The Commerce Commission has rejected the NZME-Fairfax merger in a bold draft decision that plays down forecasts of digital doom. Is there any way back from here, asks former Herald editor-in-chief Tim Murphy.
As he leaves office, Len Brown talks about his successes, failures, and future plans. And that unavoidable ‘personal challenge’. Tim Murphy joins the mayor on his farewell lap of Auckland, selfies, train cake and all.
Australian rugby teams have been mostly awful this year, but there’s a plan to turn things around, and it starts with a Super Rugby overhaul. Tim Murphy reports.
Rugby is getting a new festival event next year to kick-off the season in style – in the scorching heat and league paradise of Brisbane. But what’s it all about, and why do we need it? Tim Murphy spent 48 hours among the tatts, T-shirts and thongs to find out.
It’s more Dilapidated Valley than Silicon Valley, but at the bottom of a hill beneath TV3 in Eden Terrace lies a brand new, high-tech facility bringing together dudes, nerds and the hopes of a city and government’s innovation plan.
A Spinoff/SSI poll shows National's support nosediving in Auckland. Tim Murphy looks at why the blue tide might be going out in our biggest city (Hint: it has something to do a housing Apocalypse).
Tim Murphy wonders why New Zealand rugby fans can't have a show that's fun and and irreverent and, well, more like rugby league's The Footy Show.
As Auckland contemplates a future of greater housing density with more crowded suburbs and schools, there’s an extreme, low-rise example happening in three of its suburbs. Tim Murphy spent some time in Tāmaki and listened to the man pulling it apart.
Enough heeding a small group of angry residents, time to listen to the experts. That was the message yesterday at the launch of the pro-Unitary-Plan campaign group Coalition for More Homes, writes Tim Murphy.
Attempts to have Māori Statutory Board members excluded from the vote on the Unitary Plan called for a proper Mayor in the Chair. So up stepped Len Brown. Tim Murphy watches a critical chapter of council squabbling
The just-released commercial radio ratings show a continuation of the long-running swing to MediaWorks. Tim Murphy assesses the disturbing implications for a pre-merger NZME.
Sky TV is attempting to massively restrict online coverage of the Rio Olympics – and both the Herald and Stuff are considering staying home in protest, reports Tim Murphy. Don’t criticise the Sky â€¦
Last month Paul Henry won the ratings war against Breakfast, despite losing Aunty Hilary. Following up from his supportive piece for Paul Henry's one year anniversary, Tim Murphy returns to explain what TVNZ should do next.
This morning, John Key conceded some of his loudest and most persistent critics are right - about one thing at least. Tim Murphy was there to watch the Prime Minister change tack. John â€¦
The spotlight in the latest Auckland debate belonged to a National Party insider already being tipped for the deputy mayoralty. Tim Murphy introduces Desley Simpson, and marks the candidates’ efforts out of 10
Once Bill Ralston was the baddest man in New Zealand journalism. Now he's running for council. Over a long lunch at Prego Tim Murphy asks him why.
The only universally understood business in Auckland today is housing. So what better metaphor for Tim Murphy to use to describe the motivations and implications of today's Sky-Vodafone deal. The Parable Vodafone New â€¦
Former Herald editor-in-chief Tim Murphy has now read the 130-page media mega-merger application to the Commerce Commission three times. Here he examines the central argument, along with the long bows, flying pigs, and echoes of Napoleon.
On the final day of the Tripartite Economic Summit, Tim Murphy discovers how a talk fest can get real-world results - and gets a lesson in American-style positive thinking.
It sounds like a bureaucratic bore, but Auckland's Tripartite Economic Summit, with guests including a British YouTube superstar and an American political "rock star", is the hottest ticket in town. Tim Murphy reports from day one.
Amid reports of NZME and Fairfax NZ being carved off from their Australian owners, former Herald editor-in-chief Tim Murphy considers the prospects for a merger between NZ’s two big newspaper groups
He may be a relative outsider in the Auckland mayoral race, but Mark Thomas will be well-known to anyone who has seen the extraordinary 1996 documentary about the battle for Wellington Central: Campaign.
The front runner for Auckland’s top job has been a Labour politician for three decades, but now he’s shedding the tribal skin. And his ticker is good for another 20 years of hard work, he tells Tim Murphy