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RIP Public Telly

Wednesday, 16 June 2010, 1:49 pm | Paul Smith

Dear friends as we gather here to mourn the passing of a friend, let us lift in praise those things we saw abiding in him, the joys of his youth when we first Saw him, the sunshine of his summer soul, his sad slippage into the addiction of commerce ... More >>

In praise of patriots

Wednesday, 2 June 2010, 1:08 pm | Paul Smith

A newspaper, a book and a radio current affairs programme – one week last month they all seemed to carry the same message. But it was on radio during a debate on the outsourcing of the work of building trains by Kiwi Rail, that I heard a word ... More >>

Two trees for Auckland's One Tree Hill

Thursday, 1 April 2010, 9:43 am | Paul Smith

Auckland City officials are red-faced over the possibility that two trees will be planted on One Tree Hill, known locally as None Tree Hill since the lone pine was axed. More >>

Gone - but not forgotten…

Monday, 1 June 2009, 5:21 pm | Paul Smith

We're about to address one of the unsolved mysteries of modern times: the riddle of the missing sock. And the riddle goes like this: How come a male domestic, aka a house-husband, can shepherd washing safely down to the laundry, wash everything ... More >>

So many olives...

Monday, 12 January 2009, 1:44 pm | Paul Smith

We were travelling through the West Bank when Tom Krause my colleague from Australia's Channel Nine looked out the window. "So many olives, so little peace" he sighed. That was nearly 20 years ago in the last stage of the Intifadah of the time, ... More >>

Bitter Fruit - Media Comment By Paul Smith

Friday, 4 July 2008, 8:40 am | Paul Smith

It was an everyday morning in an ordinary Auckland suburb, the sun filtering through light cloud cover, and on the ground the faintest breeze. We drove down leafy St Andrews Road and saw another everyday sight - an elderly woman returning to her unit ... More >>

Privatisation: Fervently swimming against the tide

Tuesday, 20 May 2008, 12:33 am | Paul Smith

When an ideology once touted as New sounds quaint, you know for sure it's dead in the water. And so it was earlier this month with attempts to revive the corpse of privatisation. More >>

Paul Smith: Read Me The Death Notices Please

Monday, 25 February 2008, 8:27 am | Paul Smith

"Read me the death notices will you please dear" she said handing me the Herald. It was both request and perceptive solution. This was my first assignment as a visitor to the elderly and Ellen's first experience of having one. When our trickle of niceties ... More >>

Paul Smith: Memo Royal Commission Into Auckland

Monday, 5 November 2007, 11:19 am | Paul Smith

Forget the Pakeha name for the place. Maori for Auckland is Tamaki Makarau - the land having a thousand lovers. So your key priority is to find out why those of us who live here and loved her as she was, are now so disenchanted. More >>

Paul Smith: All Blacks And Underdogs

Monday, 8 October 2007, 9:22 am | Paul Smith

Paul Smith writes: Losing is never easy, especially when it comes with a suspicion we lost much earlier to an off-field factor - Marketing. Was there ever a sporting journey marked by such hype and followed by such failure? Yes, the America's Cup ... More >>

Paul Smith: What's new pussycat?

Tuesday, 2 October 2007, 9:13 pm | Paul Smith

It's impossible to watch telly these days without lamenting the death of originality. It doesn't seem to worry the networks that they're all cloning one form of entertainment. Wish it had a name as easy as say, tabloidism or infotainment. Let's just call it ... More >>

Paul Smith: Media tripping...

Monday, 13 August 2007, 8:58 am | Paul Smith

Took a mid-winter holiday this year. It's become the Kiwi Custom. Except that mine was a holiday from media. Having been a media junkie all my life I decided to kick the habit. So I cancelled the New Zealand Herald ; listened to radio news purely ... More >>

Paul Smith on Media: Telly As It Was!

Thursday, 12 July 2007, 11:17 am | Paul Smith

It was impossible to watch this programme without feeling queasy, as if we'd taken the wrong path. Ever wondered what happened to the long form interview on telly? Or how you could watch two people have an intelligent conversation on prime time ... More >>

Paul Smith: The Fence

Wednesday, 20 June 2007, 9:17 am | Paul Smith

She turned 90 last week, the years growing while she shrinks. She welcomed us from behind the bars of the grill on her back door, her smile - one part surprise and nine parts scepticism. It said: You remembered - finally. More >>

Paul Smith on Media: Feeding The Bottomline

Monday, 11 June 2007, 9:14 am | Paul Smith

Seems like every day there's a new moral panic gathering force over the media landscape. Yet another cop scandal, dreadful non-Christians, even more dreadful Christians; cleavage outrage, Paris Hilton tears…. And violence - oh the violence - even as ... More >>

Paul Smith: Crank It Up For The Oldies

Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 4:50 pm | Paul Smith

Once upon a time older TV viewers were barely considered by those running the media Market, though occasionally a stallholder might offer glimpses into their lives. Now all that’s changing rapidly. More >>

Crank it up for the oldies

Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 4:14 pm | Paul Smith

Once upon a time older TV viewers were barely considered by those running the media Market, though occasionally a stallholder might offer glimpses into their lives. Now all that’s changing rapidly. More >>

Paul Smith: Boomer Nights - And Domes

Friday, 27 April 2007, 2:35 pm | Paul Smith

The other night we were sitting on a porch at another 60th birthday. These days the Big One is almost as common as that other rite of passage, funerals. It's as if we party one minute and exit the next. On this warm night the other hallmark of our ... More >>

Paul Smith: Of baked beans and public interest

Wednesday, 18 April 2007, 11:25 am | Paul Smith

The Print & Media Industry Council met recently and, among other things, condemned the decline in journalistic standards that has resulted from the over-commercialisation of New Zealand's media. It also went on to demand appropriate staffing levels, training ... More >>

Paul Smith: How To Kill A Canary…

Tuesday, 10 April 2007, 8:34 am | Paul Smith

I had a New Year’s wish - but it proved more fragile than most. It was for the safety of canaries - the human version. Look at it this way: once, coal miners carefully monitored the health of their canaries. If the birds died, they knew they were in ... More >>





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