Sky launches Travel Channel

Travel Channel, on SKY Digital channel 77, will provide viewers with quality programming on all aspects of the travel experience, from luxury getaways to backpacking adventures. The new channel will not only provide practical advice in selecting and planning real holidays but will also allow viewers to just sit back and enjoy experiencing fascinating places in the company of engaging presenters from all across the world. It is a ‘must see’ for those with a desire to venture beyond their front door.

Since its launch in London in 1994, Travel Channel has grown to serve cable and satellite audiences across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, transmitting on 20 satellites in 18 languages. The deal with SKY Television makes the channel’s entertaining and inspirational mix of programmes available in New Zealand for the first time.

Travel Channel International Chief Executive Richard Wolfe said, “SKY is one of the most successful Pay TV providers in the world and it is a great privilege for us to be working with them to bring the channel here”.

“We think Travel Channel and New Zealand are made for each other, and we are looking forward to people here becoming part of our rapidly expanding international family of viewers. ”

John Fellet, SKY Television Chief Executive, said, “SKY Television is dedicated to continuing its ongoing commitment to provide unique, entertaining and exclusive television for New Zealanders – Travel Channel is a welcome addition to our platform.”

The Travel Channel launches on SKY Digital Channel 77 Saturday 1 May 2010 at 6.00am and will be available to all SKY subscribers as part of SKY’s basic package.

– Sky TV

3 News, Campbell Live and Nightline all win in key demo – TV3

3 News, Campbell Live and Nightline all had strong nationwide wins against competing shows in the all important 18-49 demographic in January, retaining the competitive lead they held in December.

3 News held its lead over ONE News nationally during the January period from December, ending the month in the 18-49 demographic with a 28.9% share, versus ONE News and their 25.4% share.

In the 18-49 Auckland Urban demographic, 3 News increased its share by 1.6% to 31.6, whereas ONE News ended the January period significantly lower at 16.2%, down 26.0%.

And in the key ONE News 25-54 Auckland Urban demographic, 3 News remains significantly ahead with an increase of 2.9% to 31.7, with ONE News lagging behind on 19.7%, down 21.5%.

Campbell Live also grew its ratings share in the key 18-49 demographics during January compared to December, with a healthy 7.1% increase to a 16.5% share. This is compared to Close Up’s negative -8.0%, down to 16.1%. In TV ONE’s key 25-54 Auckland Urban demographic, Campbell Live increased by 41.2% to a 16.8 share, leaving Close Up trailing with a 9.6% share, down by 30.4%.

Mark Jennings, TV3’s Director of News and Current Affairs comments, “Campbell Live kicked off the year with some superb coverage of the Auckland power crisis, a story which Close Up ignored until the next day. The show also gained exclusives with key players in the developing story involving Robin Brooke. Viewer feedback has been very strong and we continue to out-rate Close Up in our key demographic.”

Nightline also continued steady growth in all key demographics, easily winning the all important 18-49 demographic nationwide with a 22.7% share, up 7.6% month on month. Tonight lagged behind with a 16.3% share. Nightline also beat Tonight in its own target demographic of 25-54, ending January at a 23.1% share, up 5.5% – compared with Tonight’s 18.4% share.

Nightline’s win in the 18-49 demographic gives them a lead by an impressive 39% margin against Tonight. Nightline is also ahead by a margin of 26% in Tonight’s own demographic of 25-54.

Nightline enjoyed strong growth in the 18-49 Metro, 18-49 Auckland Urban, 25-54 Metro, and 25-54 Auckland Urban demographics.

– TV3

Viewer favourite leaving TV3

Laura Turner is leaving TV3.

Turner, who was voted best reporter by visitors to this website in this years Dan News Awards is returning to Melbourne for a reporting position with Channel Nine.

“Melbourne is my home and, while I’d never planned to come and go from New Zealand so quickly, I am excited about returning to the city I know and love.” she told Dan News.

Turner said she had learnt a lot from her colleagues at TV3 and will miss the team, and the city of Auckland.

“Working for Channel Nine will be immensely challenging and rewarding and I cannot wait to get stuck into it” she said.

– Dan News