Word is out: The death of gossip in New Zealand

Before she hangs up, Langwell says: "There's no courage in New Zealand journalism anymore."

Could Langwell be correct? Have news outlets here become so risk-averse that gossip is considered too contentious to publish? Some former gossip writers believe that's the case. "I can see why people don't want to do gossip columns anymore," says Du Chateau. "It was dangerous stuff."