This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 at 12:41 pm and is filed under Uncategorized.
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.
(a) viewers don’t want 50% of the news hour devoted to sport and
(b) we don’t “invite” Simon and Wendy into our living rooms, we don’t give a damn who they are provided they’re not ugly and
(c) their low ratings are due to the above + vapid content
Good riddance. I’ve always been a fan of him as an entertaining TV personality ( anyone remember The Ralston Group ) but as a manager he was appalling and just dumbed everything down. His only real acheivement was getting rid of that arrogant midget who used to host the 7:00 pm trash journalism slot.
I lossed a few bets. I bet he would be gone within a year of being in the job (probably more to do with the terms of his contract), since his performance as a manager was abysmal. I really enjoyed the Ralston Group. Hope he gets back into fronting a political show or two.
…we don’t give a damn who they are provided they’re not ugly…
I don’t recall Dougal Stevenson or Philip Sherry being drop dead gorgeous (sorry, Dougal and Philip). Or any other newsreader till about 10 or 15 years ago.
Now it seems that’s all they need to be.
I’ll take my news from someone who looks like a bulldog licking a thistle covered in… well, they can basically look like me after a night on the turps provided they know what they’re talking about.
Lest anyone think Judy Bailey was actually worth $800,000 or that Simon and what’s-her-name are worth whatever they’re getting, ponder this. When it needed newreaders for it’s 3G mobile phone news service, a UK firm decided it could dispense with humans altogether and employed monkeys. Monkey avatars, in fact, which took text from Reuters, ran it through a text-to-speech converter, and read it out.
We really should start an internet campaign to bring back The Ralston Group.
It was good.
One of the most legendary moments in NZ modern television has to be the show when they looked like they had been drinking at Ramses all afternoon and Jenny McManus went fly at I think Derek Fox and then the show descended into an all in verbal brawl that looked like it was one away from punches.
There are some logistical issues however such as they would have to pay bail for Peter Verschaffelt first
Re Judy’s 800k, TVNZ are their own worst enemies. They spent hundreds of ks telling us how wonderful she was and we couldn’t be without her in our homes. After doing that they could hardly quibble about paying her. Then after waxing lyrical about their Asian news coverage they sacked Charlotte Glennie who was a decent reporter.
Doesn’t this and Ralston’s sacking show that the product offered just does not live up to the marketing, (in which case why isn’t it the marketers being sacked? or more insidiously, does this mean marketers are driving news values?.
I also find some of the commentary on Ralston’s departure odd. Are they really serious when they say he reintroduced strong news values into the newsroom? Have these guys switched on to emotive, he said/she said, never let the facts get in the way rubbish put out.