TV3 not ruling out ‘Top Model’ return

The New Zealand Herald has reported that TV3 have scraped NZ’s Next Top Model.

The report stated that even though the show rated well, a drop in advertising revenue meant that they couldn’t afford another series at this stage.

TV3 has said this afternoon that they have not ruled out a second series of the high-rating reality programme.

“TV3 is not planning to produce a second series of New Zealand’s Next Top Model in the short term, so fans should not expect a new series during the first half of 2010, but it is a distinct possibility for the second half of next year.”

Did you watch NZNTM? What did you think of it?

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Rove postpones appearance on 7 Days

Rove McManus, who was due to appear on TV3’s critically acclaimed weekly comedy show 7 Days this week has had to postpone his visit by a fortnight. Rove will now feature on 7 Days on Friday, September 25 at 10pm. Rove’s appearance on 7 Days will follow TV3’s broadcast of the 90 minute Rove – 10th Birthday Special, which kicks off at 8.30pm on TV3.

Six top local comedians will compete on the September 11 episode of 7 Days; Dai Henwood, Penny Ashton and Ben Hurley will face off against Paul Ego, Steve Wrigley and Chris Brain, kept under some sort of control by host and mediator Jeremy Corbett.

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TVNZ wins 11 of the 12 Qantas awards for News

TVNZ has won 11 of the 12 Qantas Awards in the News & Current Affairs category including the most prestigious one for Best News.

Watch Kevin Milne win Best News or Current Affairs Presenter:

The Qantas Film and Television Award winners have been announced across two events at Auckland’s Civic Theatre this weekend including the Craft Lunch yesterday and the Gala this evening.

“We’re absolutely over the moon with the result,” says TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs, Anthony Flannery.

“To win 11 of the 12 awards in our category, including Best News for the second year in a row, is a fantastic result for our staff – it doesn’t get much better than that.

“We have worked very hard to bring New Zealanders a world class news and current affairs service that delivers the stories that’s important to them and their families.

“We are consistently reviewing our programmes, and striving to improve the skills of all of our staff both on screen and behind the scenes.

“It’s great to receive such overwhelming acknowledgement for our efforts.”

TVNZ current affairs programmes Sunday, Close Up and 20/20 also had outstanding results – 20/20 won one, Close Up won two, including Journalist of the Year and Sunday won three, including Best Investigation.

“These awards are a tribute to the skill and professionalism of our current affairs programmes – the reporters, the producers, researchers, camera operators, editors…the whole team,” says Flannery.

“These programmes aim to educate, inform, give a window to the world and provide a voice to those battling the odds.

“TVNZ is proud of their brilliant work.”

There were several categories where TVNZ journalists and presenters were named as all 3 finalists, and were competing against each other this evening. Breakfast’s Paul Henry, One News Sport Presenter, Andrew Saville and Fair Go’s Kevin Milne were up against each other for Best Presenter, with veteran journalist Kevin Milne taking the title for 2009.

“It would have been a very difficult category to judge because these guys are all uniquely talented, absolute professionals and at the top of their game.

“Congratulations to Kevin, it’s a tremendous accolade in the year he celebrates 25 years on Fair Go. Paul Henry and Andrew Saville are incredibly popular with their viewers and I know they will win many awards in the years to come.”

Sunday morning political show Q+A won the award for Best Current Affairs Series.

“This is an amazing result for an ambitious programme that’s been on-air less than a year.

“Q+A is challenging, intelligent and compelling. In its short life Q+A has broken many important stories and regularly sets the political platform for the coming week.

“Paul Holmes, Guyon Espiner and Therese Arseneau – along with their weekly panel of guests – have set a new benchmark for political programming.

“Finally, I’d like to acknowledge the very important role our viewers also play in judging us every day by using the remote – thank you for choosing to watch TVNZ News and Current Affairs.”

BEST NEWS – ONE NEWS, TVNZ

Editor, Paul Patrick and his team won this award for their coverage of the US Presidential Election last November and the Napier Siege in May.

BEST NEWS or CURRENT AFFAIRS PRESENTER – KEVIN MILNE, Fair Go

Kevin Milne won this award for a Fair Go show where he presented the programme and the lead story – Classic Kevin Milne out and about battling for decent kiwis.

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS REPORTING (WEEKLY PROGRAMME) – JOHN HUDSON, STEPHEN BUTLER, LEANDER SCOTT-DONELAN & PORTIA MAO, Sunday

John Hudson and his team won this award for their story BAD MILK, they risked arrest by going to China to investigate Fonterra’s part in the melamine baby milk powder scandal.

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS REPORTING (DAILY PROGRAMME) – ROBYN JANES, LOUISA CLEAVE, CORINNE AMBLER, Close Up

Reporters, Robyn Janes and Corinne Ambler with producer, Louisa Cleave won this award for their week long series of stories on poor maintenance in some of our schools. The series of investigations unearthed hazardous conditions that compromised children’s safety and wellbeing to such an extent the Ministry of Education was forced to act. SCHOOLS was a series of stories that really did make a difference. Robyn Janes has won this award for the second year in a row.

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS SERIES – PAUL HOLMES, GUYON ESPINER, THERESE ARSENEAU, MARY-ANNE AHERN & TIM WATKIN, Q+A

Q+A won the award for its 3rd episode which included Guyon Espiner’s interview with Bill English that exposed the gap between the Finance Minister and Prime Minister over their analysis of the global recession and Paul Holmes’s interview with Helen Clark and her husband Peter Davis – Peter talked openly about Helen Clark’s feelings of rejection after losing the 2008 election.

INVESTIGATION OF THE YEAR – IAN SINCLAIR, DALE OWENS, Sunday

Ian and Dale spent weeks tracking down Dr Roman Hasil to uncover his sinister and violent past that included suspicion of murder. The story prompted Australian Police to re-open a cold case and raised serious questions about Dr Hasil’s appointment at Wanganui Hospital.

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – ROBYN JANES, LOUISA CLEAVE, CORINNE AMBLER, Close Up

(Story detail above)

Yesterday at the Craft Awards TVNZ won all four of the awards in the News Category:

BEST NEWS CAMERA OPERATOR – JARED MASON, TVNZ NEWS

Jared won this award for the pictures he beamed back to NZ from the intensity of the McCain camp on the day of the US Presidential Elections. Not only did Jared shoot the pictures he also edited them.

BEST NEWS EDITING – KIRSTEN BOLAM, TVNZ NEWS

Kirsten won this award for her unique ability to be able to tell a story with pictures and sound. She integrated two seemingly opposite concepts of concert violin playing and physical training to show an Ironwoman’s breadth of talent.

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS CAMERA – CHRIS BROWN, 20/20

Chris won this award for following a kiwi in the Amazing Race through Death Valley for 38 hours showing the contrast between extreme endurance and raw beauty.

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS EDITING – WILL KONG, SUNDAY

Will won this award for his ability to be able to edit a story with empathy and impact. Will worked with Reporter, Janet McIntyre to bring Sunday viewers the tragic story of Wanganui father Alan Hampton whose son, Geoffrey died in his arms while waiting for rescue after a boating mishap. It was Geoffrey’s 19th birthday.

Seventeen of the 25 awards in the General TV category were also won by or screened on TVNZ.

– TVNZ

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TVNZ Director dedicates award to son who died in April

One of TVNZ’s most experienced television directors has been acknowledged this afternoon at the annual Qantas Film and Television Awards and dedicated his award to his 17 year old son who died of cancer earlier this year.

Steve Jamieson won the craft award for Best Multi-Camera Direction in the general television category for bringing the IRB World 7s Series live from Wellington to New Zealand in February.

“This recognition is evidence of Steve’s unconditional commitment to his craft, he directed our sports coverage as well as several other high profile live sporting events this year while dealing with incomprehensible family tragedy”, says TVNZ’s Head of Sport, Murray Needham.

Steve Jamieson’s son, Juke (17) died after a 10 month battle with cancer in April

Steve dedicated the award to Juke when he accepted it at the Qantas Craft Lunch this afternoon.

“Steve is a very talented craftsman, a consummate professional and we are all very proud of his achievement”.

– TVNZ

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TVNZ wins all awards for news craft at Qantas Awards

The people behind the cameras have been acknowledged this afternoon at the Qantas Film and Television Awards for Craft, and TVNZ camera operators and editors have won all of the awards in the News and Current Affairs category.

The annual Qantas Film and Television Awards are being announced across this weekend with the Craft Lunch today and the Gala tomorrow night.

TVNZ won all four awards in the News and Current Affairs category. They are Best News Camera Operator, Best News Editor, Best Current Affairs Camera Operator and Best Current Affairs Editor.

“The camera operators and editors are the life blood of television and we couldn’t deliver the quality of news and current affairs we do without them,” says TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs, Anthony Flannery.

“Jared, Kirsten, Chris & Will set the bench mark for craft excellence – they are consistently world class, and today’s recognition is testament to their outstanding abilities and professionalism.

”They are members of a truly talented team of camera operators and editors which everyone at TVNZ is very proud of.”

BEST NEWS CAMERA OPERATOR – JARED MASON, TVNZ NEWS

Jared won this award for the pictures he beamed back to NZ from the intensity of the McCain camp on the day of the US Presidential Elections. Not only did Jared shoot the pictures he also edited them.

BEST NEWS EDITING – KIRSTEN BOLAM, TVNZ NEWS

Kirsten won this award for her unique ability to be able to tell a story with pictures and sound. She integrated two seemingly opposite concepts of concert violin playing and physical training to show an Ironwoman’s breadth of talent.

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS CAMERA – CHRIS BROWN, 20/20

Chris won this award for following a kiwi in the Amazing Race through Death Valley for 38 hours showing the contrast between extreme endurance and raw beauty.

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS EDITING – WILL KONG, SUNDAY

Will won this award for his ability to be able to edit a story with empathy and impact. Will worked with Reporter, Janet McIntyre to bring Sunday viewers the tragic story of Wanganui father Alan Hampton whose son, Geoffrey died in his arms while waiting for rescue after a boating mishap. It was Geoffrey’s 19th birthday.

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Hilary ‘Giggle’ Barry strikes again

Radio and TV newsreader Hilary Barry has had another attack of the giggles, this time on Radio Live. Listen and giggle along with the link below:

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3 News dominates in 18-49 demographic. Sunrise and Nightline grow

August has seen 3 News consolidate its lead over competitor ONE News in the key 18-49 audience demographic.

Amongst 18-49 year olds – TV3’s target demographic – 3 News held a 31.3% share of the audience compared with ONE News’ 27.5%.

3 News also made gains in TV ONE’s target audience of 25-54 year olds, compared with August 2008. This month saw 3 News record a share of 31.4% in 2009, neck-and-neck with ONE News, which had a share of 31.9%.

“The 3 News team works around the clock to bring great news content to New Zealanders,” said TV3 Director of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings.

“It’s pleasing to see them rewarded with excellent viewership.”

Year-to-date figures also show that TV3’s News and Current Affairs programmes across the board have enjoyed audience growth in the 18-49 demographic in 2009, compared to the first eight months of 2008.

Highlights include the performance of Nightline and Sunrise. TV3’s late night news programme increased its year-to-date audience by 9.5% in the 18-49 demographic and 19.9% in the 25-54 demographic.

Sunrise has enjoyed exceptional audience growth so far in 2009, with a 110.3% increase in the 18-49 viewership, and a 71.9% increase in the 25-54 demographic, compared with the year-to-date figures for 2008.

“All our shows are delivering great audiences,” said Mr Jennings.

“I’m very happy with the performance of Nightline, which dominates the late night news landscape, and Sunrise, which is continuing to make terrific progress in its second year on air.”

August also saw New Zealanders embrace The Big Night In, TV3’s 23-hour live Telethon event, which raised more than $2,000,000 for charity, and was watched by 52.5% of the population, with a reach of 2,083,100 viewers.

– TV3

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