Changes at 3 News as Paul Henry moves to new cross-platform breakfast show


MediaWorks is planning the first truly cross-platform programme in New Zealand, a new breakfast show that will broadcast simultaneously on TV3 and RadioLIVE in 2015, and have a significant digital component.

Paul Henry will host the new show, which is designed to work equally well on television, radio and digital, leveraging the unique assets that give the MediaWorks a combined reach of 3.8 million New Zealanders.

MediaWorks Group CEO Mark Weldon says: “This is a significant move for MediaWorks and a major shift in the delivery of news and entertainment in the New Zealand market.

“The new show will integrate our capabilities in radio, TV and digital, creating a unique product with a unique audience proposition.

“Hosted by one of the country’s most talented and popular broadcasters, Paul Henry, the format will allow viewers/listeners to move effortlessly between their bedrooms, living rooms and cars in the morning, with uninterrupted access to news, information and entertainment wherever they are.

“No other media company can offer this type of seamless experience, organised around the audience rather than the platform.”

The new breakfast show will be broadcast LIVE from a purpose-built hybrid radio/television studio at MediaWorks’ Flower Street offices. The new show will replace both Firstline on TV3 and the breakfast show on RadioLIVE.

Weldon says: “I would like to acknowledge and thank Marcus Lush, Sacha McNeil, Michael Wilson and the entire Firstline and RadioLIVE breakfast teams, for their valuable contributions to our current breakfast shows.”

Further details of the new show will be revealed by Paul Henry at the MediaWorks TV new season launch event, held on October 30.

Firstline returns on Monday LIVE from the waterfront with new hosts


Firstline starts its 2014 season this Monday with new hosts Sacha McNeil and Michael Wilson, and a new (temporary) location. TV3’s early morning rolling news programme is holding on to some of that summer feeling, broadcasting from the Auckland waterfront for the first week (Monday 20 – Friday 24 January).

Mike McRoberts and Hilary Barry are also back in the 3 News studio at 6pm this Monday, while current affairs programmes Campbell Live and The Paul Henry Show launch a week later on Monday 27 January.

One of TV3’s most experienced news anchors; Sacha McNeil is looking forward to the special buzz of an early morning news show.

“I’m looking forward to being the first port of call for viewers to catch up with what’s happened internationally overnight, as well as how the day is shaping up locally,” she says. “I’m particularly excited about getting out of the studio and covering the news as it happens.

“With 2014 being an election year, it will be a busy year politically for Firstline. With Kim Dotcom’s party and Ben Uffindell’s comedic Civilian Party launching it’s bound to be colourful. There’s also a royal baby making his way over to us so there will no doubt be a lot of George chasing.”

Michael Wilson agrees. “On the local front the general election should be the big news story for the year,” he says. “But I’m also looking forward to the World Cup soccer from Rio. With our budgets I imagine we will be presenting live from Copacabana Beach on a daily basis.”

Firstline will look at what 2014 has in store for politics and business, and Michael says that for him the news story of 2013 was the global economy.

“Being a business news junkie the story of 2013 for me was the fact that the world economy did not collapse,” he says. “Despite all the apocalyptic claims that Europe, the US and China would sink into depression, the eternal pessimists were proved wrong yet again.”

3 News return dates:

FIRSTLINE with Michael Wilson and Sacha McNeil – 6am weekdays from Monday 20 January

3 NEWS at 6PM with Hilary Barry and Mike McRoberts – 6pm weeknights from Monday 20 January

CAMPBELL LIVE with John Campbell – 7pm weeknights from Monday 27 January

THE PAUL HENRY SHOW with Paul Henry and Janika ter Ellen – 10.30pm weeknights from Monday 27 January