Consider that consultation period closed: TVNZ advertises for new 7pm show staff

Sainsbury: out Nov 30. TVNZ is also looking for new producers

UPDATE: TVNZ spokeswoman Georgie Hills confimed to NBR ONLINE: "The consultation process has been completed and the upshot of that is that Close Up will finish on November 30."



The official consultation period over Close Up's future appears to have closed.

TVNZ is advertising for four positions for a new 7pm news and current affairs show.

One ad is for the executive producer position. It describes a show that sounds similar to its predecessor: "Launching in early 2013, the programme will break stories, have first-class content produced by compelling storytellers, with the best talent, packaged in a way that really grabs and keeps attention."

Close Up's executive producer is Graeme Muir. A TVNZ spokeswoman would not comment on whether he would apply for the position on the new show.

Two "creative producer" positions are also advertised, which possibly offer some insight into the Close-up replacement.

The successful applicants "Skilled at using alternative sources to find content – Twitter, YouTube, overseas sources. Experience in television would be a bonus."

The state broadcaster is also looking for a talent booker for the new 7pm show (see all four jobs ads here).

TVNZ did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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"Skilled at using alternative sources to find content - Twitter, YouTube, overseas sources. Experience in television would be a bonus."

Is that 'alternative' as in alternative to real journalistic sources?

You can imagine the first show. "Welcome to the show. Today, right, someone had a right go at someone else on Twitter. It was well wicked. Now, some clips of cats doing some stuff"


TVNZ is going through the charade, advertising for a new front-person for its 7PM news and current affairs show, when most insiders know it's a two-horse race between Sally Ridge and Rachel Hunter.


..Campbell on 3 continues to pull the Government to bits on a nightly basis ...and TVNZ looks set to develop their version of 'NZ's Funniest Home Videos" . ..Sainsbury must be thanking his lucky stars he can get out with most of his self-respect intact ..


There is no alternative to real journalism... It demands the making of personal contacts, the expenditure of shoe-leather, the cultivation of knowlegable sources and the ability to discern an important story by sifting dross to find gold.

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube will merely reflect popular culture which is about as deep as a puddle in a parking lot.

If some of the reporters got off their bums and went out into the real world they just might find the "compelling" stories TVNZ seeks.

You might also ask what "compelling" means.... Is it compelling people to watch or compelling them to switch channels?

I have experienced the latter complusion many times lately as I watch the lame efforts of Fair Go, Close Up and Sunday.


"packaged in a way that really grabs and keeps attention." ah yes - must never let the facts get in the way of a good story eh!


Oh Great, (NOT), more magazine style rubbish masqerading as current affairs.

Sainsbury will be missed in this household. For goodness sake what exactly has he done wrong ????


What has he done right?


Yep the TVNZ marketing dept have writtten these job descriptions and confirm beyond any doubrt, the key criterion is "dumbed own".Thank god for Prime and the net.

Pehaps the biggest news on TVNZ is going to be "no real news".


Remember, as the NBR reports in its Effin good story about the ad awards, the new TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick says he sees TVNZ as a marketing organisation. So much for broadcasting!


TVNZ wont tell the real stories, get real. Their legal team stop the reporters getting the real issues on air. Let your team tell the stories TVNZ as you already have great reporters and producers. New Zealanders have a right to know whats really going on and voice their opinions.


New Zealand has no hard core journalism driven television; its all fluff and no substance.

We need another Paul Holmes puttin the knife into Denis Connors style show, not being fronted by whimps too scared to raise the real issues in NZ because of political correctness. Lets talk about race relations, the child abuse epidemic in NZ, corruption, and stop the human interest stories on sheep and cats.


It will be another blonde female we can drool over(?)


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