3News quake coverage comprehensive

3 News has been providing comprehensive coverage of the earthquake in Christchurch to New Zealand and worldwide television audiences.

TV3 started regular news updates early this morning with the breaking news and has constantly updated audiences on the hour throughout the day.

To enhance our coverage for viewers, additional technical and reporting staff were helicoptered into Christchurch this morning, meaning 3 News has the strongest live broadcast capability in the South Island.

Tonight, 3 News will be a 90-minute special covering all aspects of the disaster, with journalist Mike McRoberts reporting and presenting live from Christchurch.

3 News has also been providing coverage to Sky News Australia, Channel 7 Australia, CBS in the United States and news services Reuters and APTN.

“In a situation like this we have global responsibilities, as well as our commitment to keep New Zealanders fully informed,” said TV3 Director of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings.

TV3’s current affairs show The Nation at 11am this morning became a one-hour live earthquake special, and included the first television interview with Prime Minister John Key. Tomorrow (Sunday) The Nation will screen as a two-hour live special from 8am, hosted by Sean Plunket, with John Campbell reporting on the latest developments.

As well, 3 News will be providing full coverage of the fatal plane crash at Fox Glacier today.

MediaWorks station Radio Live has also been providing live and comprehensive coverage of today’s developments to radio audiences nationwide.

“We are committed to remaining across these stories, keeping our local and international audiences fully appraised of the response and recovery developments in the days and weeks ahead,” said Mr Jennings.


One News quake coverage comprehensive

TV ONE will continue its live coverage of the Canterbury Quake throughout the afternoon, will feature a special 90 minute bulletin of ONE News at 6pm and hourly updates from 8pm throughout the evening.

ONE News began broadcasting updates at 7am. We broke into normal programming (Country Calendar) and have been continuously live with developments and civil defence public service messages from 8am.

News crews have been on the ground in the earthquake zone since immediately after the quake. We were able to rally a full studio crew, director and producers from across Auckland to boot-up the main ONE News studio at the Television Centre in the CBD by 7am.

Presenter Rawdon Christie has anchored the coverage this morning for ONE News. Christchurch born and raised journalist, Miriama Kamo will present the coverage throughout the afternoon.

TVNZ in Christchurch is well resourced with back-up generators, satellite news-gathering equipment and a team of experienced reporters, producers, camera operators and technical staff to continue providing extensive coverage of this state of emergency – the worst earthquake to hit New Zealand since the Napier quake in 1931.

Our news staff right across the country are also providing updates and content for news agencies across the world and are the primary source for global news giant CNN.


3 News loses its own target demo – TVNZ

Official data detailing August’s viewing behaviour shows 3 News has lost to ONE News in its own target demographic for the first time since the Beijing Olympics.

The average audience across the month of August 2010 shows that ONE News had 205,190 viewers aged 18-49 watching the main 6pm bulletin every evening compared to 198,650 viewers in the same age group watching 3 News. July data showed ONE and 3 News were neck and neck with ONE News just slightly behind in TV3’s own target demographic.

The last time ONE News beat 3 News in 18-49 age group was in August 2008 (during the Beijing Olympics).

Total viewership data for all news and current affairs television programmes during August on FTA is detailed below.

ONE News Midday: 132,610
3 News at Twelve: 30,100
ONE News @ 4:30: 106,080
ONE News: 671,030
3 News: 376,020
Close Up: 525,430
Campbell Live: 252,660
Tonight: 183,520
Nightline: 156,700

Source: Nielsen TAM (Measurement: All people 5 years and over – average audience nationwide)


NZ Exclusive: The Rock interview Bono and The Edge from U2

The Rock radio station had an exclusive interview with megastars Bono and The Edge from U2 that will air tomorrow at 7.30am. This has been the only New Zealand interview to promote The U2 360° Tour that will come to Auckland on 25 November this year.

In a live studio link up, Roger Farrelly from The Morning Rumble spoke to the pair about The U2 360° Tour and their impending New Zealand visit. They discuss how Bono’s back is holding up after they postponed shows in May for his emergency spinal surgery, and what kiwi’s can expect to hear at Mt Smart in November which includes 4 new songs that haven’t yet been released.

The duo also spoke of their love of NZ and their past experiences in this country. Bono remembers “I jumped naked off a bridge in Queenstown, it was a bungy jump and I then mooned, which is the sort of thing I would have only done in my twenty’s”.

The interview finished off with a hint at the inclusion of New Zealand inspired ‘One Tree Hill’ on the set list. “If I was a betting man, I would guess the odds would be pretty high that we will do One Tree Hill” says The Edge.

To hear the full interview with Bono and The Edge from U2, listen to The Rock tomorrow morning at 7.30am or head to www.therock.net.nz.

– MediaWorks

Mediaworks appoints Director of Technology

MediaWorks has appointed its current TV Engineering Manager, Roger Randle, to the group role of Director of Technology.

Announcing the appointment, Group Managing Director Sussan Turner said she was delighted this important appointment came from within the organisation.

“We conducted an international search for this key executive appointment, and it is excellent we have been able to promote someone from within our existing pool of very talented managers,” she said.

“Roger came through a rigorous recruitment process with flying colours. His technical skills, strategic ability, leadership strength and his respect from within the industry were all important factors in his appointment,” said Ms Turner.

“He thoroughly understands the MediaWorks culture, and his appointment will make for a seamless transition,” she said.

Mr Randle will oversee all technology requirements for MediaWorks across the radio, TV and Interactive divisions of the Company.

“In the years ahead strength in the technology arena will be a critical success factor for all media companies. I know with Roger in this leadership role we are well positioned for the future,” she said.

Mr Randle has been with MediaWorks since 2001, and has been TV Engineering Manager since 2004. He has enjoyed a 20 year career in the broadcast and I.T. industry, commencing in the UK before relocating to New Zealand where he worked for Fisher & Paykell and Panasonic New Zealand prior to joining MediaWorks.

Roger Randle said he is excited about his appointment, and the opportunity to work with such a talented and innovative technology team.

“I have absolute faith in their abilities, and look forward to working alongside the team to meet MediaWorks’ evolving technology needs,” Mr Randle said.

Roger Randle’s appointment is effective immediately, as he steps into the role replacing industry veteran John Allen who announced he was stepping down from his position two months ago. Mr Allen will continue to work with MediaWorks in a consulting role.

– MediaWorks