New Europe correspondent for 3 News

3 News is to have a new Europe correspondent.

Reporter Melissa Davies will head to London in January.

“I feel extremely privileged to have been given this opportunity and of course very excited too.” Davies told Dan News

“At this stage the royal wedding stands out as a major news event but I am also very much looking forward to telling the stories of kiwis abroad.”

Tristram Clayton was among the co-workers who congratulated Davies via Twitter last night.

“Better find something to wear for that Royal Wedding! Congratulations you’re going to be an awesome Europe Correspondent.” he tweeted.

TV3’s current Europe correspondent, Kim Chisnall will return to the Auckland newsroom.

Chisnall said she is looking forward to coming back to a warm New Zealand summer.

– Dan News

Miriama Kamo: I’m off to Germany!

One of the most popular news readers on our screens has announced she’s heading to Germany on a language learning expedition.

Speaking with Dan News, Kamo looked back at her time with TVNZ. From her first TV role on ‘Get Real’ through to her time at 20/20.

“I’ve been so lucky to enjoy the job in its entirety as a reporter and a presenter.” she said.

When asked what stories stood out over her time with One News, Kamo immediately spoke about the massive scale of last week’s mine explosion.

“It’s been such a huge story, no one who has worked on this story is ever going to forget it.”

Pike River followed another major local story, the Christchurch Earthquake which Miriama  anchored in the evening for TVNZ.

She was tipped to be one of the front-runner’s for the soon-to-be vacated Breakfast position but said that Breakfast was never discussed, her plan was always to go to Germany.

Kamo wouldn’t be drawn on who she would like to see get the job.

“I’m really excited to see who gets pulled out of the hat.  Sometimes with these things you get a really great surprise, so I’m looking forward to seeing who they come up with for Breakfast, and for 20/20.”

Kamo said she will be in Germany for at least six months and is not sure what her plans will be when she returns to New Zealand.

– Dan News

TVNZ host broadcaster for Pike River Remembrance Service

The Pike River Official Remembrance Service will be covered live from Greymouth’s Omoto Racecourse by TVNZ on Thursday 2 December.

As with Sir Edmund Hillary’s State Funeral and the Maori Queen’s Tangi, TVNZ will act as the host broadcaster for the event, making pictures of the Service available to other New Zealand and international broadcasters.

More details about the coverage will be announced next week.


Untouchable Topp Twins on TV One this weekend

This week’s Sunday Theatre is an award-winning film about the extraordinary life of New Zealand’s most irrepressible entertainment double act, Jools and Lynda Topp.

The film offers a revealing look into the lives of the World’s only comedic, country singing, dancing, and yodeling lesbian twin sisters.

As well as rarely seen archive footage and home movies, the film features a series of special interviews with some of the Topp’s infamous comedy alter-egos including candid chats with the two Kens, Camp Mother and Camp Leader, the Bowling Ladies and the Posh Socialite sisters, Prue and Dilly.

Sunday Theatre: Topp Twins – The Untouchable Girls on TV One, Sunday 28 November, 8.30pm

– TV One

Discovery pulls mine rescue doco

SKY TV have confirmed the screening of ‘Rescued, The Chilean Mine Story’ has been delayed in the Australasian Region.

In a statement, SKY said they had been in communication with the Discovery Channel, and were are able to confirm that due to the recent tragedy in Greymouth, the World Premier screening of the documentary has been rescheduled.

The on air promotions for this program will be taken off air later tonight.

Popular news anchor to leave NZ

20/20 host Miriama Kamo is leaving New Zealand.

The popular TVNZ personality leaves for Germany in January and plans to live there for at least six months.

As well as hosting 20/20, Kamo has also worked as a backup presenter for ONE News.

Earlier this year, Kamo anchored live coverage of the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquake.

She had recently been named as a front runner for the soon-to-be-vacated presenting position on Breakfast.

Kamo has also been polling well in this year’s Dan News Awards poll.

TVNZ told Dan News that they are in the process of finding a replacement for the TV2 current affairs show.

– Dan News