Samantha Hayes moves to Sydney

3 News star Samantha Hayes is moving to Sydney.

Hayes will take over from Amanda Gillies as the Australian correspondent on March 7.

Samantha started her career at TV3 in 2006 as Nightline’s Wellington based Arts and Entertainment Reporter, before moving up to Auckland in 2007 to take the role of Nightline’s presenter. She is currently TV3’s Environment and climate change reporter.

Amanda Gillies is said to be looking forward to returning home to New Zealand and her partner Greg Boyed.

– Dan News

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Bieber Watch: JB to feature on CSI and Letterman

Singing teen superstar Justin Bieber is guest starring in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation when the series returns to our screens for its brand new 11th season on Monday, February 7th at 8:30pm on 3.

The singing sensation guest-stars in this week’s premiere as Jason McCann, a troubled teen who’s faced with a terrible decision about his only brother – which leads to an explosive confrontation with the CSIs, in particular, George Eads’ Nick Stokes.

“Justin was more than game,” Eads explains to Zap2It about the pop stars guest appearance. “He was into it and really excited to be here. He’s just a gifted young kid. I think he did a good job. His fans can see another side to him and see some vulnerability. I get right in his face pretty good, and he stayed right with me.”

Eads says he was able to bond with Bieber in the same way his character often bonds with younger victims.

“I think Nick has always had a way with young adults and kids, and I think that background of my character is one of the things that placed me with him,” Eads explains.

“I definitely did find a connection with Justin. He was willing to take that fame hat off for a minute and get into what we were doing.”

Executive producer Carol Mendelsohn is keeping details about Bieber’s storyline close to his chest, but she says the plan is for Bieber to return in this season’s 15th episode, which could be even more chilling than this week’s premiere.

“What you see may not be what you get,” she explains. “Justin looks very innocent, but we will see a glimmer of what Justin’s character is capable of at the end of the premiere.”

Make sure not to miss this when Justin Bieber gives his fans a different reason to scream in the return of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, screening on Monday, February 7th at 8:30pm on 3.

Bieber will also appear as a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman twice over the next fortnight.

Here is the guest line up:

02/02 Musician Justin Bieber; style guru Martha Stewart
03/02 Actor Matthew Perry; musical guests The National
04/02 Actress Kate Walsh; actor/comedian Jim Gaffigan; musical guests Boxer Rebellion
07/02 Radio star Howard Stern; musical guests Naughty By Nature
08/02 A Top Ten List presented by musician Justin Bieber; musical guest Robert Plant
09/02 Actor Martin Lawrence

The Late Show with David Letterman screens late on Prime TV (usually around 11:30pm).

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TVNZ forms partnership with TV gaming company

TVNZ has formed a partnership with Ginx TV, global operator of video gaming channels, for exclusive access to Ginx gaming content for new youth channel U, launching 13 March.

Eric Kearley, TVNZ’s Head of Digital Channels and Digital Media, is delighted that U will offer the first dedicated strand of gaming content on free to air television in New Zealand.

“Video gaming is an increasingly popular entertainment option for New Zealanders but until now hasn’t had much in the way of mainstream exposure. On U we’ll cater for people who want to learn more about games, trial games and experience new games in a broadcast environment.”

Ginx TV is the world’s leading and fastest growing global operator of video gaming channels and producer of gaming television shows. It produces and distributes gaming content to the UK, Spain, South Africa, Israel and the Middle East and has launched 24/7 channels in Indonesia and Turkey.

Michiel Bakker, CEO Ginx TV, is delighted to bring Ginx’s unique perspective on video gaming to TVNZ’s new channel, U.

“We know the youth audience is clued in to gaming and we are looking forward to welcoming them to the global Ginx family.

“Video gaming has become a pervasive part of everyday life, on a par with radio listening in many countries. In that respect we are going to bring U’s viewers fresh and engaging gaming coverage, be that about console, pc or handheld titles”.

The Ginx gaming content will screen every night on U at 10.30pm. Titles that will screen on U include: The Ginx Files, Gameface, Faster, Games Evolved, That Hollywood Thing and Gamesport.

– TVNZ