Media Releases

2017 Media Releases

THREE TO BROADCAST THE 9TH FLOOR

Friday 5th May, 2017

MediaWorks is pleased to announce it will be broadcasting Radio New Zealand’s (RNZ) The 9th Floor from October 2017. The landmark series sees presenter Guyon Espiner talk at length with five of New Zealand’s six former Prime Ministers about political events and decisions that have shaped the country over the past thirty years.

MediaWorks Head of Broadcast News, Richard Sutherland said, “We are pleased to provide a platform to share this series of historical journalism with our audience. In an evolving political environment we know this series will be a popular one and realise the importance of New Zealander’s learning about the history of our country.”

RNZ’s Tim Watkin, executive producer podcasts and series, says, “Our whole plan is to make smart journalism available to as many people as possible so it’s great Three is going broadcast the series free-to-air and ad-free on Sunday mornings from October.

This is another first for The 9th Floor. Already the series is the first to be shared free and in its entirety across all major New Zealand media. It’s the first New Zealand podcast to reach #1 on iTunes. Now it’s the first RNZ series to be broadcast on mainstream TV. So we’re stoked. It shows there’s an audience for long-form current affairs, rather than just another snackable cat video.

These interviews talk about the issues and controversies, drama and decisions that shaped modern New Zealand and so hopefully will help viewers understand how we’ve become the country that we are.”

The interviews will be broadcast in chronological order starting with Sir Geoffrey Palmer (1890-1990), Mike Moore (1990), Jim Bolger (1990-1997), Dame Jenny Shipley (1997-1999) and Helen Clark (1999-2008). The series will be broadcast from October 2017 on Three.

MEDIAWORKS RADIO REMAINS THE NUMBER ONE RADIO NETWORK IN NEW ZEALAND WITH ITS LARGEST EVER REACH

Thursday 4th May, 2017

MediaWorks Radio remains the most popular radio network in New Zealand according to the latest GfK Total New Zealand Commercial Radio Survey, reaching 2,262,100 listeners every week across its nine radio brands - an increase of 53,200 from November 2016.

Total audience share for New Zealand is singing the same tune with MediaWorks stations laying claim to 51.4*** percent of the listening audience - a strong 14.2 percentage points ahead of its closest competitor.

Focusing on the key 25-54 commercial demographic, MediaWorks continues to lead with 56.9^ percent of network share, beating its nearest commercial competitor by 25 percentage points. MediaWorks also boasts the top four stations nationwide in this demographic: The Rock, The Edge, More FM and The Breeze^.

Afternoon Drive~~ results show MediaWorks winning the top three spots in the country with The Edge also taking out the top spot, followed by The Rock in number two and More FM in third.

Breakfast remains consistent with the latest survey results showing 1,520,600* listeners nationwide and 60.9% of the total commercial listeners, MediaWorks has continued to solidify its unquestionable leadership in the critical 6-9am timeslot.

The Edge retains its title as New Zealand’s most popular station with 662,300 listeners,  More FM remains in second place with 517,400 listeners followed by The Breeze with an audience of 506,100, an increase of almost 40,000 listeners from 2016.

Mai FM has proven itself as Auckland’s most popular music station for the third year running^^^, and New Zealand’s number one Hip Hop & RnB station, with the Auckland region's leading music breakfast + , drive ++ and night shows +++. Nationally the station attracted an additional 33,100 listeners growing its total audience to 386,800.

The Rock celebrates a consistent result as the number one music station***, equal with The Edge with 428,500 nationwide listeners.

The Sound once again cemented its position as the number one station^^^^ in its target demographic of listeners aged 45-64 with 169,800 listeners nationally.

The Breeze celebrated a big increase of 39,700 listeners, resulting in a total audience of 506,100, the third highest in the country.

Now in its third year, Magic has shown continuous growth and is New Zealand’s equal 12th most popular station*** - ahead RadioSport and Flava. RadioLIVE and George FM are consistent, attracting 230,100 and 152,400 listeners respectively.

Rova has some impressive numbers since launch in January 2017 with 125,000 app downloads, 105,000 registered users and 65,000 unique monthly users resulting in over 700,000 streams per month.

Leon Wratt, Group Content Director – Music, MediaWorks Radio said the results signalled a strong 2017 was underway for MediaWorks brands who are focused on delivering the best content across the board.

“I could not be more proud of the team.  We are thrilled to remain the most popular radio network in the country - and that we hold on to the top three spots across breakfast and drive nationally. Once again this demonstrates that our brands, talent and content continue to connect with New Zealanders everywhere and that we truly are the home of the crucial 25-54 audience.

A huge congratulations to our staff and a big thank you to our advertisers and clients for their ongoing support”

Michael Anderson, MediaWorks CEO added:  

“The results also paint an incredibly positive picture of the strength of the radio industry as a whole at a time of so much disruption and change in media consumption around the world. The increase in total audience again demonstrates that the radio industry is delivering content that is entertaining, compelling and relevant and we will continue to innovate to ensure that it remains so in the future.”

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GfK RADIO AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT SURVEY, COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS NZ TOTAL 2/2016, ALL PEOPLE 10+, CUMULATIVE AUDIENCE (000s), MON-SUN, 12MN – 12MN (UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)

*CUMULATIVE AUDIENCE (000’s), All 10+ MON-FRI, 6AM-9AM

**STATION SHARE (%), All 10+ MON-FRI, 6AM-9AM

***STATION SHARE (%), All 10+, MON-SUN, 12MN – 12MN

^STATION SHARE (%), 25-54, MON-SUN, 12MN – 12MN

~~STATION SHARE (%), All 10+, MON - FRI, 4PM-7PM

^^^AUCKLAND STATION SHARE (%), All 10+, MON-SUN, 12MN – 12MN

^^^^STATION SHARE (%), 45-64, MON-SUN, 12MN – 12MN

~AUCKLAND 3/2016, STATION SHARE (%), All 10+ MON-FRI, 6AM-9AM

+AUCKLAND 3/2016, CUMULATIVE AUDIENCE (000’s), All 10+ MON-FRI, 6AM-9AM

++AUCKLAND 3/2016, CUMULATIVE AUDIENCE (000’s), All 10+ MON-FRI, 4PM-7PM

+++AUCKLAND 3/2016, CUMULATIVE AUDIENCE (000’s), All 10+ MON-FRI, 7PM-12MN

#AUCKLAND 3/2016, STATION SHARE (%), All 10+ MON-FRI, 4PM-7PM

MEDIAWORKS APPOINTS WETHINKMEDIA AS ADVERTISING REP IN AUSTRALIA

Wednesday 12 April, 2017

MediaWorks is pleased to announce the appointment of newly established WeThinkMedia as its advertising representation agency in Australia, effective immediately.

WeThinkMedia is founded by highly experienced media executive Peter Wiltshire, former Chief Revenue Officer and Group Sales and Marketing Director at Nine Entertainment Co. (ASX:NEC). Joining Peter and running the MediaWorks business is Jane Stucci, a senior media sales executive with more than 20 years’ experience in revenue generation, yield and inventory management.

Stucci will manage operations and client-facing work with the support of sales professionals Gaylene Riminton and Emma Thomas, who have experience with MediaWorks, to provide continuity of service and a strong basis for growth.

Glen Kyne, MediaWorks Chief Commercial Officer says, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Peter to launch WeThinkMedia in the Australian market. His reputation, depth of experience and knowledge and intimacy with the local market, bring great benefit to MediaWorks in broadening our brand offering in Australia. Also, having met and spent quality time with Jane, we have great confidence in the leadership she will bring to the market on behalf of MediaWorks.”

Jane Stucci, WeThinkMedia Head of Sales says, “It’s fantastic to be launching WeThinkMedia and to have MediaWorks as our foundation client. Though I’ve lived in Australia for many years, I’m still a passionate Kiwi so I’m thrilled to share MediaWorks’ extraordinary offer as New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster with the Australian client and agency market.”

WeThinkMedia holds the exclusive representation rights in Australia for MediaWorks, New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster, across its television, radio and digital platforms.

MEDIAWORKS ANNOUNCES HOSTS FOR NEW PROPERTY SHOW 'SLICE OF PARADISE'

Tuesday 11 April, 2017

MediaWorks is pleased to announce Shelley Ferguson and Peter Wolfkamp as hosts for the upcoming property series, Slice of Paradise.

The eight-part series will track the journey of New Zealand individuals, couples and families as they endeavour nx to enter or manoeuvre the local property ladder, with Shelley and Peter working with prospective buyers and ultimately competing with each other to find the property best suited to their needs.

Each episode will feature two prospective buyers with Shelley and Peter presenting three housing options to each buyer, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each. Viewers will get an entertaining look at a variety of properties in each episode, taking away practical discussion points regarding different housing options in New Zealand.

Your Home and Garden Managing Editor and The Block NZ co-host, Shelley Ferguson, has a wealth of experience in lifestyle magazines and property, knowing what to look for when purchasing a home.

“The show is fascinating because it follows real people in a range of situations, from first-home buyers to investors or empty nesters. By following their journey – and let’s be honest, property searching can be a journey – New Zealanders can get a good look at what’s on offer in terms of lifestyle and real estate in different regions around the country,” Shelley said.

“I’m really looking forward to challenging people’s thought patterns on where or how they could compromise, manage expectations or reprioritize when it comes to property buying. I think we’ll have some real head versus heart battles on our hands!”

Shelley will be joined by Peter Wolfkamp, site foremen of The Block NZ and professional carpenter. Peter says it will be great to get an insight into the property market across the country.

“Like anyone who is a homeowner, or a potential homeowner, we are intensely interested in the property market at the moment. It will be very interesting to see what money can buy in different areas and I think we will see a huge contrast in the market depending on location.

We will be working with people of all circumstances from both ends of the country and it’s going to be extraordinary to see what’s available.”

MediaWorks is also pleased to announce realestate.co.nz as the broadcast sponsor for Slice of Paradise, accompanied by New Zealand Home Loans and Resene as programme partners.

MEDIAWORKS WELCOMES NEW HEAD OF TV INTEGRATION

Friday 31st March, 2017

MediaWorks is pleased to welcome Barney Rothwell to the position of Head of TV Integration. Barney will be responsible for the seamless integration of MediaWorks partners, via sponsorship and branding, within locally produced content.

"Every now and then you come across a person who you know has the potential to make a real difference - both to your business and importantly, to your customers' business. We are thrilled to welcome Barney and have his experience and passion for insights driven, content solutions," says Alana O’Neill, MediaWorks Head of Integration.

“I’m very excited join the innovative team at MediaWorks. They have a track record of creating cutting-edge content and I look forward to working with our clients and local productions to implement creative solutions,” says Barney.

Barney has extensive experience in media with a focus on commercialising content platforms. In 2016, he returned to New Zealand after 12 years based in the UK - during this time he worked at Bauer Media and The Walt Disney Company as Director of Brand Partnerships and Promotions across the UK and European markets. He is passionate about the future of content and the way it is consumed in New Zealand.

MEDIAWORKS RADIO CEO, WENDY PALMER STEPPING DOWN

Tuesday 28th March, 2017

MediaWorks Radio CEO, Wendy Palmer has decided to step down. 

Wendy has been with MediaWorks Radio almost 12 years - the last three of which have been as CEO Radio where she has led the business to its number one position in the market - with its highest ever ratings achieved last year.

Wendy Palmer said: "It has been an absolute privilege to be part of such a brilliant team of people - I cannot thank them enough. I am so proud of everything we have achieved together and in particular over the last year - our great content team for our best ever ratings and the radio business overall for delivering our best ever financial performance. I wish them all the very best for the future."

Michael Anderson, MediaWorks CEO said: "We are really sad to lose Wendy but understand her decision to move on. She leaves our radio business in strong shape - and poised to move forward and capitalise on its leading position - thanks to her brilliant leadership and work with her teams and with clients. She has been a great support to me in my time at MediaWorks and I know I speak on behalf of the many, many people Wendy has worked with when I say she will be greatly missed."

David Gibbs, who has been assisting the radio team since the beginning of the year, will act as Head of Radio where he will lead the Regional Managers and branch operations working closely with Group Content Director – Music, Leon Wratt and Chief Commercial Officer, Glen Kyne. David has extensive sales management experience both in radio and in out-of-home industries.

Wendy will leave MediaWorks at the end of April.

 

NEWSHUB POLITICAL POLL USING NEW METHODOLOGY AND "POWER RATING" FEATURE TO BE RELEASED TODAY

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

The results of its first Newshub-Reid Research poll of the year will be released from midday today - marking six months to go until the Election.

A new methodology has been developed that combines the use of both telephones and the internet to ensure the highest level of accuracy ahead of the Election on September 23.

And for the first time, the Newshub Power Rating feature will show how voters believe New Zealand’s two potential leaders, Bill English and Andrew Little are performing head-to-head.

“We have changed the way we poll to reach the most Kiwis,” said Political Editor Patrick Gower. “You can’t stand still when it comes to polling, it is too important.”

The poll will still sample 1000 people but the updated methodology sees 25% of respondents participating through an internet panel. The remaining 75% have been contacted via traditional landline telephone poll method. The poll will have the same margin of error of 3.1%.

“We are using the best mix of the new and the traditional that has worked well,” said Gower.

“We are using the internet to get to those harder-to-reach voters.”

The Power Rating feature is measured by respondents indicating how they think the two leaders are performing on a scale of ‘well’ or ‘poorly’ - with the net figure showing whether the leaders have a “positive” or “negative” rating.

“The Power Rating is a powerful piece of data that tells us who voters think is doing the best out of Bill English and Andrew Little,” said Gower.

The Power Rating is backed up by a data set that dates back until John Key took power which can be tracked to show how voters think leaders are performing over time.

Results will start to be released from 12pm today via Newshub and radio with further updates on Newshub Live at 4pm and Newshub Live at 6pm.

NEWSHUB POLITICAL POLL USING NEW METHODOLOGY AND “POWER RATING” FEATURE TO BE RELEASED TODAY

MEET THE 19 BACHELORETTES LOOKING FOR LOVE ON THE BACHELOR NEW ZEALAND

Tuesday, 14 March, 2017

MediaWorks is delighted to introduce the 19 amazing women who are vying for the affections of our bachelor Zac Franich in the third season of The Bachelor New Zealand.
 
From various locations spanning the length of New Zealand – and abroad – these 19 beauties have a vast array of different qualities they’re bringing to the table. However, they all have one thing in common – they’re all looking for their Mr Right!
 
BACHELORETTES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER AS FOLLOWS:
 
Ally: 23 from Worcester, England.
Bel: 25 from Christchurch.
Charlotte: 24 from Auckland.
Claudia: 21 from Auckland.
Elaina: 26 from Bangkok, Thailand.
Hannah: 29 from Invercargill.
Jess: 23 from Hull, England.
Katey: 21 from Auckland.
Lily: 20 from Darwin, Australia.
Lucia: 21 from Auckland.
Mariana: 31 from Rotorua.
Molly: 24 from Wellington.
Monique: 25 from Wellington.
Nina: 23 from Christchurch.
Rosie: 23 from Benson, England.
Sophie: 26 from Te Pahu.
Stephanie: 24 from Auckland.
Taylar: 23 from Christchurch.
Viarni: 22 from Mount Maunganui.
 
From sport fanatics, creatives, social butterflies, academics, adrenaline junkies, beach babes to beauty queens and beyond – these interesting and talented ladies offer something for everyone, but the most important question remains: is there a special someone for this year’s leading man Zac Franich? Tune in to the season premiere on Sunday March 19 at 7pm on Three to judge for yourself!
 

To check out the promo for episode one of The Bachelor New Zealand season three click HERE.
 
To find out more about this year’s bachelorettes, click HERE.
  
Season three of The Bachelor New Zealand is produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand and premieres on Sunday March 19 at 7pm and continues Tuesdays at 7.30pm on Three and ThreeNow.

 

NEWSHUB ANNOUNCES NEW WEEKDAY NEWS BULLETIN FOR THREE IN MARCH

Wednesday 1st March, 2017

Newshub has today announced a brand new weekday Newshub bulletin will be coming to Three later this month.
 
Launching on March 20th,  Newshub Live at 4pm will provide an afternoon news product Monday to Friday that will feature live content, studio interviews and a faster pace than traditional 6pm or late programmes.  

The half an hour programme will include full coverage of the spectrum of News & Current Affairs, lifestyle and entertainment news, as well as allowing for expanded coverage of major news events taking place in New Zealand, or globally, ahead of 6pm.

It will be presented by Newshub’s Susie Nordqvist, who will also help produce the bulletin.  

MediaWorks Chief News Officer Hal Crawford said: “As a network we are committed to news - with this new afternoon bulletin we’re catering to evolving audience demand and increasing the amount of news we broadcast.”

“Internationally, afternoon news is an area of growth for free-to air-broadcasters. This programme will provide in-demand content to the sizeable television audience at this time, increase audience for Newshub Live at 6pm and further cement our position as New Zealand’s number one news service.”