2012 Media Releases

Thursday, 31 January, 2013


Pop superstar Melanie Blatt of UK multi-platinum selling group the All Saints, and breakout Kiwi singer-songwriter Ruby Frost will join Daniel Bedingfield and Stan Walker to complete the judging panel for TV3’s The X Factor NZ.

Melanie Blatt co-founded All Saints in 1993, which quickly became one of the most successful British pop groups of the 1990s; with nine top ten singles including global hits ‘Never Ever’, ‘I Know Where It’s At’ and ‘Pure Shores,’ the theme from Leonardo Di Caprio film The Beach. All Saints' album sales have eclipsed 10 million globally, and the group’s music industry achievements include multiple BRIT Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards.

Ruby Frost is one of New Zealand’s most talented rising pop stars.  She captured the attention of the local music industry, and a recording contract in 2009, winning the inaugural MTV talent competition 42Unheard.   In 2010, Ruby won the Grand Prize in the pop category of prestigious international John Lennon Songwriting Contest, with her hit song ‘Hazy.’  In the same year, she performed at iconic Hollywood venue, The Viper Room, two CMJ showcases in the United States, and at Big Sound festival in Brisbane.  Her current single ' Young' is on rotation on NZ radio, including radio stations The Edge and MORE FM.

Melanie Blatt and her daughter will move to New Zealand for the duration of the highly anticipated TV3 series.

“I can't wait to see what kind of artists and voices we are going to find in New Zealand.  I'm sure there is a wealth of untapped talent waiting to be found and nurtured,” Melanie says.

“I also cannot wait to discover New Zealand properly. My daughter is a HUGE Lord of the Rings fan. We are beyond excited about living there for a bit.”

Ruby Frost has experienced first-hand what the right opportunity can mean for success in the Kiwi music scene.

"I got my start in music through a live competition too, so I know what it's like to battle with nerves for a shot at your dream,” she says.  “I just want to share what I've learnt over the past few years; about recording, working with labels and publishers, and breaking into the local scene."

Co-executive producer Andrew Szusterman says he could not be happier with the judging panel for The X Factor NZ.   

“Between them Mel and Daniel have sold over 14 million albums worldwide. Stan and Ruby have singles rotating on radio right now, meaning we have a panel that knows how the music industry works, and what it takes to achieve chart success,” he says.  

“For New Zealand to have mentors of this calibre means we are on track to deliver a vibrant and fresh recording artist for the music industry.”

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

The Broadcast Sponsor is Ford New Zealand, with programme partners McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Samsung Electronics.  NZ on Air is a minority funder of the show.

Entry information is available online, as well as details of the remaining dates of The X Factor NZ pre-auditions.   The search for contestants for The X Factor NZ continues in Auckland on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 of February, and will visit New Plymouth, Whangarei and Kerikeri before finishing in Kaitaia on Waitangi Day.    

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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