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John Drinnan

John Drinnan is the Media writer for the New Zealand Herald.


  • 24 Feb, 2017 9:36am
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COMMENT: Why should taxpayers own a commercial broadcasting company that offers unexciting returns, John Drinnan writes.
  • 3 Feb, 2017 6:40am
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COMMENT: Spark is standing by Lightbox amid speculation that it has also signed a deal with Netflix, writes John Drinnan.
  • 27 Jan, 2017 7:18am
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COMMENT: TVNZ's new money programme will be 100 per cent funded by Kiwibank, and the funding model could be used again, John Drinnan writes.
  • 16 Dec, 2016 6:35am
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Yesterday's unveiling of Amazon Prime Video brings more competition to an area where Sky TV once had a monopoly, John Drinnan writes.
  • 26 Aug, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: The Bravo TV channel and MediaWorks are pleased with a promising start for their fly-on-the-wall show Real Housewives of Auckland.

Drinnan: Big deal - beginning or ending?

  • 20 May, 2016 5:00am
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Some will see the proposed merger of Fairfax New Zealand and NZME as the beginning of the end of an era for New Zealand media.

John Drinnan: The big questions after Mark Weldon exits MediaWorks

  • 4 May, 2016 7:01pm
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COMMENT: CEO Mark Weldon might be out, but MediaWorks radio operations are good earners and TV3 won't be going anywhere, writes John Drinnan.

John Drinnan: Tremors from over the Tasman

  • 22 Jan, 2016 10:20am
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Long-awaited Australian law reform could shake up New Zealand media, too.
  • 1 Jan, 2016 11:20am
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John Drinnan predicts 2016 will be an even bigger year for corporates as they adjust to the new ways in which people consume media.
  • 18 Dec, 2015 9:22am
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TV boss will have to decide if it is worth making another attempt to get taxpayer funding for NZ version of Home and Away.

Sky may lose subscribers after RWC

  • 22 Oct, 2015 5:00am
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Sky TV is under threat as it faces the end of its monopoly on pay television and has raised the prospect of viewers switching off when the Rugby World Cup ends.