Kyle Sandilands off to counselling – Keeps job

Australian ‘Shock Jock’ Kyle Sandilands is to keep his job according to media reports. He met with his employer Austereo today after being taken off air last week for suggesting Magda Szubanski would lose more weight if she spent time in “a concentration camp”.

His employer has announced that he will be off air on unpaid leave for a further 3 weeks and attend counselling.

Sandilands was dumped as a judge on Australian Idol after an earlier stunt on his radio show where a young girl revealed she had been raped while hooked up to a lie detector (Listen to the clip here).

A statement from 2Day FM says: “2Day FM advises that Kyle Sandilands will remain suspended without pay until 7th October 2009. The period of the suspension will therefore be four weeks, of which one week has already been served. The pay penalty will be directed by 2Day FM to community charitable causes. In addition Kyle Sandilands will attend external counselling. 2DayFM has taken into consideration Sandilands’s concern and remorse for statements made”

– Dan News

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Telecom and Hybrid bring TiVo to New Zealand living rooms from November

Telecom broadband will enable TiVo entertainment downloads with no impact on customers’ monthly data allowance

Telecom and Hybrid Television Services, the exclusive licensee of TiVo® products in Australia and New Zealand, today announced a partnership that will see TiVo delivering unmetered entertainment to NZ living rooms from November.

The deal will provide Telecom broadband customers with the ability to download movies and shows to their TV with no impact to their monthly broadband data allowance as well as access to all of the Freeview|HD® channels.

The TiVo media device allows viewers to pause and rewind live TV, record every episode in a series with the Season Pass feature, auto record favourite actors using the WishList search and provide a safe viewing environment for their children with TiVo KidZone.

Telecom broadband will also unmeter games and information services as well as the 14-day on-screen guide and software updates within the TiVo.

Alan Gourdie, CEO Telecom Retail: “TiVo represents a revolution in the way Kiwis watch television, this new entertainment service allows the freedom to watch what you want, when you want and enjoy top rated movies on the television without impacting your monthly broadband data allowance.

“We are delighted to add this world class entertainment device to New Zealand’s most popular broadband service; which already provides customers services such as Yahoo!Xtra Pro Mail, a comprehensive security suite and photo manager Flickr Pro all at no additional cost,” says Mr Gourdie.

Robbee Minicola, CEO of Hybrid TV: “The partnership between Hybrid TV and Telecom is an outstanding result for the consumer. We are very pleased to have New Zealand’s largest telecommunication provider support our efforts in supplying unmetered broadband entertainment to the TiVo media device.

“In addition to getting the best of free-to-air digital TV, Telecom customers will have access to broadband entertainment which they will only pay for what they view instead of paying monthly subscription fees.

“When we announced our plans to launch in NZ back in March of this year we were greeted with a high level of interest. We are confident that New Zealanders will enjoy the entertainment choices, convenience, and value we will provide just in time for Christmas shopping,” said Ms Minicola.

At launch the TiVo Media Device plus the Wireless Adaptor will be sold as a bundle for $920.00 (incl. GST) from Telecom retail stores, customer service channels at 123 and online at www.telecom.co.nz/mytivo

Telecom will also offer a deferred payment option of 24 monthly payments of $30 plus an upfront initial payment of $200 (incl GST) which is placed on your Telecom phone bill. This payment option will only be available to Telecom Broadband customers.

More about Tivo:

WHAT IS TiVo?

The TiVo media device is a digital video recorder that allows viewers to receive all free-to-air digital terrestrial television and radio channels as well as broadband content, services and games.

Compatible with New Zealand’s Freeview|HD®, the TiVo media device enables viewers to record their favourite shows, pause and rewind live TV, watch movies and TV on demand, and access their own digital music and photo albums.

What are the key features of the TiVo device?
• High Definition Digital Video Recorder – enables you to play, pause or rewind live TV – plus record two programs at once, even while playing back a third program you’ve already recorded.
• ‘Now Playing’ list – enables you to access any programs you have already recorded.
• 14-Day on-screen TV Guide (Electronic Program Guide) – this is a free service that allows you to schedule the recording of free-to-air programs and see what’s on television without needing to refer to a paper guide.
• The Season PassTM Manager – enables you to automatically find and record every episode of your favourite series for the whole season.
• WishListTM feature – enables you to find and automatically record programs that feature your favourite actor, director, team or even topic.
• TiVo® KidZone – enables you to manage viewing for your children – by offering you the option to automatically record specific content suited for children or restrict any programs which appear in the ‘Now Playing’ list. Parental controls will allow you to lock channels or set ratings limits based on content.
• Remote scheduling – enables you to remotely schedule recordings on your TiVo media device even when you are away from home, using the internet.

For more information on the capabilities of the TiVo media device visit mytivo.co.nz.

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Lincoln Lewis leaving Home and Away for movie role

Logie winning actor Lincoln Lewis who plays ‘Geoff Campbell’ in popular Australian soap ‘Home and Away’ is leaving the show to concentrate on movies.

Lewis will star in the film adaptation of best selling book “Tomorrow: When The War Began” which begins production next month. He told Channel 7’s Sunrise programme it has always been his dream role.

Lincoln Lewis is the son of rugby league legend Wally Lewis and has been on ‘Home and Away’ since 2007.

– Dan News

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TVNZ is the Exclusive Digital Media Partner at this year’s Air New Zealand Fashion Week

Have you always wanted to be front row at Air New Zealand Fashion Week? This year, TVNZ will be the exclusive digital media partner giving you the chance to login to your computer and transport yourself to the front row of all the designer fashion shows.

tvnz.co.nz is bringing you all the action and video highlights from the designer fashion shows. There will be exclusive interviews with some of New Zealand’s best designers; blogging direct from Air New Zealand Fashion Week head quarters; TVNZ’s fashion gurus, Michiko Hughes and Clifton Piper, will comment on all the shows; and plenty of hot tips and must buys.

Jason Paris, Head of Digital Media and Marketing says that TVNZ jumped at the chance to partner with Air New Zealand Fashion Week this year as it makes the whole experience more accessible for New Zealanders nationwide.

“TVNZ is New Zealand’s leading television and digital media company, and TVNZ Ondemand, available at tvnz.co.nz, is an important part of TVNZ’s digital offering. Although Kiwis mainly use TVNZ Ondemand to catch-up on their favourite TVNZ shows, we are delighted to also offer additional unique content.

“This is a great event to showcase on TVNZ Ondemand – the shows are stimulating and exciting, much like TVNZ’s shows.

“Our partnership with Air New Zealand Fashion Week means we can showcase the collections of local and international designers online, extending the excitement to the 1.3 million unique browsers of tvnz.co.nz each month.

“TVNZ view this partnership with Air New Zealand Fashion Week as the beginning of many successful partnerships with other local content providers,” says Paris.

Visit tvnz.co.nz/fashionweek for all the fashion action.

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The Apprentice New Zealand Comes to TV2

TVNZ is launching a local version of the hit international reality series, The Apprentice.

Commissioned for TV2, the New Zealand version will draw on the popular American format, which is fronted by legendary business tycoon, Donald Trump.

General Manager of Programming, Jane Wilson, says that TVNZ is thrilled to be able to bring a local version of this popular programme to New Zealand audiences.

The Apprentice is an international hit – with successful locally produced versions in over 20 countries around the world.

“We have a wide breadth of talent in New Zealand with many successful business men and women, as well as talented participants who will potentially win a big opportunity to advance their career. Not only does the show have the jeopardy of winning or losing a dream opportunity, it will inspire Kiwis who watch it.”

“The Apprentice NZ will join TV2’s big hits next year and form a key part of the channel’s exciting new season line-up.”

The local version of the show is to be made by award-winning local production company, Great Southern Television, who had great success earlier this year with TV2’s Rescue 1.

A New Zealand business tycoon has yet to be named.

To apply visit www.tvnz.co.nz/theapprenticenz.

MasterChef New Zealand comes to TV One

The first New Zealand version of the globally popular cooking show MasterChef is coming soon to TV ONE.

TVNZ is calling for contestants from around the country to be on the show.

“TVNZ is thrilled to be producing a New Zealand version of this internationally popular show for Kiwi viewers,” says Jane Wilson, TVNZ General Manager of Programming.

“The Australian series, currently screening between 5pm and 6pm on TV ONE, was a huge success for Channel TEN reaching more than four million viewers. TV ONE’s version will build on the popularity of both the BBC and Australian MasterChef series. It is exciting to be able to give Kiwis the chance to particiapate in this show, and watch someone on their journey to be crowned the first ever MasterChef New Zealand.”

MasterChef gives budding chefs the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop their cooking skills, be mentored by the best, and ultimately make a change in their lives.

Initial rounds will see a large number of hopeful contestants from across New Zealand audition before the judges, in order to gain a place as a semi-finalist. Contestants must be at least 18 years or over at the time of their audition, and their main source of income cannot come from preparing and cooking fresh food in a professional environment.

The semi-finalists will then compete in several challenges, which test their food knowledge and preparation skills, to become a finalist. These finalists will then be whittled down through a number of cooking challenges and eliminations, until a winning MasterChef is crowned.

The New Zealand version will be produced by Imagination TV, and is based on the successful Australian Channel TEN version of the BBC format.

The host and judges are yet to be confirmed. To apply, go to tvnz.co.nz/masterchefnewzealand.

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