Hilary ‘Giggle’ Barry strikes again

Radio and TV newsreader Hilary Barry has had another attack of the giggles, this time on Radio Live. Listen and giggle along with the link below:

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3 News dominates in 18-49 demographic. Sunrise and Nightline grow

August has seen 3 News consolidate its lead over competitor ONE News in the key 18-49 audience demographic.

Amongst 18-49 year olds – TV3’s target demographic – 3 News held a 31.3% share of the audience compared with ONE News’ 27.5%.

3 News also made gains in TV ONE’s target audience of 25-54 year olds, compared with August 2008. This month saw 3 News record a share of 31.4% in 2009, neck-and-neck with ONE News, which had a share of 31.9%.

“The 3 News team works around the clock to bring great news content to New Zealanders,” said TV3 Director of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings.

“It’s pleasing to see them rewarded with excellent viewership.”

Year-to-date figures also show that TV3’s News and Current Affairs programmes across the board have enjoyed audience growth in the 18-49 demographic in 2009, compared to the first eight months of 2008.

Highlights include the performance of Nightline and Sunrise. TV3’s late night news programme increased its year-to-date audience by 9.5% in the 18-49 demographic and 19.9% in the 25-54 demographic.

Sunrise has enjoyed exceptional audience growth so far in 2009, with a 110.3% increase in the 18-49 viewership, and a 71.9% increase in the 25-54 demographic, compared with the year-to-date figures for 2008.

“All our shows are delivering great audiences,” said Mr Jennings.

“I’m very happy with the performance of Nightline, which dominates the late night news landscape, and Sunrise, which is continuing to make terrific progress in its second year on air.”

August also saw New Zealanders embrace The Big Night In, TV3’s 23-hour live Telethon event, which raised more than $2,000,000 for charity, and was watched by 52.5% of the population, with a reach of 2,083,100 viewers.

– TV3


Christchurch man caught up in social networking scam

A 30 year old Christchurch man has unwittingly been caught up in an international scam.

The man was reported cashing a large value of travellers cheques this week when the bank realised he had done the same the previous week. On investigation the cheques proved to be forgeries.

It appears the man had been on a social networking site when he was offered some modelling. The travellers’ cheques were sent for him to recover his expenses and fee from, then he was to repatriate the rest of the cash via Western Union account to the UK.

Detective Richard Corkin says that anyone involved in a scam such as this operating as a money conduit could be charged.

“This is a crime against the bank,” he says. “Anything which seems too good to be true usually is.”

– NZ Police


Fans rally to save daytime soaps on TV One

TVNZ has announced it is to cease its contract with the distributor for Days of Our Lives and the Young and the Restless.

The broadcaster says the shows have been on our screens for more than 20 years and ratings have been declining significantly.

In a statement TVNZ said “We have decided that although there are many viewers who remain faithful fans, there are also many who would appreciate something fresh after such a long time.”

One of those faithful fans is Northland viewer Morgan Collett who has set up one of two facebook groups aiming to keep the shows on our screens. He said that he always enjoys Days of Our Lives and the Young and the Restless because they are really fun and interesting with attractive characters. He has always looked forward to his afternoon soaps and says there is nothing else on at that time worth watching.

The series will finish sometime at the end of October and an announcement as to what will replace them will be made closer to the time.

At this stage Prime/Sky TV have no plans to take over the contract and screen these shows in New Zealand.

You can join the groups below:



– Dan News


TVNZ congratulates Geoff Bryan on Olympic honour

TVNZ congratulates veteran sports broadcaster, Geoff Bryan on his honour from the NZ Olympic Committee presented to him in Queenstown last night.

Geoff Bryan has become one of the few television broadcasters to receive the Sir Lance Cross Memorial Trophy for his contribution to the Olympic Movement.

Geoff has covered eight Olympic Games and five Commonwealth Games across three decades for TVNZ.

“He’s a very deserving recipient, Geoff is one of the most professional broadcasters in the country and someone who doesn’t seek public accolade so I’m sure he’s very humbled by this particular honour”, says TVNZ’s Head of Sport, Murray Needham.

“It is a fitting tribute to his broadcasting skills at the forefront of TVNZ’s Games coverage over so many years”

“We all congratulate Geoff on becoming one of the few television broadcasters to receive the Sir Lance Cross Memorial Trophy and endorse the comments the NZOC said about him”.

“Geoff is a consummate professional and through his commentary and interviews has brought the power and magic of the Olympic Games to millions of New Zealanders. We thank him for his commitment and generosity of spirit.” (Barry Maister, NZOC)