Simon Dallow signs to NBR

Simon Dallow at NBR's Auckland office on Friday

The Herald has let the cat out of the bag: TVNZ's Simon Dallow has signed for side-gig with NBR.

He'll shortly be joining broadcasters Susan Wood, Grant Walker, Andrew Patterson, multimedia storyteller Hamish Coleman-Ross and social media producer Jerry Yelich-O'Connor in NBR's fast-growing cross-platform team.

Stay tuned for more on Simon's role, but expect to see some front-foot interviewing as he works mornings at NBR before heading to 1News, where he'll maintain his role.

He comes on board as NBR begins construction on a second studio in the Press Gallery at the Beehive, to complement its existing one in Auckland. And as the the publication prepares an app that will push audio and video content to people's mobiles.

As Matt Nippert reports in the Herald, NBR's move has got the thumbs up from media commentator Bill Ralston, who calls the move "intriguing."

He also reckons it will be viewed positively by the top brass at the state broadcaster (who gave negotiations their blessing).

"TVNZ's management may well be thinking to themselves, 'He can front that because he'll get our brand out to business leaders'," Ralston says.

Dallow says his interest is in hard news, particularly across business, politics and sport — and that he's keen to mix it up for NBR and get out in the field.

NBR Publisher Todd Scott (left) says he's "excited and humbled" to finally land Simon Dallow after lengthy negotiations.

A new media move makes a splash in the old world of print.


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Congratulations Simon - look forward to seeing your contribution in the NBR-
Best wishes

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April fool's?

Seriously though, I thought Ralston's comment about Dallows TVNZ lending brand to NBR was upside-down. Simon might consider a move away from the slops that TVNZ is regularly making him dish up to the masses on 6 o'clock news before he loses his catholic school credibility. A NBR gig restores some brand integrity to imho.

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A respected broadcaster who is not obsessed with cultivating some sort of celebrity status, a very good fit with the NBR and i am looking forward to tuning in.

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I wrote here that the future was for media as it happens by respected commentator brands.
The advantage is also with TVNZ because NBR could bring depth to Mr Dallows perspective and judgement that a larger broadcaster could not afford to.

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A lot of money going here to further fragment the video market.
I prefer digital print articles (they are skimmable) rather than serial video.

Is this the right path for your audience?

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While everything has an opportunity cost, NBR's multimedia hires are all net additions, complementing the "print" crew. Some stories naturally lend themselves to audio or video.

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I wish more media companies would follow this business plan

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I might be interested in renewing my subscription now.

Welcome on board Simon, Good name. Good man you never entered my bully radar. But there is a good reason to remember you now.

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I like this. Simon is a respected broadcaster. Good move NBR.

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I don't know about having all these TV personalities on board. Just as long as they stick to the facts, and not make it all about themselves, as TV personalities are prone to do these days.

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We're not interested in TV personalities. We are interested in sharp interviewers who can work in the video medium.

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