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2012 Media Releases

Tuesday, 06 November, 2012


MediaWorks made the announcement this morning, as part of the launch of the 2013 programme line-up for TV3 and FOUR.  The X Factor NZ host Dominic Bowden was emcee for the event, which saw Stan perform his hit single ‘Choose You’, before turning the stage over to The X Factor USA season one finalist Chris Rene, who sang his hit single ‘Young Homie’.

Stan Walker has sold more than 80,000 albums in New Zealand, with triple platinum sales of his debut album ‘Introducing’ (which also went platinum in Australia) and platinum sales of ‘From The Inside Out’.  The Australian Maori singer is a chart-topping pop star across Australasia, with a total of five gold singles, one platinum and one double-platinum in New Zealand alone.  

Stan has won five New Zealand Music Awards (including the 2010 People’s Choice Award), has four Australian Music Award nominations, and is currently in the running for the Song of the Year award – all in the three years since the singer had his big break, winning the 2009 season of Australian Idol.

Stan Walker says he knows first-hand how life-changing a show like The X Factor can be.  He was working in a Queensland menswear shop and singing in church, when he auditioned for Idol.   Now, it’s his turn to help discover and develop new Kiwi talent.

"I know how it feels to stand up in front of judges and how much courage it takes,” Stan says. “I want to encourage anyone who thinks they have what it takes, but is too scared to give it a try, to get up and give it a go.  

“Who knows, you may end up the next big recording star – it happened for me.”

Co-executive producer of The X Factor NZ, Andrew Szusterman says the production is excited to have Stan onboard.

“Stan is a triple platinum recording artist who knows how the music industry works today and what you need for chart success.

“He’ll be an ideal mentor for our Kiwi hopefuls, and we’re picking he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve when it comes to competing with the other judges.”

Stan Walker is the first announced Judge for The X Factor NZ.  The rest of the four-person judging panel will be revealed in the coming months.

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