Details: Band Together – Concert For Canterbury

An amazing line up of artists has now been confirmed for the Band Together Concert for Canterbury next month.

The free concert, in Christchurch’s Hagley Park on October 23, is shaping up to be the biggest free concert ever staged in New Zealand.

Some of New Zealand’s best-loved bands and solo artists are coming together to entertain Cantabrians following the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that continue to shake the region.

Canterbury stalwarts The Exponents are specially reforming for the event.

Their song, Christchurch (In Cashel St. I Wait), is the theme song of the concert.

They’ll be joined by Opshop, The Feelers, Minuit, Clap Clap Riot, Midnight Youth, Ivy Lies and The Bats.

The star-studded line up also includes Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, J.Williams, Che Fu, and Dane Rumble plus Julia Deans, King Kapisi and Nathan King.

Two of the biggest artists who started their careers in Christchurch over 40- years-ago – Ray Columbus and Dinah Lee – are returning to reprise their hits.

A total of 31 acts will be taking to the stage on Saturday October 23. The full day of music and entertainment starts at 11am and finishes at 8pm.

Organisers Jason Kerrison and Paul Ellis say the concert is a chance for Cantabrians to come together in the wake of the earthquake that struck the region on September 4.

“It’s a day to reconnect with your friends and family, enjoy the best of New Zealand music, and just have a great time,” says Ellis.

Both are extremely appreciative of the talent who have put up their hands to help.

“It’s a fantastic mix of artists and we’re so lucky that so many have been able to make themselves available for this,” says Kerrison, whose band Opshop will be performing on the day.

“The amount of talent that is going to be on that stage is extraordinary,” says Ellis.

Many of the artists were born and raised in the region, or have called Canterbury home at some stage of their lives or careers, while others just wanted to do something to help the people of Canterbury recover from their earthquake ordeal.

Joining the artists will be a number of sporting stars plus TV and radio celebrities to host the event, which will be broadcast, LIVE on TV3 from midday.

Sponsorship is funding the daylong concert and there will be opportunities for the rest of the country to donate to Cantabrians those in need.

Change in management at Radio Live. Mitch Harris returns to on-air duties

After nearly six years establishing and leading the RadioLIVE brand, and subsequently the LiveSPORT brand, General Manager Talk Radio, Mitch Harris, has decided on a change of pace.

Mr Harris will be returning to an on-air role as a fill-in host across the stations’ various shows.

His management and programming responsibilities will be taken up by Jana Rangooni, currently Group Programme Director – Music for MediaWorks Radio, who will become Group Programme Director across all stations.

“I would like to acknowledge the enormous effort Mitch has put in over the last six years launching and establishing RadioLIVE and LiveSPORT as significant players in the New Zealand radio market,” said MediaWorks Radio CEO, Belinda Mulgrew.

“It’s great we can retain his knowledge for the stations, and use his substantial broadcasting skills and experience in an on-air capacity. Mitch has the breadth of experience that enables him to host any show on the network,” Ms Mulgrew said.

“I’m also delighted a programmer of Jana Rangooni’s capability has agreed to step-up to the challenge of leading these important brands in our stable,” she said.

Mitch Harris said he is looking forward to returning to on-air broadcasting.

“Having helped establish these stations, I feel the time is right for me to move on. I am delighted MediaWorks has invited me to take up on-air work again, allowing me to have a continued involvement with the organisation and the stations,” he said.

Jana Rangooni has spent her entire career in the radio industry, commencing as a newsreader in Taranaki in the late 80’s. Her stellar broadcasting career has seen her programme various stations in New Zealand, as well as Heart FM – a high-profile London radio station. For the last five years, Jana has overseen the programming strategy for all the music stations in the MediaWorks Radio portfolio. These include The Edge, The Rock, The Breeze, More FM, Solid Gold and Mai FM.

Ms Rangooni said she is looking forward to the challenge presented in taking responsibility for RadioLIVE and LiveSPORT.

“I have followed the progress of both brands from the sidelines over the past few years, and look forward to working with the teams to achieve further success. There are some brilliant people at the stations both on-air and behind-the-scenes,” she said.

“As technology continues to change the way news and information are consumed, the role of truly being a new voice in the world of news and talk radio is a great opportunity for RadioLIVE that will go beyond what it does on-air. It involves every platform we are able to interact on with news and information driven consumers,” Ms Rangooni said.

There will be a transition period to the new structure over the next few weeks.

– MediaWorks

TVNZ & TelstraClear partnership announced


TelstraClear has launched the T-Box its High Definition capable personal video recorder and TV ONE and TV2 HD channels will be free for all TelstraClear customers who choose TelstraClear’s dual or triple play service with the T-Box option.

TVNZ and TelstraClear have come to an agreement for TV ONE & TV2 HD CHANNELS to be delivered to TelstraClear customers on its cable network in Wellington, Kapiti and Christchurch.

TelstraClear has 43,000 TV customers who receive this service via its advanced cable network. Many of these customers have chosen TelstraClear unique triple play service.

Steve Jackson, TelstraClear Head of Consumer says ; “TelstraClear is very pleased to be able to deliver TVNZ’s high value portfolio of programmes on TV ONE & TV2 in HD to our Triple Play customers”

TVNZ’s Head of Digital Media and Digital Channels Eric Kearley said the move continued the company’s strategy of “inspiring New Zealanders on every screen”.

“TelstraClear’s advanced cable network is available to people in Wellington, Kapiti and Christchurch and now they can opt to receive TV ONE and TV2 in high definition,” Mr Kearley said. “The agreement recognises the popularity of TVNZ’s two major channels and the company’s commitment to making the content as accessible as possible.”