TV3's new current affairs show "The Nation" premieres on Saturday

The current affairs game has just stepped up a level as TV3’s new show The Nation finally makes it to screen this weekend.  While TVNZ’s Q&A has broken a number of stories already this year, the opportunity now exists for TV3 to upstage the state broadcaster by broadcasting the show on Saturday mornings and repeating it again an hour before Q&A at 8am.

Hosted by Stephen Parker and Duncan Garner, TV3 describes The Nation as an in-depth weekly current affairs show focusing on the major players and forces which shape New Zealand.

The show’s executive producer is Richard Harman who was also at the helm of Q&A’s predecessor, Agenda, which was axed by TVNZ in 2008.

Game on!

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  • bobscoffee

    Why in the morning? Surely if they wanted to up the game they could’ve tried prime-time.

  • hidingunderhere

    OMG, how much more NZOA funding did The Nation get compared to Q & A, and they’re only on air now?  Man, they must be creaming it.  Here’s hoping they are paying their people well.


    Stephen Parker is an interesting choice, given that he didn’t set the Gallery on fire when he was the TV3 Political Editor.  I will say, though, that even if he’s a little bland, he’ll be a lot better that Holmes on Q & A.

  • e’spinner

    As long as it’s not more of the same biased lefty garbage

  • Rachel

    Saturday/Sunday morning seems the least likely time for people to watch current affairs shows in my opinion.