Hard News by Russell Brown

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The Mag Trade

By all means, join the discussion being hosted by Mr Slack on the cloudy prospects for Winston Peters' future, but do feel free to pop over at some time and watch this week's Media7 programme on the magazine business.

As noted in the Media7 blog, there are some interesting trends in the domestic and international markets: what might be the start of a long-term slide for the gossip-oriented women's mags, lad mags doing down the toilet, gardening mags on the rise as staying home becomes the new going out -- and the hailing of a return to seriousness by the publishers of The Economist and The New Yorker (at home, North & South is flourishing under new direction with two successive six-monthly circulation increases).

The panel is Wendyl Nissen, Finlay Macdonald and New Zealand Gardener editor Lynda Hallinan.

The show is here on TVNZondemand, and also as Windows Media clips, the podcast and on our YouTube channel.

Oh, and the best of luck to our Paralympians, as they ship out to their games in Beijing.

There are two good-looking documentaries screening at 11.30pm on Sunday and 11pm on Monday nights respectively on TV One. The first is Meet the Paralympians, which profiles the athletes, and the second is The Power of Attitude, which focuses on the full-on world of the Wheel Blacks. I'll link to them both when they reach ondemand.

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