Game of Thrones POP-UP channel coming to SKY TV


On the sprawling continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can span years, and lust for power is eternal, five families vie for control of a single, all-powerful throne. As season five of the epic tale draws nearer and the stakes reach a fever pitch, SoHo devotes forty nights to the first four seasons of one of the biggest televisual events of recent years.

The Game of Thrones POP-UP is available to all SoHo customers and will run from February 19th – March 31st on channel 210. Starting from the very beginning and running through to the end of
season four, a new episode will air every night at 8.30pm, accompanied with second-chance viewings and behind-the-scenes specials.

Season five of Game of Thrones premieres in April on SoHo.

From February 19th – March 31st on SoHo POP-UP channel 210.

TAB Trackside Radio on the move

New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) has today announced TAB Trackside Radio is on the move, with all broadcasting set to take place out of its Auckland-based, purpose-built facility from 14 April.

The move, which consolidates NZRB’s broadcasting operations, is a continuation of wider broadcasting strategic improvements which began last year and enables NZRB to continue to build and enhance its customer experience.

Executive GM TAB, Glenn Patrick says “The changes to TAB Trackside Radio are very much in-line with our vision to become the best entertainment business for New Zealand.
“Bringing our radio operation in-house alongside TAB Trackside TV allows us to share resources more easily, which in turn will help us to improve and increase our offering.
“Having greater access to producers, talent and content that can be sourced from both national and international feeds, as well as expanding our airtime, means we will be better able to serve the needs of our customers.

“After receiving fantastic feedback following last year’s improvements, including the relaunch of our two television channels, we hope this exciting development will be just as well received,” he says.

The station has been housed at MediaWorks since its inception 10 years ago. As a result of the move there will be programming changes relating to the air time currently broadcast on TAB Trackside Radio from 6am-11am, under MediaWorks’ brand LiveSPORT.

Mr Patrick thanks MediaWorks for its contribution to TAB Trackside Radio. The two companies will continue to have a significant commercial relationship.

MediaWorks Radio CEO, Wendy Palmer says “I am proud of what LiveSPORT, and our partnership with TAB has achieved over the past 10 years. This is the end of an era, but one that brings new opportunities for MediaWorks in the way we approach sports broadcasting across our radio, television and digital platforms.”

ZM puts on special One Direction flight to Sydney

One Direction aren’t bringing their tour to NZ, so FVM want to give listeners the chance to see One Direction Live in Sydney.

To get on the One D trip – fans took part in ZM’s “Directionaire Questionaire”.

Each fan registered at and provided the details of a “nominee who would take the “Directionaire Questionaire” live on air on their behalf. The person had to be over 30 years old eg Mum, Dad, Nan, Pop..

Then each morning, Fletch, Vaughan and Megan had a new team on the show who were told 30 minutes before their “Questionaire” what their topic was (e.g Harry Styles). That team was then popped into another room so they could cram as much info into their nominees brain as possible! Then it was time to be tested…if they got the 3 questions right their nominator made it on plane!

Each winning team won 3 tickets to the concert, accommodation for two nights and 3 seats on the very special One D Trip to Sydney!

The special flight leaves for Sydney on Saturday morning at 9am.


X Factor to be broadcast on TV, online and radio

MediaWorks is offering viewers the choice of watching The X Factor NZ on their televisions, computers or mobile devices.

The second season of the hit show will be broadcast simultaneously on TV3 and when it premieres at 7pm on Sunday 15 February.

It will be the first time a New Zealand network has LIVE-streamed a major entertainment show online at the same time as its television broadcast.

Once the LIVE show part of the series begins, fans can also opt to listen to an audio simulcast of The X Factor NZ, broadcast on More FM.

All episodes of the show will be available to view after broadcast on 3NOW.

Andrew Szusterman, MediaWorks Group Entertainment Content Director says: “We have to be everywhere our audience is and progressively that means an update to the way we broadcast our shows.

“Having the option to watch our shows live from computers and mobile devices is becoming the norm, so add to that the show being simulcast on More FM as well and there is no reason why fans should miss any minute of The X Factor this season.”

Fans of The X Factor will be treated to a sneak peek of the new series this Sunday (February 8) at 7.30pm with a super tease of the season playing on TV3.

There were more than 1.6 million video ondemand (VOD) streams of The X Factor NZ in 2013, including full episodes and individual song performances. Auditions went viral with 2.7 million YouTube views of Ashley Tonga’s audition.

The X Factor NZ is a SYCO owned format co-produced by MediaWorks and FremantleMedia Australia, with support from Broadcast Sponsor McDonald’s, and programme partners Fruttare, 2degrees, VO5, and SKYCITY Auckland. MediaWorks is proud to have funding support from NZ on Air.

Samantha Hayes and David Farrier to host new late news show on TV3

Samantha Hayes and David Farrier have been named as co-hosts for MediaWorks’ 2015 late news and entertainment show. The new programme will screen weeknights at 10.30pm on TV3 and

MediaWorks Group Head of News, Mark Jennings says: “Samantha and David have spent half their lives at MediaWorks and are two of our brightest news and current affairs talents. As a team they bring something special to the late news slot, and I’m delighted to have them as co-hosts for the first time.

“Both Samantha and David are journalists who engage with New Zealanders in a unique way, through their onscreen storytelling to their social media and online activity. Between them they have covered stories from LA to India to the South Pole – from the glamour of the Grammy’s to the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen.”

Samantha Hayes has worked as a journalist and presenter across TV3’s News and Current Affairs programmes for the past decade. Her presenting experience includes three years as Nightline anchor and co-presenting 3rd Degree with Duncan Garner. She has worked as a reporter for 3News, focussing on the environment, science and arts, and on long-form current affairs for 3rd Degree. Samantha was TV3’s Australian correspondent in 2011, and her work has also taken her to Antarctica, Costa Rica, the UK and Europe, India, Australia, the US and Pacific.

David Farrier joined TV3 as an autocue operator while still at university. He was the Entertainment Reporter for Nightline for several years and now works on entertainment and technology stories for 3News and Campbell Live. David’s other TV experience includes a TV3 documentary about the origins of the National Anthem, and playing the reporter in Rhys Darby’s Netflix series Short Poppies. He co-hosted radio show (and co-hosts the podcast) The Cryptid Factor with Darby. David is currently directing The Tickle King, a documentary about the strange world of competitive endurance tickling. He has an extensive social media following and in 2014, hosted an episode of The Paul Henry Show, with his parrot Keith.

Farrier and Hayes will continue to work for other MediaWorks’ news programmes; Hayes on TV3’s weekly current affairs programme, Farrier as an entertainment reporter filing for a range of news brands. Further details, including the programme name, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sports Bhuja to get an hour a day on Radio Hauraki

Jason Hoyt and Leigh Hart fun

Radio Hauraki’s pioneering ‘sports’-related chat, comedy and music show Sports Bhuja featuring Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte is now a daily one-hour show. Sports Bhuja began in late March 2014, off the back of a successful Alternative Commentary Collective stint featuring Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte, along with various other ‘alternative’ cricket commentators including Matt Heath and Jeremy Wells from Radio Hauraki Breakfast.

Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte, along with Hauraki’s Jeremy Wells, also starred in the recent television chat show The Late Night Big Breakfast’ on TV One. The quirky show, which was filmed live from a furniture store, gained huge following particularly from cooking enthusiasts, cat owners and book lovers.

“The bosses at Hauraki have clearly had too much to drink and decided putting Jase and me on their radio station for two hours every Saturday morning was a good idea,” says Leigh Hart.

In August, Radio Hauraki trialled a two-hour Friday drive-time special edition of the Bhuja show. “We got lots of feedback from that which was great,” says Jason Hoyte. “Not all of it was good feedback, but there was lots of it.”

So after what could best be described as a year full of experimentation, Radio Hauraki Content Director, David Ridler says they have launched a new daily Bhuja show late in the ‘drive time’ zone every weekday from 6pm – 7pm.

“Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte are hosting an hour of their trademark banter, along with excitable callers, out-of-this-world prizes (which may or may not actually exist), plenty of good tunes, and the constant possibility of guest appearances from high profile New Zealanders such as Richie and Dan. There is less of a sport-focus in the new Daily Bhuja, and a more well-rounded and broad daily dissection of everyday life and the world around us.”

“Clearly the Hauraki bosses have continued drinking and now think it’s a good idea to have us on-air every day, so let’s drink to them and our daily Bhuja.” says Hart.

“It almost feels like we are being treated like legitimate radio broadcasters,” chimes in Hoyte. “The boss at Hauraki has even given us our own swipe cards to access the NZME. Radio building in Cook Street. It’s a huge moment for us.”

Both broadcasters are excited about the new show. “Yep, it’s true. I’m excited.” said Hart.

Hoyte is also excited. “I’m excited. Really very excited. I’ll try to contain it, but hell’s teeth, I’m excited.”

Many of the initial daily Bhuja shows on Hauraki will are being beamed live from various cricket grounds and nearby NZME.Radio studios around New Zealand as the Alternative Commentary Collective is back in action on the iHeart Radio platform for the One Day International series between the Black Caps and Sri Lanka, and then Pakistan, followed by the Black Caps matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

“Cricket. Radio. Broadcasting. Music. Bhuja. Radio Radio Radio. 2015 is going to be a big year for us,” says Hart.

“A huge year ahead mate, what can I say,” continues Hoyte. “I’m still excited.”

Daily Bhuja – with Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte. Monday – Friday, 6pm – 7pm. Radio Hauraki nationwide.

Susan Wood’s family ask for privacy

Alex and Matt, the sons of Susan Wood have issued a statement asking for privacy after it was revealed Wood had recently been in hospital with a serious head injury.

In response to interest shown by the news media, we can confirm that our mother, Susan Wood, is recovering after an accident, and is now in rehabilitation after being discharged from Auckland Hospital. She was taken to Auckland Hospital on the evening of Friday, 10 January 2015, after falling at home and suffering a head injury.

We thank all involved in her care at Auckland Hospital for their dedication, their expertise and their humanity. Their treatment of our mother was outstanding. We also appreciate the concern
and goodwill shown by others.

We do not plan at this stage to make further comment and ask for privacy at this time.

Statement by Alex and Matt (Susan’s sons).