Seven Sharp

January 9th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

have announced:

TVNZ has announced that Ali Mau , Greg Boyed , and Jesse Mulligan will host TV ONE’s new 7pm show, Seven Sharp.

I’m a big fan of ’s work, and has been solid on Q+A.

I love 7 Days and enjoy on there. I understand the strategy has been for Seven Sharp to be more chatty and light hearted, and hence why they have gone for someone best known as a comedian. But Mulligan is also a well known left-winger (he has been a panelist for Locally Left) who has taken part in fund-raisers for the Labour Party. It is hard to imagine that his natural sympathy for Labour is not going to colour his comments on air. Can you be seen as neutral on the Leader of the Opposition when you have done fundraisers for him and endorsed him as “brilliant”?

This show is a replacement for Close Up. Would it have been acceptable for Susan Wood or Mark Sainsbury to do fundraisers for the National Party? Would John Campbell do fundraisers for the Greens? And we’re not talking years ago, but just four months ago.

Nothing personal against Jesse, who I am sure will try his best not to let his support for Labour affect his on air comments. I certainly am not advocating that those with political leanings should not be on the air. I’ve sometimes been a panelist on TV and radio. And I try to be fair with my comments when I am on air. However of course my overall worldview influences my comments. And there is a huge difference between being an occasional panelist and being employed by state broadcaster TVNZ as a daily host and journalist.

So it will be very interesting to see how Seven Sharp goes. I hope it succeeds in that I think we need more  current affairs on television, and I’m all for a bit of humour mixed in with that. Politics is often best viewed with a sense of humour. But I do hope it is fair and balanced.

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55 Responses to “Seven Sharp”

  1. bc (1,344 comments) says:

    It’s a shame TVNZ couldn’t get Paul Ego, but I’m guessing he does well from TV3 with 7 Days, so why would you leave a good thing?
    On 7 Days Paul makes some pretty sharp comments about politicians, especially during the “Yes Minister” segment.

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  2. skyblue (203 comments) says:

    I guess this is the start of the Labour/Green election manifesto with free advertising for the left.

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  3. Vinick (215 comments) says:

    Genuine question DPF: given your points above, do you think it was acceptable for TVNZ to employ (former National Party candidate) Paul Henry?

    I tend to think if they can leave their party politics at the door, then there’s no issue. Political leanings are a different matter, but it’s no secret that Henry is right wing in the same way as John Campbell is left wing.

    [DPF: I think the issue is how much of a break is there between active support and being a journalist. Henry stood in 1999 and didn't do Breakfast until some years later]

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  4. Redbaiter (7,865 comments) says:

    Mulligan Q & A on TV3

    Question: Who would be your dream team-mates?

    Answer: John Campbell and Helen Clark

    The show is just going to be the same old same old left wing hogwash and these dumbarses wonder why they can’t make a buck.

    Pissing off a large portion of your potential audience by constantly pushing left wing drop kicks down their throat is no way to run a business, and it wouldn’t happen if this derelict collection of elitist chardonnay socialists wasn’t propped up by government interventions like public good advertising and NZ On Air.

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  5. Redbaiter (7,865 comments) says:

    “Henry is right wing in the same way as John Campbell is left wing.”

    Henry might be considered left wing in this Cuba of the South Pacific, but he’s no real right winger. He’s just another politically confused media dumbarse IMHO.

    To say his “right wing” political bias counters Campbell’s continual far left advocacy (under the guise of objective commentary) is lunacy.

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  6. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    David,

    You had a thread the other day entitled “Oh Please”. I thought of that while reading this. You start off by saying “I understand the strategy has been for Seven Sharp to be more chatty and light hearted”. Hmmm so your fears that Mulligan is going to be promoting the Labout Party seems askew. He’s known as a comedian, not a tub thumper.

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  7. skyblue (203 comments) says:

    National at best are centre, possibly more centre left. This is now considered the centre right. The left are winning the argument that National are centre right when in fact they are probably where Labour were in 199-2008.
    Labour are now left and lunatic Greens are hard left (nearing communist). But lets not let the public know this.

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  8. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    I try to be fair with my comments when I am on air.

    Are you saying you try to be unfair when you’re off air? :)

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  9. skyblue (203 comments) says:

    I try to be fair with my comments when I am on air.
    Tui Billboard anyone?

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  10. RRM (9,606 comments) says:

    DPF: But I do hope it is fair and balanced.

    The overall show looks like it *ought* to be pretty reasonable, Jesse Mulligan is no doubt just their token bohemian, there to make it seem “cool”…

    Greg Boyed looks like he’d be a good solid core National voter*, based on his CV of 20 years working for one private enterprise after another, and his severe business-guy look in his TVNZ pofile pic. Alison Mau is pretty professional also.

    (*Based on RRM Personality Profiling Services report, January 2013)

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  11. Keeping Stock (10,162 comments) says:

    ross69 said

    Hmmm so your fears that Mulligan is going to be promoting the Labout Party seems askew. He’s known as a comedian, not a tub thumper.

    The New Zealand Labour Party, promoted by a comedian; yeah, I get that :D

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  12. dime (9,611 comments) says:

    what a turd this thing will be. praise allah i dont watch tv at that time of day.

    as for paul henry being right wing – lol.

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  13. Linda Reid (407 comments) says:

    What if he was balanced by someone from the right – Leighton Smith maybe?

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  14. kowtow (7,877 comments) says:

    Simon Dallow would have been perfect for Ali…….oh wait.

    Seven Sharp. Even the name is dull! Pretending to be something it won’t be.

    What it will be is more TVNZ progressive propaganda. No doubt lots of welfare ,”equality” and anti white promotional crap.

    Same channel,same time,same shite.

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  15. TripeWryter (715 comments) says:

    I’ve never heard of Jesse Mulligan. Is my life poorer because of that?

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  16. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    Most NZ television is a waste of time and not worth watching. This “show” will be the same.

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  17. James Stephenson (2,078 comments) says:

    Looks like it’ll try to be an NZ version of the Beeb’s “One Show”…which is truly, truly dreadful braincell-destroying drivel.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007tcw7

    No change there then.

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  18. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    It won’t last.

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  19. Redbaiter (7,865 comments) says:

    No doubt lots of welfare ,”equality” and anti white promotional crap.

    No doubt, and all laced with a double portion of “marriage equality” advocacy.

    These progressive propagandists have Joeseph Geobbels spinning in his grave, and they don’t even know who he was.

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  20. Grizz (531 comments) says:

    I have not watched free to air current affairs shows for several years and I am not likely to start now. This giggle and groan fest is part of the many reasons why I am not interested in it anymore.

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  21. Redbaiter (7,865 comments) says:

    Oh, and I almost forgot:

    - They’ll rejoice in beating up Christians or Colin Craig at every opportunity.

    - They’ll advocate for gun control in the US utter ignorance of the requirements of the Second Amendment to the American Constitution, where the populace is not to be restricted from owning firearms in order to confront anti-constitutional governments that may arise.

    - They’ll beat up oil companies, and provide a platform for their watermelon mates to tell lies about fraccing.

    - They’ll express undying love for Greenpeace.

    - They’ll express awe at the governance of Barack Obama and spit on the Tea Party.

    - They’ll knife capitalism every chance they get.

    - They’ll call for greater government, more regulation and heavier taxation at every opportunity.

    - They’ll call for greater restrictions on driving speeds and licensing every time there’s a blip in the road toll.

    - They’ll constantly tell us how wonderful immigration is and how wonderfully vibrant and diverse our lives have become as a result

    - They’ll spit upon our Judeo Christian heritage at every opportunity

    Just a few things off the top of my head. I’m sure readers can think of other predictable positions these progressive goons will take.

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  22. RRM (9,606 comments) says:

    It’s enough to make you wanna go home and oil up the Bushmaster, innit, Baitey? ;-)

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  23. Elaycee (4,322 comments) says:

    Same channel, same time, same shite.

    I’m delighted the Sky remote can deliver 100+ alternatives – even a re-run of some obscure ‘epic’ on Rialto will hold more appeal than watching the TV1 / TV3 7pm weekday slot. :(

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  24. tvb (4,236 comments) says:

    They are a very boring lot. Greg Boyed never smiles and is as dull as dish water. Alison mau has a bit more life but not much. The other I cannot recall. None are a patch on Holmes

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  25. dime (9,611 comments) says:

    Leighton Smith – now theres a face made for radio

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  26. Fairfacts Media (371 comments) says:

    I have seen Jesse Mulligan perform live.
    He’s not funny at all.
    Big Fail by TVNZ.
    Couldn’t they get he 2 Degrees guy?

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  27. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    I’m a bit embarassed for some here that their lives are such obvious sink holes that they sit on their arse’s at 700 pm in front of a TV

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  28. RRM (9,606 comments) says:

    I’m a bit embarassed for some here that their lives are such obvious sink holes that they read books mainly so they can blog about all the books they’ve read, while peering down their noses (past their reading glasses presumably) at lowly folk who watch TV.

    (And yet fail to glean the correct use of the apostrophe from all those books :-P )

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  29. Linda Reid (407 comments) says:

    Yeah Dime, if only we could get over our obsession with how people look and listen to what they say instead. Wouldn’t that be great?

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  30. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    RRM

    I could behave like a publicly elected bludger and blame the fact that the spell check is off but I’m bigger than that, it was really because the phone distracted me!!!!!!!

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  31. edhunter (511 comments) says:

    In Oz Channel 10 have a show ‘The Project’ which is actually pretty good this looks to be on the face of it to be an inititation of that. The thing I dont get is Oz version is aimed at a ‘younger hipper’ audience which unless something really wierd as happened in the 10 months since I left has never been TV1s key demographic i.e. grey, there’s only 1 channel on my TV brigade.

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  32. Rex Widerstrom (5,307 comments) says:

    …we need more current affairs on television… Politics is often best viewed with a sense of humour.

    Which is why the BBC has Panorama and Mock the Week, but doesn’t have some fool capering around ringing his bell in the midst of what is supposed to be a current affairs show.

    It does sound, as James Stephenson suggests, as though it’ll be a bit like The One Show, which in turn seesm to take its lead from the Australians “A Current Affair” and the like, with a mess of consumer items, recipes, weight loss “miracles” and blatant advertorial etc ad infinitum.

    For instance, let’s walk and babble inanely in the hope we look edgy and dynamic, shamelessly promote “Mr World” for ten minutes, but wheel out a lesbian comedienne to mock it and hopefully no one will notice we’ve sold ourselves more blatantly than a denizen of Hunters Corner.

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  33. Peter (1,653 comments) says:

    Women’s Weekly Live.

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  34. kowtow (7,877 comments) says:

    …..wheel out a lesbian ……

    They’ve done that!

    …..Comedian…. that too.

    What’s left? Just the rubbish content.

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  35. lilman (917 comments) says:

    Is this the answer to entertainment.

    Alison, a labour hack promoted through the ranks of public service broadcasting and a sickophant,l life is short ,to short to waste on this piss weak outfit.

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  36. Paulus (2,546 comments) says:

    I hope neither of the two rather weak boys get in Alison Mau’s way. They will soon know it.
    It’s her programme and don’t forget it.

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  37. Longknives (4,657 comments) says:

    “Yeah Dime, if only we could get over our obsession with how people look and listen to what they say instead. Wouldn’t that be great?”

    Ali Mau is certainly hotter than most lesbians…
    (And who didn’t enjoy her on screen flirting with the gorgeous Pippa Wetzell??)

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  38. Left Right and Centre (2,861 comments) says:

    Is it going in the toilet with the other 7pm rubbish on 3 you reckon?

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  39. bringbackdemocracy (412 comments) says:

    Pravda with moving pictures

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  40. Cactus Kate (549 comments) says:

    He’s good looking
    Will give him a chance

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  41. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Longknives

    flirting with the gorgeous Pippa Wetzell

    I’ll think you’ll find Pippa doesn’t flirt with anyone other than myself and when I meet her I’ll be informing her of this fact so I’d thank you not to try and cause problems in our relationship.

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  42. Longknives (4,657 comments) says:

    Pauleastbay- Pesky Restraining Order be damned!!

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  43. big bruv (13,526 comments) says:

    “Henry might be considered left wing in this Cuba of the South Pacific, but he’s no real right winger.”

    Should we have our very own version of Glenn Beck?

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  44. Steve (North Shore) (4,517 comments) says:

    Seven Sharp, and so the leftie propaganda machine starts for the next Election.
    I will watch the first show, and as soon as the first socialist bullshitter starts up, I will drop it and never return

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  45. duggledog (1,417 comments) says:

    Not too worried about any political persuasions of any of the hosts – might even be mildly entertaining seeing them spar because I would pick Boyed as being more of a Nat guy and with Alison in the middle it might be worth a look. See what the format is first.

    On the subject of political stripes within TVNZ or the wider television / film / music industries (commercial radio not included), if you think Nact has any friends in there you’ve got rocks in your head. When I was at TVNZ shortly before Labour’s election defeat, there were flyers posted all round the downstairs facilities areas urging staff to turn out for Labour, because their jobs were on the line, there’d be a sale etc etc yawn.

    I thought it was outrageous and brought it up with a few people who naturally took it as an admission I was a Nazi. To be honest it should have been a news item that close to the election – as if.

    It’s got to be a similar scenario at TV3. Forget Campbell Live – that’s only half an hour out of 24 – somebody programmed that awful Bryan Bruce ‘poverty’ documentary 3 days out from the last election didn’t they? And somebody commissioned it too.

    I believe TVNZ, TV3, National Radio and Maori TV are stacked with enemies of National. Surely National knows this. Must be galling when you’re paying their wages!

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  46. kowtow (7,877 comments) says:

    “………stacked with enemies of National”.

    Nope ,that’s stacked with enemies of New Zealand.

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  47. Redbaiter (7,865 comments) says:

    “Nope ,that’s stacked with enemies of New Zealand.”

    It will no doubt find favour with the latte sipping urban liberals of Ponsonby and Island Bay who don’t care about much other than queer marriage and walking their designer dogs.

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  48. eszett (2,352 comments) says:

    Well, redgayter, you seem to care an awful lot about gay marriage. Soon we will be seeing you sipping on a latte at SPQR, cuddling your designer toy poodle kowtow in your lap?

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  49. Left Right and Centre (2,861 comments) says:

    Red… you make me laugh with every single comment… it’s fucking comedy gold.

    All dogs are designer dogs man. Where the fuck do you see a dog in nature that looks like any kind of dog that people have got? Is it nowhere? I know what you mean though.

    Red… and if you want a wellington region set of people to use for Green voters…. try Plimmerton/ Paekakariki. Green Party won a few voting booths around there. And the Wellington CBD dwellers.

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  50. Redbaiter (7,865 comments) says:

    ” Red… you make me laugh with every single comment… it’s fucking comedy gold. ”

    Thank’s LRC, not many people have the intelligence and sophistication necessary to appreciate my humour.

    Re the designer dogs, I notice a pair of matching Dalmations seems to be a growing trend.

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  51. Pete Burdon (19 comments) says:

    I still can’t understand why TVNZ have changed the focus of the 7pm slot (particularly since the ratings were far better than Campbell Live). I always liked it to give more detail on the big story of the day, although it seems to have already moved away from that. I think TV3 will be confident of picking up more traditional TVNZ viewers.

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  52. Andrew McMillan (49 comments) says:

    Boyed is devoid of personality. He’s adequate when reading script, but get him to ad-lib and it’s painful watching.

    Mau has made a mess of Fair Go, so why does she get a go?

    And the funny guy ain’t that funny.

    Perhaps they should have called it Breakfast at Seven, or Light and Fluffy, or maybe Candy Floss…

    Why can’t we have gritty journalism with a political focus. The country desperately needs it!

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  53. duggledog (1,417 comments) says:

    ‘Why can’t we have gritty journalism with a political focus. The country desperately needs it!’

    Andrew I shouldn’t have to tell you this but the country doesn’t want it.

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  54. rg (197 comments) says:

    I won’t be watching it.

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  55. RRM (9,606 comments) says:

    eszett:

    Well, redgayter, you seem to care an awful lot about gay marriage. Soon we will be seeing you sipping on a latte at SPQR, cuddling your designer toy poodle kowtow in your lap?

    :shock: Euw.

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