In today's email we discuss how those hoping for a new Government by the end of the day will be disappointed.
With 11 days until voting closes, National has opened up a 10 per cent lead over Labour in the latest shock poll. Sam Sachdeva and Tim Murphy report from the campaign trail.
In today's email we welcome Rod Oram to the Newsroom team.
On the surface, RNZ has had a banner year, with record audience numbers and the end of a funding freeze for the public broadcaster. However, a leaked internal document reveals staff concerns about a culture of “fear, division and mistrust”, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
In today's email (sent to subscribers before this morning's decision by the Commerce Commission) we looked at the implications of either a yes, no (or 'yes but no') vote on the proposed Fairfax-NZME merger.
The Commerce Commission has delivered a unanimous and very strong final rejection of NZME's application to merge with Fairfax New Zealand, which would have created a company owning more than 90 percent of the nation's newspapers. It decided a merger would increase advertising prices for currently competing Sunday newspapers and community newspapers, increase subscription prices for Sunday newspapers, and reduce the quality or increase eventual subscription prices for online news.
Bernard Hickey argues the Commerce Commission’s decision is irrelevant while New Zealand’s two largest news producers are locked in a group-think about how to make money out of news. Until Fairfax NZ and NZME abandon their collective view that online ads will pay for news, the trajectory towards fewer journalists and a weaker fourth estate will continue, regardless of whether the merger is approved or rejected.
Tim Murphy looks at the implications of both a Yes or No verdict on the StuffMe merger
In today's email we wonder what is behind the latest delay of the Commerce Commission's final decision on NZME and Fairfax, we learn why the Privacy Commissioner has not fear of Facebook, and we look at why people are worried about proposed open access to online schooling.
Bill English's frustration was on display yesterday over a 36% pay increase for Adrian Orr that was approved by the board of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund against English's wishes.