3D part of MediaWorks ‘innovative Sunday night’ plan

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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.

Woman at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat sexual assault case speaks to 3rd Degree tonight

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The woman at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat sexual assault case speaks to reporter Paula Penfold in an exclusive interview on 3rd Degree tonight.

According to the woman’s wishes, a submission was made by her lawyer this week to have her automatic name suppression lifted. Suppression will lapse at the commencement of 3rd Degree tonight.

She has so far remained silent as politicians, commentators and pundits have debated the way the case has been handled.

“It’s not just the way the case has been bungled that she wants to talk about – although she certainly doesn’t hold back,” says Penfold.

“More importantly to her, there are things she wants to say about how what has happened represents wider problems around sexual violence in New Zealand. It’s a powerful, compelling interview.”

3rd Degree, tonight at 8.40pm on TV3. The programme will be available online via 3NOW and www.3news.co.nz immediately after screening.

Lou Vincent’s tell all interview screens tonight

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Lou Vincent was once one of New Zealand’s most exciting cricketers, but now he is world-renowned as a cheat.

Tonight he sits down with 3rd Degree’s Paula Penfold to explain and confess: how he did it, why he did it and how he can live with himself.

“I’m here today being completely, honestly truthful about my experiences because I hated it. It was the worst, most character-destroying… I’ve got a conscience and my conscience is as a good person and one that cares and I don’t want to be a fake anymore. I don’t want to be remembered for a cheat.”

He tells of the ploy to get him into the match-fixing business; the demands made on him to underperform; the gangland-style method of collecting his money; and how he’s rebuilding his life through new love.

“It’s one of the most intriguing interviews we have ever done; his complete candour, his deep remorse, his determination for the full truth to be exposed,” says Penfold.

This exclusive interview on New Zealand’s biggest ever sporting scandal and the human frailty behind it, watch 3rd Degree on Wednesday at 8.40pm.

The Fox Glacier Plane Crash: Did The Investigators Get It Wrong?

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3rd Degree returns this week (Wednesday, 26 March at 8.30pm) with a special investigation into one of New Zealand’s worst air accidents, the 2010 Fox Glacier skydiving plane crash.

In the season premiere of TV3’s weekly in-depth current affairs programme, reporter Michael Morrah literally unearths new evidence in the crash that killed nine people.

In September 2010, only days after the accident, Government investigators ordered much of the wreckage of the Walter Fletcher FU24 airplane buried. Now 3rd Degree is digging it up, supervised by two of the country’s top accident investigators, and asking: what if the Government’s accident investigators got it wrong?

At the time the Fox Glacier crash seemed cut-and-dried. The Government’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission found the plane was overweight and loaded in a way that made its tail too heavy, effectively laying the blame with the owners of the skydiving company.

The Commission’s report said “no technical defects were identified that may have contributed to the crash.” Independent investigators interviewed by 3rd Degree have a different opinion. They say the Commission’s investigation was rushed and they are appalled that crucial parts of the wrecked plane were buried

And if they are right, and the cause is mechanical, are other similar NZ aircraft flying with the same (undiscovered) problems?

Also on 3rd Degree this week, Phil Vine catches up with New Zealand’s own blade-runner; fitted with new blades thanks to the generosity of TV3 viewers. Liam Malone is now heading for Olympic gold, but he faces one big challenge on the way – a face-to-face meeting with a great white shark.

Hosted by Duncan Garner and Samantha Hayes, 3rd Degree is a weekly one-hour programme featuring stories from some of New Zealand’s top journalists, including Paula Penfold, Melanie Reid, Sarah Hall, Phil Vine, Duncan Garner and Samantha Hayes. Major stories in 2013 included Paula Penfold and Eugene Bingham’s Teina Pora investigation, and new revelations in the David Bain case from Melanie Reid.

3rd Degree premieres tomorrow

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TV3’s new weekly current affairs programme 3rd Degree premieres tomorrow (Wednesday 6 March) with two controversial stories.

Hosted by Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner, 3rd Degree kicks off with a major story from 2012 Journalist of the Year, Melanie Reid followed by an exclusive look into the life of Anna Guy, sister of murder victim Scott Guy.

Melanie Reid investigates a furore in Taranaki; a stoush between the region’s “most hated man” on one side, and the mayor, the police, and just about everyone else in the province on the other.

Daniel Clout is a car clamper – he clamps cars for several private car parks in New Plymouth. It is not a job that endears him to the local community, but the one thing he has going for him is the fact that he has video-recorded everything – all his run-ins with car parkers and the police. Melanie Reid will show you why he deserves his story told.

Also in the first episode of 3rd Degree, a special report on Anna Guy – her own story in her own words. Anna was thrust into the spotlight, when her husband was charged, and subsequently acquitted of the murder of Anna’s brother. Now Anna has invited 3rd Degree cameras to follow her, as she leaves the town she grew up in and sets up home with her four children in Auckland. Anna talks candidly about putting tragedy – and her husband Ewen – behind her, and about her new love.

Anna is also in the studio to answer some hard questions. Each week the programme includes an interview segment, in which a guest is given the ‘3rd Degree’ by Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner. This week Anna Guy is in the hot seat: does she think her brother Scott was killed by her husband?

3rd Degree screens Wednesdays at 8.30pm on TV3. In upcoming weeks, the programme will feature stories from some of New Zealand’s top journalists, including Paula Penfold, Sarah Hall, Guyon Espiner, Melanie Reid, Phil Vine, Duncan Garner and Samantha Hayes.

3rd Degree – Wednesdays, 8.30pm on TV3