to break the blockade and highlight Gaza?s humanitarian issues. Ms Davidson and her Kia Ora Gaza-facilitated mission was covered on at least three occasions by Te Karere, a Maori language news and current affairs programme broadcast by New Zealand?s state-owned television broadcaster TVNZ. Her subsequent detention by Israel, in anticipation of which Ms Davidson had pre-recorded an emotionally-charged statement about the ?Israeli oppression forces? taking the group ?hostage? and ?kidnapping? it, garnered political reactions and extensive media attention.? Read more »


The refreshing honesty of British media – Our dodgy Muslim cleric story goes global

New Zealand media covered the actions of dodgy, misogynist and antisemitic Muslim cleric Shaykh Dr Mohammed Anwar Sahib, but no one delivers a media kicking like the Daily Mail.

A Muslim cleric has been stood down for his anti-semaitic speeches as another cleric refuses to speak to a reporter because she’s a woman.

Auckland sheikh, Mohammad Anwar Sahib, is currently under investigation by the Human Rights Commission for sermons during which he claims ‘Jews are enemies and want to rule the world’.

Sahib also made claims that women are under their husbands’ rule and should not leave their homes without their permission, reported?TVNZ.

Reporter, Yvonne Tahana, attempted to enter the mosque in?Manukau in?south Auckland to request an interview, but she was turned away due to her gender by a cleric who told her it was ‘because it’s Islamic law’.

The journalist’s male colleague was instead offered to conduct the interview. ? Read more »

TVNZ: Too much money – Too little brains


TVNZ is set to abandon more than 40 years of history this weekend, as it farewells the TV One brand, renaming the channel TVNZ 1.

The move, announced this afternoon at the network’s new season launch, is part of a wider overhaul, which will see TV2 renamed TVNZ 2 and One News to become 1 News.

It follows a major overhaul by rival broadcaster MediaWorks this year, which saw it ditch the 3 News brand in favour of Newshub,

The cost of doing this will be substantial. ?This branding is through everything in the whole organisation. ? The question as to be asked: ?what is the net benefit? ? Read more »


Have the Social Justice Bullies found a new way to get rid of Hosking?

Here at WOBH we refuse to call these clowns Social Justice Warriors. If there was some real fighting to be had they’d be quivering in fear under a feather duvet. Instead we call them Social Justice Bullies…because?that’s exactly what they are.

Currently, the target du jour is Mike Hosking.

One TVNZ employee is banking more than a $1 million a year, but the state broadcaster is refusing to say who it is.

Traditionally, the healthiest pay packet has always gone to the chief executive, but has?polarising Seven Sharp frontman, Mike Hosking, edged out boss Kevin Kenrick as TVNZ’s biggest earner?

A spokeswoman for TVNZ said the broadcaster “didn’t have any plans to identify the remuneration of presenters or other individual employees”.

The question came as the?British government prepared?to force the BBC to reveal the size of pay packets given to 109 of its top broadcast journalists and personalities.

Britain’s?Department of Culture was expected to confirm the change in policy this week, ahead of the?government’s looming renewal of the?broadcaster’s?royal charter.

At present, TVNZ and Radio New Zealand (RNZ)?publish the salary bands of all employees earning more than $100,000 in their respective annual reports. ? Read more »

Ethics? You won’t find it in any state broadcaster’s Code of Conduct

Rodney Hide wastes his time as his thoughts will be lost on those he comments on:

The Radio New Zealand documents released under the Official Information Act concerning their collaboration with Television New Zealand and Nicky Hager on the Panama Papers show a shocking absence of any ethical consideration.

Their lack of any ethical concern is all the more amazing given the two organisations always present themselves as morally superior to the rest of us and hyper-sensitive to what?s right and what?s wrong.

They were dealing in stolen documents. It appears they had to pay to partner up with the dreadful ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) which was hawking the 11.5 million documents worldwide. The documents had been hacked from a law firm. Hacked is the modern, polite way of saying stolen. RNZ and TVNZ were receiving stolen goods and, indeed, paying to receive stolen goods.

They also appear to be paying Mr Hager, who is a member of the ICIJ.

Nowhere in the released documents is there a moment?s concern for what they were up to. Imagine if a high-profile law firm involved in serious criminal cases, matrimonial property disputes and the tax affairs of prominent New Zealanders is hacked. Read more »

10,000 wowsers and one woman from Australia dictate TVNZ programming

Mob rule is all the rage with wowsers and wankers dictating to private companies and other organisations what should or shouldn’t be produced, made or sold.

Now TVNZ has caved in to an online petition.

TVNZ have responded to a petition with over 10,000 signatories and ditched plans to screen a controversial British reality TV show in which participants had sex during the programme.

Sex Box, ?a Channel Four show in which couples have sex inside a screened box before a studio audience then step out to discuss the experience, was due to air on TV2 next month.

But the network confirmed today they had dropped it from schedules.

“The series was initially considered to form a part of our July line-up but given the feedback we’ve taken the time to re-look at it,” said a spokesman. “On reflection, we agree it is not the right fit for inclusion in the TV2 schedule.”

“We typically get a range of viewer opinions expressed about our on-air and online content. Not everyone will agree with every decision we make but we do listen,” the spokesperson added.

TVNZ said?that they were “responding to the feedback” the network had?received about the show, and agreed that after “taking a closer look at Sex Box” the show was not “the right fit” for the public broadcaster.

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Hosking laughs all the way to the bank (and ratings) as yet another petition is started

The left-wing don’t understand that calling bans on people they disagree with actually gives the victim of their attacks more followers.

Look at what has happened with Milo Yiannopoulos.

Now a counter petition has been set up in support of Mike Hosking.

A counter petition in support of controversial TVNZ broadcaster Mike Hosking is quietly gaining momentum online.

Petitioner Dan Gray started the counter-movement in a bid to “keep Mike Hosking at TVNZ for the same?reasons people want the petition signed to get rid of him.”

The petition, set up?on Wednesday afternoon,?has since garnered several hundred signatories.

“Mike is a free thinker against politically correct?crap”?wrote one Hosking supporter. “I want a broadcaster who speaks his mind even if I don’t agree with it all the time.”

The?petition was organised to counteract?the anti-Hosking petition set up by?lawyer?Dan?Wayman last week,?asking that the Seven Sharp host?”be removed from public broadcasting?at?TVNZ”.

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John Key?s in-womb termination of TVNZ/ MediaWorks merger

John Key has scotched any possibility of a TVNZ/MediaWorks merger.

Prime Minister John Key has ruled out the possibility of a merger between the two major players in the New Zealand media landscape — TVNZ and MediaWorks.

It comes after reports in Australia that the privately owned broadcaster — which owns TV3, half of New Zealand’s commercial radio market, and Newshub — and the state-owned broadcaster are in merger discussions.

Mr Key says the Government is not keen on the idea, and is not something that’s actively being progressed.

“I think it’s very unlikely to happen and I don’t think there’s a great amount of support from the Government side, which is a critical part. The Government would have to allow it to happen on the TVNZ side.

“We like the idea that there are competing networks. I’ve heard, not formally but on the grapevine, that there’s a bit of interest and that just simply reflects the fact that there’s a very changing media landscape now in the world,” says Mr Key.

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Stop your whining Barbara, it is unbecoming and not working


Barbara Dreaver is putting on a weapons grade whine louder than an air raid siren because she isn’t getting her way.

What is truly funny is watching the Media party begging John Key to help out poor Barbara when they normally just want to kick him in?the?balls.

Well Key’s entreaties failed…predictably…and Barbara isn’t happy.

Fiji?s Prime Minister also said that according to New Zealand media what happened in Fiji somehow lacked legitimacy.

That?s because it did lack legitimacy. The bottom line is it was a military dictatorship which ejected the democratically elected government with weapons, sacked the judges, abolished the constitution, put military personnel in top public service positions, censored the media and introduced laws forbidding groups of people meeting.

However, as Frank Bainimarama points out, things have moved on. He was democratically elected by the people, his Government is now legitimate. ? Read more »

Latest poll shows a NZ First/National government could govern easily


The latest One News/Colmar Brunton Poll is out and the status quo remains.

There are some small margin of error movements but essentially National is still riding high after 8 and a half years in government.

  • National 48% (down from 50)
  • Labour 29% (up from 28)
  • Greens 12% (up from 10)
  • NZ First 9%
  • Maori Party 1%
  • Conservative Party 1%

That Conservative party number will collapse to nothing in coming months when?the?truth start coming out about Colin Craig. ? Read more »