More FM Makes it Happen

Auckland’s 91.8 MORE FM is making good things happen for a deserving North Shore family. ‘The Morning Fix’ breakfast show (featuring Jeremy Corbett, Joe Cotton and Jesse Mulligan) announced this morning that Mark McFadzien of Beach Haven, North Shore has won a surprise house and garden makeover worth $20,000, to be completed this weekend with Auckland’s 91.8 MORE FM’s ‘Make It Happen.’

“Every year I look forward to the multi-headed, 99-armed beast that is ‘Make It Happen’, a creature that swarms over a deserving Aucklander’s abode, sucks out the bad and replaces it with the gleaming new,” said Jeremy Corbett. “It’s entirely selfish, of course. As each year I can’t help but be moved by the stories we hear, the wonderful people that give so generously and the real meaning of that often over-used word ‘community.’”

Mark McFadzien was nominated by his 19-year-old daughter Rebecca who said in her entry, “My Dad has always put his family and friends before himself. He never complains and has always done his very best to help us make our bedrooms look the way that we dreamt. He would never want to spend money on ‘cosmetic’ aspects of the house if they were for himself so winning this competition really would be super amazing!”

The MORE FM team, along with a handful of local businesses who have donated their products and services, will work around the clock this weekend to completely renovate the McFadzien’s home while they’re off having fun. The makeover includes new carpet throughout the entire house, painting inside and out, new furniture, and a new garden and BBQ area.

Listen to Auckland’s 91.8 MORE FM from 6am tomorrow as ‘The Morning Fix’ broadcast live from the ‘Make It Happen’ house and kick off the weekend of work. The big reveal of the McFadzien’s new and improved home will happen at 7am Monday morning.

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TV3 stars announce engagement

Sports journalist Andrew Gourdie and 3 News reporter Kate Lynch are engaged.

The couple, who have arrived back in New Zealand after a nine week round the world holiday, got engaged in New York on 09/09/09.

Lynch hosted TV3’s coverage of the New Zealand Trotting Cup from Addington Raceway yesterday and is a front runner in the category of best reporter in this years Dan News Awards.

Look out Posh and Becks!

– Dan News

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Rihanna interview to feature on TV2’s 20/20 this week

Singing superstar, Rihanna talks for the first time about her violent relationship with fellow singer, Chris Brown this Thursday night.

In a revealing interview, Rihanna talks about what really happened that night and how she feels now Brown has been sentenced to community labour, five years of probation and a year of domestic-violence counselling.

20/20 also looks at the ongoing fallout from the shootout on the West Auckland motorway at Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

The police chase ended in gridlock, an innocent bystander being shot dead and many more being scarred for life.

The ripple effect from 56 seconds of madness is on 20/20 at 9:30pm, this Thursday on TV2.

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New faces proving popular among early awards voters

With the first week of voting over, the race to win the category of best reporter in the Dan News Awards could not be any closer.

One of TV3’s new faces, Laura Turner (pictured) appears to have already established a fan base with voting numbers keeping her in the top 3.  Other reporters who have proven popular so far include Jack Tame, Lisa Owen, Kate Lynch and last years winner Rachel Morton.

It’s also a close race when it comes to best male newsreader with newcomer to the news desk, Lachlan Forsyth proving very popular early on. Last years winner Peter Williams has not lost any of his popularity, not budging from a top 3 position.

Voting closes at the end of this month, so get voting here now.

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Corkery investigates Asian Crime

In a sequel to Inside New Zealand: The Gangs, Inside New Zealand: The Truth About Asian Crime, screening on Wednesday, November 11th at 9:30pm on 3, sees veteran broadcaster Pam Corkery investigate the alarming rise of Asian crime in New Zealand.

The very mention of heavyweight Asian crime syndicates in New Zealand is invariably met with either silence or accusations of racism.

Sources and interviewees’ fears of being labelled xenophobic were some of the many barriers faced by the investigative team of Pam Corkery and Laurie Clarke when researching The Truth About Asian Crime.

“During the Gangs research there were numerous veiled references to a very dark force greater than the locally born criminals,” says Clarke, “but no-one was prepared to elaborate.”

Inside New Zealand: The Truth About Asian Crime delves into that dark place. “It reveals disturbing realities of grand scale narcotics trafficking, money laundering, impotent laws and corruption,” Clarke continues.

The documentary sees Corkery travel to China to the source of the P trade, gaining a rare interview with one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies – the manufacturers of the ingredients for making P.

She also investigates the supply chain in China and the ease with which these ingredients can be purchased in limitless quantities.

“With the flood of Asian immigrants over the past couple of decades, New Zealand inherited narcotics specialists who introduced and now control the dominant Class A drug market,” says Clarke.

Whether these individuals are part of a sophisticated criminal network of triads or opportunistic businesspeople is also investigated in the documentary.

“These people exploit our historically keen demand for drugs, willingness to pay top dollar, comparatively light penalties for drug dealing compared with their homeland, and their connections back in Asia.” explains Corkery.

Make sure not to miss this eye-opening documentary when Inside New Zealand: The Truth About Asian Crime screens on Wednesday, November 11th at 9:30pm on 3

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Aussie news veteran retires

Channel Seven today announced that Seven News’ anchor Ian Ross will retire later this month and that Chris Bath will take over his role.

Since Ross took the helm of Seven News in Sydney in December 2003, it has become the city’s favourite news service. Ross, who has more than 50 years of broadcast journalism behind him, will read his final bulletin on Friday November 27.

“Of course, I have very mixed emotions right now,” said Ross. “Walking away from six amazing years with Seven News will not be easy. I have made many good friends among the hugely talented team of people with whom I’ve worked so closely. It’s going to be tough. But I know beyond doubt that the time is right and I’m looking forward to spending more time with friends and family and having the time to travel.

“It’s still hard to believe the Seven adventure proved to be such a success, coming as it did so late in my career. It was an enormous challenge and in some ways an enormous risk, for all of us involved. But it’s been an unforgettable experience for me and I’m so proud to have been part of it.

“It will be easier for me to walk away knowing I’m leaving the job in such good hands. Chris Bath is such a great communicator and a presenter who already enjoys the respect and affection of Sydney’s TV audience. She has nothing to prove. I wish her all the luck in the world and hope she enjoys the experience as much as I have.”

Bath will anchor Seven News’ 6pm bulletin on weekdays from Monday November 30. A journalist with 21 years experience, she started at the network in 1996 and has been Ross’ back-up presenter while reading weekends since 2005. She also reports for and co-hosts Seven’s flagship public affairs show Sunday Night.

“Ian has had an enormous impact on the Seven newsroom – it’s been wonderful to have someone with his experience on board and he’ll be greatly missed,” said Bath. “And while it is a changing of the guard, we both share an enormous passion for Seven News and the outstanding team behind it. I’m thrilled to be fronting such a comprehensive news service in my home town.”

“This is a bittersweet moment,” said Peter Meakin, the network’s director of news and public affairs. “On the one hand, we are sorry that Ian is leaving. He has led Seven News to victory for five consecutive years and we are hugely in his debt. But we rejoice that someone as talented and popular as Chris is available to replace him.”

“Ian has been an absolute superstar,” said Channel Seven CEO David Leckie. “We thank him profusely for taking Seven News to the top and keeping it there. Much as we’ll miss him, we are fortunate indeed to have someone as brilliant as Chris to inherit the crown.”

Channel Seven’s Sydney news director Chris Willis is also pleased to confirm that Mark Ferguson will commence reading weekend bulletins for Seven News on Saturday November 28.

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