Week One sees Newshub close gap (and twice beat) One News

Week One of Newshub Live at Six has seen TV3’s new 6PM news bulletin close the gap with One News, and on two occasions win in the 25-54 demographic.

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On Saturday Newshub was the most watched show of the day in the 25-54 demographic with 117,100 viewers.

On Monday 1 February TV3’s Story also pulled off a win over Seven Sharp with 109,000 (25-54) viewers to TV One’s 101,800 (25-54).

More ratings can be found here.

Seven Sharp is back

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Seven Sharp returns to TV ONE for 2015 tonight at the titular time of 7pm.

Fronted by Mike Hosking and Toni Street, Seven Sharp is TV ONE’s topical, engaging and entertaining weeknight conversation with New Zealanders.

Two of the nation’s most popular broadcasters, this charismatic duo aren’t afraid to say what they think. Their takes on the topics of the day keep Seven Sharp viewers involved in the conversations that Kiwi’s around the country are talking about.

Reporters including Heather du Plessis-Allan, Tim Wilson, Emma Keeling, Jehan Casindaer and Matt Chisholm deliver compelling Kiwi stories with a fresh perspective every night.

Seven Sharp: Monday 2nd February, 7pm

Jesse Mulligan To Leave Seven Sharp

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Jesse Mulligan has announced on air tonight that he is leaving TV ONE’s Seven Sharp at the end of this week. Mulligan has been a presenter on the programme since its inception in February 2013.

He says, “I’m sad but excited to announce that Seven Sharp and I will be going through a conscious uncoupling at the end of the week. Like Chris and Gwyneth we will remain friends, wish each other the best and try not to send each other drunken texts when we get lonely.

“Seriously, I’ve had a ridiculously good time making this show, but now it’s time to get back to my comedy roots. Hosting Best Bits has reminded me how much fun a live audience can be, and I leave Seven Sharp very confident that the brilliant Mike and Toni will continue taking the show from strength to strength.”

TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs John Gillespie says Mulligan’s last show will be this week, on Thursday 17 April.

“Jesse has brought a unique brand of humour to Seven Sharp and will be missed by the team. The show has hit its stride this year, and we owe Jesse a debt of gratitude for helping us develop it to this point. We wish him well for the future,” Gillespie said.

Mulligan will continue to host Best Bits, Thursday nights on TV ONE at 9.30pm.

Seven Sharp will not be looking for a replacement for Mulligan on the presenting panel. Co-hosts Mike Hosking and Toni Street will remain at the helm, with a diverse team of reporters producing stories from all over New Zealand.


Seven Sharp screens weeknights at 7.00pm on TV ONE.

TVNZ confirms new team for Seven Sharp

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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.

Alison Mau leaving TVNZ and teaming up with Willie Jackson for new Radio Live show

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Broadcaster Ali Mau is joining RadioLIVE.

The Seven Sharp presenter will leave TVNZ to take up her RadioLIVE contract, teaming up with Willie Jackson to host a new early afternoon programme.

Jana Rangooni, General Manager – Talk Brands for MediaWorks Radio says:

“Ali is a hugely talented broadcaster. She’s smart, has strong opinions, a great sense of humour and the dynamic between her and Willie will create great talk radio. She is a fantastic addition to the RadioLIVE stable.”

Ali Mau has been a journalist for more than 20 years, reporting for news organisations in Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, including a stint as London correspondent for China’s CTS Network, which broadcasts to over 50 million viewers. Her New Zealand television presenting work includes news programmes Newsnight, Breakfast, ONE News, Fair Go, Seven Sharp and lifestyle series Home Front.

The launch date for the new show will be announced in due course.