News Event: Cyclones hit Australia – Live stream links

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia is predicted to intensify to a Category 5 system as it crosses the Queensland coast between Mackay and Gladstone early on Friday morning with destructive winds with gusts of up to 270 km/h expected near the core of the system. – AusBOM.

The system has slowed to moving at just 10km an hour and has intensified massively to what will be a category five cyclone.

The very destructive core of severe tropical cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 295 km/h, is expected to cross the coast between Mackay and Gladstone on Friday morning.

Expected track via AusBOM
Expected track via AusBOM
Turbulence forecast via Jeppesen.


Here are links to live streams from the area:

Live coverage from reporters and the newsroom. Here.

MACKAY LOCAL POLICE: Live stream of local police scanner here.

CAIRNS POLICE: If the cyclone hits as far north as Cairns then their police can be heard here.

Live stream of the fire service radios from Far North Queensland can be heard here.

Here’s a map of the area.

Hilary Barry and Perlina Lau joining the Paul Henry breakfast show


MediaWorks is delighted to announce Hilary Barry and Perlina Lau will be brightening up mornings on the ground-breaking Paul Henry show. Award-winning 3News and RadioLIVE presenter Hilary will be the news anchor in a four-strong presenting line up that includes newcomer Perlina Lau as social media presenter.

One of 2015’s most highly anticipated programmes, Paul Henry is a new breakfast show broadcast on RadioLIVE and TV3, with a major digital and social media presence.

Hilary will continue to present the 3News bulletin with Mike McRoberts, broadcast 6-7pm weekdays on TV3 and RadioLIVE.

MediaWorks Group Head of News, Mark Jennings says: “Hilary is one of the most talented broadcasters in the country and it is time to see and hear more of her. She is a world-class newsreader; but she is also an astute observer of life and what makes New Zealand tick. Hilary’s personality and wry sense of humour makes her the perfect foil for Paul.

“While Hilary is a very familiar face, Perlina Lau will be new to many people. Perlina has worked behind the scenes at 3News but she is very talented in front of the camera too. Her understanding of social media will bring a new dimension to the morning programme and I think our viewers and listeners will really enjoy being able to interact with her. She will be their voice!”

Paul Henry gave Hilary her first job out of journalism school, hiring her in 1992 as sole charge journalist and local news reader for his radio station, Today FM. Since that time, Hilary and Paul have become two of the most popular and accomplished radio and television journalists in the country.

Hilary’s many career plaudits include being judged Best News or Current Affairs Presenter at the 2011 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards for 3News, and taking home the Best Newsreader award at the 2012 and 2014 Radio Awards for RadioLIVE. She won Best News Presenter in TV Guide’s Best on The Box award in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

She currently works both ends of the day, as weeknight 6pm anchor on 3News and RadioLIVE breakfast newsreader.

Perlina Lau has been part of the 3News team as a Director’s Assistant for the last two years. Perlina was a producer, co-creator and one of the stars of popular web series Flat3. She directed the social media engagement with the show on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, cultivating an impressive local and international following.

The Paul Henry show will broadcast weekdays 6am-9am on RadioLIVE and TV3. The premiere date will be announced in due course

Say goodbye to #JABAT (and hello to JABAST?)

Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce have rubbed shoulders with Graham Norton, brought the inimitable Vanilla Ice to New Zealand, and even had Redfoo walk out on Guy Williams during an interview. Now they are going to bring their successful mix of slapstick, topicality and irreverence to 7.30pm, Fridays on 3.

Jono and Ben are one of MediaWorks’ most successful cross-platform entertainment properties, with a top-rating 10pm TV3 show, a popular daily Drive show on The Rock; and great success on Facebook and YouTube. They’re perfectly poised to leave late nights and take their unique blend of comedy to the masses in a primetime, hour-long slot.

Jono and Ben, along with sidekicks Guy Williams and Rose Matafeo, will be interviewing the big stars, directing more celebrities in Next Actor, and keeping the laughs coming with sketches, parodies and songs. Guy Williams will still strive to be taken seriously as a reporter, despite his lack of qualifications or remotely likeable personality.

“We are stoked to get this new timeslot – we had to hurt a lot of people to get here but it has all been worth it,” says Jono. “Moving our show to 7.30pm it means my nana who goes to bed at 7.50pm will be able to see 20 minutes of the show.”


Ben agrees: “To make the move to 7.30pm, we have designed an all new show which incorporates cooking, home renovation, weight loss, singing and current affairs into one hour. Plus, we are honoured to be on air after Campbell Live. Now John will have to talk to us in the make-up room.”

In 2014, More than 2 million New Zealanders tuned into TV show Jono and Ben at Ten alone. Their 7.30pm special, Jono and Ben Celebrate TV3’s ½ Half Century was watched by an average audience of 339,400 New Zealanders aged 5+, and was a winner in the commercial demographics, with a 24.4% share of the 25-54 audience and a 35.1% share of the 18-39 audience.

Head of Internal Production, John McDonald, says: “We’re very proud of their work and delighted that Jono and Ben will be given the chance to reach even more Kiwis in this great new timeslot at 7.30pm. Expect more stars, more laughs, and more of what makes Jono and Ben so good!”

Jono and Ben will screen at 7.30pm, Fridays on TV3 in 2015. The television series is supported by NZ on Air.

Coast New Zealand in production for TV ONE

A local version of hit BBC factual series, Coast, went into production this week for TV ONE.

Hosted by internationally renowned British archaeologist and television presenter, Neil Oliver, Coast New Zealand will showcase Aotearoa’s different coastlines over six one hour episodes.

The series is being produced by Great Southern Television, who are also makers of the hugely successful Australian series.

“As a Kiwi company, it was a thrill to make the Australian series and give Australia a global profile, so as you can imagine we are very, very excited that we can now turn our attention to New Zealand,” says executive producer Philip Smith.

“It will be stunning, fascinating, fun – and best of all fresh and insightful,” he adds.

In this local version, four New Zealand experts will host the series alongside Neil Oliver, telling the story of the formation and evolution of our nation: our history; our people; and our culture.

“This isn’t just journeymen examining the New Zealand coastline. These are leading experts. And this is a very rare opportunity to give them a voice in primetime,” says Smith.

Oliver, who also hosts the Australian series, visited New Zealand last year on holiday to scope out a possible Kiwi version.

“I had a small taste last year and I marveled at New Zealand’s diversity, both physically and culturally. Big, big differences to Australia on both fronts. The magnitude of the beauty is breathtaking – and I must say my week in New Zealand was good for my soul. It’s our goal to dig out amazing new stories – whilst putting the history of New Zealand in context for a local and global audience to enjoy.”

TVNZ’s General Manager of Commissioning and Acquisitions, Andrew Shaw says: “Coast is a compelling, intelligent series with massive broad appeal. We’re thrilled to have the Great Southern team producing this for a local audience, and want to thank NZ On Air for their support.”

BBC Worldwide ANZ Head of Business Development, Helen Pendlebury, says: “With its incredible coastline and rich stories, New Zealand is the obvious next stop for the Coast format and we’re delighted that Neil Oliver and Great Southern TV will be bringing it to life for a TVNZ audience.”

Coast New Zealand is based on the BAFTA Award-winning BBC series Coast, which has been broadcast in the UK and internationally for the past ten years. It is commissioned by TVNZ, funded by NZ On Air, produced by Great Southern Film and Television, with the format licensed from BBC Worldwide ANZ.

The series will air on TV ONE at a later date.