Jesse Mulligan To Leave Seven Sharp

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Jesse Mulligan has announced on air tonight that he is leaving TV ONE’s Seven Sharp at the end of this week. Mulligan has been a presenter on the programme since its inception in February 2013.

He says, “I’m sad but excited to announce that Seven Sharp and I will be going through a conscious uncoupling at the end of the week. Like Chris and Gwyneth we will remain friends, wish each other the best and try not to send each other drunken texts when we get lonely.

“Seriously, I’ve had a ridiculously good time making this show, but now it’s time to get back to my comedy roots. Hosting Best Bits has reminded me how much fun a live audience can be, and I leave Seven Sharp very confident that the brilliant Mike and Toni will continue taking the show from strength to strength.”

TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs John Gillespie says Mulligan’s last show will be this week, on Thursday 17 April.

“Jesse has brought a unique brand of humour to Seven Sharp and will be missed by the team. The show has hit its stride this year, and we owe Jesse a debt of gratitude for helping us develop it to this point. We wish him well for the future,” Gillespie said.

Mulligan will continue to host Best Bits, Thursday nights on TV ONE at 9.30pm.

Seven Sharp will not be looking for a replacement for Mulligan on the presenting panel. Co-hosts Mike Hosking and Toni Street will remain at the helm, with a diverse team of reporters producing stories from all over New Zealand.


Seven Sharp screens weeknights at 7.00pm on TV ONE.

The Edge radio station announce they are launching a TV channel

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MediaWorks announced today that, in a market first, top-rating radio brand The Edge will become a true multi-platform entertainment brand, launching its own television channel this year.

The Edge TV will broadcast on the Freeview and SKY platforms, and will be streamed LIVE at theedge.co.nz and on mobile.

The Edge Programme Director, Leon Wratt says The Edge TV will be “radio with pictures on steroids” and consolidate The Edge’s position as New Zealand’s biggest music entertainment brand.

“It’s been a dream for many years for The Edge to have a TV broadcast,” he says. “Just like the radio format, The Edge TV will play the hottest local and international music videos, and will also broadcast original video content generated by The Edge.

“It’s very exciting to be launching a new free-to-air music television channel that also lives on SKY and will be the first local music TV channel available on web and mobile. This multi-platform approach is the future of entertainment broadcasting and offers a completely unique integrated media buy for clients.”

Popular Edge hosts Jay-Jay Feeney, Mike Puru, Dom Harvey, Guy Williams, Sharyn Casey, Clint Roberts, and others will feature on The Edge TV.

MediaWorks Radio Group Programme Director, Andrew Szusterman, whose credits include launching C4 Music Television in 2003, and stints as Associate Director of Programming for MediaWorks TV and co-Executive Producer for The X Factor NZ, says the launch of The Edge TV will make The Edge New Zealand’s biggest cross-platform entertainment brand, with the potential to reach a million people every week across its radio, television and digital platforms.

“Last year we demonstrated what the combined power of MediaWorks’ radio, television and digital arms can achieve, with the huge success of The X Factor NZ. The launch of The Edge TV will create our first fully integrated radio brand.

“The Edge will live on radio, television, web, tablet, mobile and social media – everywhere our audience wants to be – generating outstanding entertainment experiences for listeners and viewers, plus unmatched opportunities for clients and sponsors.

“This is the future of Music Radio.”

Listen to the announcement here:

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Jono and Ben to host their own radio show

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Jono and Ben at Ten fans can now enjoy their favourite TV pranksters five days a week with Ben Boyce joining Jono Pryor to co-host of THE ROCK Drive. The new Drive show starts late April.

Boyce spent six months co-hosting THE ROCK’s Night Show in 2004/2005 and is looking forward to returning to radio alongside his best mate.

“I’m looking forward to spending every afternoon with Jono as well as every morning, as I was starting to feel like we didn’t hang out together enough!” says Boyce.

“Jono’s been a great help. His main advice was for me to stop wearing any t-shirts that aren’t black.”

The Rock Programme Director, Brad King is excited about the duo taking their popular banter to the airwaves.

“I’m stoked by the appointment of Jono and Ben on THE ROCK Drive,” he says.

“Their new radio show will be jam packed with some of their best bits from Jono and Ben at Ten, along with stacks of new features, special guests and plenty of the humour that has seen them become two of New Zealand’s leading entertainers.

“Mix this in with the soundtrack to the biggest rock tracks from around the world, and we’ve got a pretty sweet show lined up.”

The new line up replaces the Robert and Jono Drive Show. Co-host Robert Taylor announced last week he had decided it was time for a change.

“After 10 years on-air doing THE ROCK Drive show with Jono, pulling pranks and doing just about every dubious deed ….I feel the time is right to try something new,” he says.

“It’s been the most awesome ride; I don’t think Jono and I have ever had a serious moment on air. But it’s been ten years. I’ll miss the listeners and the team, but I’m happy to be leaving on a high, and handing over control of the Drive Bus to someone new.”

King paid tribute to Robert and Jono for a decade of ground-breaking radio.

“The Robert and Jono Drive show has been crowned Best non-breakfast Entertainment Show at the NZ Radio Awards five times in the past six years, and is consistently one of the highest rating shows in the country.” He says.

“They’ve given away brides and divorces, become infamous for the hugely successful Wind Up Your Wife segment, and spilt the nation by creating a Folden, the world’s first Ford and Holden hybrid.

“Robert will be greatly missed, but there couldn’t be a better replacement than Jono’s other other-half, Ben.”

“It has been like a marriage,” says Pryor. “”No one can take away the endless hours of sitting in a room every day with Robert. He has taught me loads over the nine years we have been together, mainly how to clear my internet history and how to fix the printer.

“He’s a hard act to follow, but if anyone can tolerate me on a daily basis, that person is Ben.”

Tearjerker: Kyle, Jackie O and ACA help out newly orphaned Lawrence boys

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I’m pretty vocal when it comes to Kyle Sandilands and his on air faux pas, but when I was sent this it put tears in my eyes.

The Lawrence brothers lost their mother a few weeks ago and their father six years ago.

The brothers are now taking on life all on their own.

Check out this clip of Kyle and Jackie O “Giving Back

Then Channel 9 picked up the cause of helping these boys out and what happened was amazing.

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60 Minutes looks in to #MH370 mystery and why NZers are bad sleepers

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We are fast becoming a nation of insomniacs, with one in four of us having undiagnosed sleeping disorders. Carly Flynn investigates why we aren’t sleeping and what do we need to change in our lifestyle to get a good nights kip. In 2014, is our attitude towards sleep healthy, or are we taking it for granted?

Plus, the mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Nothing about the flight makes sense and nothing will bring comfort to those whose loved ones boarded that doomed aircraft in Kuala Lumpur almost four weeks ago. 60 MINUTES’ Charles Wooley has the full story, speaking to families of those missing, including Danica Weeks, wife of missing Kiwi engineer Paul Weeks.