Sesame Street slams Fox News?

Sesame Street is defending a skit aired recently in America which appears to take a swipe at Fox News.

The clip (which you can watch below) features a caller to the Garbage News Network saying “..from now on I’m watching Pox News, now there’s a trashy news show”

Dan News tried to contact Guy Smiley an expert on Sesame Street’s media industry but he was unavailable.

TVNZ ‘rests’ Dancing with the Stars

TVNZ has decided against commissioning a production of Dancing With The Stars in 2010.

The decision has been made, reluctantly, because the current market conditions do not support such an expensive show.

Despite its huge popularity the cost of mounting the multi-million dollar, BBC-format production has made Dancing With The Stars a very marginal venture for TVNZ – even in strong market conditions.

In a recessionary environment the network can no longer absorb losses made by big-budget productions.

TVNZ is treating the decision as a ‘rest’ for the programme, and will re-evaluate the situation for the following year.

If market conditions have improved significantly, TVNZ will look to re-establish the show in 2011.


$11,000 worth of fireworks stolen

Morrinsville Police hope with the public’s help they can turn a group of thieves’ Guy Fawkes into a fizzer.

Constable John Grantham of the Morrinsville Police said thieves are believed to have broken into the local Warehouse store premises sometime after closing on Tuesday night and stole an estimated $11,000 worth of fireworks.

“We believe the thieves have got in sometime between 9pm Tuesday and 10am Wednesday. The fireworks were secured in locked shipping containers loaded on pallets in boxes.

“We’re talking about a considerable amount of stock being taken with three pallets of fireworks in pre-packaged containers missing. Some of the product names include Megashot, Backyard Blast and Astro Blazer Mega Mix boxes.”

New legislation introduced next year means fireworks can only be legally sold between 02-05 November and purchasers must be aged 18 or older.

“The concern for Police is that whoever stole these fireworks may not be too worried about who they sell them to with the potential for serious injury or damage.”

Mr Grantham said Police want to hear from anyone who is offered bargain priced fireworks.

“We’d like the only bang those responsible get from the theft of these fireworks is that of a slamming cell door.

“People should remember that if they buy fireworks from the offenders they’re creating a market and potentially face charges for receiving if caught,” he said.

Anyone with any information on the identity of the thieves or who has been offered cheap fireworks for sale is asked to contact Mr Grantham at the Morrinsville Police Station on 07 8895071.


Strong October for Campbell Live and Sunrise

A strong October saw Campbell Live win back Auckland viewers, while Sunrise enjoyed record audience numbers.

A boost in viewership throughout October saw Campbell Live win back the 18-49 Auckland audience, growing its share to 16.2%, well ahead of Close Up’s 14.0% share in the same demographic. TV3’s 7pm current affairs programme, which welcomed new producer Pip Keane on board last month, grew its share of viewership across all major demographics in October, winning the key 18-49 Auckland Urban and 18-49 Metropolitan (5 City) categories.

October was Sunrise’s highest rating month to-date in the key 18-49, 18-39, 25-54, and 18-49 Auckland Urban demographics. High points included Wednesday, 8 October, when the programme recorded a massive 32.7% share of the 18-49 Urban Auckland audience during the Sunrise Stuck on Suzuki competition and Friday, 16 October, when Sunrise peaked in the 18-49 Auckland demographic with a 39.2% share*.

3 News had another stellar month, with an audience share of 34.5% in the all important 18-49 demographic, well ahead of One News at 27.7%.

“From the beginning of the month, where a Tsunami caused widespread devastation for our neighbours, friends and family in Samoa, and the tragic loss of Aisling Symes saw one family’s personal tragedy shared by all Kiwis, to the recent revelations of Destiny Church’s cult-like behaviour, October was a very big month for news,” says TV3 Director of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings.

“Our reporters, presenters, and crew have been on the ground throughout the month, bringing New Zealanders the best possible coverage, including exclusive breaking news,” he said.

“It is fantastic to see New Zealanders turning to TV3, throughout the day, for the very best coverage of the most important news stories.”

TV3’s late night news programme, Nightline, also increased its audience last month. Nightline boosted its 18-49 Auckland Urban share by 10.3%, and now has a share of 26.9%, more than twice as large the 12.1% share recorded by TV One’s Tonight programme. Nightline’s audience share outstripped Tonight’s in all key demographics, in October.

– TV3

*Note: On 16 October, TV One’s Breakfast was not broadcast due to live Netball coverage. The Netball had 127,880 viewers compared to 68,730 people watching Sunrise on this day.