Technical problems for Sunday’s 3 News

Observant news geeks may have noticed a difference in the way 3 News was presented last night.

According to Alistair Wilkinson’s Twitter page, a technical problem believed to be the main projection screen was to blame.

Wilkinson also engaged in conversations via Twitter over how the director should deal with the issues, taking suggestions from followers.

I personally liked the stand up to close the show. Something I’d like to see introduced for the 6PM promos.

Here are some images:

– Dan News

Video: Pippa Wetzell announces pregnancy

TV ONE’s Breakfast co-host, Pippa Wetzell has announced this morning that she is expecting her third child.

Pippa’s baby is due in early February 2011 and everyone at TVNZ wishes her a very healthy pregnancy.

Pippa and her husband, Torrin Crowther have two daughters Brodie (3) and Cameron (15 months). At this stage Pippa plans to co-host Breakfast with Paul Henry through until the end of 2010.

No decision has been made yet about who will fill-in for Pippa next year or when she will return from maternity leave.

Watch below:

Final series of TV3’s Outrageous Fortune launches with highest ratings ever

The final series of 3’s most popular drama Outrageous Fortune, launched on 3 last night, drawing a record number of viewers and the highest overall ratings ever for the series.

In 3’s key demographic of 18-49 the show got a 23.7 rating equating to a whopping 45.9% share – easily winning its timeslot, watched by over 447,000 people.

As well as the key 18-49 demographic, Outrageous Fortune also did phenomenally well in the 5+ demographic. With a rating of 17.7 and a share of 38.2% over 711,000 tuned in the catch the West’s return to our screens.

Kelly Martin, 3’s Director of Programming, says the ratings reflect the high quality and production values of the series, which follows the exploits of the criminally-inclined West family.

“Not only are we thrilled to have won in the new timeslot, the fact that we’ve done it with the last series of the most popular local drama series the network has seen, shows us all the hard work and effort has been worth it,” she says.

“The fans will continue to be rewarded over the next 18 weeks with more of what we have all come to know and love.

Series five ended on an explosive note and the journey the characters take in this last ever series is one not to be missed. People won’t be disappointed!”

Chris Bailey, Managing Director of South Pacific Pictures says:

“We are absolutely delighted with last night’s fantastic Outrageous Fortune ratings. We’re thrilled that the audience for the show continues to grow and we look forward to a terrific season ahead.

– TV3

Sneak Peek: Reel Late with Kate

Kate Rodger can barely contain her excitement about her new show.

“Reel Late with Kate is my 3 News Film3 review on steroids – we have half an hour to get down and dirty into the nitty-gritty of the latest releases, what a treat” she says.

In the first episode Kate will be joined by Karl Urban and in episode two the guest is Outrageous Fortune’s Antony Starr.

Check out the logo below:

Reel Late with Kate will screen at 10.25pm, Sunday July 25 on TV3

– Dan News