Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and managing editor of The Spinoff.

Media
Jun 5, 2020

Senior MediaWorks source emphatically denies reports Three sold to Discovery

The Herald reported this morning that MediaWorks was on the verge of selling its TV assets to US TV giant Discovery – but it appears the story may have been premature.

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Media
Jun 4, 2020

Dan Carter: A life in undies

In 2014, Duncan Greive was invited to interview Dan Carter on the back of the All Black's spokesmodelling gig for Jockey underwear.

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Business
Jun 2, 2020

The NBR owner just sold his mansion to live in a motorhome

Todd Scott hosted Lotto in the 90s. He ended up running NZ's most famous business newspaper. And now things have got really weird.

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Business
May 26, 2020

The sale of Stuff sets the stage for a new independent media in New Zealand

The big media companies just want to get married. Duncan Greive makes the case for dozens of divorces instead.

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Business
May 25, 2020

Stuff bought by its CEO, MediaWorks announces mass layoffs in historic day for NZ media

Duncan Greive assesses an extraordinary morning for New Zealand’s media.

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Business
May 14, 2020

‘The economy on life support’: Business leaders respond to budget 2020

A massive $50bn package includes an eight week extension to the wage subsidy. Does the business community think it's enough?

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Television
May 12, 2020

But then, drama: Leigh Hart’s clip show was the best TV of lockdown

Made by a single family sewing together bits of old shows, Leigh Hart’s Big Isolation Lockdown was the funniest and most oddly comforting television made in level four.

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Business
May 11, 2020

NZME and Stuff’s merger saga just reached a bizarre new peak

NZME asked the commerce commission for urgent approval to buy Stuff for $1. Minutes later, Stuff’s owner said it was no longer in talks with NZME.

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Politics
May 11, 2020

The epic story of NZ’s communications-led fight against Covid-19

How an extraordinary communications effort stepped up to help a country judged chronically ill-prepared for a pandemic.

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Media
May 8, 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.

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Business
Apr 30, 2020

The winners and losers of NZ’s post-lockdown economy (and how the losers might win too)

The weight of Covid-19 will be very unequally distributed. Duncan Greive writes about where it will land, and how those it hits might come out from under it.

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Media
Apr 18, 2020

Magazines are still not allowed to publish. And still can’t understand why

Even as New Zealand contemplates the end of lockdown, more closures and a major snub continue to rankle publishers.

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Business
Apr 18, 2020

What lies on the other side of lockdown and elimination?

NZ film, music and sports have all been broken by lockdown – but could be transformed by elimination

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Television
Apr 15, 2020

Paul Henry is returning to TV, and is basically woke now

Worrying about inequality. Excited about electric planes. A huge Jacinda fan. What the hell has happened to Paul Henry?

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Business
Apr 15, 2020

Allbirds has a radical new plan: put its emissions on every pair of shoes

Every pair emits 7kg of carbon. They’re putting it on the shoe so no one can miss it.

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Media
Apr 13, 2020

A note for new (or newish) readers of The Spinoff

Over the past past four weeks our audience has tripled in size. Here's how you should use The Spinoff, and some useful things to know.

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Society
Apr 11, 2020

Fresh Google mobility data shows NZ’s lockdown behaviour remains consistent – with one regional exception

The second week of lockdown mobility data reveals NZ remains compliant with lockdown measures. 

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Business
Apr 7, 2020

The next Bauer: What is the rescue plan for NZ’s devastated media industry?

There’s a desperate scramble to stop more major media companies failing. What’s going on – and how might it play out?

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Society
Apr 4, 2020

Google mobility data reveals how well NZ is complying with its level four lockdown

The giant global data set shows how different countries are locking down, and which NZ regions are most compliant.

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Politics
Apr 3, 2020

Faafoi accuses Bauer of ‘running contradictory claims’ over magazine closures

Internal memos from the magazine company, which announced its closure yesterday, state they were lobbying to change the publication ban. Faafoi is adamant they were not.

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Business
Apr 3, 2020

Bauer’s shocking fall reveals the government’s poisonous media dilemma

The shockingly fast collapse of Bauer presents the government with a momentous choice. Does it save the media industry, or concentrate on its own?

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Business
Mar 28, 2020

Government rules that magazines and community papers aren’t an essential service

Just a tiny handful of print publications will continue through the lockdown, with only daily newspapers specifically identified as being able to continue. Duncan Greive spoke to publishers of magazines …

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Media
Mar 27, 2020

The Fold podcast: Covid-19 is smashing NZ’s media just when we need it most

The Fold podcast returns for March into a media world transformed by the impact of Covid-19.

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Politics
Mar 21, 2020

Ardern announces four-tier Covid-19 alert system as NZ faces community spread

New Zealand is currently at level two in the aftermath of two suspected cases of community transmission.

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Television
Mar 21, 2020

TVNZ 1’s Covid-19 special showed the power of legacy media during crisis

An unscheduled Covid-19 special ran in place of Seven Sharp last night, and it brought out the best in both its participants and the medium itself.

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Media
Mar 20, 2020

A note from the managing editor of The Spinoff on our Covid-19 coverage

How The Spinoff is dealing with the evolving crisis – and what’s driving our coverage.

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