Gower leaving parliament for new gig

Newshub has announced that Patrick Gower will be taking on a new challenge in 2018, hanging up his boots as Political Editor and moving to the role of National Correspondent.

Patrick has worked in the Parliamentary Press Gallery for 10 years, eight of those with 3 News and Newshub, the past five as Political Editor.

“The theme of politics this year has undoubtedly been ‘change’. It is time for a change for me,” said Patrick. “I’ve had a good run.”

Patrick described the role of Political Editor as “phenomenal and compelling”.

He reported on four election campaigns, three different Governments and four different Prime Ministers.

Beyond the major events, highlights include Rodney Hide’s use of perks, the “Teapot Tapes,” the Judith Collins Oravida controversy, Labour’s leadership changes, showing footage of rescue workers inside Pike River Mine for the first time. And of course, hosting Three’s live Newshub Leader’s Debate this year.

He also covered two American elections, including getting questions from Donald Trump on multiple occasions.

​One the new role of National Correspondent, Patrick said:
“I’m looking forward to getting out and about in New Zealand and breaking stories that are important to Kiwis.”
The National Correspondent role will involve reporting on stories of national significance and will play a key part in the Newshub Live at 6pm bulletin.

Hal Crawford, Chief News Officer Newshub said: “Paddy is one of the best communicators I have ever worked with – his new role as National Correspondent will see him unleashed on the whole of NZ, something I’m looking forward to immensely.”

Patrick’s replacement will be named in due course.

New Zealand Television Awards opening skit

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NZ Television Awards 2017 – The Photos and the winners!

The New Zealand Television Awards announced the 2017 winners tonight at SKYCITY Theatre in Auckland, recognising excellence in local television programmes, as well as individual achievement.

Hosted by Oliver Driver, the ceremony featured 25 awards which were presented by a variety of New Zealand’s most celebrated television performers, presenters and personalities including: actress Teuila Blakely, The Crowd Goes Wild’s Andrew Mulligan and James McOnie, actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand and entertainer Anika Moa, 800 Words’ Erik Thomson and Anna Jullienne, Newshub’s Samantha Hayes and Mike McRoberts, actress Tandi Wright, The Brokenwood Mysteries’ Neill Rea and Fern Sutherland, presenters John and Kate Hawkesby, The Real Housewives of Auckland’s Gilda Kirkpatrick and Louise Wallace, actors Robbie and Pua Magasiva, Sara Wiseman and Craig Hall, Kimberley Crossman and Anna Hutchison, reality star Matilda Rice and Westside’s Antonia Prebble, who presented the TV Legend award to long-time producer and local screen industry champion John Barnett ONZM.

In the drama categories, the Jean Batten biopic Jean was honoured with four awards, including Images and Sound Best Feature Drama. The telefeature’s lead, Kate Elliott, was named Godfrey Hirst Best Actress while Robert Sarkies won Best Director: Drama and Paula Boock and Donna Malane won Best Script: Drama. Earlier this month, Jean also won eight New Zealand Television Craft Awards. The other drama award winners tonight were 800 Words 2, which was named New Zealand On Air Best Drama Series, and Dean O’Gorman, who won the Selaks Taste Collection Best Actor award for his portrayal of George Lowe in Hillary.

Three’s Newshub received the trophy for Best News Coverage for the team’s reporting of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and Newshub’s Mike McRoberts, who arrived back from Syria earlier today, was named Best Presenter: News and Current Affairs. Newsroom.co.nz’s Melanie Reid, Mark Jennings, Paul Enticott and Tim Murphy received the award for Best Current Affairs Programme for their investigation into the clandestine taping of an employee by Government MP Todd Barclay and subsequent payout, titled The Politician, The Police and The Payout, 20 June 2017.

Three’s 7 Days was named Best Comedy Programme while Millen Baird and John Argall won the award for Best Script: Comedy for the TVNZ On Demand series Darryl. An Outward Bound Story.

In the factual and documentary programme categories, Why Am I? – The Science of Us, the documentary which shed light on the internationally renowned ‘Dunedin study’, won New Zealand on Air Best Factual Series; Making Good Men, the Prime TV programme which followed former All Black Norm Hewitt and actor Manu Bennett’s personal journey from violence, was named New Zealand on Air Best Documentary; and Mitchell Hawkes was named Best Director: Documentary or Factual for Born This Way: Awa’s Story which previously won two New Zealand Television Craft Awards. Hawkes also won the award for Best Director: Multi Camera for his direction of the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2016 television broadcast.

The Hui won the award for Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Programme; #TalesOfTime – The Coconet TV was named Best Pasifika Programme; online short documentary series Loading Docs took out the honours for New Zealand on Air Best Web Series; Terry Teo won the Planet Fun Best Children’s Programme; while SKY’s Shaun Johnson: Across The Mekong was named Best Sports Programme and the network’s coverage of International Rugby: All Blacks vs British & Irish Lions 1st Test was awarded Best Live Event Coverage.

In the reality, lifestyle, entertainment and personality categories, Maori Television’s Songs from the Inside III Christchurch was named Best Reality Series; Karena and Kasey’s Kitchen Diplomacy won Best Lifestyle Programme; The Topp Twins received the SKYCITY Best Presenter: Entertainment award; and TVNZ’s Toni Street was named Woman’s Day Television Personality of the Year, as voted by the magazine’s readers.

The winners of the 2017 New Zealand Television Awards are:

New Zealand On Air Best Drama Series
800 Words 2
Chris Bailey, Kelly Martin, James Griffin, John Holmes & Julie McGauran
South Pacific Pictures & Seven Productions (TVNZ1)

Images & Sound Best Feature Drama
Paula Boock & Donna Malane
Lippy Pictures (TVNZ1)

New Zealand On Air Best Factual Series
Why Am I? – The Science of Us
Paul Casserly, Mark McNeill & Irena Dol
Razor Films (TVNZ1)

New Zealand On Air Best Documentary
Making Good Men
Te Amokura Productions (Prime)

Best Reality Series
Songs from the Inside III Christchurch
Julian Arahanga & Maramena Roderick
Awa Films (Maori Television)

Best Lifestyle Programme
Karena & Kasey’s Kitchen Diplomacy
Darryl McEwen
Imagination Television (TVNZ1)

Best Current Affairs Programme
The Politician, The Police and The Payout, 20 June 2017
Melanie Reid, Mark Jennings, Paul Enticott & Tim Murphy

New Zealand On Air Best Web Series
Loading Docs
Notable Pictures (loadingdocs.net, TVNZ On Demand, Vimeo)
Planet Fun Best Children’s Programme
Terry Teo
Luke Sharpe & Gerard Johnstone
Semi-Professional Pictures (TVNZ2)

Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Programme
The Hui
Annabelle Lee, Adrian Stevanon & Mihingarangi Forbes
Great Southern Film and Television (Three)

Best Pasifika Programme
#TalesOfTime – The Coconet TV
Tuki Laumea & Lisa Taouma
Tikilounge Productions (www.thecoconet.tv/)

Best News Coverage
Kaikoura Earthquake
Newshub Team

Best Sports Programme
Shaun Johnson: Across The Mekong
Gareth Thorne, Kerry Russell, Mark Malaki-Williams, Dean Pooley & Brian Hitchcock

Best Live Event Coverage
International Rugby: All Blacks vs British & Irish Lions 1st Test
Brian Hitchcock, Dean Pooley, Marcus Kennedy & Gavin Service

Best Comedy or Comedy Entertainment Programme
7 Days
Rob Brown, thedownlowconcept, Jon Bridges, John McDonald
MediaWorks (Three)

Best Director: Documentary or Factual
Mitchell Hawkes
Born This Way: Awa’s Story
Ruckus (TVNZ1)

Best Director: Drama
Robert Sarkies
Lippy Pictures (TVNZ1)

Best Director: Multi Camera
Mitchell Hawkes
Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2016
MediaWorks (Three)

Best Script: Comedy
Millen Baird & John Argall
Darryl. An Outward Bound Story.
Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions (TVNZ OnDemand)

Best Script: Drama
Paula Boock & Donna Malane
Lippy Pictures (TVNZ1)

Godfrey Hirst Best Actress
Kate Elliott
Lippy Pictures (TVNZ1)

Selaks Taste Collection Best Actor
Dean O’Gorman
Great Southern Film and Television (TVNZ1)

SKYCITY Best Presenter: Entertainment
The Topp Twins – Jools & Lynda Topp
Topp Country Season Two
Diva Productions (TVNZ1)

Woman’s Day Television Personality Of The Year
Toni Street (TVNZ)

Best Presenter: News and Current Affairs
Mike McRoberts
Newshub Live at 6pm
MediaWorks (Three)

TV Legend
John Barnett

SKY TV bringing back MTV Classic

Christmas has come early for SKY TV customers as the platform welcomes back MTV Classic after a two-year hiatus.

Launching on Friday 8 December at 10am, MTV Classic is a 24-hour music channel that brings you music and music-inspired entertainment from the 1980s to the 2000s, as well as vintage hits. The channel showcases iconic artists such as Madonna, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Spice Girls, Queen, U2, Whitney Houston and Prince.

Two years ago MTV Classic and MTV Hits were merged to create the single channel: MTV Music. While MTV Music remains popular with SKY customers, it was clear some were missing the seminal hits and artists featured on MTV Classic.

Maria Barlow-Cooper, Head of Affiliate Channels, said: “We are thrilled with the performance of MTV Music, however our customer feedback and data told us that a 24/7 stand-alone music channel dedicated to everyone’s favourites was missed by our customers. With our partners at Viacom, we are stoked to be able to bring back MTV Classic to New Zealand. A fun, eclectic mix of all our favourite throw backs, just in time for the festive season.”

MTV Classic (SKY Channel 123 and 116) will launch on Friday 8 December at 10am.