Stewart Sowman and producers Olivia Holdsworth and Grace Watson bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show as well as a regular chat with Labour Minister Andrew Little.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
Stewart Sowman-Lund is in his final year of a Law and Arts degree, and a radio reporter for Newstalk ZB. He’s been at 95bFM since 2017, and has spent much of his time covering entertainment news despite being told not to. When not giving his opinion on something, he’ll most likely be found drinking coffee.
On Thursday the 17th of October, the government announced a new mental health facility in the Waikato. The $100 million project is set to replace the aging Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre which David Clark says is no longer fit for purpose. The Mental Health Foundations Chief Executive, Shaun Robinson joins Laura Kvigstad to discuss why placing funding on infrastructure is important in addressing Aotearoa's mental health crisis.
Neutral corner for this week looks at media coverage of the ongoing debate about impeaching US President Donald Trump for allegedly leaning on the Ukrainian government for damaging information about possible Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Denise Lee joins Laura Kvigstad for their weekly chat. This week they discuss the Terrorism Suppression Bill and the National Party's controversial amendments to the bill that were rejected quickly by government. After that, they touch on Simon Bridges questions being slashed by Speak of The House, Trevor Mallard. This follows the National Party's refusal to remove ads that have been deemed misleading to the public. The Labour Party has also been argued this has breached the 1993 Electoral Act's section 3A, as parties are not permitted to use parliamentary video for election advertisements. Laura and Denise finish up by discussing the recent case of a repeat drunk driving offender being granted residency. The National Party expressed concerns around the decision however it was National MP Michael Woodhouse who granted the individual protected person status back in 2012. Denise says a repeat offender shouldn't have been granted residency as the individual poses a threat to the public's safety.
Stewart's back and it's a Wire for the history books, with two producers in studio at the same time! Mary-Margaret and Justin are back this week.
On the show:
With the news that Mediaworks has made some pretty major cuts to comedy and reality TV shows, Stewart Sowman-Lund speaks to journalist Philip Matthews. He’s the co-author of Funny As, a book about the history of Kiwi Comedy. Stewart gets his thoughts on what the cuts and cancellations to comedy programming might mean for the future of the industry.
Then, Labour Party MP and Justice Minister Andrew Little is here. Today, he talks about last week’s polling and a new counter terrorism bill
After that, Mary-Margaret learns about zero waste packaging with K Rd vintage shop, Crushes, who have just installed their latest initiative
Plus, producer Sherry asks Education Minister Chris Hipkins about amendments made to Pastoral Care laws for students in Halls of Residences
Then, International Desk is back - Justin delves into some history on the Turkey offensive into Syria.
All that plus a chaotic Poll Position and some texts from our listeners. It's The Thursday Wire and it's wired as.
Mediaworks, the owners of TV Three, confirmed yesterday they’ve cancelled Guy Williams’ new comedy show New Zealand Today, and made major cutbacks to long-running panel show 7 Days. It’s also expected we’ve seen the end of Married at First Sight - meaning there’s not a lot of new programming expected for Three in the new year. So what happens now? Stewart Sowman-Lund spoke to journalist Philip Matthews, co-author of the book Funny As, and started by asking him if these cutbacks were a surprise.
Skycity Chairman Rob Cambell is currently attending a “Wellbeing at Work” conference to talk with heads of business about the importance of fair and transparent practices for pay, performance management and promotion. Meanwhile outside the conference, Skycity workers will be picketing his talk over unfair wages for long and unsociable hours. Workers have gone on strike for the past month over not receiving time and a half pay for working late and on weekends. SEA-Unite Skycity Union Convenor Joe Carolan highlighted the two and a half thousand dollar entry fee to the conference, stating that “it's pretty safe to say there won’t be any low paid workers views expressed inside.” William Boyd spoke with Joe about the protest and workers pay troubles. Will started off by asking him why workers were picketing the conference.