Media

Fairfax raids Stuff kitty in lead up to Nine merger

Australia’s Fairfax Media Group raided Stuff’s kitty ahead of a planned merger with broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co, which doesn’t see a home for the New Zealand unit. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ by Paul McBeth Stuff paid $22.5 million in dividends to its Australian parent …

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Witchdoctor asks why we pay what we do for Netflix and Amazon content

Why do New Zealanders pay more per show from Netflix and Amazon Prime than our overseas counterparts? PAT PILCHER investigates. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ At Witchdoctor we’ve frequently bemoaned the sad state …

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Journalists: think vertical, think phones, think diversity

International mobile journalism innovator and trainer Yusuf Omar will challenge local  journalists and educators to think vertically through their phones at the JEANZ conference later this month. Yusuf Omar is a guest speaker at the annual Journalism Education Association of New Zealand conference, which takes place this year on 13 and 14 December at Te …

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Sound and screen consolidation eyed with MediaWorks and QMS merger

Local broadcaster MediaWorks and ASX-listed outdoor advertising firm QMS Media have signed a conditional deal to merge the New Zealand businesses in the latest round of media industry consolidation. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ By Paul McBeth The media companies have entered into a heads …

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Witchdoctor sees Panasonic play a winning OLED hand

Can Panasonic grab back some of the limelight with its new OLED TV? PAT PILCHER offers his verdict. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Panasonic FZ950 OLED TV RRP $4,878.00 (65”) Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 …

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Witchdoctor experiences pure coolness

Snuffling up a storm thanks to pet hair or high pollen counts? PAT PILCHER takes a look at air pollution and a potential problem solver from Dyson. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ …

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It’s Crunch Time for Scoop.co.nz – an Open Letter to Scoop supporters and readers

To: All Readers and Supporters of Scoop From: Alastair Thompson, co-founder, former editor and director of Scoop Independent News Dear Readers and Supporters, Scoop‘s services are not currently sustainable, and unless they become so in a relatively short space of time, we will be unable to continue to provide them. Scoop provides two quality professional …

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Witchdoctor casts from the couch with new Chromecast

It’s one the least-hyped pieces of hardware recently launched by Google, but does the low profile of the latest Chromecast mean it isn’t a good buy? PAT PILCHER checks it out. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming …

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Witchdoctor susses budget telly smarts

In his quest to bypass broadcast TV, PAT PILCHER checks out the Alfawise TV Box. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Alfawise TV Box RRP $61.00 Witchdoctor rating: 8/10 At Witchdoctor, we have …

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Stuff the laggard among Fairfax businesses

Stuff, parent company of the Dominon Post, Stuff.co.nz, Neighbourly and others businesses, has been the laggard among Fairfax Media Group’s trans-Tasman businesses in recent months and may be sharpened up for divestment if a merger with Australia’s Nine Entertainment Co goes ahead. By Paul McBeth Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A …

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Paranormal activity to return in 2019, alongside ponies, history and colonial combat

Acclaimed comedy-horror mockumentary series Wellington Paranormal will return to screens next year alongside a new series based on Stacy Gregg’s Pony Club books, and a range of indigenous and inclusive content. Wellington Paranormal, the What We Do In The Shadows spinoff produced by Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement and featuring early childhood teacher and breakout …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 18 September

Try on costumes, zines, scrabble, whales, and the Pyrénées for size… After 25 years in business, The Costume Company at 214 Willis Street is having a closing down sale and everything must go. They are opening up their vault and welcoming everyone to rummage the racks and hopefully find some treasures. The sale started yesterday and …

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Listen to Bill Manhire on the Sweetman Podcast

Bill Manhire is Wellington’s premier poet and founder of the International Institute of Modern Letters. On New Zealand Poetry Day, he talked to Simon Sweetman for Episode 130 of the Sweetman Podcast about teaching, growing up in the South Island, his time in England and 40 years in Wellington, his trip to Antarctica, long-running collaboration …

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Local writers featured in latest issue of erotic journal

Six Wellington writers are featured in the latest issue of Aotearotica, the sex-positive, inclusive erotica magazine filled with modern writing, art and illustration. The fifth issue of the Dunedin-based magazine features short writing by Wellington writers George Banach-Salas, George Fowler, Zoe Higgins, Will Whiten and Essa May Ranapiri, and a longer piece by Monica Macansantos …

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Theatre poster contest dominated by Wellington productions

Half of the finalists in a poster competition being run as part of NZ Theatre Month in September are for Wellington productions. NZ Theatre Month is a national promotion encouraging the presentation of theatre nationwide, and to raise public awareness of and appreciation for local theatre production. The NZ Theatre Month Poster Competition, sponsored by …

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Regenerate 8 focuses on food, expands sales to Hutt

The eighth issue of monthly Wellington-based street magazine Regenerate is out now, providing work opportunities for those affected by homelessness or poverty. This issue is focused on food, and Regenerate has received the green light from Hutt City Council to start selling in the Valley. The new Food issue has features on Visa Wellington On …

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Quinovic Te Aro scores own goal with online campaign – and apology

The Te Aro franchise of the Quinovic property management group has issued an apology after pulling a Facebook advertising campaign that attacked renters. But the apology has failed to satisfy many renters, landlords and members of the public offended by the campaign. Quinovic Te Aro, which recently moved its office from Lambton Quay to Tory …

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Media landscape rocked as Nine set to gobble up Fairfax

Wellington’s Dominion Post and parent company Stuff face an uncertain future as Australian media is bushwhacked by a surprise takeover. By Mark Cubey In the biggest change to Australasian media ownership in decades, the giant free-to-air television, digital publishing, video-on-demand and content production organisation Nine Entertainment has announced a surprise takeover of rival Fairfax Media. …

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New podcast sampling gig for This Way Up producer

Lyall Bay resident Richard Scott is moving on from producing one of RNZ’s most consistently entertaining programmes into a new on-air role. Last Saturday after nearly 13 years on the airwaves and internet, the weekly RNZ National programme This Way Up with Simon Morton, which combined science and digital coverage, consumer advice and a whole …

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