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Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine

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  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    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']]

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    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".

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Alfie,

    That doesn't sound entirely confident!

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1938 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Alfie,

    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?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5439 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

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    According to chairman Rod McGeoch, he who extended Weldon’s contract a few months ago, Welldone has the full support of the board.

    Pity. That’s a nice little graphic wasted. Maybe I should save it for a while and see how the Spinoff’s reported threat of mass resignations pans out.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    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?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Didn’t Caesar remark that he had Brutus’ unconditional loyalty in 44 BCE?

    I'm thinking it's more Nero in this case.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • izogi,

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1141 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to izogi,

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    Worth repeating. ;-)

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Tributes are pouring in for Weldon and with one notable exception, there is no outpouring of grief.

    Carolyn Robinson
    Goodbye Weldon. Don’t trip on the ruins you created as you leave.

    David Farrier
    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”

    Sarah Hall
    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

    Sacha McNeil
    I try my best to only say nice things about people. So today silence might be the best option.

    Matt Nippert
    So disappointed my description of Flower Street as the Large Weldon Collider won’t get more mileage.

    Damian Christie
    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.

    Phil Corkery
    Gonna waste the whole day on Twitter.

    Hamish McKay
    Ironic.

    Mark Jennings
    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”.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Bugger the schadenfreude. Whoop! One down.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

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    Fairfax have a delightful story about Hilary and Mike bringing in the Moet... with big grins and their faces.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen R,

    I'd have more schadenfreude if I thought Weldon wasn't walking away with well lined pockets...

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 259 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    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.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I thought I saw Weldon on TV3 last night but apparently, it was some other c**t
    When will it end?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    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."

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    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.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Rachel Glucina ‎@RachelGlucinaNZ
    The most visionary & inspiring leader I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with has resigned. #markweldon #mediaworkshttp

    Herald
    9:15 AM – 4 May 2016

    Well, her last boss was Shayne Currie.
    eta
    I did hear someone say about Weldon…
    “It is a privilege to know and work for him…
    Well, he seems to think so…”

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alfie,

    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.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    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.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    …though personally I think he is a Papa, Romeo, India, Charlie, Kilo

    How did you know I joined the Coast guard? :)
    this is Rhombus, Zulu Mike Whiskey 7...
    Over.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    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.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • izogi,

    Heh heh heh:

    But it would counsel Mr Thompson "to avoid doing a Weldon"

    (It sucks to see what Radio NZ is going through, though.)

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1141 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    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?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alfie,

    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.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

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