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Kyle Wadsworth

Kyle Wadsworth is a trained multimedia journalist with a passion for film and television - notably Westside and Outrageous Fortune! Also known as TuiKiwi (the name of which has also featured on Outrageous Fortune as a guest-starring beer brand).

MediaWorks TV will launch its TV3 Plus 1 channel on Freeview from midday on Monday, March 30. The format showcases TV3’s entire schedule on a one-hour delayed basis.

The channel will give viewers an option as to when they do their television viewing. It will give audiences an extra opportunity to view some of the most popular shows on the network such as 3 NEWS, Campbell Live, New Zealand’s Next Top Model and Underbelly: The Mr Asia Story.

Plus 1 channels launched in the international markets have proved to be very successful, achieving very strong ratings results, particularly in the United Kingdom.

Rick Friesen, Director of Special Projects for MediaWorks TV says, “The channel is an exciting addition to the Freeview platform’s line-up and will give consumers another reason to move to digital television. So many viewers have told us they just can’t make it to their television set for the 6pm news. Well now, they can tune in at 7pm and get all the news at an alternate time.”

Steve Browning, General Manager of Freeview comments, “Plus 1 channels are very popular in advanced digital TV markets and Freeview is the first digital TV and radio platform in NZ to provide Kiwi’s with such a service. We are sure that Freeview owners will enjoy the added flexibility that two timeslots for each of TV3’s primetime shows provides.”

TV3 Plus 1 will be available on Freeview Channel 8 from midday on Monday, 30 March, 2009.

Check out this awesome promo I spotted on TV2 tonight before Shark Tale:

(Sorry but I gave up trying to embed the vid – throng was being stupid about it)

Tuesday 16 Dec 9.30pm, on
In the TV2 special Britney: For The Record, iconic pop star Britney Spears breaks the silence by telling both her biggest fans and greatest critics what has truly been transpiring in her life for the last several years, and provides a rare glimpse into her hopes and aspirations for the future. Granting access to the award winning team at, Britney opens up to viewers and reveals what it is truly like to walk in the shoes of one of today’s biggest stars, in her first ever official biographical TV appearance.

TVNZ today announced its New Season 2009 line up with stars from their shows, and performances by Kiwi rock band Evermore.

2009 sees the return of hit international shows Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, Private Practice and the final series of ER on TVNZ, as well as TV ONE’s top-rating local shows Dancing With The Stars, Stars in their Eyes, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Next year also sees some exciting new international hits on the TVNZ schedule, including The Mentalist starring Simon Baker, Fringe from J.J. Abrahms, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Eleventh Hour starring Rufus Sewell, Reaper the creative brainchild of cult filmmaker Kevin Smith and Crusoe, an adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s masterpiece starring Sam Neill.

New local shows also feature strongly in 2009 on both TV ONE and TV2.

TV ONE will screen Diplomatic Immunity, a comedy about a fallen diplomatic Foreign Affairs high-flier, who ends up baby-sitting the morally bankrupt staff of the embassy of The Most Royal Kingdom of Fe’ausi. Created by James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, Serial Killers), Diplomatic Immunity stars Craig Parker and Dave Fane.

The TV2 schedule features Go Girls, from the makers of Outrageous Fortune, Shortland Street, Whale Rider and Sione’s Wedding. A new local drama/comedy series about love, friendship and (bottle) blonde ambition, Go Girls stars Anna Hutchison (Shortland Street, Power Rangers, Orange Roughies), Jay Ryan (Neighbours, Sea Patrol, Interrogation, Being Eve) and newcomers Alix Bushnell and Bronwyn Turei.

The local slate also sees the much-awaited return of iconic Kiwi show Top Town, with 15 towns competing to become New Zealand’s Top Town, as well as new local factual series Birdland hosted by Jeremy Wells, South hosted by Marcus Lush and How The Other Half Live hosted by Marc Ellis.

In a leading move, TVNZ also announced that this week it will take out its Ratecard position for February through June next year.

TVNZ Head of Advertising Sales, Dave Walker, says that this move will instil confidence in the market.

“We want to give our clients confidence that TVNZ is the market leader. We have new and returning shows that have the strength and quality to deliver for our advertisers; and we can tailor advertising solutions across multiple platforms to help them achieve their business and sales objectives,” says Walker.

“That confidence will help our clients plan ahead and make their investment decisions with certainty.”

To find out more go to keyword launch 2009.

The TV3 website has relaunched.

A forum has returned, after a absence of about 4-5years.

Three really good kiwi shows are being released onto DVD before Christmas!
These are:

Released 13 Nov 2008
The Wests are back…….for a fourth series of New Zealand’s best loved comedy drama. This time around, Cheryl battles the forces of Wolf to defend her kids and castle, but as family tensions erupt, the worst villain may be the enemy within….

Released 6 Nov 2008
Jodie wishes Brian was dead. Or sho she says, after a few drinks and rather too loudly in the bar with her oldest friends. But then, later that same night, after a loud and raucous argument, Jodie’s wish comes true. Brian lies dead and bleeding on the kitchen floor. An accident, of course… oh dear. Burying Brian is the cover-up that uncovers everything.

Released before Christmas 2008
The Jaquie Brown Diaries is a new (Zealand) comedy series in which real life TV journalist Jaquie Brown plays an insecure, overambitious, status obsessed reporter doing fluff pieces for a hard hitting current affairs show called ‘McHuntly at Seven’.
The series takes a satirical look at the life of a c-grade celebrity and brings the society supplements of the newspapers to frightening fruition as Jaquie encounters, romances and bitch-slaps many of New Zealand’s most well known celebrities.

Six more episodes of the show are currently in development for a second season 😀

It’s lucky TVNZ’s Qantas Media Award successes were not dependent on spelling.

Source: NZ Herald’s Sideswipe.

Not broadcast on television, this is the full clip of Sarah (Amanda Billings) singing at Craig Valentine’s memorial service.
The moving clip not only shows off the voice talents of Amanda, but also displays some of Craig’s best moments on the show.

What do you think?
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