Hard News by Russell Brown

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  • Islander, in reply to Russell Brown,

    m a big fan of that. In particular, when you make TV, you learn how much art and craft your video editor brings to your report

    When I was a TV director I learned that lesson fast – your editor makes the programme. Your job is to bring as much editable footage as you can-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    I watched the full interview with John Campbell and was really impressed with the passion and drive he displayed for his show and, dare I say it, his mission.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    John Roughan continues to justify keeping his head in the sand. Surgeon-General's warning: Percussive or projectile therapy may follow. Luckily where I work, new LED screens are cheap.

    It'd be very interesting if Mr Roughan was forced to face these hungry kids in person. Bonus points if Campbell Live or Media3 was filming it.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • David Chittenden, in reply to Sacha,

    Beautiful example of the human truth in a 'soft' story - Kiwi who helped create Big Bird, and a love story spanning 50 years.

    Very nice story, thanks Sacha.

    Really enjoyed the full JC interview. Nice to get an insight into some of the pressures and demands as well as how much of himself he puts into it.

    Since May 2011 • 31 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Interesting that he said that the ratings were not a prime concern because they're selling all the advertising that they have available, and they're making a profit in the show. Does anyone know if Close Up is in the same boat?

    I would presume that if your ratings continue to get higher, you sell the same amount of advertising for more money, and can either return more money to your parent company or spend more money on improving the quality.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    I would presume that if your ratings continue to get higher, you sell the same amount of advertising for more money, and can either return more money to your parent company or spend more money on improving the quality.

    You would presume right. It's great that CL is paying its way, making money by all accounts, but you can always make *more* money, and if the ratings are low enough for long enough, the opportunity cost to make more money by putting on something a) cheaper and b) potentially higher rating must loom large. Well, one would assume so in a normal commercial operating environment, but JC suggests that's not the case at 3, and based on CL surviving all these years one would have to assume he's right.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

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