These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Newstalk ZB Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor a conservative perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: New Zealand
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rank: EXCELLENT
Media Type: Radio Station/Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Newstalk ZB is a New Zealand-based news and talk radio network that has been in operation since 1926. Over the years, the network has expanded to include 28 stations nationwide. The website newstalkzb.co.nz publishes station information and news.
Funded by / Ownership
Newstalk ZB is owned by New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME), a media company that owns several other newspapers, magazines, and radio stations. The network generates revenue through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
Newstalk ZB is a news and talk radio network in New Zealand. It is known for its conservative views on topics like climate change and utilizes moderately biased language both in headlines and articles; “Will this be the climate crisis event that finally spurs action?” A quote from the article reads, “Tell you what, our politicians would have a lot more support on their climate change policies if they were realistic. Quit trying to convince us to save the planet and focus on saving Auckland, the Coromandel, Gisborne, and Hawke’s Bay.” In a way, it suggests politicians should stop focusing on saving the entire planet and instead focus on saving a few regions in New Zealand. This is a viewpoint favored by the right.
Newstalk ZB’s approach to topics like immigration and minority issues utilizes strong emotional wording such as this “Only one immigrant applies for Government’s new investor visa,” which can also be perceived as framing the program as unsuccessful or may lead readers to assume a lack of interest or confidence in the program. Regarding sourcing, they generally link to credible sources such as the New Zealand Herald, Associated Press, Reuters, and AFP. In general, Newstalk ZB hold a right-leaning editorial bias and is fact-based in news reporting.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Newstalk ZB Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor a conservative perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 03/10/2023)
Last Updated on June 28, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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