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Does the power of personality impact ratings? Media players weigh in on the new Seven Sharp duo
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There’s been plenty of discussion from media pundits about Jeremy Wells and Hilary Barry getting the nod as new co-hosts of Seven Sharp. But what do the people who pay the bills think? Do new hosts have a big impact on ratings? Or is it more about engrained behaviour? StopPress checks in with some media industry players to see what impact the new team could – or could not – have.

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FCB celebrates its advertising with advertising
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Advertising agencies are usually conduits for creativity, sitting in the shadows, telling their clients’ stories. Every once in a while, they do however use those skills to do a little self-promotion. And that’s exactly what FCB did recently to celebrate its massive haul at the Effies.

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Simon Tong on Fairfax’s voyage into fibre
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Fairfax Media managing director Simon Tong has stressed the need to diversify the streams of revenue feeding into the business. And today, the company has taken a rather unorthodox step in this direction by announcing the launch of Stuff Fibre, a joint venture with New Zealand Fibre Communications Limited selling high speed, unlimited fibre connections.

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Julian Dennison fronts My Food Bag campaign
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Julian Dennison, the young star of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, appears as the face of My Food Bag’s ‘bargain box’ offering in a new spot by Saatchi & Saatchi. PLUS: we ask the young actor what media he consumes in his spare time.

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Vice throws more weight behind Kiwi arm
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Vice is now producing around five times as much local content than it previously did. So, Damien Venuto sits down with its New Zealand head of marketing and business development David Benge to find out why the company is sending more of its journalists across the nation.

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Shower thoughts, Scout, The Spinoff and why big media struggles to launch new online media brands—UPDATED
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While showers can be vicious killers, water on the neck can also create moments of clarity, so it’s generally worth the risk. And last night as I sat in the corner of the shower weeping, scrubbing myself down after another day spent working in trade media, I started thinking about Rachel Glucina—and, more generally, the folly of big media trying to get down with the internet kids.

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Paint brand Valspar ushered into Kiwi market by chameleons Kevin and Donna
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Over the years, the Valspar brand of paint products has expanded into countries throughout the world, and New Zealand was recently added to this list. And to announce its arrival in the local market, the paint company has commissioned FCB to produce a campaign capable of cutting through to consumers who already have many other choices in this category.

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Served but not seen: how the industry is dealing with the issue of viewability
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Since online advertising first emerged, publishers have been selling their ads with the promise that they’re targeted to specific audiences and trackable. And this is true to some degree. The tech platforms available on the market today certainly do have the ability to serve ads onto specific websites, but whether those ads are seen by humans or anyone at all is completely different issue.

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Food fight: Bauer and Tangible diverge on the paywall path
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With digital revenue still not measuring up to print losses and ad blockers becoming more common in the top-right corners of browsers, media owners increasingly have to reassess how they go about sustaining their online businesses. And over the last few weeks, Tangible Media and Bauer, two of the nation’s biggest magazine publishers, illustrated there’s no concrete rule applicable to doing this, with the pair taking divergent paths as they set out create commercially sustainable online properties.

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Talent recognised on and off the page as Magazine Publishers Association announces awards finalists
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Early this year, the MPA announced that it was making some big changes to its annual awards, with a new name, a few new categories and a new judging process. Those changes have led to an almost 40 percent increase in entry numbers and as far as the finalists go, Bauer is on top with 46, followed by Tangible Media with 25, Fairfax with 19 and Kowhai Media with 10.

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Spark expands its partnership portfolio, looks to solve SME headaches with apps
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To simplify the process of scouring through apps to find the best ones, Spark Digital has introduced a new offering called Spark Digital Apps that gives small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access to the core digital tools they need to run their businesses. StopPress chatted to the recently appointed Spark Digital marketing manager Mark Redgrave about the thinking behind this move.

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Canon Media Awards 2015: NZ Herald lands all three major gongs, Braunias snubbed and Jackson wins over the crowd
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At this year’s edition of the Canon Media Awards, The Herald took out both of the key traditional print awards by winning the Newspaper of the Year and the Best Daily Newspaper (over 30,000 circulation). And at a time when the digital is becoming increasingly important, the NZME-owned publication also took out the Best Website award. PLUS: Northland Age editor Peter Jackson wins over the audience.

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You don’t need us to tell you
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Yesterday, MediaWorks announced it was merging its newsrooms to enhance efficiency. Fairfax has long favoured the network approach. And NZME is doing similar things by bringing its various strands closer together. So how will that affect the news? Conan O’Brien knows.

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