VIDEO: Face TV launches

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A proven public service broadcaster is back on TV screens nationwide with the launch of Face Television on SKY Television.

Face, which is a rebrand of Auckland’s Triangle Television, is available on SKY Channel 089 from today. Face will also continue to be available on Auckland’s analogue UHF channels 41, 42 and 52 until digital switch over (DSO) for TV in the region later this year.

Jim Blackman, chief executive of Face, says the broadcaster was just four days away from being shut down before SKY secured its digital future with the offer of a channel on the SKY platform.

“I am thrilled John Fellet and his team at SKY have recognised the value in what our small team has achieved during the past 14 years by offering us a channel on the SKY platform,” Mr Blackman says.

“Triangle and its programme providers were facing a bleak future with no solution to the channel’s spectrum crisis coming from government or other sources. This is despite all the assurances around DSO that the needs of regional, non-commercial operators would be adequately met. The solution SKY has provided, at no cost to us, means that we will be able to offer other regional broadcasters access to a digital broadcast platform.

“There is a thirst for public broadcasting in New Zealand. People want to see faces from their local communities on their TV screens and those faces are multicultural and represent the many ethnicities that make up New Zealand’s society today.”

Face aims to deliver an hour of New Zealand current affairs and topical discussion in prime time from 7pm, Monday to Thursday.

John Fellet, SKY’s chief executive, said he welcomed Face to the SKY platform: “When I heard of Triangle’s situation with the forthcoming DSO I considered the impact for New Zealand and SKY viewers. I’m confident Face will attract a healthy niche audience as well as providing an important public service broadcasting outlet. It’s a fitting addition to SKY’s content line up that I welcome with open arms.”

Face Television will also continue to screen the largest breadth of international news and current affairs, documentaries and lifestyle shows of any New Zealand channel and for which the former Triangle developed a substantial following.

Face is now available for viewing by all domestic SKY subscribers on channel 089.

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Airport 24/7: Miami comes to Travel Channel

Travel Channel's Airport 24/7: Miami

Airport 24/7: Miami
Wednesdays from 6 February at 8.30pm (6 x 30)
New Series Premiere

Airport 24/7: Miami is an all access pass to the intense and dramatic world of Miami International Airport as seen through the eyes of those whose jobs it is to keep one of America’s largest airports safe and operating around the clock.

Miami Airport is considered a Category X airport, handling 38 million passengers a year and a key entry point to the US.

As the airport is the size of a small city something is always happening; terrorist threats, fuel fires, smuggling rings, medical emergencies, sting operations, aircraft malfunctions and even car crashes outside the terminal.

If you think you know life in an airport, think again. This is Miami Airport as you’ve never seen it before.

If you are a fan of aviation then check out the Dan News sister site, Mile High.

Legendary DJ in NZ for Radio Hauraki launch

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Legendary turntablist and Beastie Boys DJ, Mix Master Mike has thrown his weight behind the trade launch of the new and improved Radio Hauraki.

The man who critics called the ‘masterstroke’ behind The Beastie Boys fifth album, Hello Nasty, featuring worldwide hits Intergalactic and Body Movin, will be the special guest star at the official re-launch of Radio Hauraki on 20 February.

“Our key business partners will see a rejuvenated Radio Hauraki at the launch,” says McClung. “We’re rapt with the great feedback the station has been receiving this year, and are looking forward to Mix Master Mike bringing the noise on the 20th”.

Hauraki has unveiled an all-new line-up in 2013 with Martin Devlin and Laura McGoldrick (Breakfast) joined by Angelina Boyd (Days), Greg Prebble (Afternoons), Matt Heath and The General (Drive) and Mikey Havoc (Nights).

Sir Paul Holmes Passes away

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Sir Paul Holmes passed away peacefully early this morning surrounded by his family at home in Hawkes Bay, as he wished to be.

Sir Paul had been in poor health since having heart surgery earlier in the year.

In recent months he had also been suffering from a resurgence of prostate cancer.

More than just a broadcaster, Paul was a loving husband and father, as well as a generous friend. He loved people and people loved him.

Lady Holmes, Millie, Rueben and Ken Holmes would like to thank the public for their incredible support. They request privacy from the media as they now grieve.

Information on how the public can pay tribute to Paul will be announced in due course.


Statement from Kevin Kenrick, Chief Executive, TVNZ:

“Sir Paul had a long and illustrious career with TVNZ and he has many friends here. He’s been part of the TVNZ family for so long – from our family to his we extend our deepest sympathy.

Sir Paul redefined current affairs on New Zealand television for a generation and has been a leading light in the world of journalism in this country.

His legacy will be remembered within TVNZ and across the industry for many years to come.”


Statement from MediaWorks:

Sir Paul Holmes was a colleague, friend and mentor to many of us at MediaWorks.

He’ll be sadly missed by his many friends and former co-workers across our business, and the broadcasting industry as a whole.

Paul was a formidable competitor who lifted the bar for broadcasting in both radio and television. His impact on the media landscape over the past two decades can’t be over-estimated.

While Paul was fiercely competitive on the screen and behind the microphone, in private he was always quick to lend his support and provide advice. His charisma and natural empathy with Kiwis from all walks of life, as well as his willingness to roll up his sleeves and get the job done won him the respect of colleagues and rivals alike.

The thoughts of everyone at MediaWorks are with Sir Paul’s family and friends at this sad time.

Sussan Turner, Paul Maher, Mark Jennings and the MediaWorks family