In the media


Talking about Facebook’s news blockage in Australia in The Listener.


Interviewed about our Trust in news in New Zealand research on RNZ MediaWatch.

We’ve got trus

about Facebook and Google

Stuff, “Facebook blackout could happen in New Zealand, experts say”

The NZ Herald: “Police, health emergency services blocked as Facebook bans Australia news.”

Nieman Lab: “Facebook, Google are far from struggling with digital advertising revenue.”

RNZ: “Time to cut the cord with the tech titans.”

About Trust in news

RNZ: “We got a trust issue – in news.”

about paywalls

RNZ: “NZME puts a price on its paywall.”

Newstalk ZB: “Media researcher doubts Google will do deal with any NZ company”

European Journalism Observatory: “Another brick-wall study, paywalls.”

Nieman Lab:”Newspaper paywalls, the hype and reality.”

about digital transformation

American Press Institute: “Are newspaper publishers ready for digital transformation. Not quite yet, revenue numbers suggest.”

about media ownership

The Guardian: “Why New Zealand’s journalists should push for a new form of ownership.”


International Business Times:


The Wire:


On air:
  • Newstalk ZB, August 27, 2019: Media companies endure tough financial quarter
  • RNZ, The Detail, June 24, 2019: Paying for online news
  • RNZ, MediaWatch, May 9, 2019: Tapping the readers for revenue
  • RNZ, MediaWatch, April 26: NZME puts a price for its paywall
  • RNZ, MediaWatch, September 9, 2018: Time to cut the cord with the tech titans
  • RNZ Jesse Mulligan, March 2013, 2018: Tell me about your thesis.
  • RNZ, December 5, 2017: “The latest New Zealand media ownership report highlights the number of privately-owned outlets.”
  • RNZ, May 3, 2017.  “AUT’s Merja Myllylahti explains the pros and cons of the rejected merger of NZME and Fairfax Media.”
  • RNZ, May 11, 2016. “Merja Myllylahti is an expert in media ownership at AUT, who says there is potentially a seismic shift in media in New Zealand.”
  • Maori TV, Media Take, May 17, 2016, Series 3, Episode 10.
In print and online:
  • NBR, October 30, 2019: Facebook’s news tab too little, too late
  • Asia Pacific Report, June 27, 2019: Herald paywall could turn readers to Stuff says AUT lecturer
  • The Conversation, April 30, 2019: How the decision to paywall NZ’s largest newspaper will affect other media.
  • The NBR: September 11, 2018, Google, Facebook and New Zealand media report featured.
  • The Newsroom, December 11, 2017, JMAD New Zealand media ownership report featured
  • The Listener, June 10, 2017, about media convergence in New Zealand: AUT’s media researcher Merja Myllylahti notes that content-sharing will reduce the range of opinions and news covered. “I’m worried that we recycle the same material over and over again, so as an audience you get the same stuff.”
  • The New Zealand Herald, May 3, 2017, about Commerce Commission’s decision to deny NZME-Fairfax merger: AUT media ownership expert Merja Myllylahti said there was no winner in the decision.”The merger would not have been a salvation for the companies. There was no guarantees that this merger would have solved their fundamental revenue problems.”
  • The National Business Review, May 3, 2017, about Commerce Commission’s decision to deny NZME-Fairfax merger: Merja Myllylahti, project Manager at AUT’s research center for Journalism, Media and Democracy welcomed the decision as being “in the public interest” but there was no winner and “no cause for celebration”.
  • Asia Pacific Report, May 3, 2017, about Commerce Commission’s decision to deny NZME-Fairfax merger: The ComCom’s decision to reject NZME-Fairfax merger was welcomed by JMAD’s project manager Merja Myllylahti. “I think the decision is in the public’s interest if you think that there’s now no single company which controls most of the online and print news assets in New Zealand.