ONE News: Election Coverage

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ONE News will air three different leaders debates in the lead up to the 2014 General Election, each hosted by Mike Hosking.

The first debate is on Thursday 28 August, live from 7.00pm to 8.00pm . This will be the first time voters will see John Key and David Cunliffe going head-to-head in a televised debate.

On Friday 5 September ONE News will host a 90 minute multi-party debate, bringing together the potential coalition partners of the major parties.

The final leaders debate is held on Wednesday 17 September, from 7.00pm to 7.30pm. This time, Key and Cunliffe are face-to-face again but in a more intimate, round table discussion.

ONE News Election Night

Mike Hosking, Toni Street, Simon Dallow and Corin Dann will be in the studio, presenting all the results as they come in. A wider team of ONE News presenters and reporters will be based with the parties in locations around the country.

Vote Compass

Vote Compass is a new and innovative voter engagement tool hosted by ONE News, which will be launched on Thursday 14 August. More information coming soon.

Joanna Hunkin leaving TVNZ for APN

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TVNZ reporter Joanna Hunkin is leaving the broadcaster and heading back to APN.

Hunkin said she is looking forward to getting stuck in to entertainment news.

“I’m thrilled to be rejoining the Herald team and going back to my first love – entertainment. I’ve learnt so much from my time at TVNZ – particularly the craft involved in making quality television and video content – and look forward to bringing those skills back to APN.”

Both APN and Hunkin are tight-lipped as to what they have planned in terms of digital expansion.

“I can’t reveal too much of what we have planned but you can expect to see some exciting new developments, particularly in the digital space”

CEO of APN Jane Hastings told Dan News the company are thrilled to have Hunkin back in their team.

“Securing Joanna is a real coup, she is a very experienced journalist who has a real love and passion for entertainment. This is an area we have a lot of opportunity to develop even further at the Herald and across the APN group”.

APN owns The New Zealand Herald as well as The Radio Network.

Radio Network owned station ZM recently made the move in to television partnering with TV station Juice TV. It’s unclear if The New Zealand Herald’s digital developments will include any television projects.

Matt McLean joins 20/20 team

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20/20 is back for another instalment of provocative current affairs and compelling human interest stories.

Watch as the 20/20 team discovers horse placenta treatments and Vampire Facials; investigates a masseuse with wandering hands; and meets an inspiring mother who’s turned her son’s death into motivation for a medical career.

Joining the team on a ONE News sabbatical is journalist Matt McLean. A welcome addition to the team, Matt brings his own special brand of thought-provoking questioning and empathy to the subjects he covers.

TVNZ announces new Head of News and Current Affairs

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TVNZ has announced the appointment of one of its most experienced senior news people as the company’s new Head of News and Current Affairs.

John Gillespie, who is currently the Editor of Daily Programmes, will take up his new position from 24 June 2013.

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick says it’s extremely pleasing to appoint a leader with an unquestioned commitment to New Zealand and to TVNZ.

“John is well-known and respected in the industry for his editorial experience and has a thorough understanding of the multi-media environment our news team now works in.

“Because he knows our organisation so well we expect John to make a smooth leadership transition and there’ll be no loss of momentum as we further develop New Zealand’s most watched news and current affairs service.”

John has been with TVNZ for 16 years. He says: “I have a real pride in working in this business and working for TVNZ. We are the industry leader for news and current affairs – and with that comes a significant responsibility to our viewers up and down the country. Personally, I’m looking forward to being an even bigger part of setting our editorial direction. I’m committed to delivering outstanding news and current affairs that calls on the special talents of the people we have here.”

Greymouth born, Christchurch raised, John studied journalism at Australia’s Charles Sturt University (formerly Mitchell College). Before joining TVNZ, he worked for five years at Canterbury Television as a reporter and later as news editor. He was a producer for the launch of TVNZ’s Breakfast in 1997. He subsequently produced a number of high profile shows before he was appointed Editor of Current Affairs in 2007. His most recent appointment was Editor of Daily Programmes in 2012.

John is married to Rochelle, a former TVNZ presenter and journalist. They live in West Auckland, Waiatarua, with their three children: Gabriella (9), Jimmie (6) and Baxter (3).

Breakfast returns for 2013

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Breakfast

Weekdays from Monday 21st January, 6am

It’s time to rejoice early birds! TV ONE’s Breakfast returns for 2013.

Joining Rawdon Christie on the couch this year is Toni Street, both are up at the crack of dawn to bring you the day’s big news, interviews, weather and information.

Find out if rain’s on the way with Sam Wallace, and get the latest business news and in-depth analysis from Nadine Chalmers-Ross.

Whether you’re an early riser or a ‘snoozer’, Breakfast is worth getting out of bed for.

Photo: Toni Street and Rawdon Christie present Breakfast.