After 20 years in broadcast journalism, Glyn Jones has given up his job as executive producer of TV One’s Telstra Business show, along with its 4am starts, and has become a content provider for news portal Nzoom.
“I helped set up regional TV as a news editor and Breakfast as the founding producer and then of course there was Telstra Business, so I like to be involved in start-up projects more than anything,” says Jones who now has a far more comfortable start time each day.
“I was involved in the digital TV proposal last year and got interested in the new technology side of things. Now I’m the executive producer for news and business for the site.”
Nzoom draws on the resources of TVNZ’s news room, international wire services, as well as Radio New Zealand, among others, and Jones says the site has a particular mission in mind.
“When something happens during the day and you want to find out more we want you to come to the site rather than looking for a TV or radio to get the breaking news.”
Jones plans to be first with the news, have a comprehensive coverage that includes links to other stories and streaming video when available.
“We have that advantage over newspaper-based sites in that we don’t have a deadline. When something happens we put it up on the site straight away.”
Jones uses the Budget as an example.
“I was really impressed with the team for their work on the Budget — they had streaming video as it happened as well as informed commentary. You could look at the actual Budget document as well, all live.”
Sport coverage is also vitally important to the Nzoom site — and it draws on the talents of two sub-editors from the old Teletext department who are their own target audience.
“They’re a couple of lads who sit and watch the game and put up live scores — they’d be at home watching anyway, so they may as well watch from work.”
Sports fanatics aren’t the only audience Nzoom hopes to attract — it has a huge audience from off-shore as well as the local users.
“We have Kiwis who are away from home and also people overseas wanting to find out a bit more about New Zealand — that makes it quite different from producing a show for TV viewers in the country,” says Jones, who seems quite content with his new role as content provider.