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What does Phil Goff have to say on the future of the Labour Party Leadership and National’s plans to privatise prisons?

Oliver Driver interviews Labour Party number 3, Phil Goff, on free trade deals, cluster bombs, National’s agenda to privatise prisons and the future of the Labour Party leadership.

Let’s Be Frank – current affairs as if they mattered, brought to you by Frank.

Tuesdays 8.30pm – 9pm Sky Digital 65 and simulcast live to the world on http://www.alttv.co.nz

Marquis Condoms’ Naked News Flash premieres tonight at 10pm.

Join Lisa Lewis and Levi (the weather guy) for a 5 minute flash of all the big stories that matter to ALT.

Feel free to watch via our live stream or on SKY 65.

Full Frontal. Serious News. Only on Alt TV.

Thanks to Marquis Condoms we’ve got it covered.

ALT TV is delighted to welcome Air New Zealand on board as sponsor of their week of NZ music to celebrate NZ Music Month. Following a decision to play only kiwi music at airport gates, onboard aircraft and having live bands performing over summer , Air New Zealand furthers their commitment to local artists through this exciting new partnership.

The week of 24-hour music will commence with Alt TV’s flagship music show

Alt-ear-oa hosted by CHARLIE ASH’s foxlet Mailee Matthew’s, lining up alongside Alt’s 20 other specialist music shows.

Kicking off today this programme coincides with the launch of ALT TV’s live stream. An exciting day for the history of NZ television ALT TV will be the first local television station to break free of the limitations of traditional broadcasting and stream all its content live and free on the web to audiences here and abroad.

Internet Service Provider Orcon has come to the party and guaranteed hosting high-quality images and killer sound, while APRA & PPNZ have chipped in with licenses for Alt to showcase the best in New Zealand music on screen.

The groundbreaking webcast can be accessed at www.alttv.co.nz

From May 1, a day of revolution, ALT TV will be the first New Zealand television station to break free of the limitations traditional broadcasting and stream all its content live and free on the web to audiences here and abroad.

Internet Service Provider Orcon has come to the party and guaranteed hosting high-quality images and killer sound, while APRA & RIANZ have chipped in with licenses for Alt to showcase the best in New Zealand music on screen.

“This is a first for New Zealand television,” says Alt Creative Director Oliver Driver. “For the first time viewers of a television channel will not be chained to bunny ears or set-top boxes and by using a simple internet connection will be able to bypass the big old sets entirely.”

The groundbreaking webcast from www.alttv.co.nz will be launched with one week of wall-to-wall local music coverage to mark the start of New Zealand Music Month. This special will feature exclusive life performance footage and interview with the indie darlings the Phoenix Foundation, Hollie Smith, New Zealand’s clean answer to Amy Winehouse, Europe-bound hipster Lawrence Arabia and the bearded Liam Finn.

Alt’s archives of NZ Music been bolstered by the kindness of the Flying Nun, the demise of the Max TV storeroom and the stations staff and hosts’ excellent existing contacts in the Kiwi independent music scene delivering the old, the new, the inescapable and the unsigned.

The week of 24-hour music will commence with Alt TV’s flagship music show
Alt-ear-oa hosted by CHARLIE ASH’s foxlet Mailee Matthew’s, lining up alongside Alt’s 20 other specialist music shows – covering every genre from pasty white-boy Emo-Rock to homegrown brown Waiata.

Highlights online from Alt TV also include regular programming, such as:

Let’s Be Frank – Oliver Driver interviews notables in New Zealand’s only long-form television interview show. Previous guests have included John Key, Henry Rollins and Helen Clark. Tuesdays, 8:30pm (Rebroadcast Sundays, 10pm).

Sunday Newspaper Brunch Club – Media infant terrible Bomber Bradbury and a rotating panel of guests, including Bill Ralston and Willie Jackson, dissect the weekend newspapers over coffee at Verona Café. Sundays, 11am.

ALT LIVE – ‘The Chris’ interviews the latest touring bands and acts live on K’Rd at 5.30pm

Naked News Flash – commencing Monday May 12 at 10pm this new show exposes the news of the day in a bulletin that is stripped bare.

To be considered for a closed studio audition, applicants will need to send a tasteful topless photo along with their name, proof of age (must be over 20), contact details, any previous related experience, and a short blurb on why they should be the anchor of Naked News Flash. All applications will be kept confidential.

Naked News Applicants should email imogen@alttv.co.nz with an image attached, and the following information:

Name
Age
Sex
Email
Mobile
Where are you based in NZ? (Nearest major centre)

Previous TV/Film/Modeling/Media Experience: (Not required to get the job)

Why should YOU be New Zealand’s newest News Reader?

Latest ABG Nielsen research shows that Alt TV retains 90% of the cool music television market in New Zealand. The remaining 10% is divided between Juice, MTV and J2.

In fact, Alt TV’s audience reach with 15-34 year olds is +165% above other cool or slightly cool music channels combined*!!!

*When asked, our Mum’s all agreed that we were cool.

Throughout July and August, budding music television presenters will be given the chance to audition live on air as Alt TV seeks a replacement host to fill the void left by Lucy Hunt and her signature ‘A-rotate’ programme Lucy for Lunch.

Alt TV will open its doors for one hour at midday each Saturday and Sunday for Pitch a Show Idle – a programme whereby Thane Kirby and Bomber will take hopefuls live to air with their show pitches.

Bomber says: “For legal reasons, notice how we’ve spelt it idle and not idol”.

Alt TV audiences will have the opportunity to vote with their thumbs (txt) and a final decision will be made based on viewer and Alt TV management’s opinions.

Live open auditions start at 12 noon on Saturday 21 July and run every Saturday and Sunday until August 12. The winner will be announced by Craig and Rebecca on The Residents at 7pm on Monday 13 August.

Alt TV studios are located at 171 K’rd next to Verona Cafe, come in and show us your shtick.

To truly celebrate NZ music month, Alt TV will broadcast the most extreme New Zealand music video ever made at 1.30am, Saturday 26 May.

“Celebrating NZ music month isn’t just about playing the same mainstream NZ songs over and over and over again”, says Bomber, Alt TV’s Programme Director, “Alt TV celebrates the fringe boundaries by finding the creative edges and leaping off – it’s about pashing the envelope, not just pushing it!”

Directed and produced by Lord of the Rings prosthetics make-up artist, Andrew Beattie, the music video promises to be a jaw-dropping television spectacle like none other ever witnessed in New Zealand’s broadcasting history.

“Alt TV pays more than just lip service to NZ music in NZ music month”, says Alt TV Managing Director, Thane Kirby, “to back these words with action, Alt is going to play the video uncensored.”

Due to the extremely violent and sexual nature of the video clip, it will be broadcast on Alt TV’s Alt After Dark show at 1.30am, Saturday 26 May. Adults of adults only please.

The most extreme NZ music video ever made on Alt after Dark: Alt TV, SKY Digital 65, 1.30am, 26 May – NZ Music Month.

On Monday 14 May Alt TV (SKY Digital 65) proudly begins beaming to the planet the very heart and soul of local Auckland underground radio, the Fleet FM Breakfast Show.

Alt TV Programme Director, Bomber, says: “Most commercial radio is mindless banality, operated by hosts you wouldn’t spit on if they were on fire, Fleet FM on the other hand is independent underground radio with an integrity and passion you have to hear to believe. With a webcam in the Fleet FM studio, and harnessing the power of the internet’s thousands of live webcams around the world, Fleet FM Breakfast simulcast on Alt Tv provides a smorgasbord of live imagery mixed with the tastiest sounds, it is unique blend worth getting up at 7am for.”

Fleet FM Owner Operator, Jimmy Carter, says: “Fleet FM is run by a group of about 80 of us who are all passionate about music. We are non-commercial and non-profit and pleased as punch to be the latest addition to Alt TV’s weekday line-up”.

Fleet FM Breakfast broadcasts on Alt TV, 7am-9am weekdays, Sky Digital 65. For more information and live streaming of Fleet FM visit www.fleetfm.co.nz

For more information on Alt visit www.alttv.co.nz

After the successful re-launch of Gonzo Weekend’s 100% Advert Free, New Zealand’s fastest growing music channel, Alt TV, today announces the promotion of Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury to Programme Director for the station. Bomber will now have the responsibility of programming and developing all new and existing Alt TV shows and talent.

“If I thought working weekends was difficult, I now have five more days of Champagne television to create – I’m breathless just thinking about it – but I stake Thane Kirby’s car on Alt TV being the number one music television station in one years time”, says Bomber.

The promotion comes hot on the heels of Bomber’s February 2007 appointment as Alt TV’s Programme Director for Weekends, a move Alt TV founder Thane Kirby says has been key to Alt TV’s continued success.

“I’ll be heading to the exciting world of New Media – I keep my carpark, laptop and cellphone but dump all the wanky record company lunches. It gives me more time to spend on my pyramid marketing company – vitamins anyone?”

Before joining Alt TV Bomber was host of TV3’s Qantas Media Award-nominated current affairs show Stakeout. His music industry experience includes radio DJing on Channel Z and editing New Zealand’s leading music magazine Rip It Up.

Bomber also hosts Alt TV’s Sunday Newspaper Brunch Club 11am Sunday mornings live from Verona Cafe, where he and a rotating guest panel critique the weekend’s news media. Regular panelists include Kiwi FM host Wallace Chapman, ex-TVNZ news boss Bill Ralston, Sunday Star-Times columnist Chris Trotter, NBR journalist Ben Thomas and union activist Erin Polaczuk.