PODCAST: Heather du Plessis-Allan talks about Twitter’s political bias and an update on “20 whacks Karen”


Heather du Plessis-Allan talks about Twitter’s political bias and an update on “20 whacks Karen”

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SKY Sport to screen retro 1992 Cricket World Cup pop-up channel

At SKY Sport we don’t like cricket – oh no – we love it, and because we adore our summer game so much all SKY Sport domestic customers can access a ICC Cricket World Cup pop-up channel free of charge this month.

The channel will screen full replays and highlights from selected matches from the 1992 World Cup, and one-hour documentaries of other Cricket World Cups – howzat?

The 1992 Cricket World Cup is littered with golden moments for New Zealand, including Martin Crowe’s superb 100 in the opening match against Australia and the four-wicket win over India at Carisbrook, Dunedin.

The pop-up channel is also available on SKY GO. SKY Sport domestic subscribers must be registered with SKY GO to be able to view SKY Sport 5.

SKY Sport is screening LIVE coverage of every match of the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup, which starts on February 14.


From Saturday 20 September – 6.00am – SKY Sport 5/SKY GO

Szusterman becomes Mediaworks Group Content and Entertainment Brand Director


MediaWorks has appointed Andrew Szusterman as Group Content and Entertainment Brand Director.

The new role is charged with creating the cross-platform strategy for MediaWorks’ entertainment content and brands, maximising the way content is shared across the company’s television, radio and digital assets, and developing new content and revenue opportunities.

MediaWorks Group CEO, Mark Weldon says: “MediaWorks has led the way when it comes to creating great content that lives across radio, television and all the different digital platforms. Andrew has been a key driver for ‘best in class’ projects like The Edge TV, The X Factor NZ, and Jono and Ben’s development for radio, that demonstrate the unique power of the Group’s talent and platforms. This new role adds focus and investment to a key growth area of the business.”

Andrew Szusterman says: “It’s a privilege to work with the country’s most creative content teams and talent on a daily basis. We’re committed to working on a combined creative strategy with our Radio, TV and Interactive brands, that entertains every New Zealander every hour of every day.”

Andrew Szusterman has been Group Programming Director for MediaWorks Radio for the past three years, responsible for content of the biggest radio brands in the country, including The Edge, The Rock, The Breeze, Mai FM and George FM, and co-Executive Producer for the first season of TV3 hit The X Factor NZ. He has extensive TV experience; a former Head of Music for MTV UK and Ireland, Andrew established MediaWorks’ music channel C4, and was Associate Director of Programming for MediaWorks TV.

Andrew takes up his new role at the same time as co-executive producing the second season of The X Factor NZ which will screen on TV3 in 2015.

Meteorologist Daniel Corbett to Join ONE News Weather Team


Meteorologist Daniel Corbett is set to join the ONE News Weather team.

TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs, John Gillespie, is pleased to be welcoming Corbett to the team, where he will present the weather across ONE News platforms.

Gillespie says; “Dan is going to be a huge asset to our Weather team. He has worked all round the world and has a genuine passion for weather, and an enthusiasm that translates through the screen.”

Corbett is excited to return to broadcasting, saying: “I’m really looking forward to getting back into it, and I can’t wait to join the amazing ONE News team with Jim Hickey and Karen Olsen.”

“Doing weather in New Zealand is different to anywhere else in the world. The country sits in between the tropics and Antarctica, surrounded by ocean which means we get these huge contrasts – bringing intense, dramatic weather. It doesn’t come in small doses – it really throws everything at us including the kitchen sink!”

Originally from Essex, UK, Corbett was obtained his BSc in Meteorology from the State University of New York, USA, and went on to work at Universal Weather and Aviation in New York and Houston, Texas.

He began his television career in 1990 at WCFT-TV in Alabama, before moving on to tornado alley and KWTX-TV in Texas. In 2004 he returned to the UK where he broadcast for the BBC (including BBC1, BBC World and BBC News Channel), and well as on BBC Radio.

Corbett moved to New Zealand in 2011 where he began his role with the Met Service as Media and Communications Meteorologist, covering the weather across Australasia.

Viewers will see Daniel Corbett on ONE News Weather from Monday 8 September on TV ONE.