Hal Crawford

Hal Crawford is former chief news officer at MediaWorks.

Business
Aug 2, 2021

How much would you pay to read this?

Micropayments for online media could be rising from the dead, writes Hal Crawford.

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Media
Jun 30, 2021

Substack's Hamish McKenzie on how newsletters changed the game for writers

The New Zealand-born co-founder of the newsletter publishing startup tells Hal Crawford how he gave up writing to focus on supporting other writers.

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Media
Jun 16, 2021
A wall of TV screens

In the age of the media mega-merger, the time has come for Platform New Zealand

In the face of global media mega-mergers, could NZ lead the world with a government-funded public video platform?

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Media
Jun 2, 2021

The Neeva gamble: Why a former Google exec wants you to start paying for search

Internet search is like air: it’s free, and it’s everywhere. There’s a guy in California who would like to change that.

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Gaming
May 7, 2021

Meet the New Zealander whose Roblox games have been played a billion times

He's 23 years old, lives in a shared Wellington flat, and is this country's most successful Roblox game developer by far.

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Media
May 5, 2021

Advertising is dead. Long live advertising

Don't count online advertising out quite yet, writes former Mediaworks head of news Hal Crawford – it's popular because it works.

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Business
Feb 19, 2021

Facebook is running an uncontrolled news experiment on a whole country. Let’s hope it doesn’t work out

The Australian legislation is crumby, but the response from Zuckerberg is something else.

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Media
Feb 10, 2021

Microsoft just landed a knockout blow in Australia’s great digital media battle

The veteran tech giant has waded into the war between Facebook, Google and the Australian government – and may emerge the ultimate victor.

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Business
Jan 23, 2021

Google goes nuclear, threatening to pull the plug on its search engine in Australia

And with Facebook considering an 'amputation' it's all getting pretty ugly.

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Media
Dec 10, 2020

No Google search? No news on Facebook? A new Australian law means it really could happen here

The extraordinary adventure that is Australia’s attempt to make Facebook and Google pay for news has reached its climax.

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Media
Oct 27, 2020

The backlash against big tech

From antitrust suits to restrictive new laws, the world's digital behemoths are in hot water. So who's on the naughty list and why?

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Media
Sep 2, 2020

What Facebook’s threat against news in Australia means for NZ (and the rest of the world)

Facebook's threat to pull out of news in Australia is the latest salvo in an increasingly bitter battle over who owns the news – and who should fund its production.

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Media
Jul 7, 2020

Stuff has taken the sword to Facebook. Is it the start of a media revolution?

In quitting the social media giant, Stuff has taken a risk. But the gamble is not as big as it may seem.

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Business
Jun 30, 2020

Beyond the living room: How cycling app Zwift came to host the Tour de France

The Tour de France is going ahead despite Covid-19 – only next month, the pros will compete indoors.

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Media
May 3, 2020

Why Australia’s plan to make tech giants pay for news won’t work

Holding Facebook and Google to account might be a great idea in theory, but the proposed code is based on false assumptions.

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Business
Mar 14, 2020

Harsh, loud and full of conflict: The chaotic reality of the Australian media landscape

Nine, Newscorp and the intense aesthetics of the Aussie media.

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Media
Oct 24, 2019

Newshub chief Hal Crawford: The New Zealand news media is broken

A scathing account of the state of television and the wider media, from the departing Newshub boss.

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Media
Apr 13, 2018

An Australian TV exec tells New Zealand what is (badly) wrong with its television

Hal Crawford is the head of news at Mediaworks, owners of Three and RadioLive. He has been here for two years and still has no idea why our TV is such an absolute mess.

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