NZME. to bring sub-editing in-house

New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) has announced it will insource its sub-editing requirements which to date have been provided by Pagemasters located in Auckland.

NZME and formerly APN have had a relationship with Pagemasters since 2007 covering sub-editing page production for The New Zealand Herald titles and NZME’s regional papers. NZME has advised Pagemasters that the existing contract will not be renewed in August.

Chief Operating Officer, Phil Eustace says NZME will gain workflow efficiencies as a result of insourcing the sub-editing functions.

“The work will be completely centralised internally enabling us to strengthen production services across the group and expand our resources across our print and digital publishing.”

NZME Appoint New Editor for The New Zealand Herald

One of New Zealand’s most respected journalists and newsroom leaders, Otago Daily Times editor Murray Kirkness, is the new weekday editor of The New Zealand Herald.

Herald Managing Editor Shayne Currie says Kirkness would take the reins of the weekday editions of the Herald and help drive the Herald’s digital journalism from August. His appointment follows the recent promotion of Herald on Sunday editor Miriyana Alexander to Weekend Herald editor.

Didn’t take him long….

“Murray is completely audience focused and is a champion of great journalism and fine story-telling. Murray and Miriyana are two very strong leaders who, in addition to Marcus Forbes leading digital, will drive quality content.”

Kirkness says he was thrilled to be given the opportunity to join the Herald team.

“I’m looking forward to building the Herald’s readership, and working with some of the best journalists in New Zealand.”

Kirkness has been editor of the ODT for the past eight years and has been with its parent company, Allied Press, for the past 15 years. His background includes stints at the Newcastle Herald in Australia, as day editor, and at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph in Sydney as a sub editor.

Mark Richardson to Leave Radio Sport

New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) say Mark Richardson, co-host of the Crowd Goes Wild Breakfast will leave Radio Sport at the end of August.

NZME Radio’s General Manager – Talk, Dallas Gurney says whilst Mark has been terrific, Radio Sport will not be renewing his contract.

“Mark’s a great guy and he’s been part of the Radio Sport team over many years. We wish him well.

“We are 100% committed to Andrew Mulligan and the Crowd Goes Wild brand. Andrew is an absolute star and we are working through some exciting and fresh options that will take the show and Radio Sport to the next level. As you can imagine it is a highly sought after role with the success and following the show has.”

The show has drawn an extra 10,000 listeners (10+ cumulative audience) in the most recent independent survey results commissioned by NZME and a number of independent radio stations.

Gurney thanked Richardson for his work on Radio Sport.

Tony Veitch Signed to NZME

New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) has great pleasure in announcing a long term agreement with Tony Veitch to extend his portfolio as a sports expert and content leader across the group.

unnamedVeitch will now not only feature on-air as host of the popular “Veitch on Sport” show (weekends 12-6pm on Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport) but will extend his audience reach and influence across the NZME group by providing sports content across publishing, digital, video and social media platforms.

The social media following of Veitch on Sport is already well established with Veitch’s prolific posts which deliver opinion, interviews and trending sports news having gained over 103,000 Facebook followers to date.

Veitch will work closely with NZME’s sports teams to position NZME as the market leader in sports journalism and coverage in New Zealand.

Tony Veitch says, “I’m absolutely wrapped to partner with a company long term that is spear heading the new digital age for sport and fans alike”.

Dean Buchanan NZME Radio’s Managing Director says, “Having Tony on board and contributing across NZME platforms provides New Zealand’s sporting fans, stars and news makers with more opportunity than ever before to get their sporting fix. We firmly believe that Tony’s knowledge, relatability and sporting passion will attract even bigger audiences through radio, The New Zealand Herald, digital, social media, video and events. We’re thrilled to have him commit long term”.

Mark Watson will now host all five Sportstalk programmes on Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport Monday-Friday 7pm-8pm.

ZM puts on special One Direction flight to Sydney

One Direction aren’t bringing their tour to NZ, so FVM want to give listeners the chance to see One Direction Live in Sydney.

To get on the One D trip – fans took part in ZM’s “Directionaire Questionaire”.

Each fan registered at and provided the details of a “nominee who would take the “Directionaire Questionaire” live on air on their behalf. The person had to be over 30 years old eg Mum, Dad, Nan, Pop..

Then each morning, Fletch, Vaughan and Megan had a new team on the show who were told 30 minutes before their “Questionaire” what their topic was (e.g Harry Styles). That team was then popped into another room so they could cram as much info into their nominees brain as possible! Then it was time to be tested…if they got the 3 questions right their nominator made it on plane!

Each winning team won 3 tickets to the concert, accommodation for two nights and 3 seats on the very special One D Trip to Sydney!

The special flight leaves for Sydney on Saturday morning at 9am.

Sports Bhuja to get an hour a day on Radio Hauraki

Jason Hoyt and Leigh Hart fun

Radio Hauraki’s pioneering ‘sports’-related chat, comedy and music show Sports Bhuja featuring Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte is now a daily one-hour show. Sports Bhuja began in late March 2014, off the back of a successful Alternative Commentary Collective stint featuring Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte, along with various other ‘alternative’ cricket commentators including Matt Heath and Jeremy Wells from Radio Hauraki Breakfast.

Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte, along with Hauraki’s Jeremy Wells, also starred in the recent television chat show The Late Night Big Breakfast’ on TV One. The quirky show, which was filmed live from a furniture store, gained huge following particularly from cooking enthusiasts, cat owners and book lovers.

“The bosses at Hauraki have clearly had too much to drink and decided putting Jase and me on their radio station for two hours every Saturday morning was a good idea,” says Leigh Hart.

In August, Radio Hauraki trialled a two-hour Friday drive-time special edition of the Bhuja show. “We got lots of feedback from that which was great,” says Jason Hoyte. “Not all of it was good feedback, but there was lots of it.”

So after what could best be described as a year full of experimentation, Radio Hauraki Content Director, David Ridler says they have launched a new daily Bhuja show late in the ‘drive time’ zone every weekday from 6pm – 7pm.

“Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte are hosting an hour of their trademark banter, along with excitable callers, out-of-this-world prizes (which may or may not actually exist), plenty of good tunes, and the constant possibility of guest appearances from high profile New Zealanders such as Richie and Dan. There is less of a sport-focus in the new Daily Bhuja, and a more well-rounded and broad daily dissection of everyday life and the world around us.”

“Clearly the Hauraki bosses have continued drinking and now think it’s a good idea to have us on-air every day, so let’s drink to them and our daily Bhuja.” says Hart.

“It almost feels like we are being treated like legitimate radio broadcasters,” chimes in Hoyte. “The boss at Hauraki has even given us our own swipe cards to access the NZME. Radio building in Cook Street. It’s a huge moment for us.”

Both broadcasters are excited about the new show. “Yep, it’s true. I’m excited.” said Hart.

Hoyte is also excited. “I’m excited. Really very excited. I’ll try to contain it, but hell’s teeth, I’m excited.”

Many of the initial daily Bhuja shows on Hauraki will are being beamed live from various cricket grounds and nearby NZME.Radio studios around New Zealand as the Alternative Commentary Collective is back in action on the iHeart Radio platform for the One Day International series between the Black Caps and Sri Lanka, and then Pakistan, followed by the Black Caps matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

“Cricket. Radio. Broadcasting. Music. Bhuja. Radio Radio Radio. 2015 is going to be a big year for us,” says Hart.

“A huge year ahead mate, what can I say,” continues Hoyte. “I’m still excited.”

Daily Bhuja – with Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte. Monday – Friday, 6pm – 7pm. Radio Hauraki nationwide.

NZME. Sorry for ‘attempt at humour’


NZME. has apologised for causing outrage on Twitter after what it calls a poor attempt at humour.

Dean Buchanan the Managing Director of NZME. Radio told Dan News

“Apparently this was an attempt at humour – it’s not funny and it’s not acceptable and we apologise for any offence.”

Staff of NZME. were distancing themselves from the statement.

“We don’t all think like that” one employee tweeted in response to Hilary Barry who said she was proud to be ugly and respectful of other people’s work.

Buchanan went further and personally apologised via Twitter: