Mediaworks clarify Jono and Ben vs Campbell Live rumours

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There is on-going speculation that the Jono and Ben show is being considered as a possible replacement for Campbell Live. This seems to be based on a fabrication by the Herald and has unfairly led to significant negativity towards Jono Pryor, Ben Boyce and the rest of the Jono and Ben team.

For the avoidance of doubt, MediaWorks Corporate Counsel, Alex Nicholson makes the following statement:

“The statement in John Drinnan’s articles in relation to the Jono and Ben show, which is attributed to “TV3 bosses”, is a complete fabrication and is not based on fact. Jono and Ben has never once been mentioned in any MediaWorks management forum, discussion or document as a possible replacement for Campbell Live. ”

MediaWorks’ statement regarding Campbell Live is copied below:

MediaWorks’ senior management is undertaking a review of Campbell Live.

Led by Mark Jennings, Group Head of News, the review of Campbell Live comes as part of the broader review of the MediaWorks business by the MediaWorks executive.

Mark Jennings says: “Campbell Live is one of the mainstays of New Zealand media and has been at the forefront of New Zealand’s news and current affairs landscape for a decade. John Campbell and Campbell Live have won every award possible, broken some of the most important stories of the decade, repeatedly been voted most popular current affairs presenter and programme, and made a real difference to Kiwis’ lives.
“Viewer expectations in 2015 are quite different from those of 2005 and we need to constantly review our programming to ensure we are meeting those expectations.”
MediaWorks notes the review is being undertaken to improve commercial performance of the 7pm TV3 time-slot in a changing television market. It is not a reflection on the quality of the programme, or the work of John Campbell or any of the journalists or producers in the Campbell Live team.
No specific timeframe can be given for the review Jennings says, but a period of consultation with all staff who work on Campbell Live has now commenced.

Campbell Live investigates predatory sales tactics employed by staff at Auckland mall

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Tonight Campbell Live investigates the predatory sales tactics employed by staff at the Dead Sea Spa at Auckland’s Lynnmall shopping centre.

Over two weekends, an 82-year-old woman was bullied into buying $5,000 worth of cosmetics, mostly wrinkle-cream and for a range of different skin types.

On the first occasion, Dead Sea Spa staff kept the woman at the booth after the mall had closed, making three separate sales totalling more than $3,000, taking partial EFTPOS payments, and then accompanying her to ATM machines around the mall to pay the balance in cash.

On the second occasion, the elderly woman was sold more cosmetics in two separate $999 sales. The sales emptied her bank account.

Tonight, her son tells Campbell Live of his concerns not just for his mother but other vulnerable Dead Sea Spa customers.

“Five thousand dollars for products that she doesn’t want and doesn’t use. They’re completely unopened. There’s one item there for a mask $599.99 which seems an awful amount of money for a mask and then on another receipt it seems to be the same item for $400. It looks like they’re just making up the prices as they go depending on how much they think they can get away with charging somebody.”

Campbell Live exclusive with Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister tonight

Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein talks exclusively to John Campbell about the latest in the search for Flight MH370.

Hussein is the Malaysian Government official at the heart of the biggest search in aviation history.

He speaks with Campbell in Kuala Lumpur about how he thinks the plane will be found, and the importance of the Australian-led search in which a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion is taking part.