Guess who's jumping from 7 Days to Seven Sharp

Ali Mau, Greg Boyed, and Jesse Mulligan will host TV ONE’s new 7pm show, Seven Sharp.

TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs Ross Dagan says the Seven Sharp presenting line-up is an experienced team with strong journalistic pedigree, who collectively personify all of the attributes of the new show.

“We have brought together an enthusiastic team of presenters with unsurpassed news and current affairs credentials and the proven ability to be entertaining. We are confident this team will tell compelling stories in a refreshing way that will engage New Zealand viewers. Seven Sharp will reflect the day’s events with smart thinking, different viewpoints, and plenty of laughs along the way.

“We are pleased to appoint two of the three presenters from within TVNZ’s pool of talent and to welcome Jesse to the TVNZ team.”

Ali is one of New Zealand’s longest serving and most respected journalists, and her most recent role with TVNZ has been as the co-host of long-running consumer affairs show Fair Go.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this, particularly as the Seven Sharp team is such a strong one both journalistically and creatively. I’m really looking forward to working alongside Greg and Jesse in the studio, both of whom bring a wicked sense of humour and depth of knowledge to the show. The only difficult part of the decision was leaving Fair Go, as I’ve loved it so much, and I’ll miss working alongside my Fair Go colleagues day to day.”

Greg has been a valued member of the TVNZ News and Current Affairs team for more than a decade with recent roles on ONE News at 6, Tonight and Q+A.

“I am really looking forward to being part of a brand spanking new show and having a bit of a rant and a ramble, in a way that I perhaps wasn’t able to in my most recent roles. While I have loved reading the news and working on Q+A, I’m looking forward to providing a fresh perspective with Jesse and Ali at 7pm.”

Jesse, who originally trained as a lawyer, is a well-known and respected writer and comedian, and has for the last three years been head writer and panellist on TV3’s 7 Days. In addition to comedy and broadcasting, Mulligan has also worked as a journalist, public relations practitioner and food critic. He has a particular interest in social media.

“I’m delighted and excited to be part of TV ONE’s new approach to 7pm. Being on every night really gives you an opportunity to build a relationship with your audience and workmates – it’s a cool and unique opportunity, and I’m stoked to be on the team.”

While Seven Sharp is not due on air for another few weeks, Executive Producer Raewyn Rasch says the show is already coming together well.

“We are well-advanced in the production planning stages of Seven Sharp, and have a great catalogue of stories already underway that we are raring to go with. We are really excited at the shape the show is taking.”

Announcements on who will replace Ali Mau on Fair Go and Greg Boyed on Tonight will be made in the coming weeks.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/david.i.batten Dave Ian Batten

    Is it the fight choice? I don’t know.

    • Luke Byers

      The proof of the pudding is in the eating. So that means one will have to wait until the show airs and follow it for a good few months to make an informed decision. One would look at:

      - Does it meet the goal of current affairs, which is to explain and analyse current events and important issues of the day? If so, is the way in which it achieves that effective? It may try to be entertaining (‘thinking comedy’ perhaps) but does the entertainment get in the way of aiming to be insightful, thought-provoking, and informative? Will the fusion between the entertainment and informative analysis work effectively?

      - Does it engage the audience in a new way? For example, does it make use of social media?

      - How does the show facilitate discussion (so we may see different views, perspectives, sides of a debate, to help us understand and appreciate the complexity of an issue?) Who are the types of people they interview and how are the interviews conducted? Are they experts to provide authorititative anlaysis, as well as lay people to give the ‘man in the street’ view?

      - Does it break new ground in the form of current affairs in the same way that Paul Holmes did in 1989 with the Dennis Connor interview, and the “Holmes” show in general?

      - How will the three-head presenting team work? Will they all present together, and if so, will there be genuine on-screen rapport among them? Will the combinations work successfully?

      - (and the EP and Head of NCA in particular will question) Does it rate?

      • http://www.facebook.com/david.i.batten Dave Ian Batten

        Good point.

  • Anon

    The host of Tonight will probably be Jack Tame, he’s been filling in quite a bit lately. As for Fair Go, who knows? Petra? lol could be anyone!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684221341 Trevor Ashman

    Don’t think John Campbell has anything to worry about :)

    • Darryl

      I agree Trevor, John Campbell, has nothing to worry about. I don’t understand TVNZ, they keep serving up the same old faces. Can’t they get anyone decent?

  • anon

    Greg Boyed is a great choice, Ali Mau not bad….Jesse Mulligan, I don’t know what to think… I will be watching it though, I’m looking forward to it!!

  • Reece

    Its quite a good host lineup I will certainly watch the first night to see if its any good. The problem though Is it TV One? If there is an attempt here to make it like The Project in Australia then it would be best to swap Shortland Street which would probably skew older than this.

  • Darryl

    Was looking forward to the new show on TVNZ at 7pm. But looking at this line up, we won’t be watching. Old boring faces, No thanks, we will stick with Campbell Live. John will be laughing.

  • Daniel

    TVNZ should only have one presenter to read the news from 6am in the morning right to the news bulletin at 10:30 pm. The same presenter will read the news, sport news and weather. Also the presenter will present 7 Sharp.
    Get them to work hard.

  • h.lua

    petra bagust would be a perfect fit for fair go or even jenette thomas she would be bakk whr she was but on the oppisite network lol az for this lineup of hosts bboooorrrrrrrrrrrinnnng

  • noname

    didnt tv3 try this a few years back with @7 with Petra? and that flopped. Seems to me that TVNZ has once again looked over at the BBC’s “One Show” and thought … “that’s a good idea, it rates in the UK”. I hope to be proved wrong. It’s a wait and see.

    • http://www.facebook.com/david.i.batten Dave Ian Batten

      That’s what will happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.i.batten Dave Ian Batten

    Tamati Coffey would be a perfect host. Him and Toni Street.

    • Sophie

      I dont think so. They’re both a bit smiley and probably better at hosting/presenting more ‘fluffy’ stuff. I don’t know what the tone of the show is going to be but I would hop it’s a bit more serious than Close Up was.

      • http://www.facebook.com/david.i.batten Dave Ian Batten

        That’s the thing. This isn’t the 20th century.