A month of news

July 14th, 2008 at 8:21 am by David Farrar

has surveyed the news bulletins for One News, Three News, Prime News and 7 News at 8 over four weeks. Some interesting findings:

  • ONE News: 57% News, 27% Sport, 16% Weather
  • 3 News: 65% News, 25% Sport, 10% Weather
  • PRIME: 59% News, 36% Sport, 4% Weather
  • TVNZ 7: 74% News, 15% Sport, 11% Weather

So Prime has the second least news and most sport. One News has the most weather. TVNZ 7 the most sport and 3 News in the middle.

In terms of live crosses:

  • ONE News: averaged 3.3/bulletin, maximum: 7 in a bulletin
  • 3 News: averaged 2.6/bulletin, maximum: 6 in a bulletin
  • PRIME News: only 1 in the survey period
  • TVNZ 7: averaged 1.9/bulletin, maximum: 5 in a bulletin

This probably shows the greater resources of TVNZ. Too many live crosses do get annoying but TV does them to give you a sense of urgency and being totally up to date.

Then finally they look at how often the news is used to promote other programmes:

  • ONE News: Agenda (5 times), Breakfast, Hannah Montana, Reluctant Hero documentary, Sex and the City and South Park
  • 3 News: 60 Minutes, Campbell Live, Home and Away (twice), Rove (twice), Kath & Kim and Prison Break
  • PRIME News: Flight of the Conchords, Oprah, Sky News, WWE Raw and Hannah Montana
  • TVNZ 7: Agenda (5 times), Close Up, The View and The Bachelor

To be fair to TVNZ, Agenda is a legitimate source of news from their weekly interviews, so one does expect them to reference it.

I record both One News and Three News on My Sky and just watch the segments from each I am interested in. Normally can do both bulletins in 30 – 40 minutes.

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12 Responses to “A month of news”

  1. workingman (79 comments) says:

    Am I having trouble reading these figures?

    How does Prime on 59% have the least amount of news when ONE News is on 57%?

    As to ONE News having the most weather, that is not surprising. The weather on ONE is almost turning into a celebrity status section.

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  2. reid (16,632 comments) says:

    I’d be interested to see a content breakdown of the little news they give.

    Suggested categories include:
    politics
    celebrity
    sensationalist pap

    Can’t think of anymore.

    I suspect it would be around 5%; 25%; 70%

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  3. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    business breakfast on one is one of the only credible mainstream news services..

    that is virtually the only place to hear what is happening in what is the biggest story around..

    (no..not veitch..but the meltdown of the american/our(?) economies..)

    but he is pushing it uphill trying to get anything but mindless twitterings out of the breakfast hosts..

    this morning he was trying to point out the import of the pending collapse of the two biggest mortgage companies in america..

    ..fannie mae..and freddie mac..

    (their trillions in debt..is ‘owned’..in the main..by ‘foreign banks..ie..aussie/’our’ banks..

    so..what is/was the response from the brain-dead ones..?

    they both twittered on how they giggled at the mortgage companies names..but they are ‘a bit sick of it on a monday morning’..

    w.t.f..!

    eh..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  4. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    and i won’t watch one news at night..for two reasons..the hosts..ol’ ‘cardboard and plastic’..

    and that they spend/waste 16 minutes on weather..annoys the fuck out of me..

    on what can be done in three/four mins max..they waste all that time..

    and doing percentages only gives a very limited picture..

    ..you must include the actual time spent on those segments..

    and the ads..lordy..!..the ads..!

    sell tv2..turn tvone into an abc/sbs clone..

    and give us an hour of commercial-free/sport-free/fluffy-animal-free/weather-free..actual..news..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  5. petal (706 comments) says:

    This [live crosses] probably shows the greater resources of TVNZ. Too many live crosses do get annoying but TV does them to give you a sense of urgency and being totally up to date.

    Oh yeah, I love those where the reporter stands in front of a court building to tell us the accused arrived at some time, refused to say anything and was ushered in, and they expect them to break for the day any time now. Back to you.

    Pathetic.

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  6. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    So Prime has the second least news and most sport. One News has the most weather. TVNZ 7 the most sport and 3 News in the middle.

    You mean, TVNZ 7 has the most news .

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  7. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    er…good first point phil. They had that stuff on saturday night just before the fluff that precedes the second ad break!

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  8. goodgod (1,348 comments) says:

    What the survey doesn’t say is what the contents of the bulletins are (although it says what “breaking news” titles were used for)

    Last night, a third of the news was used up on Brad and Angelina’s twins being born and a discussion about how many cigarettes Amy Winehouse could have before she died.

    Hardly news.

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  9. Regan Cunliffe (21 comments) says:

    This is the second report in the series. There is another report coming that includes a further breakdown :)

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  10. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    Interesting. What is it with One News and the weather? It is not that interesting. And live feeds also. I am not sure how a reporter stumbling through a few soundbytes to camera makes my news “experience” any more useful or palatable. Why not keep live feeds to situations where there might actually be an interesting development? How does standing outside, for example, the beehive after everyone has gone home actually assist the news worthiness of the item? (Yes, I realise that in a day and age where news is second to entertainment that is all but a rhetorical question!)

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  11. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    I do wonder about the value of the “live crosses” when so often now the purpose is to ask some ignorant (man/woman/random ugly person) in the street how they feel about some complex topic that they are simply not well informed or competent enough to have any meaningful opinion about.

    I would like to see a lot less emphasis on asking lay people how stuff *makes them feel* and a lot more interviews with recognised, competent and credible experts in the field about what the actual facts of the matter are.

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  12. Mr Dennis (348 comments) says:

    I have come to regard TVNZ7 as having the best news, being an hour like the rest but virtually free of ads so far more actual news content, with a pretty good amount of international coverage.

    I really don’t get the amount of time all networks spend on weather. All I want to see is a map of the whole country with little suns and clouds on it, one for each of the next three days. This can be shown in a minute or less. I don’t see the point of reporting todays temperature (we already know the weather today, we did live through it), I want to know tomorrow. There is also no point in cameras in major cities (if you are there you can look out the window, if you’re not there you don’t care), CGI flyovers and other rubbish, it is all designed to waste time and make me miss the few seconds of reporting on my area that I am listening out for.

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