Diana doco gives THREE its biggest ratings night this year

Ratings from last night confirm that New Zealanders still love Diana.

‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy’ gave THREE one of its best ratings nights this year.

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy won its timeslot across all four demographics. The documentary rated an 8.5 in the key 25-54 demographic and achieved a 33.1% audience share.

A MediaWorks spokesperson had this to say about the ratings.

“We anticipated the documentary to be a big hit with Kiwis who we know, have a remarkable interest in Princess Diana and her children. Being able to screen the show just hours after it aired in the United Kingdom undoubtedly contributed to its success.”

NZ Dancing with the Stars hosts announced

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MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars.

Stepping off The X Factor NZ stage and onto the dance floor, Dominic Bowden is excited to be hosting Dancing with the Stars in New Zealand, which is a brand new reality format for TV3.

“I know this show like the back of my hand after being on set for six months last year in the USA” , says Bowden.
“The energy, the pressure, the sportsmanship of it all, when I heard there was a New Zealand version in the works; I was the first to put my hand up”.

Bowden has been at the forefront of television in New Zealand for the past 15 years. His vast experience, together with his versatility, has placed him as one of the country’s most respected television personalities.

Making her moves beneath the mirror ball alongside Bowden will be The Edge Afternoon’s Sharyn Casey, who has been with The Edge radio station for just shy of nine years.

With her recent TV experience presenting on FOUR LIVE, as well as being one of the hosts of The Xtra Factor – the twice weekly dissection of The X Factor NZ – Casey can’t wait to be in the best spot in the house to watch the low dips and occasional snapped heel.

“When they first asked me I thought it was my radio co-hosts Guy & Clint playing a joke on me because they knew I really wanted to be part of the show”, says Casey.

“The last couple of months being part of The X Factor NZ has been amazing so when they asked me to co-host DWTS I jumped at the opportunity!”

The names of the 10 Kiwi stars who will be slipping into the sequinned outfits, along with when the show goes to air, will be announced at a later date.

Dancing with the Stars will continue the MediaWorks trend of cross-platform integration with extensive extra coverage available on tv3.co.nz and across social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Dancing with the Stars is a BBC Worldwide format produced by TV3. The smash-hit BBC format is licensed to 52 countries, with over 250 series aired around the world to date

VIDEO: Paul Henry announces on air date for new breakfast show

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MediaWorks’ highly anticipated breakfast show, Paul Henry is on the launch pad and set to blast off on Tuesday April 7 on RadioLIVE, TV3 and paulhenry.co.nz.

Host Paul Henry says: “I’ve got a date. A date where life will change forever in New Zealand. It’s Paul Henry, from 6am to 9am, five days a week, from April 7. Go!”

Paul Henry will integrate MediaWorks’ leading capabilities in radio, TV and digital, creating a unique product and a major shift in the delivery of news and entertainment in the New Zealand market.

“This show will change the face of mornings. It will be focused on news and entertainment. I won’t be compromising any of that for the platforms. This will be a conversation you can join at the beginning, or whenever you feel you want to, right through to 9 o’clock. You never have to leave it, because we’ll be there on any platform that works for you. Plus, I’m on it, and I will be myself, I’ll just be being me… fantastic,” Henry says.

Joining the show as sports presenter is Jim Kayes, who will be part of a line up that includes Hilary Barry and Perlina Lau.

Kayes has reported on nearly 200 All Blacks tests and covered four Rugby World Cups. After completing a degree in English and Politics, he started as a general reporter for the Waikato Times in 1992. His newspaper career continued until 2009, working as a police reporter then later a sports editor and senior rugby writer. Kayes joined TV3 in April 2009 and was named television sports news reporter of the year at the TP McLean sports journalism awards in 2011, principally for his coverage of that year’s Rugby World Cup. He is also a regular contributor to several radio shows and sports magazines.

MediaWorks Group Head of News, Mark Jennings says: “Jim, at heart, is a news man. He just happens to be covering rugby for us at the moment. People tuning into the show will soon find he has a wide general knowledge and an opinion on most things. He told me he lost most of the dinner table arguments to his older sisters but I suspect he has honed his skills since then. Of course, viewers and listeners will also get the benefit of his vast sporting knowledge and a few rugby scoops.”

Say goodbye to #JABAT (and hello to JABAST?)

Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce have rubbed shoulders with Graham Norton, brought the inimitable Vanilla Ice to New Zealand, and even had Redfoo walk out on Guy Williams during an interview. Now they are going to bring their successful mix of slapstick, topicality and irreverence to 7.30pm, Fridays on 3.

Jono and Ben are one of MediaWorks’ most successful cross-platform entertainment properties, with a top-rating 10pm TV3 show, a popular daily Drive show on The Rock; and great success on Facebook and YouTube. They’re perfectly poised to leave late nights and take their unique blend of comedy to the masses in a primetime, hour-long slot.

Jono and Ben, along with sidekicks Guy Williams and Rose Matafeo, will be interviewing the big stars, directing more celebrities in Next Actor, and keeping the laughs coming with sketches, parodies and songs. Guy Williams will still strive to be taken seriously as a reporter, despite his lack of qualifications or remotely likeable personality.

“We are stoked to get this new timeslot – we had to hurt a lot of people to get here but it has all been worth it,” says Jono. “Moving our show to 7.30pm it means my nana who goes to bed at 7.50pm will be able to see 20 minutes of the show.”

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Ben agrees: “To make the move to 7.30pm, we have designed an all new show which incorporates cooking, home renovation, weight loss, singing and current affairs into one hour. Plus, we are honoured to be on air after Campbell Live. Now John will have to talk to us in the make-up room.”

In 2014, More than 2 million New Zealanders tuned into TV show Jono and Ben at Ten alone. Their 7.30pm special, Jono and Ben Celebrate TV3’s ½ Half Century was watched by an average audience of 339,400 New Zealanders aged 5+, and was a winner in the commercial demographics, with a 24.4% share of the 25-54 audience and a 35.1% share of the 18-39 audience.

Head of Internal Production, John McDonald, says: “We’re very proud of their work and delighted that Jono and Ben will be given the chance to reach even more Kiwis in this great new timeslot at 7.30pm. Expect more stars, more laughs, and more of what makes Jono and Ben so good!”

Jono and Ben will screen at 7.30pm, Fridays on TV3 in 2015. The television series is supported by NZ on Air.

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X Factor to be broadcast on TV, online and radio

MediaWorks is offering viewers the choice of watching The X Factor NZ on their televisions, computers or mobile devices.

The second season of the hit show will be broadcast simultaneously on TV3 and TV3.co.nz/thexfactornz when it premieres at 7pm on Sunday 15 February.

It will be the first time a New Zealand network has LIVE-streamed a major entertainment show online at the same time as its television broadcast.

Once the LIVE show part of the series begins, fans can also opt to listen to an audio simulcast of The X Factor NZ, broadcast on More FM.

All episodes of the show will be available to view after broadcast on 3NOW.

Andrew Szusterman, MediaWorks Group Entertainment Content Director says: “We have to be everywhere our audience is and progressively that means an update to the way we broadcast our shows.

“Having the option to watch our shows live from computers and mobile devices is becoming the norm, so add to that the show being simulcast on More FM as well and there is no reason why fans should miss any minute of The X Factor this season.”

Fans of The X Factor will be treated to a sneak peek of the new series this Sunday (February 8) at 7.30pm with a super tease of the season playing on TV3.

There were more than 1.6 million video ondemand (VOD) streams of The X Factor NZ in 2013, including full episodes and individual song performances. Auditions went viral with 2.7 million YouTube views of Ashley Tonga’s audition.

The X Factor NZ is a SYCO owned format co-produced by MediaWorks and FremantleMedia Australia, with support from Broadcast Sponsor McDonald’s, and programme partners Fruttare, 2degrees, VO5, and SKYCITY Auckland. MediaWorks is proud to have funding support from NZ on Air.