New Keith Quinn show for Rugby Channel

The Rugby Channel continues to bring you new fresh local content with Test Match Stories hosted by Keith Quinn set to kick off on Saturday 13 June before New Zealand take on France from Carisbrook. Test Match Stories brings you a special LIVE build-up to the night’s home test along with special guests, including former All Blacks and is exclusive to the Rugby Channel.

Keith will be LIVE in studio from 5.30pm helping you start to build up to the 7.35pm kick off that night and the first show will feature two of the early all time greats, George Nepia and Cyril Brownlies’s grandsons (who go by the same name) and will also feature former All Black Captains John Graham and Andy Dalton.

Other guests set to appear in the build up to each of the 6 home Tests are Josh Kronfeld, Stu Wilson, Craig Dowd, and Frano Botica amongst others and each show a spotlight on the All Black Capping Ceremonies which are conducted in each city before the test.

Test Match Stories hosted by Keith Quinn starts Saturday 13 June 5.30pm LIVE and exclusive to the Rugby Channel.

– Rugby Channel

Back Benches Mt Albert Special live from Kingsland

Back Benches broadcasts live from Auckland so Wallace Chapman and the candidates can get to the heart of the issues most important to the Mt. Albert electorate. Aucklanders are invited to join ACT MP John Boscawen, Green MP & Co-Leader Russel Norman, Labour Candidate David Shearer, National MP Melissa Lee, and United Future Candidate Judy Turner at the Neighbourhood Brew Bar in Kingsland for the live debate from 9:05pm June 10 on TVNZ 7 and live streaming on

I plan to head along. See you there!

3 News takes lead in 25-54 and increases lead in 18-49 has seen an excellent ratings performance for 3 News, substantially increasing its share over One News in key audience demographics, and beating One News in its own target audience.

3 News achieved a 35% share in the 25-54 age group (TV One target) during May, an 11% increase from April, overtaking One News which dropped to a 33% share in the same demographic.

Amongst TV3’s target audience of 18-49 year olds 3 News surged ahead even further with a 36% share, compared to One’s 28% share.

“This is a great result in a very big news month,” said TV3 Director of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings.

“We’ve had the police shooting in Napier, the Bain trial, the Budget and a by-election campaign on the news agenda domestically. It’s pleasing to see our audience numbers surging ahead during busy news periods. Credit goes to the efforts of an excellent team of journalists, crews and producers who all appreciate ‘it’s all about the story’,” he said.

Late night news programme Nightline also beat its competitor in both the18-49 and 25-54 year old targets, achieving a 22% share in both demographics, averaging 12% growth. TVNZ’s Tonight delivered 17% and 20% respectively in the key demographics.

Morning show Sunrise has again enjoyed significant growth in audience share.

Compared with May 2008, during May 2009 Sunrise is up 78% to 9.9% share in 18-49, while Breakfast has declined 22% in the same demographic. In Auckland among the same age group Sunrise is up a staggering 110% to a 14% share.

“Sunrise is heading in the right direction, and I’m very happy with the show it is evolving into,” said Mr Jennings.

Campbell Live has had a good May as well and is neck-and-neck with Close Up on 18% share (18-49) – this represents a year-on-year 18% decline for Close Up.

“All our shows are delivering great audiences and we are winning where it matters,” said Mr Jennings.

– Source: TV3