Most watched

  1. One News: 508,760 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 502,850 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 418,560 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Big Bang Theory: 387,430 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Close Up: 355,650 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

Todd Communications, part of the privately owned Todd Corp, has sold its 11.1% stake in Sky TV.

Todd has agreed to the $218m sale of its 43.2 million shares, which will end a 22-year tie with pay TV provider.

The agreement was dated November 1 and is expected to be settled on November 8. Continue reading »

Paul Holms has been re-admitted into hospital after contracting an infection.

Stuff reports that the veteran broadcaster is back in Hawkes Bay hospital but should be released over the weekend.

Holmes was diagnosed with the genetic heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy earlier this year and had open-heart surgery in May.

The 62-year-old returned to hospital shortly afterwards after suffering from breathlessness. Continue reading »

Must watch:

The X Factor USA (TV3, 7.30pm)
It’s the first live show tonight (well, it was live in the US at the time), so we get to see how the final 16 acts perform under pressure. Plus, if your favourite contestant didn’t make it through, there could still be hope, as a wild card round will be introduced. Get settled in for the night, though, because this episode goes until 10pm.

Cricket: HRV Cup Live (Sky Sport 1, 7.30pm)
If the cricket season has started, then summer is just around the corner! The new ‘Friday Night Under Lights’ HRV Cup kicks off tonight. The Otago Volts play the Northern Knights at Seddon Park in Hamilton.  Continue reading »

Gossip Girl finale details released
American network CW has announced a few details for the final Gossip Girl episode. It will be a two-hour finale, and will broadcast in the US on 17 December. CW says the episode will include “A whole lot of drama and a look back at the unforgettable OMG moments of the series that made headlines, including interviews with the cast and creators themselves.”

Hurricane Sandy benefit planned by NBC

NBC Universal is planning a telethon to raise money to help people on the east coast of the US who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Downton Abbey: 61940 (PRIME, 8:40pm – 9:40pm)
  2. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 39820 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:05pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 27840 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 25420 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  5. Kath & Kim: 24510 (TV ONE, 10:05pm – 10:40pm) Continue reading »

Craig McMillan is a Sky Sport cricket commentator.

What are you most looking forward to for the upcoming cricket season?
I’m just looking forward to some cricket after a saturation of rugby over the last 12 months, hopefully good weather and some exciting cricket.

What is your most memorable moment from watching cricket on TV as a kid?
I enjoyed watching any time the NZ cricket side were playing when I was young. I remember watching Lance Cairns swinging 6′s all over the place against England back in 1987. Continue reading »

David Farrier is a freelance reporter.

What was your first television job?
Cabling for a Trinity Roots gig at the St James. Just holding cables, winding them up, letting them out…just doing cables. I wasn’t very good because I was tall and lanky and not very subtle on stage. This was pre-degree. And then in the second year of my study I got a job doing autocue at TV3, turning the autocue knob and organising scripts. Then I got a job at the news desk, and then they let me do some stories. Eventually I graduated, and I kept doing stories.

You’re a big social media person, how has that evolved since you started working in the TV3 newsroom?
When I started on Nightline six years ago, I felt really special to find something that people didn’t know a lot about and share it, and go and find people who were into it Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 529,830 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 454,540 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Motorway Patrol: 451,190 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 446,040 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Police Ten 7: 437,170 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:05pm) Continue reading »

3 News anchor Mike McRoberts and Deputy Political Editor Patrick Gower will be on the ground in the USA to cover the year’s most important global political event, as America goes to the polls to elect the next President of the United States.

TV3’s comprehensive election coverage includes a Wednesday 7 November special hosted by Guyon Espiner, as well as special editions of Firstline, 3 News’ 6pm bulletin and Nightline.

MediaWorks TV Director of News and Current Affairs Mark Jennings says: “The President of the US, despite the rise of China, is still the world’s most powerful person and the phrase ‘when America sneezes the rest of us catch a cold’ still holds true. Continue reading »