Newshub announced Tova O’Brien as its new Political Editor.  

Tova has been with the Newshub team since 2007 and has been the European Correspondent for over two years, reporting on breaking international news including the UK elections and the Grenfell Tower disaster. She will be commencing the role in April. Tova is excited to return to New Zealand, and the press gallery.

"I'm utterly delighted to be returning to the press gallery as Newshub's Political Editor and know full-well the responsibility that comes with the role. Ours is the best political team in the country and Newshub's legacy of exceptional, ground-breaking Political Editors has always been an inspiration."

Hal Crawford, MediaWorks’ Chief News Officer, said Tova has the skills and experience to make the role her own.  

“Tova is an exceptional news talent, filing on every major story in Europe over the past two years. I’m looking forward to her bringing that insight and presence back to Wellington for Newshub.”

Newshub will announce its new European Correspondent in due course. Former Political Editor Patrick Gower is taking up the role of National Correspondent from April 2018.

MediaWorks also announced that Newshub journalists Lisa Owen and Ryan Bridge will be the new hosts of RadioLIVE Drive from early March.

Host of Newshub Nation Lisa Owen has also worked as a correspondent and investigative journalist throughout her career and is thrilled to return to radio.

“I am pretty excited about getting back to my radio roots; the immediacy of it and the instant reaction you get back from listeners. Oh and I can't wait to wind Ryan up!”

Newshub journalist Ryan Bridge currently hosts ‘Your Sunday with Ryan Bridge’ on RadioLIVE. Ryan is looking forward to the move to Drive.

“I can't wait to crack into it. I love radio - it's live, it's fast-paced, it's relentless and quite a personal medium. Lisa's a legend and we're going to give this our all.”

A replacement for Ryan’s Sunday programme will be announced in due course.

Hal Crawford believes Lisa and Ryan will be an excellent fit for RadioLive Drive.

“These two seasoned journalists bring a depth of news knowledge and warmth to our afternoon schedule on RadioLIVE. We are planning this show carefully, bringing the full force of the Newshub and RadioLIVE newsrooms together - I can't wait."

Hal continues: “2018 is a huge year for Newshub across all platforms - Radio, TV and Digital. Paddy Gower is back as our National Correspondent from April, and we’re also launching The Spinoff TV* and Newshub Investigates. These innovative properties will engage younger audiences with the Newshub brand and its content.”

The SpinOff TV features a mix of YouTubers, stand-up comics and online reporters talking about what’s making headlines in New Zealand. Fresh daily content will be available on Newshub and The SpinOff, with weekly ‘best-of’ episodes coming to Three in June.

The SpinOff founder Duncan Greive has spent so long talking about TV, he can hardly believe he’s about to be part of it.

“I’m really proud of the amazing team who’ve grown The Spinoff from a TV blog that no one had ever heard of, to a multimedia news and opinion website with a fully fledged TV show,” says Duncan.

“The Spinoff TV will be exactly what you’d imagine it will be”, he continues, “all of the chaos, humour and prickliness of The Spinoff - just on TV”.

Newshub Investigates is a weekly podcast that will investigate  some of New Zealand’s most intriguing and significant stories, beginning in March with a wrongful conviction of murder.

MEDIAWORKS LAUNCHES NEW CORPORATE BRAND IDENTITY, JAY-JAY HARVEY JOINS MORE FM DRIVE ALONGSIDE JASON GUNN

At a customer and media event held in Auckland this afternoon, MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson unveiled a new corporate brand identity for the media organisation.

“One year ago, we introduced Three. This was the beginning of a journey with the Three brand - it reflected what we aspired to be, and over the course of the past year, we have fully inhabited that brand,” says Michael.

“Fast forward a few months and we undertook similar research with our staff and our customers, about what MediaWorks is like as a place to work, a brand and a media organisation. This new corporate identity better represents who we are, the direction we are heading and what MediaWorks stands for. We have created a logo that represents the modern media company we aspire to be.”

It was also announced at the event that Jay-Jay Harvey is joining More FM Drive alongside Jason Gunn with current Drive co-host Lana Searle moving to More FM’s Breakfast show with Si and Gary.

After 23 years at The Edge, Jay-Jay’s new role will see her commute to Christchurch to join Jason Gunn in the studio during the week. The new More FM drive lineup will launch in April and be broadcast nationally.

“This is a huge move for me and I couldn't be more excited”, says Jay-Jay, “it was bittersweet to say goodbye to The Edge after such a long time, but it makes it easier knowing that I’ll be sitting next to Jase, a true broadcasting legend. I’m also looking forward to no more early morning wake-ups!”

Jason has already prepared a warm welcome for his new co-host.

"I found a true friend in Lana and had the time of my life working with her. I've really been lucky to work with some very talented people throughout my career, and that continues as I can't wait for Jay-Jay to join me in the afternoon, I can guarantee there will be much laughter had by all."

Leon Wratt, Group Content Director - Music, MediaWorks Radio, is thrilled that two of New Zealand’s top broadcasters are joining forces for the first time.

“Jay-Jay and Jase are both incredibly talented and have large fan followings. We know this combination will be a hit with More FM - a station that is continuing to grow,” says Leon.

More FM is expanding into new markets in South Canterbury and Otago from April, and More FM’s Polly & Grant are now available in Waikato, Rotorua, Whanganui and Dunedin.

“MediaWorks radio is going from strength-to-strength,” continues Leon, “The Edge Breakfast’s new lineup of Dom, Meg and Randell is proving to be a winner with listeners, and we’re releasing a new version of our digital streaming app rova, one year and 11 million streams since it first launched.”

Coming later this year, rova 2.0 will feature improved searchability and connectivity (via Chromecast, Carplay, Android, Sonos), downloadable podcasts, ondemand audio as well as live video streaming.)

JOSH THOMSON STEPPING AWAY FROM THE PROJECTJEREMY CORBETT ANNOUNCED AS REPLACEMENT

Josh Thomson has announced he will be stepping back from his role as co-host on The Project to spend more time with his family and focus on upcoming acting roles. Josh will continue to be a contributor to the 7pm programme and will join co-hosts Jesse Mulligan and Kanoa Lloyd on the desk regularly.

Jeremy Corbett, one of New Zealand’s best loved comedians, will take up the co-host role alongside Jesse and Kanoa from April. Jeremy will bring his signature style of comedy and incisive analysis to The Project, a programme that has redefined the 7pm timeslot with its mix of the news of the day, big interviews and comedy. Jeremy will continue to host the hugely successful 7 Days*.

Josh has co-hosted The Project since it launched in February 2017. During that time, he has covered a range of stories including opening up about his own personal experiences during Fertility Week, and awarding the humble mint slice the title of New Zealand’s Biscuit of The Year.  He recently launched his local documentary series Subject: Dad as well as starring in the international series The New Legends of Monkey. Josh’s first child is due at the end of March.

“I love being on The Project, but I’ve got a baby coming and I want to spend as much time as I can with the little blighter in between working on some projects of my own. Just because I won’t be on this one as much, it doesn’t mean I love Jesse and Kanoa any less. I’ll still be here most weeks, mainly to annoy them.”

Jeremy said: “I love being the guest panelist on The Project and jumped at the chance to be a disruptive talker on a full time basis. Though I am nervous about sitting in Thommo's seat because he's the funniest man in New Zealand. I've got huge respect for both Kanoa and Jesse who are not only smart and funny but have great personal hygiene. But I'm joining because of the team who work behind the scenes. It's a great crew who do all the work so I can take the credit. Long may that continue.”

Jon Bridges, Executive Producer for The Project, says: “It’s always hard to lose someone who’s a big part of a small team, so I’m extremely glad Josh isn’t abandoning us completely.”

“Finding something good to say about Jeremy Corbett on the other hand... Jeremy is the smartest and most trusted comedian in New Zealand, he is unfailingly and naturally funny and his 30 something years in broadcasting will make him an incredible asset for The Project. There. That wasn’t so hard.” 

The Project screens 7pm weeknights on Three and online at ThreeNow.

MEDIAWORKS BRINGS GLOBAL SMASH HIT AMERICAN IDOL TO NZ

Three is bringing the new season of iconic series American Idol to New Zealand, hot on the heels of its record breaking premiere in the United States.

Andrew Szusterman, Chief Content Officer at MediaWorks, believes Kiwi audiences are ready for the re-booted series. “American Idol’s relaunch in the U.S. this week has beaten expectations, and we’re confident that New Zealanders will once again find the ‘Idol journey’ as compelling now as they have in the past.”

Season 16 of American Idol launched this week to over 10 million American viewers. The series is hosted by series veteran Ryan Seacrest, with music icons Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan serving as judges.

American Idol first premiered in 2002, and has been on hiatus since 2016 when Trent Harmon was crowned the winner after a nationwide talent search. American Idol is known for scouting out untapped talent and propelling them to super-stardom. It has been the launching pad for some of music’s biggest names, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks.

Season 16 of American Idol premieres on Tuesday, 3 April and will run every Tuesday and Wednesday evening on Three, 7.30 pm - 9.30pm. 

MEDIAWORKS LAUNCHES NEW CORPORATE BRAND IDENTITY, JAY-JAY HARVEY JOINS MORE FM DRIVE ALONGSIDE JASON GUNN

At a customer and media event held in Auckland this afternoon, MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson unveiled a new corporate brand identity for the media organisation.

“One year ago, we introduced Three. This was the beginning of a journey with the Three brand - it reflected what we aspired to be, and over the course of the past year, we have fully inhabited that brand,” says Michael.

“Fast forward a few months and we undertook similar research with our staff and our customers, about what MediaWorks is like as a place to work, a brand and a media organisation. This new corporate identity better represents who we are, the direction we are heading and what MediaWorks stands for. We have created a logo that represents the modern media company we aspire to be.”

It was also announced at the event that Jay-Jay Harvey is joining More FM Drive alongside Jason Gunn with current Drive co-host Lana Searle moving to More FM’s Breakfast show with Si and Gary.

After 23 years at The Edge, Jay-Jay’s new role will see her commute to Christchurch to join Jason Gunn in the studio during the week. The new More FM drive lineup will launch in April and be broadcast nationally.

“This is a huge move for me and I couldn't be more excited”, says Jay-Jay, “it was bittersweet to say goodbye to The Edge after such a long time, but it makes it easier knowing that I’ll be sitting next to Jase, a true broadcasting legend. I’m also looking forward to no more early morning wake-ups!”

Jason has already prepared a warm welcome for his new co-host.

"I found a true friend in Lana and had the time of my life working with her. I've really been lucky to work with some very talented people throughout my career, and that continues as I can't wait for Jay-Jay to join me in the afternoon, I can guarantee there will be much laughter had by all."

Leon Wratt, Group Content Director - Music, MediaWorks Radio, is thrilled that two of New Zealand’s top broadcasters are joining forces for the first time.

“Jay-Jay and Jase are both incredibly talented and have large fan followings. We know this combination will be a hit with More FM - a station that is continuing to grow,” says Leon.

More FM is expanding into new markets in South Canterbury and Otago from April, and More FM’s Polly & Grant are now available in Waikato, Rotorua, Whanganui and Dunedin.

“MediaWorks radio is going from strength-to-strength,” continues Leon, “The Edge Breakfast’s new lineup of Dom, Meg and Randell is proving to be a winner with listeners, and we’re releasing a new version of our digital streaming app rova, one year and 11 million streams since it first launched.”

Coming later this year, rova 2.0 will feature improved searchability and connectivity (via Chromecast, Carplay, Android, Sonos), downloadable podcasts, ondemand audio as well as live video streaming.)

MEDIAWORKS CELEBRATES SUCCESS AT 2017 NZ TV AWARDS

MediaWorks is celebrating five wins at the 2017 New Zealand Television Awards, including Best News Coverage, Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Programme and Best Comedy.

At tonight’s awards ceremony, the Newshub team took out Best News Coverage for their coverage of the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016. Best Presenter: News and Current Affairs was awarded to Mike McRoberts. Mike has been part of the MediaWorks family for 15 years, including 13 years presenting the 6pm bulletin. His devotion to his work has most recently seen him become the first Kiwi journalist with a NZ news organisation to report from Syria since the war began.

“I'm just fresh back from reporting from inside Syria and this award makes me feel incredibly proud to present Newshub live at six. We've always had a culture of our anchors also being excellent journalists, and when I look at my colleagues Sam Hayes, Melissa Davies and Tom McRae, that tradition is set to continue for some time.”

Chief News Officer, Hal Crawford said: “It was great to see everyone come together for the NZ TV Awards again - it's an opportunity to celebrate hard work and success across the industry. I'm incredibly proud of the Newshub team, and pleased that our passion and dedication has been recognised tonight.”

The Hui* was presented the award for Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Programme. A compelling mix of hard-hitting current affairs investigations, human interest and arts and culture stories, The Hui is made by Great Southern Film and Television for Three.

7 Days* received Best Comedy/Comedy Entertainment Programme. The show has been a hit with audiences since its inception in 2009. Jeremy Corbett, Dai Henwood and Paul Ego continue to provide solid Friday night entertainment, and will be returning to Three early next year.

Mitchell Hawkes picked up Best Director: Multi Camera for his work on the live broadcast of the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2016.

Chief Content Officer Andrew Szusterman said: “We're so proud of all our finalists at this year’s TV Awards. Increasing the amount of locally made TV is the core of what Three is about and having Best Comedy and Best Māori Programme amongst our other wins, shows we're pretty good at it. Congratulations to you all.”


MEDIAWORKS SCOOPS MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS IN 2017 NEW ZEALAND TELEVISION AWARDS

MediaWorks have scooped a whopping 24 nominations across 13 categories in the 2017 New Zealand Television Awards including: Best News Coverage (Newshub), Best Comedy (Jono & Ben, 7 Days, Funny Girls*), Best Drama Series (Westside*), Best Current Affairs Programme (The Hui) and Best Factual Series (Great War Stories*).

The prestigious awards ceremony is being held for the first time since 2012, recognising excellence in television and honouring the special skills and unique talents of the companies and individuals who create, produce, and perform in television programmes in New Zealand. This year’s nominees date back to 2015.

Finalists are from both local programming and News and Current Affairs portfolios. Newshub is up for three different nominations in the Best News Coverage category for their coverage of the Port Hills Fires (2017), US Election Night (2016), and the Kaikoura Earthquake (2016).

Newshub’s Mike McRoberts is joined by The Project’s Kanoa Lloyd and Jesse Mulligan in the Best Presenter: News and Current Affairs category.

Dai Henwood (7 Days), Jono Pryor (Jono & Ben) and Kanoa Lloyd (The Project) are all contenders for Woman’s Day Television Personality of the Year.

Andrew Szusterman, MediaWorks Chief Content Officer said: “To receive 24 nominations across nearly all categories caps off an amazing year for Three. We pride ourselves in commissioning and producing the best local content and these awards pay testament to that. We wish all the best to our nominees.”

Hal Crawford, MediaWorks Chief News Officer added: “It is wonderful to see Newshub’s success with the Kiwi public reflected in these nominations. I’m also pleased that the incredible talent driving The Project have been recognised.”

The New Zealand Television awards will be held on Thursday 30th November at SKYCITY Theatre. 

A full list of nominations is available here.

 

THE FIRST FESTIVAL OF THE SEASON IS KFC EDGEFEST AND IT’S SHAPING UP TO BE A BANGER!

New Zealand’s first festival of the season, KFC Edgefest, has just got even bigger with a stellar group of celebs and social media stars joining the festival line-up in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch this November, plus newly-announced local artists confirmed to perform the three-city festival tour.

Appearing alongside KFC Edgefest international headliner Jason Derulo are British hitmaker Jonas Blue, Norwegian tropical house/pop princess Astrid S as well as a host of Kiwi artists including Kings, Mitch James, plus KFC and The Edge welcome Openside, P-Money and Savage to the bill.

As revealed this morning on The Edge Breakfast show, girl band Fifth Harmony have announced today they have cancelled their New Zealand tour dates this November due to scheduling issues (*see below for full statement from Fifth Harmony).

Also featuring at KFC Edgefest are some of New Zealand’s favourite TV and social media celebrities, including Matthew Little (VJ Patterson) from Home and Away, Jayden Daniels (Curtis Hannah), Lukas Whiting (Finn Connelly) and Luke Patrick (Frank Connelly) from Shortland Street and as of Monday, The Edge listeners can be in to win tickets to KFC Edgefest to party with Matthew, Lukas, Luke and Curtis in an exclusive catered VIP area.

Adding to KFC Edgefest’s star power are the hugely popular Kiwi social media stars Jamie Curry and William ‘Wairua’ Cribb as well as The Bachelor’s Lily McManus (season 3) and Dani Robinson (season 1), health and lifestyle blogger Simone Anderson, The Block break-out favourites Ling and Zing plus The Edge team featuring Jay-Jay, Dom, Randell, Jono, Ben, Sharyn, Megan, Guy, Steph and Stuntman Sam.

Plus, to round out the full ‘festie’’ vibe, KFC Edgefest attendees will enjoy a variety of on-site festival activities, including:

- Become a Jetstar Star Jetstar are keen to see your ‘star’ power at KFC Edgefest, so they’ve got a Jetstar cam coming to all the shows. It’s like a kiss cam, but better because festival attendees will win prizes including domestic flights, cash and there are even international flights up for grabs.

- The KFC Edgefest Selfie Station Get a selfie with your fave stars hitting KFC Edgefest. Who will be there? VJ from Home and Away, Shortland Street stars, Jamie Curry from Jamie’s World, William Waiirua, Lily and Dani from The Bachelor and Ling and Zing from The Block. Timetable coming soon.

- The Edge Gram Garden Get the perfect pic for your Instagram in The Edge's Gram Garden. The Edge Road Runners will be there to take the perfect ‘festie’ pic of you and your besties.

- Glitz Queen Glitz Queen will be onsite with a range of glitter and jewels for face, body, hair or nails. The first 100 KFC Edgefest attendees will get festie face glitter for free and then it will be a small fee. For more info, check out: http://www.glitz-queen.com/

- Playstation PlayLink Catch up with the PlayStation team at the PlayLink zone and prepare for a refreshingly different social gaming experience . Everyone who plays will go in the draw to score $1,000 cash! Visit https://www.playstation.com/en-nz/explore/ps4/games/playlink/ for more.

- Tattoo stations Attendees can remember KFC Edgefest forever with a cool festie tattoo! KFC Edgefest will be touring New Zealand’s major arenas in early November, including Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena on Friday 3rd November, Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena on Saturday 4th November and Auckland’s Spark Arena on Sunday 5th November. Each event boasts more than eight hours of the best in popular music, entertainment and activities.

* Full statement from Fifth Harmony: “Fifth Harmony regret to inform their Kiwi fans that due to unforeseen scheduling issues, they will no longer be able to appear as part of the line-up for KFC Edgefest in New Zealand this November. The band want to issue a heartfelt apology for any disappointment or inconvenience caused to their fans. Normani, Ally, Lauren and Dinah are continually in awe of the love they receive from all of their fans in New Zealand as well as for the dedicated support they have received from The Edge Radio Station.” 

THREE WINS THE WEEK, 7 DAYS & JONO AND BEN RETURN, ZAC FRANICH ANNOUNCED AS THE BACHELOR

Monday, 27 February, 2017

Last week saw Three’s newly launched 7pm show The Project lift Three to win the week for the first time since the final of The Block NZ in August 2016.

The stellar performance saw Three wining the night in its target demographic of 25-54 on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.

With a very strong performance across all five days, Thursday night saw The Project beat Seven Sharp in 18-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

Three’s hit series Married At First Sight Australia continued to outperform its competitors, with the series winning all three of its days - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – in the 25-54 demographic.

Likewise, movies continue to prove popular with audiences, with the Thursday Action Movie Hercules, Saturday night’s Garfield and Hot Fuzz, and Sunday’s Kingsman The Secret Service all winning Three’s target demographic of 25-54.

This week also saw the highly-anticipated return of Jono and Ben and 7 Days. Moving to an all-new timeslot of 9pm, Friday night’s 7 Days won its timeslot across four demographics – 18-39, 18-49, 25-54 and Household Shoppers with Kids.

Finally, Friday night saw The Project announce who The Bachelor NZ will be for 2017. Zac Franich will lead the highly anticipated third series of The Bachelor New Zealand, coming in March to Three. 

THREE INVITES THE PUBLIC TO WATCH ‘THE PROJECT’ LIVE

Monday, 13 February, 2017

The countdown is in full swing. With only one week to go, Three has confirmed the release of audience tickets to the highly anticipated, LIVE news and entertainment 7pm show - The Project.

The audience tickets are now available via the ThreeNow website and will give news and entertainment fans the first opportunity to not only be part of the television production, but see hosts Jesse Mulligan, Kanoa Lloyd and Josh Thomson, LIVE in their brand new studio.

The Project Executive Producer Jon Bridges says the audience is integral to the show's format,

“The live studio audience is part of the conversation, and they are representative of our viewers all over New Zealand watching the show.  We need to make sure they are captivated, entertained, informed and laughing. When we see and hear they are, we know the audience at home are too.”

THREE'S NEW IDENTITY

Wednesday, 08 February, 2017

At midnight, MediaWorks’ iconic Kiwi media brand TV3 will transform into Three.  With a new brand and new look it’s unlike anything we’ve done before.
Some might call it a re-brand, but we think it's a little bit more than that.

Andrew Szusterman, MediaWorks Chief Content Officer, said: “After nearly 15 years, what we have no longer reflects our channel.”

“We need a brand that reflects our strategy of entertaining and informing New Zealanders, one that creates a world where our amazing content feels at home.  It needs to be like us, vibrant, playful and inspiring, more than just a number and bigger than the sum of its parts - parts Kiwis know and love like Jono and Ben, 7 Days, Family Feud, The Bachelor NZ, The Block NZ, Westside and Newshub.”

“That’s why we’ve created Three,” said MediaWorks Chief Marketing Officer Andy Brown. “It’s an entire world for our content to live in, one that reflects who and what we are.  We’re a channel that entertains and informs Kiwis with the best local talent and content.”


From midnight our audience will see a whole new visual identity on Three and on our on-demand ThreeNow VOD service, as well as online at the new one-stop-shop ThreeNow.co.nz - a simplified, streamlined website for on-demand programming, TV guides and extra content.

See below for:

  • A link to a video that explains what we’re doing and why: https://youtu.be/hyhNhQ0lRXk
  • A link to our launch promo which you will start to see on-air from midnight: https://youtu.be/JEnw1Q_4C4Q

THE AM SHOW: MAKING MORNINGS MORE AWESOME FROM FEBRUARY 13

Sunday, 29 January, 2017

The AM Show arrives on television, radio and digital devices from 6am on Monday the 13th of February.

Join Duncan Garner, Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson as they bring you a whole new way to wake up.

Duncan says he’s fizzing about getting this multi-platform extravaganza on the airwaves. “Expect the fast-paced, informative and entertaining start to the morning you’ve grown to love on TV3 and RadioLIVE - but we’ll be a bit different too.  We’ve kept  the best bits, made some exciting changes, and we think New Zealand is going to love it.”

“I can’t wait. We’ve got a fresh new look for the set, a new sound and a new vibe - and we want to share it with you - February 13 can’t come soon enough. In the meantime, we thought we’d give everyone a sneak peek at our set.”

Mark Richardson has been coaching his co-hosts on early starts. “The results are encouraging,” says Mark. “We’ve been practising as a team, and Duncan and Amanda are still managing to be clever and coherent, despite the 2:30am alarm.  Having a great crew to banter with around the desk certainly helps.”

Joining the on-air team is a dedicated group of Newshub reporters who, supported by the wider Newshub team, will provide the latest news and coverage.  The AM Show’s reporting team includes Aziz Al-Sa'afin, Ollie Richie and Shannon Redstall in Auckland, Alice Wilkins in Christchurch and Mitch McCann in Wellington.  

Aziz brings his unique approach to The AM Show as the show’s social media voice, regularly covering content and opinions from the web, and giving the audience a direct line of feedback to the show.

Executive Producer of The AM Show Sarah Bristow says, “We’ve closed the door on the social media bunker and are working to expand the show’s engagement with our audience on social media and beyond from inside the studio.  Aziz  lives and breathes social and is the perfect person to tell us what will be filling our feeds on a daily basis.”

‘ROVA’ GOES LIVE

Monday, 23 January, 2017

MediaWorks new digital audio streaming platform rova is LIVE from today.  

The new mobile app offers Kiwis a simple and easy way to access their favourite local radio content in a digital environment, bringing together all MediaWorks’ radio entertainment stations, including MediaWorks’ local radio shows across the More FM and The Breeze network.

In addition to digital live-streaming of The Edge, The Edge TV, The Rock, More FM, The Breeze, The Sound, Mai, George FM, RadioLIVE and Magic, rova comes equipped with a range of podcast style channels, allowing users to  stream the best bits from a range of MediaWorks’ entertainment and news brands.  

These 24/7 highlight podcasts are available on dedicated channels and include the Mai Morning Crew; More FM’s Si & Gary; George FM Breakfast; The Rock’s Morning Rumble, and Drive with Thane & Dunc; The Edge’s Jay-Jay, Dom and Randell, and Jono, Ben & Sharyn; and 7 Days.  

Sharyn Casey, host of The Edge Afternoons, said: “Just what everyone needs, 24-7 Jono, Ben and a Sharyn!  OK that might not be true, but I personally guarantee you'll laugh at least twice a podcast".

Leon Wratt, MediaWorks Group Content Director Music, said: “rova builds on our existing local content strength, expanding our presence in the digital space.  But rova goes a step further, filling a gap in the market by providing audiences the very best of their local entertainment programmes, available whenever they want.  We’re absolutely stoked to bring this awesome product to Kiwis.”

rova is available now for iOS and Android devices via the App Store and Google Play. Download from http://rova.nz

MULLIGAN, LLOYD, THOMSON TO HOST THE PROJECT

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

MediaWorks today announced Jesse Mulligan, Kanoa Lloyd and Josh Thomson as the three key hosts of The Project, set to launch in the 7pm slot on TV3 in February 2017.  

The Project combines current affairs and entertainment in a unique way, offering audiences an intelligent, informative and very funny half-hour mix of the stories that matter from New Zealand and around the world.

After producing 7 Days for seven years, Executive Producer Jon Bridges says he can’t wait to bring this fresh format and line-up to 7pm.

“The Project is fast, polished, informative and funny - and during the screen tests this extremely successful Australian format came alive in front of our eyes. Casting Jesse, Kanoa and Josh was a thrill. The best part was hearing their whoops of excitement when they found out who they'd be working with.”

Radio New Zealand Afternoon host Jesse Mulligan cut his teeth on 7 Days as a head writer and a top regular guest, and brings years of experience working within news organisations. He has also spent time as the New Zealand correspondent for The Project in Australia.

Jesse will be busy juggling his Radio New Zealand show and The Project but can’t wait to get stuck in working with his new team.

"Kanoa and Josh are a dream team. Kanoa brings brilliant and diverse broadcast experience, with an undeniable star quality. Josh might be the funniest person in New Zealand, but he's also pure chaos. I think 7pm could use some chaos."

Kanoa Lloyd will leave Newshub Weather to join the panel in her biggest role to date.  In a relatively short time, Kanoa has established herself as a highly regarded news contributor, combining a knack for outstanding journalism with a natural rapport on screen.

“Apparently this is a new ‘job’, but I cannot imagine how this will feel like work. How lucky am I to get to spend my evenings telling stories with these two. Jesse is one of those people who's bloody good at everything. He's funny, smart and incredibly kind - and it’s embarrassing how much of a fan I am of Josh.”

7 Days regular, actor and all round funny man Josh Thomson will bring his unique comedy style to the format but isn’t afraid to ask the questions that some people are too embarrassed to ask

“I'm painfully excited to be part of The Project. It's a daily live show where I can say stupid things to the nation and it'll be too late for the editors to cut it out. I love dissecting the news, and now I can do it without Dad telling me off for talking over the news.”

The hosts will be joined each night by a variety of guests to discuss the stories of the day. Guest hosts will include media commentators, comedians, sport, political and other personalities, made up of a large list of notable New Zealanders from a range of fields.

MEDIAWORKS RADIO TO LAUNCH ‘ROVA’ DIGITAL AUDIO STREAMING PLATFORM

Tuesday, 06 December, 2016

MediaWorks has today announced its new digital audio streaming platform rova will go live in January 2017. 

The platform brings together all MediaWorks’ radio entertainment stations into one app, offering New Zealanders a streamlined way to access their favourite Kiwi radio content in a digital environment.

Beyond digital live-streaming of The Edge, The Edge TV, The Rock, More FM, The Breeze, The Sound, Mai, George FM, RadioLIVE and Magic, rova will offer audiences a range of channels streaming the best of their favourite MediaWorks’ entertainment programmes - podcast style.

rova will provide 24/7 streaming of highlight packages on dedicated channels from a range of MediaWorks’ entertainment and news brands including the Mai Morning Crew, More FM’s Si & Gary, TV3’s 7 Days and The Edge’s Jay-Jay, Dom and Randell from January, with more to come.

The service will also offer live-streaming of MediaWorks’ local radio shows across the More FM and The Breeze network.

Leon Wratt, Group Content Director, Music said: “rova is a new way of doing radio. A natural next step for MediaWorks, it builds on our strength of having the best talent and best content - but goes a giant step further than traditional digital streaming services.”

“Not only will we offer Kiwis the very best radio content accessible wherever they are, our ‘podcast’ potential is almost limitless. As our new shows and hosts get underway in the studio we’ll be creating new channels. We’ll also be aggregating the best of MediaWorks content - sport, entertainment, travel, news - everything that resonates with New Zealanders. rova will be the digital home of your favourite local radio content.”

rova will be available in January for iOS and Android devices via the App Store and Google Play, and will be continuously expanding new functions and content.

MEDIAWORKS TITLE ANNOUNCES RADIO 2017 LINEUP CHANGES

Wednesday 30th November, 2016 

MEDIAWORKS RADIO ANNOUNCES 2017 LINEUP CHANGES 

MediaWorks has today announced a series of key talent moves across its radio brands to take effect from January 2017. Leon Wratt, Group Content Director, Music said: “We have the best talent in the business and the changes we have announced today only strengthen our line-up. It's about taking our talent to where their audience sweet spot is, to grow and challenge them while enhancing our brands. So, in 2017, that's exactly what we are doing.” 

JONO AND BEN TO JOIN SHARYN CASEY ON THE EDGE AFTERNOONS 

Afternoons on New Zealand’s most listened to radio network The Edge will never be the same again, with current host Sharyn Casey welcoming Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce as co-hosts. Ben Boyce said: "Jono has been at The Rock so long he didn't realise there were other radio stations." Jono Pryor said: "We sailed a bouncy castle across lake Taupo, a banana boat across Cook Strait and sold our souls on cans of energy drinks at The Rock. I can't wait to see what shameless radio promotions lie ahead at The Edge with Sharyn." Sharyn Casey said: "I'm looking forward to Jono and Ben ditching the Metallica t-shirts and letting their Taylor Swift flag fly high!" "I'm really proud of what I've achieved with Guy & Clint but Jono and Ben might be able to get me a good deal on a Holden, so ya know, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do." 

THANE KIRBY MOVES TO ROCK AFTERNOONS & ANDREW MULLIGAN RETURNS TO
THE ROCK'S MORNING RUMBLE 

After its exceptionally strong recent survey, gaining more listeners than any other network, The Rock sees Thane Kirby become its new drive time co-host, alongside Duncan Heyde - replacing Jono & Ben. The Morning Rumble will welcome back Andrew Mulligan after three years, replacing Tom Furniss who is moving overseas. Thane Kirby said: “This is the best decision The Rock has made in years. I'm trading in my vodka lime 'n sodas for bourbon and coke and making the leap beyond Ponsonby! I'm stoked to be part of an award winning radio station and will dedicate the remainder of my brain cells to hanging out on-air with like minded blokes across the country.” Andrew Mulligan said: “It’s so great to be back among old friends and to be an integral part of The Morning Rumble. I’m pumped to be part of an award winning show again!” 

CLINT ROBERTS TO JOIN GEORGE FM BREAKFAST 

Current Edge Afternoons co-host Clint Roberts will join New Zealand’s most popular electronic music station George FM as part of a refreshed George FM Breakfast. Clint Roberts said: "I've played my last T-Swift jam for a while, and I'm fizzed up to assemble New Zealand's newest breakfast show on George FM - home of the bangers!” 

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

MEDIAWORKS ANNOUNCES 2017 PROGRAMMING LINE-UP

Thursday, 10 November, 2016

 

At a trade event today MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson and other senior staff made a number of major announcements for 2017, as well as the results from the latest GfK Total New Zealand Commercial Radio Survey - which placed MediaWorks as the most listened to radio network in New Zealand with more than 2.2m listeners.

Michael Anderson said: “MediaWorks reaches 3.7 million NZers every month or 95% of all Kiwis - on our Radio, TV and Digital platforms. They are highly engaged with our content and this drives our desire for creativity to be at the centre of everything we do. Our scale, great content - and our unrivalled talent pool - is our point of difference in this market.

“For 2017, we will continue to work very closely with our customers to deliver fantastic opportunities around our content and enable their brands to engage with our listeners and viewers.“

MEDIAWORKS ANNOUNCES NEW 7PM FORMAT IN 2017

ON TV3 MediaWorks is thrilled to announce a reinvention of weeknights at 7pm, bringing New Zealand a new style of programme in early 2017 with The Project.

With hosts to be named shortly, The Project will combine current affairs and entertainment in a unique way, offering audiences an intelligent, informative and engaging half-hour mix of the stories that matter from New Zealand and around the world.

The hosts will be joined each night by a variety of panelists to discuss the stories of the day, including guest appearances by New Zealand’s best broadcaster Paul Henry. Panelists will include Newshub journalists and presenters, comedians, sport, political and other personalities, made up of a large list of notable New Zealanders from a range of fields.

“The Project is news delivered differently,” said Hal Crawford, MediaWorks’ Chief News Officer.

“At its core will be strong, compelling storytelling. We’ll be looking for new ways to explore issues that resonate with New Zealanders, bringing a fresh or unique perspective . We will continue to build on the momentum created by the team who delivered Story. Many of them will be a major part of this new programme and will continue to deliver incredible stories. We are sorry to see Story go but believe The Project is the right format for this timeslot.”

MediaWorks’ Chief Content Officer Andrew Szusterman said:

We have the best news service in the country, and the best comedy talent across the board, so the opportunity to create a hybrid programme that really resonates with viewers was too good to miss.”

“We’ve seen the strong success of this format in Australia and can’t wait to bring New Zealand its very own version.”
The Project will launch in early 2017.

IN 2017, JOIN DUNCAN GARNER WEEKDAY MORNINGS ON TV3 AND RADIOLIVE

MediaWorks is delighted to announce Duncan Garner as the new host of its 6-9AM weekday news programme The AM Show.

Duncan will front the brand new morning show on TV3 & RadioLIVE, building on the success of the Paul Henry cross-platform format but with a new approach, new set and new sound.

The AM Show will retain some familiar attributes, but with a number of changes and additions.

MediaWorks’ Chief News Officer Hal Crawford said Duncan’s years of experience across talkback radio, the press gallery and current affairs made him the perfect fit for the job.

“Duncan will continue to deliver the fast-paced, informative and entertaining start to the morning that New Zealanders have grown to love with Paul Henry. He has immense reporting and presenting experience, and we are looking forward to him continuing the success of a format that has transformed the breakfast market.”

Host Duncan Garner said: “Content is king and that’s what the team and I are going to deliver - the best news, the best interviews, the best information you need to start your day. I also want to make sure everyone has a bloody good laugh too.

“Paul is a brilliant broadcaster who has changed the game in the mornings - I’m looking forward to building on that. Our new show will be warm, seriously smart, irreverent and funny. I can't wait to rip into it."

Other members of The AM Show team, and a replacement host on RadioLIVE’s Drive show, will be announced in the near future.

The AM Show will launch in early 2017.

PAUL HENRY HITS SNOOZE ON EARLY MORNINGS

With sadness, MediaWorks can confirm that Paul Henry will be stepping down from morning presenting in 2017.

Since the launch of New Zealand’s first multi-platform breakfast programme Paul Henry in April 2015 and Paul’s earlier foray into late-night news with The Paul Henry Show from January 2014, he has been informing, entertaining and dividing audiences.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve done,” says Paul. “But it’s time for me to enjoy a life without the nightmare of 2.30am alarms. I don’t need to explain myself; you’ve seen how successful this broadcasting experiment has been.”

“Too many people spend their lives waiting to live. I don’t want to fall into that trap.”

Paul will remain part of the MediaWorks family, making guest appearances on 7PM’s new 2017 programme The Project and other potential roles to be announced next year.

In less than a year since launch Paul Henry had grown its audience to match its television competitor. In the key commercial demographic of viewers aged 25-54 the show regularly draws more viewers, outperforming the opposition. On RadioLIVE the programme continuously grew to its current peak of 160,900 weekly listeners with Paul receiving the Sir Paul Holmes Broadcaster of the Year Award, as well as Best Talk Presenter – All Markets, at the 2016 NZ Radio Awards.

Paul Henry Executive Producer Sarah Bristow says: “We’ve done incredible things, turning an idea and an untested format into something New Zealanders have loved waking up to. The results speak for themselves and to the hard work of our amazing team.”

“We are very sad to see Paul go, but thank him for his incredible work,” says MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson. “It won’t be the same without him but the show must go on. We have the best team in the business to do it and we’re sure audiences will love The AM Show.”

The show will finish at the end of 2016.

TV3’S BRINGS IN 2017 WITH A BANG

MediaWorks’ Chief Content Officer Andrew Szusterman said: “2017 is going to be one incredible year on TV3 - we’ve got all the shows Kiwis know and love. From a search for romance with The Bachelor New Zealand, to another season of DIY mania on smash-hit The Block NZ, to new Westside and Grand Designs New Zealand, to our outstanding line-up of comedy including 7 Days, Jono and Ben and a whole lot more.”

“These are shows that New Zealanders love and set up an outstanding schedule for TV3 next year.”

DOMINIC BOWDEN TO HOST THE BACHELOR NEW ZEALAND 2017

Bringing romance to 2017 with all the style and energy he’s known for, television presenter and media personality Dominic Bowden is flying back especially from his base in Los Angeles to host next year’s season of The Bachelor New Zealand.

A big fan of the show himself, Dominic loves how Kiwi’s embrace the format:

“The Bachelor New Zealand has been nothing short of a national phenomenon. For the last two seasons Kiwi’s from all walks of life and from all over the country have crowded around their televisions to watch together. When you watch it, you want to talk about it; you have to talk about it. It’s the perfect format for today and socially relevant, now more than ever before”
Dominic has been working as the backstage host on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, and hosting the red carpet for E! Channel at the biggest entertainment events on the Hollywood calendar. He’s also attended plenty of Bachelor events too.

“I am a romantic at heart and a super fan of the franchise. It’s not my guilty pleasure, I wear my Bachelor New Zealand badge with pride.”

The Bachelor New Zealand casting call is currently open for prospective bachelorettes. Women between 21 - 35 years of age who are genuinely looking for love and plenty of adventure have been invited to submit their application.

Potential bachelorettes can head to tv3.co.nz/thebachelornz to find The Bachelor New Zealand casting call application.

 Further details about The Bachelor New Zealand will be released in 2017.

OTHER MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 2017 INCLUDE:

The Block New Zealand is back! New Zealand’s most loved renovation series returns in 2017 with new contestants, new challenges and a new location - Auckland’s North Shore.

"Every season of The Block has brought something new to the table,” said host Mark Richardson. “After the cracking success of Girls Vs Boys I can't wait to see what new contestants are going be thrown in the mix to keep us entertained. Casting is still open so my advice - and no doubt Sam and Emmett's - would be to give it a shot. You never know what could happen."

MediaWorks is thrilled to also announce the return of the following local hit programmes:

7 Days:​ The hit comedy show that delivers TV3’s biggest ratings is back for a 9th year. Putting the funny in Friday nights with Jeremy, Dai, Paul and a lineup of NZ’s biggest comedians.

Jono and Ben:​ Packed full of hilarious pranks, big laughs and great guests, Jono and Ben (and friends) bring you one entertaining hour of Kiwi television.

Family Feud:​ Survey Says…”What is NZ’s favourite gameshow?” Hosted by Dai Henwood, Family Feud features Kiwi families competing for the chance to win cash and prizes by guessing the most popular answers.

Westside: ​The West family saga continues. In this third season, Ted and Rita West return and Wolf meets a young Cheryl and so starts the beginning of one of the most outrageous stories in NZ Television.

Grand Designs New Zealand:​ Host Chris Moller follows Kiwis in their pursuit of extravagant dream homes and architectural brilliance.

Lost & Found:​ The emotional local series continues to reunite families, uncover cultural identities and share uplifting moments.

Fail Army:​ Presented by Kiwi comedians Joseph Moore and Guy Montgomery, Fail Army features funny pranks and compilations of the web's best fails, but on your TV!

In the international arena, TV3 will be returning a slew of fan favourites including:

The Block Australia: ​Back with the biggest renovation ever attempted in its twelfth series. Five couples will attempt to convert an old soap factory in the Port of Melbourne into five supersized luxury apartments.

The Graham Norton Show: ​From his couch to yours, every Friday night Graham gets the best A-list celebs, has the funniest red chair stories and usually features a Kiwi or two.

Humans: ​In a future where robots have become normalised, this thriller explores the unintended consequences of a series of robots who have obtained consciousness.

Grand Designs UK: ​Grand Designs UK sees design expert Kevin McCloud follow self-builders in search of outstanding architecture.

Live at the Apollo: ​Stand up comedy at its best. Featuring the best UK comedians live at London’s Hammersmth Apollo. 

SVU: ​The New York Special Victims Unit continues to take on the toughest crimes, delivering hard hitting and emotional drama.

NCIS:​ America’s number one rating drama is back for another season of all new crimes and cases for the NCIS team to solve.

NCIS: LA: ​The ​successful spin-off of NCIS starring Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J.

The Blacklist:​ James Spader stars as Raymond 'Red' Reddington, a most-wanted fugitive who works with a FBI profiler to take down criminals and terrorists.

Married At First Sight Australia: ​The biggest series yet! The controversial social experiment gets supersized with ten couples meeting at the altar on their wedding day.

Wanted: ​Rebecca Gibney comes home when the second installment of this event drama finds her on the run in our very own backyard.

Chicago Med: ​The show that delivers an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of Chicago's newest state-of-the-art trauma center and into the lives of the doctors, nurses and staff who hold it all together.

Hawaii Five-O: ​Follows the detectives who are part of an elite task force whose mission is to eliminate crime on the beaches of the Aloha state.

Beach Cops: ​This observational series follows the cops who operate along Sydney’s Northern beaches.

And is introducing a number of new formats including:

Hyde & Seek: ​This trans-Tasman thriller tells the story of Detective Gary Hyde who while investigating the murder of his best friend, uncovers a criminal conspiracy which leads to a man-hunt across Australia and New Zealand.

This Time Next Year: ​In a TV first, this series delivers an array of incredible real-life transformations that have taken twelve months for the participants but are revealed in an instant for the studio audience - from losing half their body weight, to finding love or even becoming a parent.

Hamish & Andy: ​The funnymen of radio and television return to TV3’s screens with an all new format, set to be one of the most exciting concepts of recent years.

The New Celebrity Apprentice:​ Arnold Schwarzenegger takes over the Boardroom when 16 celebrities compete for their favourite charities. Advising Schwarzenegger will be world-class business minds, including Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and Warren Buffett.