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Conversations about the latest developments in the hectic New Zealand media industry, hosted by the Spinoff's managing editor Duncan Greive. Proudly supported by Vodafone. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14 hours ago
Dan Buckingham on the ‘forgotten diversity’ of disability
Former Wheel Blacks captain Dan Buckingham started out as a researcher and presenter for TVNZ’s long-running disability docuseries Attitude in 2008. Now he’s the CEO of Attitude Pictures and chair of The Attitude Trust, which hosts the annual Attitude Awards. He joined Duncan Greive to talk about on screen representation for disability, which has been described internationally as the “forgotten diversity”, and about Attitude’s new primetime series Down For Love coming to TVNZ next year. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 21, 2021
TVNZ's Cate Slater on what's coming in 2022
Cate Slater is the director of content at TVNZ, which last week held its upfronts announcing what’s in store for next year. She joined Duncan Greive to talk about the organisation’s Aotearoatanga journey, a 2022 content schedule with an emphasis on local drama over international reality TV franchises, the rise of digital and OnDemand and the legacy of outgoing CEO Kevin Kenrick. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 14, 2021
Discovery’s Glen Kyne on the future of Three
Glen Kyne is the SVP and general manager of Discovery ANZ, the new owners of Three. Last week the company had their first ever upfronts revealing what the channel and its wider ecosystem will look like in 2022 and beyond. He joins Duncan to discuss all the big talking points. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 9, 2021
Bonus chat: What’s going on at Three?
In a very special The Fold / The Real Pod crossover episode, Duncan is joined by Jane Yee to delve into the first ever Discovery upfronts, in which Three’s new owner just announced a bunch of new shows, two new channels and a very reality TV-heavy new direction. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 7, 2021
Ahmed Osman on representation on NZ screens
Though he's lived in New Zealand for more than two decades, Ahmed Osman (Third Culture Minds) struggles to remember ever seeing anybody who looked like him on the screen here. The Somali-New Zealander joins Duncan Greive to talk about how diversity and representation are handled when it comes to media funding, the flow-on consequences that has and the opportunities we’re missing out on as a result. They also discuss Kelvin Taylor’s recent story on The Spinoff: How it feels to be an African-Kiwi on NZ screens. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 31, 2021
Everybody loves Coffee News
Rudy Kokx is the director of Coffee News New Zealand. In this episode he joins Duncan for a chat about how this ubiquitous publication gets made, and their recent decision to get off Facebook. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 22, 2021
Bailey Mackey on making the Vaxathon
Bailey Mackey is the CEO of Pango Productions, the production company behind last Saturday’s eight-hour live Vaxathon. He joins The Fold to tell the story of how they pulled it all together in a little over a week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 17, 2021
Hal Crawford on the Facebook Files
Returning guest Hal Crawford (Crawford Media) joins The Fold for a discussion about Facebook in light of the Wall Street Journal’s recent Facebook Files investigation. What did they reveal, and what can be done about it? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 13, 2021
Head High and the future of locally made TV drama
Tim Worrall and Miriama McDowell are two of the key creatives behind Head High, a critically acclaimed and pioneering drama which just wrapped its second season on Three. The weird news is, instead of discussing where the series might go next, we’re talking about why it just got cancelled. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 3, 2021
Toby Morris on Dad Man Walking and comics journalism
Toby Morris’s comics (The Side Eye, The Pencilsword) have been making an impact in New Zealand for some time, but his collaborations with Dr Siouxsie Wiles communicating public health messages around the Covid-19 pandemic went truly global. Released under Creative Commons, these illustrations have been used by governments worldwide and ultimately the World Health Organisation. At the same time as all this, along with becoming The Spinoff’s creative director and starting Daylight Creative, he also managed to write a book: Dad Man Walking. In this episode he tells Duncan Greive about the book, the Covid-19 illustrations and how he has developed his distinctive style of comics journalism over the years. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 19, 2021
Samson Samasoni on reaching Pasifika audiences
Samson Samasoni started his career as a journalist in the 1980s, went to work for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, then had a long and fascinating career in communications around the world, working in locations as diverse as Saudi Arabia and Tokelau before returning home to specialise in communicating to Pasifika. In this episode, we discuss NZ on Air's Where are the Audiences research, the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and how government and media can better communicate with modern Aotearoa. The Fold wouldn’t exist without the support of The Spinoff Members. Find out how to join at members.thespinoff.co.nz See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 14, 2021
Janet Wilson on Judith Collins’ National Party
Janet Wilson is an experienced journalist and public relations consultant who last year took on the role of chief press secretary for the National Party during their ill-fated election campaign, working first under the leadership of Todd Muller, then Judith Collins. In this episode she joins Duncan Greive for an explosive interview in which she discusses Collins' leadership as a threat to the party's very existence, and assesses both the bizarre 2020 campaign (the prayer, the Ponsonby Road walk) and the way the party has ignored the lessons of its drubbing in favour of an autocratic focus on loyalty tests. The Fold couldn’t be made without the support of The Spinoff Members. Find out how to join at members.thespinoff.co.nz See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 8, 2021
Big shocks in 2021's 'Where are the Audiences?' research
MONOPOD! An in-depth look into some shocking new audience data – and what it means for all of us. Duncan Greive goes solo this week, taking a deep breath before diving into the latest edition of 'Where are the Audiences?', a fascinating annual piece of research commissioned by NZ On Air. It's 46 gushing minutes which seek to try and understand what has happened to our media consumption over the last seven years. The Fold couldn’t be made without the support of The Spinoff Members. Find out how to join at members.thespinoff.co.nz See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 5, 2021
Dylan Cleaver on the changing shape of sports journalism
Dylan Cleaver is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed sports writers, with over 25 years experience at the NZ Herald. A couple of months ago he left the Herald to start The Bounce, a new thrice-weekly sports newsletter, via Substack. He joined Duncan Greive over Zoom this week to talk through the move, how sports journalism has changed in recent years and his investigations into the hidden toll of head injuries in rugby. The Fold couldn’t be made without the support of The Spinoff Members. Find out how to join at members.thespinoff.co.nz See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 29, 2021
Danyl Mclauchlan on postjournalism
Danyl Mclauchlan is a Wellington based writer. He wrote politics blog The Dim Post back in the blogging era and now writes regularly for The Spinoff, where his recent review of Andrey Mir’s book Postjournalism and the Death of Newspapers. The media after Trump: manufacturing anger and polarization was published. In this episode he joins Duncan Greive over Zoom to discuss the concept of postjournalism, engaging with the world of effective altruism, Simon Bridges’ new book and more. LINKS Things fall apart: why journalism might not survive what’s coming next Communism by stealth: notes on conservatism, neoliberalism, social investment, and a UBI Tranquillity and Ruin (VUP) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 8, 2021
Creator Series: Jon Wild on making NZ's best reality TV
Jon Wild was the series producer and director of The Apprentice Aotearoa – an old-fashioned one-night-a-week series in the era of multi night reality behemoths, and one of the most fun-to-watch New Zealand reality TV series in a long time. In this episode he tells Duncan Greive about making that show, as well as New Zealand's Next Top Model and The Bachelor, the importance of casting and the way the New Zealand character feeds into our reality TV. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 1, 2021
Creator Series: Emma Espiner on Getting Better
Emma Espiner is a writer, commentator, podcaster and doctor. She won Opinion Writer of the Year at the Voyager Media Awards in 2020, the same year she completed her medical degree – her podcast about that final year as a Māori med student navigating New Zealand's inequitable health system, Getting Better, was then named Best Narrative Podcast at the 2021 Voyagers. In this episode she talks with Duncan Greive about making Getting Better, the way the media interacts with healthcare and how it’s been starting out as a junior doctor this year. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 25, 2021
Creator Series: Dan Ahwa on Viva’s unique place in NZ media
Dan Ahwa is the creative director at Viva magazine, the NZ Herald’s fashion, beauty, food and wellbeing publication. The title has been running since 1998 and stands out among other newspaper-inserted magazines for how well-crafted and curated it is, with its own distinct aesthetic and values. In this episode, Dan talks to Duncan about surviving the pandemic cutbacks last year to launch a new glossy quarterly publication, holding space for lifestyle content within a predominantly news-focused organisation and being a Samoan New Zealander working within fashion and mainstream media. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 18, 2021
Creator Series: Troy Kingi’s 10 10 10 project
Musician and actor Troy Kingi is half way through an ambitious mission to release 10 albums in 10 different genres over 10 years. He joins Duncan Greive on The Fold this week to talk about the project and making his latest album Black Sea Golden Ladder, his mixed feelings about appearing on The Masked Singer NZ earlier this year, the changing music economy and what it’s like being an artist during this era of closed borders. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 11, 2021
Creator Series: Lucy Blakiston from Shit You Should Care About
Lucy Blakiston is one of three young New Zealand women behind Shit You Should Care About, a media company built around an Instagram account which was started in 2018 to break down the barriers of entry to news and issues. The account now has over three million followers, and the company is branching out into podcasts and the new web series Extremely Online. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 4, 2021
Creator Series: Qiane Matata-Sipu on Nuku Women and protecting Ihumātao
Qiane Matata-Sipu is a journalist, photographer, podcaster, entrepreneur and activist. In 2019 she launched Nuku Women, a multimedia project with the ambitious goal of interviewing and photographing 100 indigenous wāhine. As one of the founders and spokespeople of SOUL (Save Our Unique Landscape) she has also played an important role in occupying and protecting Ihumātao. In this episode she reflects on what she learned being on the other side of the media equation and what makes Nuku such a hard but rewarding project to work on. Find Qiane's work at nukuwomen.co.nz and qiane.co.nz See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 27, 2021
Creator Series: James Roque on selling his comedy special
Duncan Greive speaks to comedian James Roque about filming his hugely ambitious crowdfunded stand-up hour Boy Mestizo. He is unashamedly trying to sell it to Netflix, and believes its examination of his identity as a Filipino New Zealander will have appeal far beyond these shores. He also talks about being part of the guessing panel on The Masked Singer NZ, the absence left by Jono and Ben – and why New Zealand needs its own late night show. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 20, 2021
Creator Series: The reinvention of Metro magazine
Duncan Greive sits down with Metro editor Henry Oliver, art director Kelvin Soh and food editor Jean Teng to discuss the resurrection of the legendary title. The team just released the third and best issue since its independent revival after the dramatic collapse of Bauer. They talk about the extraordinary new design scheme, reimagining the tense school rankings, how Auckland's cafe scene is changing and a pleasingly buoyant ad market. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 13, 2021
Creator Series: Derek Cheng on balancing a press gallery job with a climbing obsession
On this week’s episode of The Fold, Duncan Greive talks to the New Zealand Herald’s deputy political editor Derek Cheng. While most press gallery journalists go to sleep dreaming of politics, Derek Cheng has another true love – climbing. Duncan first met him at a press gallery party, where he was barefoot, cooking up sausages on a barbecue, and since learning of the journalist’s intense passion for climbing, has been intrigued to find out more. In this episode Derek talks about his climbing, a serious injury that brought him back home to New Zealand, and why Covid-19 was such a fascinating time to be in the belly of the beehive. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 30, 2021
Creator Series: Kirsty Johnston on impact journalism and the difference between the Herald and Stuff
So far this year on The Fold, Duncan Greive has spoken to a number of the media's top dogs, gaining insight into how the media runs from a business standpoint. Today we're changing the scope with the launch of our Creator series, featuring conversations with the people on the ground, the ones actually making the media we all consume. First up, Duncan talks to Kirsty Johnston, senior writer at Stuff. Kirsty is known for her investigative journalism, writing in-depth about domestic violence, abuse in state care and education over the last decade. In this episode she talks about the mayhem of working in the New Zealand media industry, why she's passionate about telling stories at an individual level and why writing behind a paywall didn't work for her. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 16, 2021
Miriyana Alexander on two years of NZ Herald's online subscription model
It's been two years since the NZ Herald website launched its premium offering, the first New Zealand media brand to do so. In that time head of premium Miriyana Alexander has learnt a lot about what New Zealanders want from their news, and she joins Duncan Greive to talk about it on this episode of The Fold. They also discuss why The Herald chose their particular hard paywall model and whether that's something they've ever considered changing, the end of the front page, how social media is changing the way traditional media functions and more in a wide-ranging conversation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 9, 2021
TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick on the media merger and the future of OnDemand
In this week's episode of The Spinoff's media podcast The Fold, Duncan Greive talks to TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick about the much talked-about RNZ/TVNZ merger, and Kenrick hints at a paid subscription offering for the TVNZ OnDemand service that could be hitting the market soon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 2, 2021
The 17-year-old magazine publishers making social change in youth circles
Rachel Zhou and Angelina Del Favero were just 14 when they started publishing imPower magazine. The first two editions – focusing on family harm and modern slavery – were sent to every secondary school in the country. Now 17, they're working on a third all about body image. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 18, 2021
Special Group founder Tony Bradbourne on the rapidly changing world of advertising
In this week's episode of The Spinoff's media podcast The Fold, Duncan Greive talks to Special Group founder and CEO Tony Bradbourne about the changing world of advertising, going global and making a Superbowl ad. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 11, 2021
Broadcasting minister Kris Faafoi on funding NZ journalism
This week on The Fold, Duncan Greive talks to broadcasting and media minister Kris Faafoi about funding journalism, putting the audience first and a public media merger. We get to talk with a lot of people in the centre of New Zealand's media industry on this podcast, now we speak to the man representing the media in the Beehive. Kris Faafoi took over the broadcasting and media portfolio after the resignation of Claire Curran in 2018. Duncan Greive talks with the minister on this episode of The Fold about taking up the portfolio and the work he's done in the media industry since. They talk about Māori and Pasefika representation, the public interest journalism fund and the proposed RNZ/TVNZ merger. Faafoi also talks about media consumption and the rapid shift from linear television to on demand and international online offerings that are now taking over viewing habits. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 5, 2021
Vodafone CEO Jason Paris on ethical advertising and the Magic Talk saga
This week on The Fold, Duncan Greive talks to Jason Paris, Vodafone's CEO. After pulling their advertising from Magic Talk in the wake of John Banks' racist comments airing, Vodafone developed an entire policy for ethical advertising. Their CEO Jason Paris tells Duncan Greive about that decision and how it happened so quickly, as well as their new-ish policy on honouring the Treaty. He and Duncan also talk about the 5G rollout and what it will actually mean for most people, and how Vodafone TV is simplifying the streaming experience. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 28, 2021
Cam Wallace on his first three months as MediaWorks CEO
In this edition of The Spinoff’s media podcast The Fold, Duncan Greive talks to Cam Wallace, MediaWorks' CEO about Magic Talk, The Rock and the future of commercial radio. Cam Wallace worked at Air New Zealand for almost two decades before he left last year amid the turmoil of Covid and all it brought upon the travel industry. Just months later as ex-MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson announced his departure from the role, Wallace was revealed to be the next-in-line. Just three months into his new job, Wallace has already made some waves in the company, kicking John Banks off air after Banks made racist comments on Magic Talk and now dealing with allegations of sexual abuse made against workers at various stations under MediaWorks. He talked to Duncan Greive about his move into media and how radio just keeps surviving, this week on The Fold. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 18, 2021
Hal Crawford on reviewing the NZ Media Fund
In this episode of The Spinoff’s media podcast The Fold, Duncan Greive talks to ex-head of news at Mediaworks, Hal Crawford, who's just completed a review into the NZ Media Fund. The NZ Media Fund was introduced by New Zealand On Air in 2017 to cover television, radio, music and online media, in hopes that it would more successfully represent the growing diversity of media than past funds. Now, three years later, former Mediaworks head of news Hal Crawford has conducted an independent review into this fund, hoping to grasp the industry's feelings about how the money is being spent. He joins The Fold today to talk about what he learnt about New Zealand's unique media landscape and why this review was important. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 11, 2021
Local Democracy reporter Justin Latif on telling the stories of South Auckland
Today on The Fold, Duncan Greive talks to The Spinoff's Justin Latif about reporting from South Auckland. Through his career Justin has developed a passion for reporting stories from his home in South Auckland. He chats to Duncan about where that passion came from, why his role is so important and whether the media has been fair on South Auckland communities in the past. Justin also ponders whether the Local Democracy reporters' scheme will make a difference to regions with low media coverage and reflects on the many roles he's held in the industry, and out of it, since he started at Fairfax in the mid-2000s. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 17, 2021
Facebook just blocked all news in Australia
Today on The Fold, Duncan Greive analyses a shocking development in the global pushback against big tech. Facebook has made the monumental decision to block all people and publications in Australia from posting news content, after a long battle between the Australian government and the social media giant. The implications of this action are already being felt as many Australian-based Facebook pages are shut down, and the potential implications could change how people around the world access news. On this episode of The Fold, Duncan Greive explains how it got to this point, and what could happen next for Australia's news media. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 14, 2021
Substack's Hamish McKenzie on a new era of publishing
In this episode of The Spinoff’s media podcast The Fold, Duncan Greive is joined by Hamish McKenzie, co-founder of Substack. For years, the media landscape has been filled with publications making money by filling up ad space. While an effective mode of funding for the already underfunded sector, Hamish McKenzie saw an alternative. Alongside co-founders Chris Best and Jairaj Sethi, McKenzie developed Substack, an online platform for writers to send newsletters directly to paying subscribers. In the three years since its inception, the platform has become host to some of the most well-known names in New Zealand and international journalism, including Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias and local writer David Farrier, and some writers are making a lot of money from subscriptions. Today on The Fold, McKenzie joins Duncan Greive to talk about a new era of publishing, driven by readers, not ads. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 8, 2021
Ali Mau on #MeTooNZ, talkback radio and the New Zealand music industry's reckoning
In this edition of The Spinoff’s media podcast The Fold, Duncan Greive is joined by Ali Mau, Stuff senior journalist and creator of New Zealand's own MeToo movement. In 2017, the MeToo movement brought some of Hollywood's elite crashing down under allegations of serious sexual abuse and misconduct. One year later, journalist Ali Mau brought the movement to New Zealand when she launched #MeTooNZ with a team at Stuff. Her goal was to bring to light stories of misconduct and abuse within our own borders, and in the three years since she's reported these stories from victims in many industries, from fast food to academia. In this episode of The Fold, Ali Mau joins Duncan Greive to explain how her career has led her to the point she's at now, defend talkback radio, and praise the bravery of those who allow her to tell their stories. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 28, 2021
Summer reissue: Media, money and the government, with Bernard Hickey
The Fold is taking a break over the summer. We'll be back with new episodes soon, but until then we're republishing some of our favourite interviews of 2020. This week: Duncan talks with Bernard Hickey. First published November 6, 2020. Working at the intersection of politics and economics, Bernard Hickey is one of the most interesting and unique journalists in New Zealand today. As you’ll hear in this episode, he possesses a rare ability to make even the most mysterious or boring-sounding topics within these areas feel urgent, exciting and accessible. His latest venture in a long career (he’s one of the founders of Interest.co.nz, has held senior roles in the Fairfax/Stuff Business team and was one of the founders of Newsroom, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg) is The Kākā, a daily email which allows him to respond to unfolding stories in close to real time. To talk about why, as well as get stuck into government policy toward the media and the New Zealand media mar…
1 hr 4 min
Jan 21, 2021
Summer reissue: Sinead Boucher on buying Stuff for $1
The Fold is taking a break over the summer. We'll be back with new episodes soon, but until then we're republishing some of our favourite interviews of 2020. This week: Duncan talks with Stuff CEO Sinead Boucher after she bought the company for $1 back in May. First published June 24, 2020. The chaotic couple of weeks which finally saw the end of the Stuff-NZME saga were riveting and strange, replete with stock exchange announcements, legal challenges and finally the acquisition of New Zealand’s most-viewed news platform by its CEO for just $1. Six months after she appeared on the very first episode of The Spinoff’s media podcast, The Fold, I had Stuff CEO – and now Stuff’s sole owner – Sinead Boucher back to the show. She recounts those extraordinary few weeks, from the collapse of Bauer NZ, to just how brutalised ad revenues got in lockdown, the bailout package and the strange forces impacting journalism during level four. Sinead casually reveals what happened behind th…
1 hr 2 min
Jan 7, 2021
Summer reissue: Gaurav Sharma, The Indian Times
The Fold is taking a break over the summer holidays. We'll be back in the new year, but until then we're republishing some of our favourite interviews of 2020. This week: Duncan talks with Gaurav Sharma from The Indian Times about the communities NZ's media doesn't serve. First released July 7, 2020. I first met Gaurav Sharma in the aftermath of March 15. New Zealand and the world has gone through so much trauma since then that it feels much further away than the 15 months which have elapsed since. He was there for another meeting, but afterwards a colleague said we had to meet, and we spoke for a half hour or so, and he talked to me about the impact of the attacks on the migrant community. Sharma edits the Multicultural Times, which grew out of the Migrant Times, each one a newspaper dedicated to telling stories about and for a community which he argues persuasively for being underrepresented in New Zealand’s media. His own story is a microcosm of that – an engineer by trai…
Dec 23, 2020
The wildfire that was 2020 for NZ media, reviewed
The pandemic put unbearable pressure on New Zealand’s media this year, but also saw it gain larger and more engaged audiences than ever before. In a year-ending monopod, Duncan Greive wraps his head around what it all means. I've tried to capture the sweep of this incredible year by drilling into the news organisations, journalists and other players in the ecosystem. Broadly it felt like a year in which, under some of the most extreme duress imaginable, journalism rediscovered its purpose, and both the public and government felt that too. So for an hour I went solo, taking the monopod format and going deep on the following topics: * Google and Facebook’s epic battle with Australian regulators, and what that means for New Zealand. * Sinead Boucher and Stuff’s triumphant year, from buying the company for $1 to the historic apology and everything in between – while still having questions over its future. * The contrasting strategy of NZME, which is clearly more focussed on…
Dec 21, 2020
The Spinoff presents SUPERPOD 2020
Pour yourself some eggnog and join the hosts of The Spinoff’s podcast network for our annual Superpod round up of the year that was. Representing Gone By Lunchtime, Dietary Requirements, The Real Pod, Papercuts, The Fold and On The Rag our hosts dive into the key events, issues, heroes and villains of 2020. From National’s botched election campaign to Ben Thomas’ take on TikTok, via the collapse of Bauer, the rise of oat milk, with a detour through controversial frozen grapes and Simon’s Sausage Spot, there’s something for everyone in this year’s Superpod. Featuring special guests producer T and Covid-19. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 7 min
Dec 3, 2020
Turning words into action, with Laura O’Connell Rapira
The outgoing director of grassroots community campaigning organisation ActionStation joins Duncan Greive to talk about a busy few years in the job. ActionStation was formed in 2014, but it feels like they’ve been around much longer than that. The independent, crowdfunded community organisation has led a number of highly visible and successful campaigns across a wide range of issues during the last six years, thanks in no small part to the energy and forward thinking of its outgoing director Laura O’Connell Rapira. In her time the group has carried the conversation on everything from mental health to making Matariki a public holiday in a way that feels distinctly modern, online and media-savvy. To talk about what’s worked, what hasn’t, the highlights of the role and what’s next, Laura O’Connell Rapira joined host Duncan Greive on this week’s episode of The Fold. The Fold is proudly supported by Vodafone. With innovation made simple and world-class network technology, Vo…
Nov 22, 2020
Introducing Coming Home: Like nothing we've ever seen before
This is episode one of Coming Home, a new five-part podcast series from The Spinoff podcast network, in partnership with Kiwibank. We're sharing it with you here because we think if you like The Fold you might find this interesting too. Have a listen and subscribe on your platform of choice to hear the rest of the series. New episodes arriving weekly. Coming Home delves into the phenomenon of high achieving New Zealanders returning to Aotearoa in the era of Covid-19. Join hosts Duncan Greive and Jane Yee as they seek to find out who these returnees are, why they left New Zealand in the first place, the reasons for their homecoming and what their arrival means for all of us. Featuring Peter Gordon, Julia Arnott-Neenee, Paul Spoonley, Jarrod Kerr, Rachel Morris, Joel Kefali, Polly Fryer and Mahoney Turnbull. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 19, 2020
The boss of all rugby, with Mark Robinson
NZ Rugby is in a fascinating situation at the moment, with some big calls to be made over the coming years. The man in charge of making them joins Duncan Greive on this week’s episode of The Fold. Mark Robinson probably has one of the most complex jobs in the country. As CEO of NZ Rugby he’s effectively the boss of everything from the All Blacks and Black Ferns to the clubs, the head of an organisation that has many, many different stakeholders. He only came into the job about nine months ago, which meant he was just getting his feet under the desk when Covid hit and threw the whole rugby season a massive dummy. The pandemic didn’t just disrupt the match schedule – it seemed to bring a lot of the sport’s underlying issues to the surface as well. This obviously makes the CEO’s a much harder one than it would have been even a few years ago. NZ Rugby is in a fascinating situation, and decisions made under Mark Robinson’s tenure could make or break the sport’s future in…
Nov 5, 2020
Media, money and the government, with Bernard Hickey
This week on The Fold, journalist Bernard Hickey joins host Duncan Greive for a wide-ranging chat about the challenges faced by New Zealand media and why he’s launched a new subscription-only daily email. Working at the intersection of politics and economics, Bernard Hickey is one of the most interesting and unique journalists in New Zealand today. As you’ll hear in this episode, he possesses a rare ability to make even the most mysterious or boring-sounding topics within these areas feel urgent, exciting and accessible. His latest venture in a long career (he’s one of the founders of Interest.co.nz, has held senior roles in the Fairfax/Stuff Business team and was one of the founders of Newsroom, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg) is The Kākā, a daily email which allows him to respond to unfolding stories in close to real time. To talk about why, as well as get stuck into government policy toward the media and the New Zealand media market, the wage subsidy, Stuff’…
1 hr 3 min
Oct 22, 2020
Melodie Robinson on the future of NZ sports broadcasting
From winning two world cups with the Black Ferns to heading up TVNZ’s sports and events department, Melodie Robinson’s career has been one full of remarkable firsts. She joins host Duncan Greive to talk about it on this week’s episode of The Fold. When the Ministry of Education decided to start a children’s educational channel during the first lockdown earlier this year, the job fell to the TVNZ department that had just found itself with not a lot of work on – sports and events. General manager Melodie Robinson and her team threw together the prop, got the contract and ended up setting up the entire channel in about 10 days. That’s just one remarkable story in a career full of them. Robinson started out in journalism as a press gallery reporter for Mana News, before moving into sports production at XtraMSN. She broke barriers as a rugby commentator presenter during a long career at Sky Sports, before moving into a new role at TVNZ. It’d be fair to say Robinson has seen…
Oct 15, 2020
A newcomer’s view from the press gallery, with Justin Giovannetti
The Spinoff’s new(ish) political editor Justin Giovannetti joins Duncan Greive to share his impressions from a hectic first six months on the job – and in New Zealand. When Justin Giovannetti interviewed for the job of political editor at The Spinoff, from Canada, the world was quite a different place. In the time it took for him to work out his notice with national newspaper The Globe and Mail, a global pandemic shut borders, grounded flights and threw everyone’s plans for the year into disarray. How Justin made it to New Zealand at all is a story for another podcast. This week on The Fold he joins Duncan Greive to talk about the baptism under fire that has been reporting on New Zealand politics for the first time in the middle of an election year, in the middle of a pandemic. New Zealand’s press gallery and political reporting style is pretty different to Canada’s – so what have been the weirdest things he’s had to get his head around, and what are his main impressio…
Oct 8, 2020
Sido Kitchin is launching four new magazine titles this year
Former NZ Women’s Weekly editor Sido Kitchin joins The Fold’s Duncan Greive to talk about starting School Road Publishing and launching a whole new stable of magazines following the collapse of Bauer Media. Sido Kitchin loves telling New Zealand women’s stories. An important figure in the magazine industry, she edited the New Zealand Women’s Weekly until earlier this year, when the collapse of Bauer Media brought it and a lot of other popular titles to an abrupt end. The six months since have been a period of regeneration for the magazine industry, with a number of new independent publishers, titles and websites blooming. Perhaps no one has moved as hard and fast as Sido Kitchin, who has set up School Road Publishing and established not just one but four new titles – Woman, Haven, Thrive and Scout. She joined The Fold host Duncan Greive in the studio this week for a chat about this tumultuous year, what it was like starting with a blank canvas and why the first issue of Wo…
Sep 17, 2020
Where are the Audiences? with NZ On Air's Cameron Harland
The Fold host Duncan Greive speaks to NZ On Air’s new chief executive Cameron Harland about his first six months in the job and the findings of the recent Where Are the Audiences? report. Cameron Harland started his new job as the chief executive of NZ On Air in March, the week before the country went into level four lockdown. Duncan has wanted to get him on The Fold to pick his brain about the ins and outs of NZ On Air’s unique funding model ever since. In a follow-up to the previous episode of The Fold, which looked at the highlights of NZ On Air’s recent Where Are the Audiences? survey, Cameron Harland joined The Fold via Skype from Wellington this week to talk through the findings of the survey, how NZ On Air is adapting to serve increasingly fragmented audiences, and the challenges of operating through Covid-19. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 3, 2020
The most eye-opening bits from NZ On Air’s new Where are the Audiences? report
Christmas has arrived early for The Fold host Duncan Greive – this week NZ On Air released Where are the Audiences?, a biannual survey of audience behaviour in New Zealand media. The report is unique in the way it attempts to measure the behaviour of such a diverse set of audiences across all media consumption. This year’s edition shows New Zealand at a crossroads, with digital media overtaking traditional media in largest daily audiences for the first time. It goes without saying that Duncan has already read the whole report from cover to cover. In this monopod edition of The Fold he picks out the most interesting data points, and discusses the seismic change it represent for the New Zealand media landscape. – Sign up to The Spinoff's newsletter Rec Room for weekly recommendations along with all our latest videos and podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 26, 2020
How The Bulletin gets made, with Alex Braae
One of New Zealand’s most voracious consumers of local news media joins Duncan Greive to reveal the secrets behind his popular daily newsletter. Most days Alex Braae starts work at approximately the same time as a dairy farmer. But instead of hopping on a quad bike to go and milk a shed full of cows, he sits down at his computer to read a figurative shed full of news. The end product is just as important to a lot of people’s morning routines as a cold bottle of blue top milk – it’s The Spinoff’s daily newsletter The Bulletin. Since it started in 2018, The Bulletin has developed a loyal following among its more than 25,000 subscribers by collecting and distilling all the most important stories from across the New Zealand news landscape into a single email that hits inboxes at 7am every morning. But exactly how Alex does it remains a mystery to even his closest colleagues. He joins The Fold host (and his boss) Duncan Greive on this month’s edition of The Fold to explain th…
Jul 6, 2020
The Fold podcast: Gaurav Sharma on the communities NZ’s media doesn’t serve
The associate editor of The Indian News joins host Duncan Greive to discuss his belief that New Zealand’s media ignores the quarter of our population not born here – and why both parties lose as a result. I first met Gaurav Sharma in the aftermath of March 15. New Zealand and the world has gone through so much trauma since then that it feels much further away than the 15 months which have elapsed since. He was there for another meeting, but afterwards a colleague said we had to meet, and we spoke for a half hour or so, and he talked to me about the impact of the attacks on the migrant community. Sharma edits the Multicultural Times, which grew out of the Migrant Times, each one a newspaper dedicated to telling stories about and for a community which he argues persuasively for being underrepresented in New Zealand’s media. His own story is a microcosm of that – an engineer by training, he switched to journalism 12 years ago in India. He arrived in New Zealand five year…
Jun 23, 2020
The Fold podcast: Stuff’s CEO and owner Sinead Boucher on how she bought it for $1
It will justifiably be lost in the tumult of Covid-19, but the chaotic couple of weeks which finally saw the end of the Stuff-NZME saga were riveting and strange, replete with stock exchange announcements, legal challenges and finally the acquisition of New Zealand’s most-viewed news platform by its CEO for just $1. Six months after she appeared on the very first episode of The Spinoff’s media podcast, The Fold, I had Stuff CEO – and now Stuff’s sole owner – Sinead Boucher back to the show. She recounts those extraordinary few weeks, from the collapse of Bauer NZ, to just how brutalised ad revenues got in lockdown, the bailout package and the strange forces impacting journalism during level four. Sinead casually reveals what happened behind the scenes during those hectic times, and plots out the future for Stuff – New Zealand’s biggest employer of journalists, and the closest thing to a truly national news network that exists in this country. For those in and around the…
1 hr 3 min
May 7, 2020
The Fold podcast: Bailey Mackey takes Māori storytelling to the world
He started as a journalist, became a producer, and is now one of NZ’s most successful TV creators. Bailey Mackey joins Duncan Greive on The Fold. This month’s episode of The Fold, The Spinoff’s media podcast, features host Duncan Greive in conversation with Bailey Mackey, a TV producer with one of the most interesting CVs in the entertainment industry. Mackey grew up in and around Gisborne, and got his start in broadcasting on Radio Ngāti Porou, before hitching to Auckland to audition for Te Karere. When he arrived he wore a suit two sizes too small, and saw Julian Wilcox auditioning for the same job. They both got the job, with Wilcox becoming an on-screen legend, while Mackey gravitated towards production, and eventually to reality TV, where he learned from the master – Julie Christie. Mackey was then a highly successful head of sport at Māori TV before launching his own businesses, first Black Inc and latterly Pango, which aims to take Māori storytelling to the world. H…
1 hr 4 min
Mar 27, 2020
The Fold: How will Covid-19 impact NZ's TV, radio and online news?
The Fold podcast returns for March into a media world transformed by the impact of Covid-19. Host Duncan Greive records a monopod to assess its impact. In last month's edition of this podcast, The Spinoff editor Toby Manhire and I discussed RNZ's Concert debacle. At the time, it was the biggest story in media; now it seems, like so many things, a quaint concern from a different time. The impact of Covid-19 has been so vast that there is no other news agenda – simply 'how the virus is impacting X'. Even Thursday's decision by the Christchurch mosque terrorist to change his plea to guilty had a notable Covid-19 dimension, as his victims were largely unable to face him in court – and thus what would have been the biggest story of any other month felt like it flashed by. Yet for all the global pandemic's power as an engulfing news story, it's the impact on the media business I discuss on March's The Fold. There's a huge paradox in its relationship to the media, in that all of us are…
Feb 20, 2020
RNZ special: Toby Manhire on the Concert fiasco, the case for a youth channel and the TVNZ maybe-merger
In episode three of The Spinoff's media podcast The Fold, host Duncan Greive speaks with Toby Manhire about the RNZ Concert fiasco and whether there's space for another youth-focused media brand in New Zealand. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 26, 2020
Exit interview: Newshub's Hal Crawford on Weldon, Paul Henry and the truth about TV ratings
In episode two of The Spinoff newish media podcast The Fold, host Duncan Greive conducts an exit interview with Hal Crawford, the departing head of Newshub. Hal Crawford landed into a TV3 newsroom in crisis in 2016, just after Campbell Live had been axed, and Hilary Barry had resigned. He had been hired by Mark Weldon, the much-maligned CEO who oversaw a transformation at MediaWorks, from a news-first organisation, to one whose schedule was increasingly dominated by reality TV – but Weldon himself resigned before Crawford even started. He was born and raised in Perth, cutting his teeth in print before going on to lead 9MSN, at onc ethe most-read news site in Australia, and one away from the swaggering centre of Australia news media. At TV3 he had a brutal learning curve, coming from a purely digital newsroom out of the public eye, to lead a TV-centred team with big stars and personalities. He oversaw the creation of the Newshub brand, the launch of The Project and The AM Show and…
1 hr 10 min
Nov 27, 2019
The Fold: Sinead Boucher on reinventing Stuff – and why they are conscientious objectors to Facebook
Host Duncan Greive is joined by Stuff CEO Sinead Boucher to discuss the media monster's growth from an experimental website, to its queasy peak and the current more purpose-driven iteration. Along the way she revealed a number of fascinating insights into the reality of running a news organisation at scale in 2019, including the fact that of the 150,000 comments readers attempt to post each month, a full third are rejected for violations. This brutal task is accomplished by human moderators – in striking contrast to the laissez faire attitude of Facebook. Plus her thoughts on the sale of Three, the ComCom decisions and the proposed RNZ/TVNZ merger. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 3 min