ZB Christmas special


This Christmas Day, tune in to Newstalk ZB to be taken on a 10,000 mile journey, to the city of Jerusalem, and back 2,000 years… to the day that split time in two…

it’s Newstalk BC…

…a nativity story like you’ve never heard it before.

Featuring the voices of:

Prime Minister John Key, Ian Mune, Leighton Smith, Tim Shadbolt, Mark Hadlow, Niva Retimanu, Mike Hosking, Sir Peter Leitch, Kerre McIvor, Murray Deaker, John Hawkesby and many more… in fact 42 voices at last count!

History will be made, from 11:04am Christmas Day on Newstalk ZB

More FM chat to Dan News about bloopers


Yesterday morning I spoke to the lovely Glenn and Natasha from More FM about this years blooper compilation.

You can have a listen below.

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TVNZ confirms new team for Seven Sharp


Seven Sharp will be fronted by two new hosts when it returns in 2014, with Mike Hosking and Toni Street joining current presenter Jesse Mulligan in the New Year.

TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs John Gillespie says, “We are thrilled to welcome Toni Street and Mike Hosking to the Seven Sharp team. I’m really excited about the contribution they’re going to make. Our viewers are in for a real treat.”

“Currently the host of our Breakfast programme, Toni is a naturally gifted broadcaster and an outstanding journo. She’s ready to make the move into a primetime presenting role. Mike is one of New Zealand’s most respected and versatile broadcasters. He has a long history with TVNZ and we’re delighted to be welcoming him back. We think our new team will take Seven Sharp to the next level in 2014.”

Airing each weekday, Seven Sharp is the people’s clear choice at 7pm for coverage and conversation about the stories of the day. Since its 4 February launch, Seven Sharp’s audience has shown solid growth – and is second only to sister channel TV2’s ratings juggernaut Shortland Street in its timeslot. Last month Seven Sharp was watched by an average audience of 357,500 (AP 5+)* each night.

“I’m proud of how the show’s performed in its first year out of the blocks. Seven Sharp has been a bold departure from legacy format current affairs at 7pm. Our viewers are looking for a fresh take on the stories of the day and a hint of irreverence and fun – and that’s what we are committed to delivering,” says Gillespie.

Current host Alison Mau is leaving TVNZ and taking up a radio position at Mediaworks station, Radio Live.

Gillespie warmly thanks Mau for her contribution to Seven Sharp this year. “Ali has been an integral part of launching Seven Sharp and the show has benefitted greatly from her involvement.”

Seven Sharp will return to TV ONE early in 2014 at 7.00pm weeknights.

TVNZ will look for a new presenter to join Rawdon Christie on Breakfast in the New Year, following Toni Street’s move to Seven Sharp.

Alison Mau leaving TVNZ and teaming up with Willie Jackson for new Radio Live show


Broadcaster Ali Mau is joining RadioLIVE.

The Seven Sharp presenter will leave TVNZ to take up her RadioLIVE contract, teaming up with Willie Jackson to host a new early afternoon programme.

Jana Rangooni, General Manager – Talk Brands for MediaWorks Radio says:

“Ali is a hugely talented broadcaster. She’s smart, has strong opinions, a great sense of humour and the dynamic between her and Willie will create great talk radio. She is a fantastic addition to the RadioLIVE stable.”

Ali Mau has been a journalist for more than 20 years, reporting for news organisations in Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, including a stint as London correspondent for China’s CTS Network, which broadcasts to over 50 million viewers. Her New Zealand television presenting work includes news programmes Newsnight, Breakfast, ONE News, Fair Go, Seven Sharp and lifestyle series Home Front.

The launch date for the new show will be announced in due course.