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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Killing, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, Go Girls, and the NRL.

neon-logoSky announced the name and details of their new online streaming service this afternoon. The press release was a little vague so I called their GM, Dave Joyce, to get the skinny on the new service.

After hearing the pitch as to what and why, I got down to the questions the fans of shows like Game of Thrones and really wanted to know. Is the fifth season of Game of Thrones going to be available at the same time as it airs on SoHo? Continue reading »


Carry the seven kingdoms of Westeros in your pocket, spend your day off hunting for a serial killer on the Mexican border or veg for a couple of hours on the couch with Matthew McConaughey – it’s all possible with NEON.

NEON is a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service powered by SKY, which makes it easy for Kiwis to access great entertainment. NEON offers exclusive TV series, hundreds of movies, great factual entertainment, documentaries and brilliant family viewing. Continue reading »


New to Choice TV, Get Growing brings local gardening to Kiwi screens with the third series of this popular programme at 7.30pm on Fridays (Freeview 12/ SKY 026).

Whether a serious or hobby gardener, Get Growing brings Kiwi gardens to life with a colourful mix of friendly encouragement, practical advice and how to, along with innovative ideas and fresh inspiration that is right on season.

Hosted by gardening personality, writer and public speaker Lynda Hallinan, this new series of Get Growing follows Lynda, who has moved out of the city, to a 17-hectare lifestyle block at Hunua, just south of Auckland. Continue reading »


Twenty-five years since last on New Zealand television, University Challenge, the general knowledge contest among New Zealand universities, is set for a return next month with a brand new series screening on Prime.

Executive Producer Tom Conroy is confident the time is right for the show’s re-introduction given the current popularity of quiz shows. “Essentially it’s the same format as first time round though today’s version is more relaxed and viewer friendly as we want folk at home to be able to answer some of the questions yet admire the level of knowledge the students exhibit. However, traditionalists will still be able to enjoy all the regular features like the split-screen contest for the ‘starter for 10’.” Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. The Flash: 69430 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Arrow: 68020 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:35pm)
  3. Love Child: 51010 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Downton Abbey: 48300 (PRIME, 8:30pm – 10:00pm)
  5. C.S.I: 37970 (TV3, 8:40pm – 9:40pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 592,960 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 460,510 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Seven Sharp: 412,940 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Police Ten 7: 370,180 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces: 338,490 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)

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jim-hickeyThe Diary has let the cat out of the bag, spoiling Jim Hickey’s chance at telling his avid fans he is retiring from TVNZ.

Popular weather presenter Jim Hickey is retiring from his longtime post with One News. The 65-year-old quietly told TVNZ staff this week and an official announcement is expected on air one night next week at the end of the news bulletin.

The Diary has learned Hickey will remain on air for a while, but will retire to his home in Taranaki to run the Airspresso cafes he co-owns at New Plymouth and Queenstown airports.

He was reluctant to discuss his departure yesterday. “Leaving TVNZ? No, don’t know what you’re talking about,” Hickey deadpanned. Continue reading »