Misbehaving news anchor causes chaos in ‘Live at Six’

The Dominion Post Season of ‘Live at Six’ – Downstage Theatre

13 Apr – 28 April

When footage of a celebrity news anchor misbehaving goes viral, both her network and the competition have less than 24 hours to package the story. Whose version will the public believe – and more importantly, whose will they tune in to?

A fast-paced and incisive script, drawing on extensive research into the high-pressure atmosphere of the newsroom will have you laughing out loud, and wondering about every news story you’ve ever watched.

As a real-time deadline races towards them, journos, presenters and executives on both sides are tested. Meanwhile, live on stage, each network’s editors stitch together shots from security cameras and audience captured ‘amateur footage’ to build their version of the story. Live feeds from their workstations, plus broadcast video and web content is projected across the walls of the theatre, surrounding the performers and audience in a dynamic social media environment.

Twitter and facebook users in the audience can play along by posting ‘in character’ in response to the unfolding media scandal.

At heart, Live at Six is a gripping story about the world we all live in, told in an innovative and exciting contemporary style. If you’re not a smartphone user, just strap in and enjoy the ride. You’ll find plenty to enjoy in this thrilling satire of the people who turn “the truth” into “the news”!

More information can be found here.

Kevin Kenrick appointed Chief Executive of TVNZ

Kevin Kenrick has been appointed Chief Executive of Television New Zealand.

Board Chairman, Sir John Anderson said today that Mr Kenrick will take up the position in the middle of May.

He said Mr Kenrick is a well known New Zealand business figure who has held a number of significant leadership roles in some of New Zealand’s largest companies, including Lion Nathan, Telecom New Zealand, and most recently, House of Travel.

Sir John Anderson said the appointment completed a substantial search that attracted an extremely talented group of applicants. “The strong interest in this position by quality candidates reflects the high regard in which Television New Zealand is held” he said.

Mr Kenrick describes himself as a proud kiwi who has a passion for people, customers and making the most of current and future technologies to enhance the services available to all New Zealanders.

“As New Zealand’s leading television and digital media company, TVNZ is in a great position. I’m excited about building on these strong foundations and taking advantage of the new opportunities, like ultra fast broadband, to deliver richer media services to more New Zealanders’ said Mr Kenrick.

“The future of TVNZ is all about continuing to deliver the news, information, and the great entertainment that kiwis want to see, all while expanding how this is delivered to every screen, where and when people want to see it.

It is a great privilege to lead one of New Zealand’s most recognisable companies at such a dynamic time for the media industry and with so many fantastic opportunities ahead of us, I can’t wait to get started” said Mr Kenrick.


Kevin Kenrick joins TVNZ most recently from House of Travel where he was CEO from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that Mr Kenrick held a number of roles with Telecom NZ from 1999 till 2007 including, Sales & Marketing Manager for Xtra, General Manager Marketing, General Manager Mobile; and finally as Chief Operating Officer for the mass market retail business division.

Paul Maher moves to MediaWorks

MediaWorks has appointed Paul Maher to the position of Chief Executive, Television.

Reporting to Group Managing Director, Sussan Turner, Mr Maher will lead the television side of the business, comprising TV3, TV3+1, FOUR and C4. He will also assume the responsibilities of the outgoing Director of Sales for MediaWorks TV.

Paul Maher joins MediaWorks from TVNZ, where he has been Director of Sales and Marketing since 2010. One of the most experienced executives in the New Zealand television industry; he brings sales expertise, insight, and in-depth knowledge of the wider television industry to his new role.

MediaWorks Group Managing Director, Sussan Turner, says: “Paul’s drive and astute knowledge of this marketplace, together with his passion for television, make him the perfect Chief Executive for MediaWorks TV.

“His appointment further strengthens our top-notch television executive team, and I welcome him to the MediaWorks family.”

Paul Maher says: “I am passionate about television having worked as a seller and buyer for over twenty years.

“MediaWorks TV has great brands, a fantastic schedule, and added to that, people who are really passionate about delivering winning content solutions to New Zealanders and New Zealand Brands.

“It’s a dream job.”

Prior to his most recent role at TVNZ, Paul Maher had an international career with Starcom MediaVest Group, including the roles of Chief Executive for North Asia Starcom MediaVest Group and Managing Director for Starcom Hong Kong. He co-founded Starcom NZ, and is a former General Manager of TVNZ Agency Sales. He has led and developed Research and Digital teams internationally, and been involved in growth strategies with all the companies for whom he has worked.

– MediaWorks