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Russell Brown


After time as a music journalist and a London OE, media commentator Russell Brown founded pioneering NZ online community Public Address (he writes their Hard News blog). Brown is known on screen for Media Take (co-hosted with Toi Iti), which dissects contemporary media. The show began in 2008 as Media7 before moving to TV3, then Māori Television. Brown is a long-serving board member of NZ On Screen. 

I admire the investigative journalists — Fisher, Savage, Kitchin, Hager. And I have the utmost respect for the way Campbell Live stays with important, unfashionable stories. The worst of the media, sadly, is probably to be found in the comments sections. Russell Brown on the media, The NZ Herald, 26 June 2014