Popular SKY News anchor Kay Burley joins LBC


Every weekend from 8am, Kay Burley will team up with The Sun’s Managing Editor Stig Abell as they tackle the major stories of the day and interview the biggest names in politics, business, culture and entertainment.

Kay is the longest-serving news presenter on British television and currently hosts Sky News every weekday afternoon.

Kay Burley said: “I’m delighted to be joining LBC. The timing is just right with an election coming up next year – we’ll be putting politicians through their paces, and discussing the issues that matter to our listeners. I can’t wait for Stig and I to get started.”

It is part of a new weekend schedule on LBC, which includes the return of Andrew Pierce. The Daily Mail’s Consultant Editor will be Leading Britain’s Conversation in a new three-hour Saturday breakfast show from 7am.

3NOW launches across mobile, tablet and web

Kiwis’ favourite TV3 and FOUR television shows are now available on more devices than ever before with MediaWorks today launching 3NOW.

3NOW is MediaWorks’ new video on demand service for mobile and tablet (iOS and Android) and on Samsung televisions. TV3’s online catch-up service has been rebranded as 3NOW.

MediaWorks Director of Programming, Mark Caulton says: “We’re always looking for ways to enrich the viewing experience. We know our audience want to be able to watch their favourite shows on their iPhones, Android devices and tablets, and have access to a desktop online catch-up service. 3NOW delivers all of that, with more of our content than ever.”

MediaWorks Director of Interactive, Siobhan McKenna says she’s very proud of 3NOW’s features.

“Audience expectation has been high so it’s especially good to get such a strong product to market,” she says.

“When the content is so great, it’s important to ensure the user experience is largely ‘invisible’. It takes time and skill to make something appear simple and seamless.

“The Interactive team has done a fantastic job, and word of mouth through our testing period has been encouraging, with the beta version of the iOS App alone downloaded more than 50,000 times to date.”

To celebrate the launch of 3NOW, MediaWorks is treating viewers to a box set release of highly anticipated Netflix series House of Cards on Sunday 23 February. All 13 episodes in Series 1 will be available to watch on 3NOW for 28 days.

“I’m delighted to offer viewers the opportunity to experience the entire first season of House of Cards via 3NOW,” says Caulton.

Season one of House of Cards screens on TV3, Sundays at 10.30pm from 23 February, and will be followed immediately by season two, which recently premiered in America.

Key features of 3NOW include:
· An improved catch-up video platform
· The ability to pause shows and carry on watching from where the user left off
· Extra video content exclusive to 3NOW
· Innovative social media integration – helping users to share viewing experiences with their friends
· Recommendations
· A new Electronic Programme Guide enables users to look back and look forward
· The ability for users to manage their data consumption
· 3NOW provides exciting new opportunities to clients and sponsors thanks to its market-leading ad-logic

The official launch of 3NOW iOS and Android App is brought to viewers by 2degrees.

The 3NOW App is available on the App Store and Google Play.

House of Cards (Series 1) premieres on TV3 at 10.30pm, Sunday 23 February.
The House of Cards Series 1 box set will be available on 3NOW for 28 days from 11.30pm on February 23.

Note to Android Users
The Samsung supported devices include:
Phone: S3, S4, Note II, Note III
Tablets: Tab 2 10.1, Tab 3 10.1, Note 10.1, Tab 3 7.0″, Tab 3 8.0”, Note 8.0″, Tab 2 7.0″

TVNZ confirms new team for Seven Sharp


Seven Sharp will be fronted by two new hosts when it returns in 2014, with Mike Hosking and Toni Street joining current presenter Jesse Mulligan in the New Year.

TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs John Gillespie says, “We are thrilled to welcome Toni Street and Mike Hosking to the Seven Sharp team. I’m really excited about the contribution they’re going to make. Our viewers are in for a real treat.”

“Currently the host of our Breakfast programme, Toni is a naturally gifted broadcaster and an outstanding journo. She’s ready to make the move into a primetime presenting role. Mike is one of New Zealand’s most respected and versatile broadcasters. He has a long history with TVNZ and we’re delighted to be welcoming him back. We think our new team will take Seven Sharp to the next level in 2014.”

Airing each weekday, Seven Sharp is the people’s clear choice at 7pm for coverage and conversation about the stories of the day. Since its 4 February launch, Seven Sharp’s audience has shown solid growth – and is second only to sister channel TV2’s ratings juggernaut Shortland Street in its timeslot. Last month Seven Sharp was watched by an average audience of 357,500 (AP 5+)* each night.

“I’m proud of how the show’s performed in its first year out of the blocks. Seven Sharp has been a bold departure from legacy format current affairs at 7pm. Our viewers are looking for a fresh take on the stories of the day and a hint of irreverence and fun – and that’s what we are committed to delivering,” says Gillespie.

Current host Alison Mau is leaving TVNZ and taking up a radio position at Mediaworks station, Radio Live.

Gillespie warmly thanks Mau for her contribution to Seven Sharp this year. “Ali has been an integral part of launching Seven Sharp and the show has benefitted greatly from her involvement.”

Seven Sharp will return to TV ONE early in 2014 at 7.00pm weeknights.

TVNZ will look for a new presenter to join Rawdon Christie on Breakfast in the New Year, following Toni Street’s move to Seven Sharp.

ZB host announces retirement


Long-serving and legendary Newstalk ZB Wellington host Justin du Fresne is retiring from his highly successful Saturday morning programme at the end of the year.

The Radio Network (TRN) is expanding the successful and popular Jack Tame Morning Show on Newstalk ZB into the Wellington Region from January 2014.

Du Fresne thanked the Wellington people for their support over the years.

“I’ve had a wonderful stint broadcasting in the Wellington region. It is my home and I’ve had a great time bringing this show to my listeners since 2011.”

Commenting on a career that began over 50 years ago, The Radio Network’s Wellington general manager Rhys Nimmo praised du Fresne for his commitment.

“Justin has worked for Newstalk ZB for decades, both as our man in Wellington through the week and latterly on Saturday morning. We’re hugely appreciative of his efforts and enormous contribution to the success of the station.”

Jack Tame is based in New York, in his current role of US correspondent for TVNZ, broadcasting the Newstalk ZB Saturday morning show live from there each week.

His first show in Wellington will beSaturday 11 January 2014.

Search for The Block NZ contestants begins


The search for next year’s Alice and Caleb, Loz and Tom, Alisa and Koan, and Pete and Andy has begun – the casting call for series three of The Block NZ is now open!

Producers are looking for four new teams – friends, family members or partners – to move into The Block NZ 2014, and star in the next series of the hit renovation-reality show.

The 2014 edition of The Block NZ will again see four New Zealand teams compete to renovate four dilapidated houses in an upmarket suburb – room-by-room, week-by-week, challenge-by-challenge – and sell them at auction for the highest price.

The teams can be couples, family members, or friends, and can come from anywhere in New Zealand, but all contestants must be over 18-years-old. Producers are looking for energetic people with a sense of humour and design flair. Previous home renovation experience might help (but it’s not required), but specialists in residential building and project management, painters and professional interior designers are excluded.

Once selected, the four teams will literally live and breathe their DIY project for the shoot, living on site in The Block NZ houses. There are no further eliminations; the winning couple is simply decided by the toughest judge of all, the real estate market. All four renovated houses will go to a LIVE TV auction, with The Block NZ 3 crown, and an additional cash prize, going to the couple whose property sells for the most over reserve.

In 2013, the series two contestants became household names as they worked around the clock to renovate and sell four North Shore houses. On auction night, Alice and Caleb were crowned winners of The Block NZ 2 and walked away with a life-changing $261,000. In 2012, inaugural winners Libby and Ben took home $237,000. Who will it be in 2014?

The Block is one of the biggest reality formats in the world, with a compelling blend of real estate dreams and high stakes drama that has made it a global phenomenon – and turned New Zealand into a nation of Block-o-holics.

It was TV3’s number one show in both 2012 and 2013, with 2,973,200 viewers turning in throughout the 2013 series (Nielsen TAM, 5+ cume).

The Block NZ 3 is produced by Eyeworks Television and will screen on TV3 in 2014.


· Simply fill out the online form at www.tv3.co.nz/theblock and tell us why you’ve got what it takes to be part of The Block NZ.

· Provide all the information you can and please remember to attach digital photographs of yourselves. Videos are welcomed too but are not compulsory, and cannot be returned.

· The successful teams must be available for a twelve week shoot period from late March 2014.

· You will be living in The Block NZ houses during the shoot and you will not be able to attend your usual place of work during this time. But a weekly allowance will be provided for you to take care of obligations back home.