Ex-Fair Go frontmen's spat escalates
Each time it looks like ex-Fair Go frontmen Brian Edwards and Kevin Milne are going to kiss and make up, one of them takes a fresh jab.
The latest comes from Mr Edwards – via his partner Judy Callingham, who posted this pic to the Brian Edwards Media blog:
Ms Callingham quipped: "Seems my old friend and former journalism student Kevin Milne is losing his spelling ability along with his hair!"
Ouch. Mr Edwards has recently accused Fair Go reporters of being out of control, with reporters guilty of a "vigilante mentality".
Mr Milne, now retired from the show and pushing a carpet chain, has sprung to the programme's defence.
In media news elsewhere, Martin Simons, CEO of NZ Herald publisher APN, hints to Stoppress that paywalls are on the way, saying: "I believe it's an inevitability for society that consumers will have to pay for content."
Good luck with that. People will pay for exclusive information that helps them in their job, saves them money – or, to be blunt, that they can put on their expense account. General news is a tougher sell.
Evidence is mixed across the Tasman, where a recent analysis said News Corp's The Australian has gained 30,000 digital subscribers – its print edition has a circulation of 128,000 – but lost 35% of its traffic since introducing its paywall around six months ago.
NBR has gained traffic since its paywall was introduced, thanks for asking – and see our latest brag list of organisation-wide subs, about to be updated to 100-odd – here).
Day of the vest
Lastly, a disturbing picture from the Twitterstream of Labour MP Jacinda Ardern which reveals a certain gut-embracing menswear trend in the opposition caucus (vesty boys L-R: Leader David Shearer, deputy leader Grant Robinson, Iain Lees-Galloway).