MediaWorks goes big on Earth Hour

MediaWorks is again proudly lending support to Earth Hour, and encouraging Kiwis to get in behind this worldwide initiative to combat global warming.

As the first time zone in the world to celebrate Earth Hour, New Zealanders are urged to switch off the lights on Saturday, March 27 between 8.30pm and 9.30pm and be the first in the world to show commitment to fighting climate change.

Sunrise is supporting the initiative with weather presenter Josh Heslop coming to viewers LIVE at Ten Pin Takapuna, tomorrow morning (March 26) doing Glow in the Dark Ten Pin Bowling to promote Earth Hour.

3 News’ Samantha Hayes will be previewing what Earth Hour is, who’s involved and why.

TV3’s coverage continues on Sunday when 3 News will bring viewers imagery from New Zealand iconic landmarks such as the Sky Tower, The Beehive and the Octagon as well showing us what happened internationally in places including The Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, Table Mountain in Cape Town and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai when they switched their lights off.

MORE FM is also playing their part in supporting Earth Hour with a special acoustic show from 8pm hosted by Jesse Mulligan and guest star Anika Moa who’ll have the official NZ countdown to the switch off.

MORE FM also are hosting activity all over the country that Kiwis can get involved in with Aucklanders able to enjoy a full acoustic set with some great Kiwi acts including Mel Parson and Chris Cope at Britomart from 7.30pm – 10pm, hosted by Late Night LOVE host, Lee Plummer.

MORE FM are also supporting candle lit dinners and events throughout the country, including The Longest Potluck dinner in Rotorua, and a staged event in Dunedin’s Octagon, with the support of local restaurants who will all be serving dinner by candlelight. For further details visit

Auckland’s Sky Tower is one of the iconic buildings around the world that will also be going dark for Earth Hour in support of this event.

MediaWorks Group Managing Director, Sussan Turner, comments, “In recognition of the importance of addressing issues such as climate change, MediaWorks is proud to be supporting WWF New Zealand and their Earth Hour campaign. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Radio and Television to work together on this great environmental initiative.”

– TV3

Kate Lynch leaves TV3 for Close Up

Kate Lynch is leaving 3 News it has been confirmed.

TVNZ’s Andi Brotherston made the announcement via Twitter this afternoon.

The star reporter signed a contract with TVNZ over the weekend and will finish with TV3 in May.

TVNZ said they are rapt to have such a talented reporter joining their team.

Lynch has reported on some of the biggest stories during her 5 years at 3 News, as well as occasionally presenting Nightline, 3 News at 12 and Sunrise.

– Dan News

TV3 launches ‘3 News in Chinese’

TV3 has launched “3 News in Chinese” an online extension of

“This service will allow Chinese people who do not have english as a first language to engage in the national news agenda and secondly provide another flavour of news in China where the media is restricted” says chief editor James Murray.

“We want to provide a news service that is genuinely interesting to Chinese people, which is why, with a few exceptions, it is the chinese translators who choose which stories to translate” he said.

UK website launched a similar service last year but this was forced to close after the Chinese government closed their translation service provider.

Watch 3News story on the launch here.

– Dan News