Joel Thomas and producers Sam Smith and Jack Marshall bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including our Pacific news feature Southern Cross with AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt, and political commentary with Green Party co-leaders, Metiria Turei and James Shaw.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
Joel Thomas is an Auckland based writer and photographer with a Bachelor's degree majoring in Writing for Screen. When he's not at bFM, Joel is working on various scripts, writing articles and reviews for NZ Musician magazine, photographing for outfits such as Vice and making music with his band No Sky.
Last week the outcome of the long-running Eminem vs the National party copyright case was announced with the judge awarding the American rapper’s publishing company $600,000 after ruling that the political party violated the rapper’s copyright for his hit song Lose Yourself. The track in question was called Eminem Esque, which was purchased by the party from music production company Beatbox for their 2014 election campaign ad. The judge ruled the song was significantly similar to Lose Yourself, enough to see National penalized. Sam Smith spoke to Auckland University musicologist Kirsten Zemke who gave evidence on behalf of National in the case about the outcome and what this means for music copyright.
Joel and producer Sam Smith took on The Wire for October 30th. Sam talked to Auckland University senior lecturer Dr Aroha Harris about the first annual commemoration of the NZ wars. Joel chatted to Green Party leader James Shaw about party donations as well as a call for action on the Manus Island detention centre.For the Pacific News segment, Southern Cross, Joel talked with AUT Pacific Media Centre’s Kendall Hutt and PhD Student Stephanie Tapungu about the prevalence of gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea. Producer Sam Smith also talked to Auckland University Musicologist Kirsten Zemke about the outcome of the National Party Eminem copyright case, and what it means for copyright law.
A recent survey conducted by Microsoft shows that 76% of New Zealanders expect their employers to close the digital gap. Producer Laura talks with Microsoft’s Office Productivity Business Group Leader, Mark Walton, on how the digital age is affecting workplaces in New Zealand.
James Walker, Countdown Spokesperson, chats to Kelly about the supermarket chain's recent initiative to ban the single-use plastic bag by the end of 2018. They chatted implementation stratergy and why the ban is not immediate.
As our new parliamnet forms, there is a notable absence in representation from the Maori Party, who failed to win any of the Maori seats on September 23rd, after Tamati Coffey beat out Maori Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell for the Waiariki seat.
Earlier I Spoke with Te Ururoa on the future for the Maori Party after this election, and the place of the maori seats and the Labour MPs who fill them.