TVNZ celebrates 40 years of network news

One News celebrated 40 years of network news last night with a function in the atrium of TVNZ in Auckland.

Dougal Stevenson, Jennie Goodwin, Susan Wood, John & Kate Hawkesby, Cathy Campbell, Maggie Barry, Marcus Lush, Eric Young, Louise Pagonis, David Beatson, Pam Corkery and Lindsay Perigo were just some faces from the past who attended. With great speeches from Dougal Stevenson, Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie. And a face of the future, Jack Tame spoke of the way newsrooms have changed.

The celebrations continued on Breakfast this morning where Dougal Stevenson, Jennie Goodwin, Lindsay Perigo and David Beatson read the mornings news. I have put together a little highlights package below.

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MediaWorks CEO Brent Impey to step down

After nearly 10 years leading MediaWorks NZ Ltd, CEO Brent Impey has decided to step down from his current role at the end of this year.

Mr Impey said he has concluded now is an appropriate time to step back from the day-to-day operations of the business and leave that to his management team.

“I am pleased that I have been able to develop a very strong management team and I step down from the CEO role knowing that I will be leaving the Company in good hands,” he said.

“I am very proud of the management team I’ve built up. I believe they are the best in the business and I’m grateful for their loyalty and support over the last decade.

“I would like to acknowledge all the staff of MediaWorks. We are a great big extended family and our culture is a special one. I thank everyone in the Company for the great job they do every single day, and I look forward to getting the chance to thank them personally for their contribution to the success of our business,” he said.

“The Board and shareholders wish to retain my services and input into the Company’s development and we have agreed on a part time consultancy until early 2011. This will allow for consistency and a smooth transition for the business,” he said.

Board Chairman, Brent Harman, paid tribute to Mr Impey’s tenure.

“A decade as a CEO is an impressive innings in any business; in the media business it’s quite spectacular.

“Brent has been a passionate broadcaster for most of his career, and his love of the media business has shone through in his time with MediaWorks.

“From his passionate belief in media freedom to recognising the importance of clients, hiring great staff, and being fiercely competitive, Brent has made an enormous contribution to the broadcasting landscape in New Zealand. For that the Board is grateful, and thanks Brent for his hard work,” he said.

“In the wake of Mr Impey’s decision, the Board of MediaWorks NZ Ltd has decided to appoint CEOs for each of the Radio and Television divisions, reporting to the Board,” said Mr Harman.

“The CEO MediaWorks Radio will be Sussan Turner, currently COO MediaWorks Radio. A search process is underway for the CEO MediaWorks TV,” he said.

“Although we won’t be appointing a group CEO, the streamlined structure of the business means we will have a smooth transition to CEOs for the respective TV and Radio businesses.

“The business is in very good shape and so it’s a case of business as usual for the Company,” said Mr Harman.

– TV3


Oprah to end talk show

In a statement from Harpo, the ‘Oprah Show’ has announced it will end in 2011. Read the statement below:

Over the past several weeks, my team and I have had conversations with many of you to help address your questions about the future of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Of course, the one question we couldn’t answer was the one that only Oprah could. And tomorrow, she will do just that.

But before she speaks to her loyal viewers, we wanted to share her decision first with you – our valued partners for more than two decades.

Tomorrow, Oprah will announce live on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that she has decided to end what is arguably one of the most popular, influential and enduring programs in television history. The sun will set on the “Oprah” show as its 25th season draws to a close on September 9, 2011.

We welcome you to share this news this evening with your colleagues and viewers. As we all know, Oprah’s personal comments about this on tomorrow’s live show will mark an historic television moment that we will all be talking about for years to come.

We want to thank you for the partnership and friendship we have shared over the years. Your invaluable support has helped us to create the phenomenon of the “Oprah Show” that we’ve all been so proud to be a part of for the last 24 years. My staff and I will be calling all of you directly tonight and tomorrow. We look forward to speaking with you.

And, if you think the last quarter century has been something, then “don’t touch that dial” as together we plan to make history in the next 20 months…and beyond.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Bennett
President, Harpo, Inc.


The Edge to launch in Marlborough

The Edge radio station launches in Marlborough on 104.9FM on 1 December and we’re looking for someone to turn on The Edge and get summer started!

The search is on now for someone to flick the switch so if you’re keen, register online now at

“It’s fantastic after such a long wait to get the chance to turn on The Edge in Marlborough, so what better way than to get a local to do it,” said Leon Wratt, Programme Director of The Edge Network.

Jay-Jay Feeney, The Edge Morning Madhouse breakfast host says, “We’re so excited about broadcasting into Marlborough. We can finally track down some old tap-dancing classmates of our boss Leon Wratt (he grew up in Blenheim and was quite the mover). If you have any old photos or goss on him, please contact us!”

The Edge started in Hamilton in 1994 and now broadcasts across 22 markets nationwide. More people listen to The Edge than any other music station in New Zealand.


NZ radio awards to become an online event

A new and substantially changed format for the 2010 New Zealand Radio Awards has been announced by the New Zealand Radio Industry Awards Committee.

Chairman David Brice says “Tough economic times have prompted a hard look at the cost structure of the Awards. But at the same time, industry leaders are unanimous in their on-going support for this important showcase recognising excellence in radio broadcasting”.

The key change is a move away from the annual Awards show function in Auckland in favour of an online presentation via the internet. “The cost of bringing large numbers of radio people to Auckland for the annual Awards show has become prohibitive. We’re going to make the show accessible to every radio broadcaster, or for that matter, interested members of the public via the internet”.

Online technology will play a significant role in the 2010 Awards with the submission of entries, judging and the presentation of the Awards themselves all activated from an exciting new website being built by Satellite Media. The site is expected to launch in early December. This will have the effect of substantially reducing entry and judging costs.

Chairman of the Radio Broadcasters Association, John McElhinney, said that “We are confident that the Awards can only benefit from this positive combination of broader access and reduced costs environment through really smart use of the new technological environment. The RBA is confident that this will ensure the on-going success of the Awards, particularly by providing affordable access for a broader range of radio people”.

Entries for the 2010 Awards open 1st February and close 1st March. The winners will be announced in early May 2010 when it is hoped that the radio family literally from Kaitaia to Invercargill will be able to have their own Awards party to watch the show.