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2012 Media Releases

Friday, 21 December, 2012


International pop sensation Daniel Bedingfield will join Stan Walker on the judging panel for TV3’s The X Factor NZ.

One of the most successful artists produced by New Zealand, the Kiwi-born singer-songwriter has enjoyed phenomenal international success: including multiple number one UK singles, international album sales in the multi-millions and a BRIT Award for Best British Male Artist.

Bedingfield is best known for the hit ‘Gotta Get Thru This’, famously recorded in his bedroom, which topped the UK charts.  The track also cracked the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and earned Bedingfield a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.

His first album, also called ‘Gotta Get Thru This’, sold over four million copies worldwide, and gave Bedingfield a second UK number one with ‘If You’re Not the One’, as well as three further top 10 UK hits.  His second album, ‘Second First Impression’, reached number eight in the UK, and Bedingfield released the EP ‘Stop the Traffik – Secret Fear’ earlier in 2012.

Bedingfield is known around the world as a British singer-songwriter, but the Kiwi-born musician says he is looking forward to being part of the search for the next great New Zealand recording star.

"Sweet, I get to spend three months in New Zealand with a bunch of random geniuses, coaching them, and perhaps helping them live their wildest dreams (can't help the ones who want to breed sea monkeys),” he says.  

“I've been voice coaching around the world for a little while and I find it particularly exciting to assist in the development of raw talent. There's something particularly refreshing about engaging with wide-eyed innocence."

Daniel Bedingfield is the second announced Judge for The X Factor NZ, which will be hosted by Dominic Bowden.   Bedingfield joins Stan Walker on what will be a four-person judging panel; the final two female judges will be revealed in the coming months.

TV3 is also delighted to announce Samsung Electronics as the technology partner for The X Factor NZ.  Samsung Electronics joins Broadcast Sponsor Ford New Zealand, and programme partners McDonald’s and Coca-Cola.  NZ on Air is a minority funder of the show.

Entry information is now available online, as well as details of the pre-audition tour, which takes place in early 2013.  Starting in Queenstown on January 5, and finishing in Kaitaia on Waitangi Day, The X Factor NZ will travel to 27 locations throughout New Zealand to find contestants for the first local version of the global television phenomenon.

The X Factor NZ is a SYCO owned format and will be co-produced by MediaWorks and FremantleMedia Australia.

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2012 Media Releases

International pop sensation Daniel Bedingfield will join Stan Walker on the judging panel for TV3’s The X Factor NZ. more

MediaWorks TV is inviting Kiwis to have their say on the issues of the day, with brand new primetime current affairs show The Vote, coming to TV3 in 2013. more

Friday, 07 December, 2012


Former All Black and Black Cap, Jeff Wilson will co-host the LiveSPORT ‘Breakfast of Champions’ radio show, starting on 7 January, 2013. more

RadioLIVE’s new DRIVE show begins on Monday 3 December, with Duncan Garner as host of the 3pm-6pm programme. more

RadioLIVE’s new DRIVE show begins on Monday 3 December, with Duncan Garner as host of the 3pm-6pm programme. more

RadioLIVE’s new DRIVE show begins on Monday 3 December, with Duncan Garner as host of the 3pm-6pm programme. more

RadioLIVE’s new DRIVE show begins on Monday 3 December, with Duncan Garner as host of the 3pm-6pm programme. more

Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner will front new current affairs programme 3rd Degree, coming to TV3 in 2013. more

Hayley Holt has been announced as the new co-host of the MORE FM Breakfast show, joining Marc Ellis and Stu Tolan from January 2013. more

MediaWorks TV is delighted to welcome Rachel Cormack as Director of Research and Insights. more

Multi-platinum recording artist Stan Walker will be one of four judges for The X Factor NZ, coming to TV3 in 2013. more

TV3 will broadcast season two of multi-award winning Homeland within 24 hours of its worldwide premiere. more

Between September 20-25, 2012, MediaWorks is making a number of technical changes to the way TV3, FOUR, TV3+1 and C4 are broadcast. more

The wait is over! The first local version of global television phenomenon The X Factor is coming to TV3 in 2013. more

TV3 is throwing open the doors of the most talked-about block in the country, and inviting the public to visit the four houses made famous by hit TV show The Block NZ. more

Prime Minister John Key today hosted the 2012 edition of The Prime Minister’s Hour, an annual event on RadioLIVE. more

‘Heavenly Creature’, Anne Perry, speaks to Guyon Espiner in an exclusive television interview, on 60 Minutes broadcast this Sunday (July 27) on TV3. more

3 News is gearing up to provide comprehensive coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games across its portfolio of news and current affairs programmes, bringing the London experience into Kiwi living rooms. more

The whistle-blower in the ACC privacy fiasco, Bronwyn Pullar, speaks to Melanie Reid on 60 Minutes in an exclusive television interview, broadcast this Sunday (June 10) on TV3. more

Radio Network Mai FM has began broadcasting in Wellington today on 100.5FM, bringing New Zealand’s Hottest Hip Hop ‘n’ R&B to the capital. more

Outrageous Fortune’s Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall are joining forces again in THE BLUE ROSE, a new South Pacific Pictures comedy/drama for TV3, which commences shooting next month. more

MediaWorks TV has confirmed it will be increasing its investment in local programming in preference to renewing the company’s CBS output deal. more

Friday, 25 May, 2012

Four Named Media Brand Of The Year

MediaWorks’ television channel FOUR was last night named Media Brand of the Year at the CAANZ Media Awards. more

Two of the country’s foremost political journalists are joining forces for the first time, for Budget 2012, a 3 News special, screening at 2pm, Thursday 24 May on TV3 – and streaming LIVE at more

Sports star turned broadcaster Mark Richardson is to host the first local version of international hit renovation-reality format The Block, coming soon to TV3 screens. more

TV3 is breaking new ground in the brand-funded content space with a blue-chip family of sponsors for upcoming hit renovation-reality series The Block NZ. more

MediaWorks Radio (MWR) scooped 21 of the total 52 awards up for grabs at yesterday’s 2012 NZ Radio Awards. more

The Simpsons made history for FOUR on Sunday night, when a quarter of a million viewers tuned into the 500th episode of the hit animated series. more

Tuesday, 08 May, 2012

New Appointment For MediaWorks Radio

MediaWorks Radio is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Headland to the position of Network Sales Manager. more

MediaWorks Radio is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Knox to the position of Business Development & Product Manager, MediaWorks Radio. more

MediaWorks has appointed Paul Maher to the position of Chief Executive, Television. more

Friday, 23 March, 2012

Carly Flynn Joins TV3's 'Target'

Former news anchor Carly Flynn is turning her investigative attention to the trials and tribulations of Kiwi consumers, joining Brooke Howard-Smith at the helm of popular TV3 consumer programme Target. more

Filming has begun on Chelsea New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker, and with a record number of applicants, the latest season is shaping up to be sweeter than ever! more

TV3 has appointed Richard Sutherland to the new role of Deputy Director of News and Current Affairs. more

The first in-depth interview with David Bain will be broadcast this Sunday (March 4) on 60 Minutes, 7.30pm on TV3. more