When it comes to comedy, the Kiwi cultural cringe seems to have steadily departed and many of our local humour mongers are now popular drawcards, both on TV and in person. MediaWorks has focused heavily on comedy with its programming on both 3 and Four, and it continues to sponsor and broadcast the New Zealand International Comedy Festival (it is showing last week's sold-out comedy gala tonight from 8.30pm-10:30pm). To celebrate this year's edition, it's put a few of its seductive stars in front of a well-vaselined camera and created some channel idents around the theme 'Comedy is Sexy'. But if that's not enough comedy for you, we've got a 7 Days VIP Prize Pack to give away, which includes 2 x tickets to 7 Days LIVE at SkyCity Theatre on Thursday 3 May. So tell us a joke and we'll give the funniest one the booty.
In a bold display of a commitment to objective journalism and solidarity with an NBR journalist, today has seen a landslide of journalists and media companies withdraw entries from the EY Business Journalism Awards after a badly handled conflict of interest.