Summerfield to present 3’s motorsport coverage

TV3 sports journalist Shaun Summerfield has been confirmed as the presenter for the network’s 2009 exclusive motorsport coverage.

With the success of the V8 Supercars series on TV3 last year the network is increasing its commitment to motorsport for 2009 screening live or same day coverage of the Motorsport Series.

All 14 Rounds of the V8 Supercar Races will be broadcast live, or as close to live as possible.TV3 and Event 1 will also produce a 5 Round Motorsport Series beginning in June, which will include classes for NZV8 Utes; Porsche; Production Class Muscle Cars and Pre 65’s.

In addition, TV3 will be screening the ENZED V8 Ute Series; the Fujitsu V8 Series; the Australian V8 Ute Series and V8 Extra.

Summerfield is a highly a regarded sports journalist who is the 2009 recipient of the AA Motoring Excellence Award for Motoring Journalist. He has also twice won the NZ Motor Sport Media TV Award (2006 and 2008), the NZ Motoring Journalists’ Motorsport Award (2007), and the NZ Sports Journalism TV award in 2003.

“I’ve been hooked on Australian Cars since I was 11. There’s something really special about the V8 Supercars, the drivers are good blokes, the racing is close and we’ve got some great Kiwi talent taking it to the Aussies,” he comments.

“Whether it was Brock vs. Johnson; Ambrose vs. Murphy or Tander vs. Whincup, the battles have always been enthralling. I’m thrilled to be able to bring this action to Kiwi sports fans”.

“With the V8 Supercars; A1GP; V8 Utes and the 5 Round local series TV3 will be home to New Zealand’s most exciting drivers and racing. I’m a petrol head, that’s pretty much the long and short of it. Whether it’s reporting on motorsport or testing the latest cars, if there are wheels and an engine involved…I’m smiling.”

Spam attack brings down the news.

Good Morning all,

It’s nice to be back online today after yesterday’s outage.

According to the Dan News tech slaves in the basement, there was a spam attack of epic proportions.

I have offered them 9 day working fortnights or usage of a cycle lane from Kaitia to Bluff as in incentive to have this ironed out as soon as possible, so lets hope that it doesn’t happen again.

Apologies for anyone who was not able to get their fix.


Milne celebrates 25 years with Fair Go

One of TV ONE’s most famous faces celebrates 25 years on one of New Zealand’s longest running shows, Fair Go.

Kevin Milne first joined the show in 1984 against the advice of colleagues as there were fears the show might be replaced.

Now 25 years on, Fair Go is still going strong, and is still a heap of fun to work on.

“I look back on a quarter of century of Fair Go and thank my lucky stars I fell into it, it’s the perfect mixture of usefulness and fun”, says Milne.

Milne has covered countless consumer breaches and worked tirelessly for Kiwis who have been ripped off.

One of his favourite stories was from 2008 when Fair Go stopped a family from loosing their home on the West Coast.

“We got the local community trades people, in fact, wonderful trades people from all over the country, to literally rebuild their house. It was maybe the most wonderful response to any story I’ve been involved in,” he says.

Fair Go editor Graeme Muir says that 25 years in any industry is an achievement, but to do it in television shows that he has a desire to improve and change with the times.

“Kevin’s still hungry, still keen to knock on the doors of rat bags and put the consumer world to rights – he really cares,” Muir says.

Anthony Flannery, TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs, says he is an inspiration for younger journalists.

“A quarter of a century with Fair Go has not tired Kevin, in fact he is more determined than ever to fight the good fight,” Flannery says.

For now he is celebrating this milestone, but soon there will be another reason for cake – turning 60.

Watch this weeks look back at Kevin Milne’s time to date below:

Maggie Barry does Drive on Live

One of New Zealand’s best loved interviewers, Maggie Barry, is to take over from Bill Ralston on the 4pm – 6pm Drive Show on RadioLIVE.

“I am extremely grateful to Bill for helping us out for the past two years,” said RadioLIVE Programme Director Mitch Harris. “Bill has been looking to wind down his work commitments and has generously stayed on until we could find the right person,” he said.

Maggie Barry has most recently filled in on RadioLIVE hosting The World at Noon. “We had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to Maggie,” said Harris.

“She is an incredible woman with a wide range of interests. This will be the first time that the full range of her broadcasting skills and interests will be combined in the one show, with up to the minute news, news makers, local and foreign correspondents and other programme elements,” he added.

Maggie Barry is looking forward to joining RadioLIVE. “I like the energy and fresh approach of the station and look forward to putting together a lively, compelling drive show that reflects all my interests in the one programme,” she said.

Maggie Barry starts on RadioLIVE on Monday 30 March.

She was awarded the ONZM for Services to Broadcasting in 1996.