Nightline anchor Sacha McNeil and 3 News Business Editor Michael Wilson will host Firstline in 2014.
Sacha will make the move from late nights to early mornings next year, when Nightline takes a break. One of TV3’s most experienced news anchors; she will continue to be a backup anchor for the 6pm bulletin. Michael brings a wealth of business knowledge and extensive interviewing experience to his new role on Firstline.
TV3’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings says the duo’s experience and skill set will ensure Firstline is the must-watch early morning news programme for New Zealanders who want to start the day fully informed.
“Sacha memorably anchored our first breaking news coverage of the Christchurch Earthquakes in February 2011, and worked the early part of the day, handing over to Hilary Barry each afternoon. When we launched Firstline shortly afterwards Sacha took over as Nightline anchor from Rachel Smalley, and has done a terrific job. She is one of our most talented news anchors and I’m delighted to have her back in the early morning slot.
“Michael is acknowledged as one of the country’s leading business journalists and we are keen to make more use of his excellent interviewing skills. The programme targets serious news viewers and we think the combination of Sacha and Michael will allow us to further expand our coverage of business, politics and breaking news.”