Prime launch Evening News as Clarkson leaves

NZ Herald are reporting news reader Suzy Clarkson is leaving Prime News.

The report follows an announcement that Prime will introduce a new bulletin at 7PM.

Prime Evening News will launch on Monday 6th December and will screen from Monday to Friday.

In a statement, Prime said it is excited to add a half-hour news bulletin to its weeknight schedule at the Summer-friendly time of 7pm.

“For busy viewers, unable to catch earlier evening news bulletins, Prime Evening News offers the latest news and sports stories from New Zealand and around the world in a full half-hour bulletin to complement the current daily bulletin Prime News – First at 5:30.”

Both bulletins will be anchored by  Eric Young with the assistance of Karen Rutherford, Suzy Clarkson, Ross Karl and political editor, Barry Soper.

View some retro Suzy below:

Graham Norton joins TV3’s Friday night of laughs

The Graham Norton Show is coming home to 3 when the hit talk show rolls into its latest season on Friday, December 3rd at 8:30pm on 3.

Now in its eighth season, Graham Norton, the multi-award winning comedian and host, presents his talk show based on the people, trends, stories, and aspects of celebrity culture that interest him most.

He’s entertaining audiences with everything you won’t see on the news from celebrity guests’ anecdotes and silly stories buzzing online to the unique quirks and obsessions of his audience.

“It’s not big. It’s not clever,” jokes the Dublin-born comedian.

“It’s the sort of rubbish you get drunk at parties and laugh about, but with celebrities and an audience there as well.”

As well as this trademark Norton humour, viewers can also expect comedy monologues, celeb chat, eccentric stories/characters and some good old-fashioned weirdness!

Guests this season will include: Justin Bieber, Bette Midler, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Joan Rivers, Pet Shop Boys, Charlotte Church, James Blunt, Rhianna, Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

Make sure not to miss the first of these A-listers when Charlotte Church, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Russell Howard join Graham Norton for a chat on The Graham Norton Show season eight premiere, screening on Friday, December 3rd at 8:30pm on 3.

Watch a sample below:

TVNZ Ondemand introduces faster, higher-quality video stream

TVNZ Ondemand now supports a newer, faster, higher-quality video stream that means watching your favourite programme on TVNZ Ondemand will look crisper and clearer.

TVNZ Ondemand now supports a 1500kbps stream, along with 700kbps and 300kbps options. The release of the new update to our video player is part of TVNZ’s strategy of ‘inspiring New Zealanders on every screen’.

“Our Digital Media Division is constantly working to provide the best possible online video experience we can, and as part of this we have introduced a higher-quality stream option for our viewers”, says TVNZ’s GM Digital Media, Tom Cotter.

“In the past we’ve kept to more modest streaming video bitrates to let as many people as possible watch and enjoy TVNZ Ondemand but as broadband penetration and data allowances have increased, along with the number of households that have access to high-speed internet in New Zealand, we want to give viewers the option of an improved viewing experience”.

Over the next few months TVNZ will be rolling out a number of enhancements to TVNZ Ondemand aimed at making it even easier to watch your favourite TVNZ programmes online whenever you want.

TVNZ Ondemand is unmetered on some New Zealand internet service providers (ISPs). Orcon and Snap customers can watch TVNZ Ondemand content without it eating into their monthly allowable bandwidth.