edit – not sure how I managed to post the post above this twice – one of those days…
One is slightly different to the other. “and sometimes costly to get wrong” which is quite apt here. ;) so really I’d say you were just repeating yourself to make a point .
anyway Hilary is tipped to go to TVNZ The Herald says so so it must be tru']]
Weldon has emerged from the Board meeting in Auckland.
When asked if he still had the confidence of his board, he replied, "I think so".
That doesn't sound entirely confident!
Weldon has emerged from the Board meeting in Auckland.
When asked if he still had the confidence of his board, he replied, “I think so”.
Didn't Caesar remark that he had Brutus' unconditional loyalty in 44 BCE?
It seems that the Mediaworks’ board believes that Weldon has the answer to the ailing channel’s problems – yet more reality TV. Or to be specific, "female-oriented reality programming”.
Mediaworks’ under-fire chief executive Mark Weldon says New Zealand is “very low” in broadcast hours for reality television.
Let’s put to one side the obvious lack of reality in that statement and have a little think. Hmmm… scrapping your top rating current affairs shows, losing a third of your most talented staff including most of your biggest stars, and alienating that section of your audience which has a few brain cells, not an issue. And more cheap, crap, lowest common denominator tele might just save the day. Maybe Weldon has been listening too closely to board member Julie Christie? After all, that’s the only type of tele she knows.
"Hey Mark, how about picking up another of my specialist subjects – a show where the contestants get to design their own national flag? We could call it, ‘The Vexillologist’”.
"Brilliant… I’d watch it and it’s bound to rate its tits off with the D-minus brigade! But the title is a bit complicated for our target audience. I know… let’s call it, ‘Flagging’."
Days after Barry resigned – in what some commentators have called the ‘last straw’ for MediaWorks’ news and current affairs operation – Weldon sat down with journalists to talk about the future of “premium unscripted programming”.
And I’ll bet that really impressed the pants off TV3’s few remaining journalists. Perhaps it’s time for a reality check?
Didn’t Caesar remark that he had Brutus’ unconditional loyalty in 44 BCE?
I'm thinking it's more Nero in this case.
Tributes are pouring in for Weldon and with one notable exception, there is no outpouring of grief.
Goodbye Weldon. Don’t trip on the ruins you created as you leave.
did a little yell of joy in montreal. a lady said, “what happened” & i said, “mark weldon resigned”. she said “who” & i said “some asshole”
Congratulations to all of the brave execs at TV3 who stood up to Weldon and @Hilary_Barry for being the tipping point at great personal cost
I try my best to only say nice things about people. So today silence might be the best option.
So disappointed my description of Flower Street as the Large Weldon Collider won’t get more mileage.
I’m well aware of Godwin’s law, but it’s worth noting that while the big guy is gone, Goebbels and Himmler et al are still in the boardroom.
Gonna waste the whole day on Twitter.
Weldon easn't a "cultural fit" for TV3.
Naturally Glucina also posted a pathetic sucky sucky comment which I won’t bother to repeat here. But it does show how out of touch she is with her “colleagues”.
Bugger the schadenfreude. Whoop! One down.
Fairfax have a delightful story about Hilary and Mike bringing in the Moet... with big grins and their faces.
I'd have more schadenfreude if I thought Weldon wasn't walking away with well lined pockets...
Former TV3 staffers are joining the chorus of voices wishing farewell to Weldon. Jeff Hampton has some heartfelt words on Weldon’s sojourn at TV3. And Melanie Reid didn’t hold back on John Campbell’s show last night.
Elsewhere, Brian Gaynor says Hilary Barry's resignation was the moment that MediaWorks really lost its mojo.
I thought I saw Weldon on TV3 last night but apparently, it was some other c**t
When will it end?
In the same vein, a former TV3 staffer tells me his favourite reaction to Weldon's departure came from Anika Moa.
"He was a twat... and not the sort that I like."
I recommend a quick read of Raybon Kan's article on Bravo and Weldon in the Herald. It has some great lines, including...
The only glimmer of hope is that nobody ever clicked on Scout, except by accident.
Or perhaps yesterday, to see what a hagiography they could polish up about Mark Weldon.
Rachel Glucina @RachelGlucinaNZ
The most visionary & inspiring leader I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with has resigned. #markweldon #mediaworkshttp
9:15 AM – 4 May 2016
Well, her last boss was Shayne Currie.
I did hear someone say about Weldon…
“It is a privilege to know and work for him…
Well, he seems to think so…”
Bravo and Weldon
Weldon did have his ABCs worked out though
- Alpha, Bravo, Charlie...
(as in alpha male, bravo channel, complete charlie)
…though personally I think he is a Papa, Romeo, India, Charlie, Kilo.
Toby Manhire suggests a variety of new reality TV shows which might suit Mediaworks' new focus, neatly summarising the main issues facing our parliamentarians today. The Koro Hour is my favourite. I'd watch that!
For a bit of comic relief, Toddy McClay, like a bundle of hay, will bounce about the place, eyes darting back and forth like pinballs, trying to work out which one isn't the Prime Minister's lawyer.
Manhire is truly a national treasure.
Following TV3's leaking of info from the RBNZ lockup, Mediaworks news outlets are excluded from Reserve Bank media conferences until further notice. That seem fairer than banning all journos and has to be yet another nail in the Mediaworks' coffin.
But it would counsel Mr Thompson "to avoid doing a Weldon"
(It sucks to see what Radio NZ is going through, though.)
The Weldon Effect is coming home to roost and MediaWorks profits have halved over the last 12 months. Radio is still performing well but the TV side of the business is more than a little sick.
[Acting CEO) Chalmers said MediaWorks would not be filing audited accounts to the Companies Office this year. He said the company had assurances from the Companies Office that such filing was not required.
Really? I thought that was a legal requirement for all registered companies. Has Steven Joyce had a quiet word with someone perhaps?
Here's Stuff's take on it... I love this new business model they talk about (bold):
Chalmers, while happy to talk numbers, wasn't giving anything away about the intentions of MediaWorks' owner, private equality firm Oaktree Capital but did say there were not current plans for further staff cuts. Oaktree took full ownership in May 2015.