Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Episode One

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  • Gabor Toth,

    I thought it was great - and I could see you visibly starting to relax during the half-hour.
    A couple of minor issues - the guys on the mixing desk need to watch the audio levels as there was a big difference between what was being said in the studio and the inserted clips & stings which were much louder. A frantic grab of the remote control in our household occurred during the first break to avoid waking up my baby daughter who was sleeping nearby. Also that angled shot which occasionally appeared where we see both you and the guests looks a bit awkward (Russell talking into space and the guests not quite sure where to look).
    The highlight of the evening for me actually came after Media 7 had finished when the charming young lass reading the 10pm news launched into her broadcast without first attaching her lapel mic. Then a shadowy figure appeared in the background ready to leap into action during the first inserted video clip. I actually found it quite heart-warming and hope no one got a bollocking for it - it added a nice human touch.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2006 • 137 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Some of the video -- the ondemand version -- is now up via the microsite, with the MP4 podcast and the YouTube channel due this afternoon. Hopefully it won't take so long to get the content up in future.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Jarno van der Linden,

    With 6 pictures of you on the front page, I suggest that TVNZ 7 be renamed The Russell Channel.

    Nelson • Since Oct 2007 • 82 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    I found the sight of the charming young lass trying to attach her mic curiously erotic, but then I had drunk quite a lot by that stage of the evening.

    Media 7 was great. Is this the dawning of a new age of public service broadcasting?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • daleaway,

    Saw the OnDemand version - not. Midnight in a mine. It all looked like beef stew with a couple of slightly paler talking carrots. Missed your manly features, Russell!

    The vox pop street bits with natural lighting were perfectly visible, so it must be the set. What colour is the set?

    That stew had meaty content, however. A news in brief section would be a good addition.

    Looking forward to your next.

    Since Jul 2007 • 198 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Just watched the on-demand version without problems.

    Enjoyed it, looking forward to more. Thanks.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Ackroyd,

    The podcast link ( http://tvnz.co.nz/Media7PodcastMP4 ) doesn't work in iTunes for me. I get that exclamation mark that usually means the source file can't be found. Maybe they posted the link too early for the content?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Ackroyd,

    But then you can still *cough* hack *hack* the flv.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Good show. I especially enjoyed seeing Comesky say with a straight face that the C word was totally inappropriate. A lawyer mate of mine has a lot of funny stories about his language in and out of court, and I've been on the turps with him a few times to form my own impressions. But he always said he was a damned good lawyer, a real streetfighter, totally for the client, and especially canny about police shenanigans, having been one himself for many years.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Reeves,

    Just watched the programme---very good!

    And putting down the comfort pad really did help a lot!

    Near Donny Park, Hamilton… • Since Apr 2007 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • Eddie Clark,

    As seems to be standard whenever I try to watch anything on TVNZ on demand, I'm told that it is for "New Zealand viewers only". Well I'm a New Zealander and I can't view it here in the wilds of Canada. I joke, but it is quite annoying. I assume that the youtube channel and/or the podcast will be expat-viewable?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 273 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Baker,

    Just watched it on ondemand. I thought it was good, and no doubt will get better as you get into the swing of things.

    My only technical criticism was that the echo in the studio made you sound like you were in a big empty room. The acoustics kind of stuck out, so I guess shows like this aspire to complete acoustic deadness.

    wellington • Since Dec 2006 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,

    Eddie - try watching the individual clips on the "A taste of Media 7" page. You will also get to hear (I believe) Craig Parker's soothing voice before each clip.

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Eddie - try watching the individual clips on the "A taste of Media 7" page. You will also get to hear (I believe) Craig Parker's soothing voice before each clip.

    Where exactly is that page? I'm damned if I can find it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    All I get from TVNZ OnDemand is endless "loading". Anyone got torrent, or failing that, advice on how to get the bloody thing to work?

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1716 posts Report Reply

  • Eddie Clark,

    I found it after much looking and yes, thanks, DC red, it worked.

    Russell, it's this page http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/1684742

    From the context, I think it's a first episode sampler/teaser thingy.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 273 posts Report Reply

  • Eddie Clark,

    I/S, does that for me in Firefox. Works fine on IE. "Fine" meaning that it brings up a short video telling me I can't watch it, but I'd assume it would work for you lot in NZ.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 273 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I found it after much looking and yes, thanks, DC red, it worked.

    Russell, it's this page http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/1684742
    From the context, I think it's a first episode sampler/teaser thingy.

    How did you find it? Seriously, I need to know. Happily for you, it'll be there every week, but it's kind of a mystery how anyone might discover it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    All I get from TVNZ OnDemand is endless "loading". Anyone got torrent, or failing that, advice on how to get the bloody thing to work?

    You might just have to wait for the video podcast or the YouTube (the latter is held up by YouTube having one of its "under maintenance". sulks.

    And in the meantime you can watch the individual segments at the elusive A Taste of Media 7 page.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Eddie Clark,

    Ummm...

    Its on the Media 7 main page, about half way down and on the right. A little picture with you and Simon smiling, with "Video!" above it. Right next to the Media7 blog link.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 273 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Its on the Media 7 main page, about half way down and on the right. A little picture with you and Simon smiling, with "Video!" above it. Right next to the Media7 blog link.

    Yeah, I just realised that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    Fortunately (?) I had a copy of IE around, so I can see it there. But why the hell does TVNZ hate firefox?

    It was quite good BTW. Next stop: Backbenches.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1716 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    nice, Russell, very nice - no frilly dicky bits and lovely objective questioning from you. It makes you realise just how dumbed down our news in the MSM has become.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    For users of Firefox, you should be able to view the episode by following these links:

    Episode 1, Part 1

    Episode 1, Part 2

    Episode 1, Part 3

    You should also be able to save the episode for later viewing by right-clicking on the above links and choosing "Save link as..."

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    You should also be able to save the episode for later viewing by right-clicking on the above links and choosing "Save link as..."

    I left-clicked on Part 1 and it just started downloading. I didn't know about those URLs. God, I love PAS.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

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