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Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine

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  • Alfie, in reply to izogi,

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    Worth repeating. ;-)

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1437 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 • 1437 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 • 1437 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 • 1437 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 • 1437 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 • 1437 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 • 7950 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 • 1437 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 • 1437 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 • 1437 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 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Scout’s closure was always inevitable. It just came down to Mediaworks’ desire to save face versus the costs of continuing with a loss-making and ultimately doomed site. The ill-advised decision to associate Mediaworks with the increasingly toxic Glucina was down to Weldon. His departure has finally allowed them to cauterise the boil that was Scout.

    One wonders what "new opportunity" awaits Glucina. She has no discernable talent and following this debacle, added to her immoral hatchet job on Amanda Bailey, no credible media company would touch her with a barge pole.

    Maybe she’ll pop up with Hoskings or Henry where narcissism trumps credibility. Or perhaps they’ll find her a role in the National Party’s dirty tricks brigade. The latter would seem to be the most natural fit for someone of her proven ineptitude. After all, Key still owes her the vile role she played in ponytailgate.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alfie,

    no credible media company

    Where do I look for one of those in NZ?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Where do I look for one of those in NZ?

    Under a rock somewhere. Or just wait for a few months because there are a couple of bridges just waiting to turn into a pile of rubble.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alfie,

    a couple of bridges just waiting to turn into a pile of rubble.

    That includes the reckless and feckless Simon Bridges I assume...
    I'm also guessing there will be some large public sculptures involving non-load bearing steel tubes all round the Waikato soon...
    ...or perhaps they could be turned into sleeping pods for the homeless?*
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2220053/The-Mexican-hotel-rooms-recycled-drain-pipes.html

    *(Not sure what size the naff 'steel' ones are though...)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    A relevant tweet from Herald journalist Francis Cook.

    Scout lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. Is it too early in the day to start drinking?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Mediaworks have axed their midday news bulletin. No surprises there. Did anyone ever watch tele at that time of the day?

    The same story confirms that Glucina left the premises on Friday, which will have endowed TV3's Friday night drinks with a slight hint of karmic glow.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    +HR=E’s replacement of the show that replaced Campbell Live kicked off with a hiss and roar; +HR=E* giving Michele A’Court free rein to express the much neglected* trans exclusionary perspective.

    Men don’t have to use these products at all, all women have to use them

    *This Transgender Man Is Showing People That Menstruation Isn’t Just a Female Thing

    *My Period and Me: A Trans Guy’s Guide to Menstruation

    *No mention of 300lb derelicts this time despite a familiar face.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

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