TVNZ announces new Head of News and Current Affairs


TVNZ has announced the appointment of one of its most experienced senior news people as the company’s new Head of News and Current Affairs.

John Gillespie, who is currently the Editor of Daily Programmes, will take up his new position from 24 June 2013.

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick says it’s extremely pleasing to appoint a leader with an unquestioned commitment to New Zealand and to TVNZ.

“John is well-known and respected in the industry for his editorial experience and has a thorough understanding of the multi-media environment our news team now works in.

“Because he knows our organisation so well we expect John to make a smooth leadership transition and there’ll be no loss of momentum as we further develop New Zealand’s most watched news and current affairs service.”

John has been with TVNZ for 16 years. He says: “I have a real pride in working in this business and working for TVNZ. We are the industry leader for news and current affairs – and with that comes a significant responsibility to our viewers up and down the country. Personally, I’m looking forward to being an even bigger part of setting our editorial direction. I’m committed to delivering outstanding news and current affairs that calls on the special talents of the people we have here.”

Greymouth born, Christchurch raised, John studied journalism at Australia’s Charles Sturt University (formerly Mitchell College). Before joining TVNZ, he worked for five years at Canterbury Television as a reporter and later as news editor. He was a producer for the launch of TVNZ’s Breakfast in 1997. He subsequently produced a number of high profile shows before he was appointed Editor of Current Affairs in 2007. His most recent appointment was Editor of Daily Programmes in 2012.

John is married to Rochelle, a former TVNZ presenter and journalist. They live in West Auckland, Waiatarua, with their three children: Gabriella (9), Jimmie (6) and Baxter (3).

Barbara Walters to announce retirement


Legendary broadcaster Barbara Walters is to retire.

The 83 year old broadcaster will announce her exit from television on an episode of The View to air in the US overnight.

“I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on ‘The View’ and with ABC News,” Walters says in a statement. “I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”

It is understood Walters will finish up in 2014 but continue to work as a producer on The View.

How to get tickets to the X Factor LIVE shows

The wait is almost over! Tickets to the first LIVE shows of hit series The X Factor NZ will be released after this Monday night’s episode (approximately 8.30pm, Monday 13 May).

Broadcast LIVE on TV3, the May 19 and 20 shows feature performances by The X Factor NZ Top 12, guest star Willy Moon, the Kiwi-born singer making waves in the UK, a special performance by one of The X Factor NZ judges, and the first Top 12 elimination!

To book visit at the end of Monday night’s show. Tickets are available free of charge on a strictly limited basis.

There will be 10 weeks of Performance and Results shows, broadcast LIVE from Auckland Film Studios in West Auckland on Sunday and Monday nights, featuring performances from The X Factor NZ Top 12 and some special guest artists.

Tickets to the May 26 and 27 will be released on Monday 20 May, with tickets to future shows released on a similar weekly pattern.

Audience tickets to The X Factor NZ are also train tickets – they can be used to travel by train to the venue, thanks to Auckland Transport. (visit for more information on taking public transport to and from The X Factor LIVE Shows.)


Visit each Monday night at the end of that night’s episode of The X Factor NZ.
You will be able to book tickets to LIVE shows taking place on the following Sunday and Monday.
You’ll also find information on how to get to the venue – Auckland Film Studios – what time to arrive, and what to wear.
Tickets for the first LIVE shows (Sunday 19 and Monday 20 May) will be released on Monday 13 May at approximately 8.30pm.