Here you will find things that I just can't let go and need to have my say. Please note that all things said on this page are my own opinion and do not reflect any official position of anyone mentioned in the rant.
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Friday 25 March 2011
There are very few things that I actually watch on NZ TV these days. The Almighty Johnsons on TV3 to name just one regular program. I also enjoy watching the V8 Supercars from Australia, also on TV3. When TV3 grabbed the rights to screen these events back in 2008 they promised better coverage than TVNZ was going to provide. At the time TVNZ was airing the second race of the weekend around 2300 hours onwards. Like most of the country I work regular hours starting at 0800 hours and, also like most of the country, this means that I need to be leaving the house at around 0715 hours. This mean that I need to be out of bed, or at least awake, by 0600 hours to ensure that I have had a shower and got my clothes on.
Now for me I generally like to get around 6-7 hours of sleep a night if Iím going to be able to think straight and work efficiently the next day. Getting to bed at around 0100 Ė 0200 hours generally means that I either have to take a few hours off work just so that I get to watch one of my favourite sports or, alternatively, spending the next day in a state where I shouldnít be at work at all. TV3 started out with good coverage of the racing showing the first race sometime on the Saturday and the second on the Sunday. Sometimes this meant that I had to change channels part way through to C4 to make way for the news which was not a great problem.
Now, TV3 in their great wisdom has done the same as what TVNZ did just before they lost the rights to coverage. This means that I now have to miss the second race of the weekend. I was lucky enough to be given a video recorder by a mate who wasnít using it any more, but when I hooked it up there where problems recording the picture. I got the audio without any problems but there was no picture to speak of. If I had more time to look into this I would have ensured that the video recorder was working correctly but I was only able to get said device the previous day.
What I would like to know is who in their infinite wisdom decided to air this race late at night? This racing is becoming one of the best touring car racing series in the world, with the V8 Supercars travelling around the world to compete on international tracks, such as Abu Dhabi. There are plans afoot to even allow other manufacturers to compete in the series, beyond Holden and Ford, so long as they run a V8 engine. They have changed the fuel that they use so as to use a sustainable model that uses less fossil fuels. This shows that the sport is evolving as time go on. They also consider what the fans would like to see and what keeps them entertained, as well as maintaining a highly professional racing scene. As far as I can see this sport is not dying, and they are doing everything they can to ensure that the fans are always kept entertained. The racing is incredibly competitive and enjoyable on several levels.
What I fear is that TV3 are looking to eject this coverage from their line up. If this happens I wonder if it would go the way of the F1 coverage in NZ which went to Sky. Seeing as I am running on a very tight budget I canít afford to get Sky installed, and keep it running. As it happens the only way that I can have a land line phone and broadband internet at home is because I work for the company that provides this and they basically provide it to their staff for free. If TV3 decided to keep this coverage I would have to look into buying another Freeview set top box that would be able to record as well, so that I could watch it later. The best place to get this is online for around $130. If I had a spare $130 to throw around on things other than food I wouldnít have a problem with paying for things like Sky.
I know there are certain regulations around what we air on national television and how much of the content has to be relevant to NZ. But I didnít hear anyone screaming about the coverage of the Olympics when it took over the whole day of coverage 3 years ago, or even the Winter Olympics last year for that matter. These events where not held in New Zealand. Yes, I know that we had competitors in some of the events so it could have been viewed as relevant to New Zealand, but likewise there are a lot of people involved in the V8 Supercars that come from this great country of ours, too; Greg Murphy, Jason Richards, Shane Van Gisbergen, Ross and Jimmy Stone just to name but a few. These competitive sportsmen all come from NZ and all are referred to as New Zealanders, despite the fact that they have to live in Australia to be able to complete in the sport. We even tried to have a New Zealand based team compete in the sport, Team Kiwi Racing, but it proved too costly to be run from this side of the Tasman.
Yes, I do believe we need to show as much New Zealand motor sport on national TV as possible. We have some very talented people in the sport that are still in this country but there should also be a balance between viewing national and international motor sport. We certainly donít have a problem with this in other sporting events.
So when we talk about free TV what part is free? I paid out to get a set top box so that I would still be able to watch free-to-air TV when they switch the signal off later. This cost me $130 and I still need to ensure that I move into a house that already has a satellite, otherwise Iím back to the standard 5 RF channels. So where else can I turn to if I want to choose what I watch?
New Zealand News Media feat. Paul Henry
Friday 08 October 2010
What another wonderful week of news media we have been able to indulgein, in this once great country of ours. This week Paul Henry has been putting in his usual poor effort presenting a live morning show on TVNZ. Don't be mistaken; he was not giggling, he was in full blown hysterics over what he thought was funny. I feel sorry for his co-presenters who had to smile and were unable to do anything about this particular runaway freight train. You could even see from the looks on Pippa Wetzell's face how the control room was trying to contain this outburst.
In my mind this is just a reflection of the standard of reporting and presenting that we currently have in this country. People like Paul Henry win Peoples Choice Awards because of the lack of real presenting, which went out the door years ago, when all of a sudden presenters started worrying about their public image and how they where perceived, rather than concentrating on getting a particular story across.
This unfortunately also has an affect on the people that they are interviewing as well. A classic example of this would be when the earthquake hit Christchurch. I was working in the morning and thankfully didn't get to see much of the morning reporting. Once I arrived home at around 1400 I took to the television to see what I was able to find out about the devastation. Well, if I had missed anything from the morning I sure didn't miss anything at all at this late stage as for approximately 1 hour (about as long as I could watch it) I saw the same footage 3 times. So what was being reported? An interview with the Mayor of Christchurch, discussions on relief aid that was being brought in to the region? Nope, it was reactions from the general public, and mostly always the same information. I say mostly as the only thing that I can remember changing was the magnitude of the earthquake. It started out as a 7.4 then it was a 7.2 and then a 7.1. The only time that I was able to find anything new was when I tuned in to Al Jazeera news to, well, finally see an interview with Bob Parker. Yes, that's right, Al Jazeera.
Then we got to then interview with John Key. Well I though that of all the times to show what you are make of, this would be the time. Did we hear about how the government was going to be bringing in help from other centres to aid the workers that had been working since the time of the quake? Nope, just about the first thing that we heard about was how much this was going to cost, and that there should be some money available for this. I'm sorry, money over human life?
Yes, old Gas Station Toilet Access (John Key) did say that this was a terrible day for the whole country and that we are all thankful that there was no loss of life, but what about those people who had come in to work in the hospitals after the quake had hit. I take my hat off to them and know that I would have done the same after I had taken care of my own family. But after at least 12 hours at work even they would start to get a bit tired. So where were the relief workers for these staff, and why wasn't John Key telling us about where they where coming from? Counting the dollar the cost should not have been the first concern here.
I lost faith in the New Zealand media a few years ago when John Campbell laughed at a car magazine editor when he replied to a question that he had asked. All I could think was, here is a journalist for a predominate car magazine, which has been in publication for quite a number of years, and to get the job of chief editor would not be easy to say the least - and you think that this is some sort of joke?
It was reinforced a few years later when one of these morning shows had a hypnotist on, and they tricked one of the presenters into thinking that the person that they where interviewing was an international singer (I can't remember who), and they where to interview them. Their colleague was to be asking questions as well. Well, the colleague started asking some rather pointed questions that were quite valid (note the person being interviewed was not the singer in question). Yet the person who was hypnotised was outraged at the type of questions being asked, and was even saying that you can't ask questions like that. What was wrong with these questions? They where not embarrassing. They where not derogatory. And given what had happened, they where fair questions to be asking. This was just another example of an interviewer saving face rather than asking hard questions and accepting the responses.
Emergency landings, FIJI, murder in Melbourne and Millie Holmes
Wednesday 20 June 2007
This morning I was watching the TV before I caught the bus to work and what should they be talking about... Millie Holmes, should the media be covering it. They where debating if they should be and how they should have been covering the story.
I donít have a problem with them using Millie Holmes as a way of targeting the issue of drugs and the fact that the story made it to the news doesnít concern me. What gets me is that in the same night there was a aircraft that had to land in Blenheim with no wheels, The New Zealand High Commissioner to FIJI had gone missing and there was a shooting in Melbourne killing one and wounding two people that where also on the news on the same night. Out of the four stories that I have just mentioned what story do you think lead the news????? Thatís right Millie Holmes and her drug problems.
Like I said there is nothing wrong with using the daughter of a New Zealand media personally to highlight the problem in this country with drugs but I donít think that it needed to be leading the news. Police deal with drugs on a daily basis, there is nothing new there. What made Millie Holmes different? Her father and that she was working on the new TV game show to New Zealand, Deal or No Deal.
It just goes to show that if you have money and are well connected then you can get all the attention that you want and will get treated differently to the rest of the population. Paris Hilton is another story that has started to get on my nerves as well. My feeling is that if you are going to do the crime then you should to the time just like everyone else. If I get convicted of a crime then Iím expecting to spend the time in prison with the rest of the general population, My feeling is that if you are in a position of importance then you need to respect that position. If you make the decision to break the law and there are no extenuating circumstances as to the reason you broke the law then you should spend you time just like everyone else. If you want special treatment then there should be a reason for it. What are those reason I hear you ask. Iím not going into which profession should get special treatment but it shouldnít be that you are a daughter of a media personality or that your father has lots of money.
Stop doing your job
Tuesday 13 March 2007
I was starting my day at work and I started to read some articles on stuff
I came across this article Off-duty cop punished for stopping tagger. It reports that the mother of the child said that he was doing no harm as the paint would dissolve. Human waste will also brake down but it doesn't mean that I want to see it on the side of the road. What the child did was wrong, simple as that and he got caught. If the officer had abused the child then yes I could understand the reason for the complaint.
I have to wonder what the world is coming to when any excuse will do. Now this police officer has a black mark against his name for doing his job. Who would want to go to work when you could get in serious trouble for doing your job?
Would you want to work after hours if it meant that you where going to get in serious trouble (and I'm not talking about just from the wife)?
I can see that there is a reason for needing to police the police but when they get in trouble for working then there is something seriously wrong that needs to be addressed.