3D part of MediaWorks ‘innovative Sunday night’ plan


Okay, so not that sort of 3D….Got ya.

MediaWorks is moving TV3’s weekly current affairs programme to Sunday nights, as part of an innovative News and Current affairs hour broadcast in the premium 6-7pm timeslot.

From May 24, a 30-minute 6pm 3News bulletin will be followed at 6.30pm by 3D, formerly 3rd Degree.

MediaWorks Group Head of News, Mark Jennings says: “We know that Sunday night is a good place for current affairs. People are increasingly time poor and we believe 30 minutes of News plus 30 minutes of Current Affairs is a winning formula for this popular timeslot.

“This way we can guarantee a pacey, high-quality product that will be appointment viewing.”

Investigative journalism will receive dedicated resource under the sub-brand 3D Investigates, which is supported by the NZ on Air Platinum Fund.

“I am very proud of our investigative journalism, and the 3D Investigates strand will build on our ground-breaking work on the Teina Pora and David Bain cases, and the Fox Glacier crash,” says Jennings.

3D is executive-produced by Terence Taylor and presented by Samantha Hayes and Duncan Garner. The weekly programme features stories from some of New Zealand’s top journalists.

Duncan Garner continues to host the Drive show on RadioLIVE, while Samantha Hayes is the co-host of TV3’s upcoming late news programme Newsworthy alongside David Farrier.

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 3news.co.nz.

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.

Mediaworks to produce Prime News


SKY and Prime are pleased to announce a new partnership that will see Prime News – First at 5.30, produced by MediaWorks.

Launching in March, Prime News – First at 5.30 will be produced by the award-winning MediaWorks news division at their Auckland Flower Street Studios. A dedicated production team with access to considerable resources and many of the country’s finest journalists and producers will provide an evening bulletin drawing on more than 200 TV, Radio and Digital news staff nationwide as well as foreign correspondents in Europe and Australia.

John Fellet, CEO of SKY TV, welcomed the move.

“The team at Prime News – First at 5.30 has done an amazing job for the past eight years with very limited resources. We are excited to be building on this solid heritage through our new
partnership with MediaWorks, continuing with half hour evening bulletins and live updates throughout the night. SKY News still remains a valuable partner of ours and we are discussing
other projects to work together on,” he said.

Mark Jennings, Group Head of News for MediaWorks says Prime will benefit from the recently announced integration of MediaWorks’ news teams.

“With the combined resources of TV, Radio and Digital news teams, we will have one of the biggest news operations in the country. Prime will benefit from our size and reach and the calibre of our people. Our aim is to provide a high quality 5.30pm news programme that builds on the loyal Prime News following.”

Mark Weldon, Group CEO of MediaWorks, says the partnership model adds value to both businesses.

“This is a ground breaking partnership for the Group, and testament to MediaWorks’ news leadership in the New Zealand market. News is core to our business, and this is a significant

strategic move that expands our footprint in this area. We are looking forward to delivering a top quality news programme to Prime viewers.”

Further details including Prime News – First at 5.30 presenters will be released in due course.

Details of new MediaWorks integrated newsroom


MediaWorks Limited (MWL) today announced its new organisational structure, setting the foundation for growing a thriving, integrated media business.

MWL, which owns and operates TV3 and FOUR, has more than half the commercial radio market including The Edge, The Rock, More, George, Mai, The Breeze, and RadioLIVE, and a strong portfolio of websites, mobile and tablet apps, announced major strategic changes in the News and Digital areas.

Group CEO, Mark Weldon says: “Having already created Group Content, Revenue, and Product and IT roles, I am pleased to announce MWL is moving to a single, converged Newsroom, and will also integrate our historically standalone Digital operations into the business.

“This is a major strategic reorganisation that puts MediaWorks in an excellent position for future growth, with an Executive team characterised by their fresh thinking and technology, content and customer savvy.”

MediaWorks will create a new, fully integrated newsroom.

MWL’s TV, Radio and Digital news operations will be combined into a unified news team under the leadership of Mark Jennings, who has been promoted to a new role, Group Head of News. Current staff members working in TV, Radio and Digital news roles will become part of a new integrated News team, comprising more than 200 people.

Group Head of News, Mark Jennings says: “I feel privileged to be leading our combined news operation at this important time in our history. The news environment is changing rapidly, yet we are uniquely equipped to meet the challenges.

“By bringing together our television, radio and digital assets, we will create the best news service in the country and drive home our competitive advantage. The cross-platform breakfast show hosted by Paul Henry is the spearhead of this new approach and I am very keen to work with Mark and the Group Executive to create the newsroom of the future.

Group CEO Mark Weldon says: “News is core to our business and merging our news operations and combining our strength across radio, TV and digital gives us the opportunity to build New Zealand’s leading news service.”

MediaWorks’ Interactive division will be merged into the wider business.

Consistent with an integrated, brand-led strategy, Digital will sit at the centre of MediaWorks, rather than in a separate business unit.

Group CEO, Mark Weldon says: “Merging our Interactive division into the wider business places our digital strategy at the heart of every part of MWL, and is key to creating an organisation that better serves advertisers and audiences.”

Digital news staff will become part of the integrated News group; the Digital Sales team will become part of Group Head of Revenue, Liz Fraser’s team; and the technology members of Interactive will move to the IT and Productisation area headed by Tom Cotter.

These changes follow three recent appointments to new Group Executive roles.

Liz Fraser was recently promoted to Group Head of Revenue, responsible for MediaWorks sales and integration teams across TV, Radio and Digital.

Andrew Szusterman was named Group Entertainment Content Director, with oversight of the content strategy of MediaWorks across all platforms – linear TV, linear radio, VOD, online, mobile, tablet and emerging platforms.

Tom Cotter joined the company as Chief Information and Product Officer, responsible for delivery and design of all IT and IT-related products across the Group.

Other executive changes

As a result of this reorganisation, and after discussion over other roles, both CEO Television, Paul Maher and CEO Interactive, Siobhan McKenna are leaving MediaWorks.

Mark Weldon says: “On behalf of the Board and all staff, I want to thank Paul and Siobhan for their contributions to MediaWorks.

“Paul built a strong team across TV News, Programming and Sales, that have, under his leadership, been responsible for a significant turnaround in the profitability of the TV unit at MediaWorks. That two of this team – Liz Fraser and Mark Jennings – are now Group Executives is testament to the value he has added to the business.

“Siobhan has successfully grown a digital start-up into a mature set of revenue lines, and developed a team who make a significant contribution to every part of the business. She is to be applauded for this success and for the drive and determination of her leadership.”

3 News celebrates 25 years……and yes there are bloopers

TV3’s flagship daily news bulletin was first broadcast at 6pm on 27 November 1989, providing New Zealanders with their first alternative home-grown television news service. Fast forward to 2014 and 3News is the cornerstone of a 24-hour multi-platform news and current affairs service.

3News at 6pm is broadcast daily on TV3, RadioLIVE, and a range of digital platforms, with 2.17 million Kiwis tuning into a 6pm bulletin each month on television alone.*

Marking 25 years of news and current affairs coverage, TV3 will screen a series of retrospective mini-documentaries on 3News at 6pm, beginning Sunday 23 November for five nights. The documentaries examine the network’s coverage of significant events, personalities and stories that have shaped New Zealand and the world. They will run nightly during the 6pm bulletin and will be narrated by current 3News presenters.

The coverage begins with the first 3News broadcast on 27 November 1989, then looks at the critical moments in our history, including political, international and domestic events. There is also a selection of comedic on-air mishaps and iconic moments that have occurred in the network’s news broadcast history.

On November 23, 3News will also launch a microsite at 3News.co.nz/25years featuring an interactive timeline containing important news events and coverage from the last 25 years, career-defining stories from 3News presenters, blooper reels, behind-the-scenes images and more.

Director of News and Current Affairs Mark Jennings says: “3News has changed the news landscape in New Zealand. We have broken hundreds of stories in politics, sport, entertainment, business and general news. Reporters and presenters including John Campbell, Mike McRoberts, Hilary Barry, Carolyn Robinson, Samantha Hayes, Michelle Pickles, Hamish McKay, Bob McNeil, Melanie Reid, Joanna Paul, and Belinda Todd have become household names.

“We have always looked to take our viewers to the heart of the news. We’ve sent reporters to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gaza, covered the Pacific extensively, and been on every All Black tour for as far back as I can remember. Sometimes we have been the only New Zealand news organisation on the scene.

“We have always been innovators – from the days of Nightline to our latest project, the early morning show with Paul Henry that will be available on TV, radio and online.”

“I am very proud of all the presenters, reporters, camera crews, editors, directors and other staff who work extremely hard every day to provide viewers with the world class product that is 3News.”

Stories will air across the following dates;

•23rd November – Retrospective look at the first episode and beginning moments of 3News
•24th November – Iconic bloopers and lighter moments from 3News coverage and presenters
•25th November – Notable political stories and misadventures by Parliamentary officials
•26th November – International stories and events that have shaped our world
•27th November – Local stories and events from New Zealand

For more check out 3news.co.nz/25years