WannaBen’s Ben Boyce has appeared in the Manukau District Court this afternoon with his fellow accused over the stunt they tried to pull at Auckland Airport last September.

Boyce, The Rock host Bryce Casey, TV producer Andrew Robinson, Daniel Watkins, Craig O’Reilly and Gregory Clarke appeared at Manukau District Court today charged with providing false information in an attempt to gain access to a secure area.

At the sentence indication hearing all the accused changed their plea to guilty.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

The case had originally been set down for a defended hearing but last week a decision was made to hold a sentence indication hearing. Continue reading »

Significant  concerns  about  access  to  content  and  Sky’s  contracts  with  ISPs. 

The Commerce Commission today announced the completion of its investigation into Igloo, the joint venture between TVNZ and Sky. It concluded that Igloo was unlikely to reduce competition in the pay TV market, despite concerns also being raised about Sky’s entry into the free-­‐to-­‐air market.

However, Sky’s not off the hook with the Commission. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. NCIS: 51480 (TV3, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  2. NCIS: Los Angeles: 37520 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. MasterChef New Zealand: 32980 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Yellowstone: 31960 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Rookie Blue: 29340 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm) Continue reading »

FOUR Live co-host Tumehe Rongonui is stepping up to the plate – and off the side of a building – in support of the 40 Hour Famine event next week. Tumehe has bravely
agreed to complete 40 SkyJumps in 40 hours off the 192meter high Sky Tower in the heart of Auckland City and FOUR Live is bringing viewers Tumehe’s crazy and
inspiring stunt.

Both FOUR Live host, Shannon Ryan, and ‘co-pilot’ Tumehe, are proud supporters of the 40 Hour Famine’s cause, which this year is focusing on raising money for children in Mali and Niger.

As leaders of ‘Team Green’ their goal has been to get as many other 40 Hour Famine participants to back their team, and Tumehe was more than happy to put himself on the line as a way of thanking fans for their support:  Continue reading »

The number of households with Freeview has increased significantly over the last four months, according to the latest figures.

The Digital Tracker, funded by Going Digital, shows 47% of all households with a working television now have Freeview, up from 41% last quarter.  The percentage of homes with Sky TV or TelstraClear dropped from 57% to 55% over the same period.

Freeview General Manager Sam Irvine said the figures show free to air digital television is becoming more popular in New Zealand, and he expects the trend to continue as digital switch over gets closer. Continue reading »

The Commerce Commission has completed its investigation into the joint venture between Television New Zealand Limited (TVNZ) and Sky Network Television Limited (Sky) finding the pay TV market will not be less competitive as a result of the venture.

In November 2011, TVNZ entered into a joint venture agreement with Sky to launch a new low-cost subscription TV service, known as Igloo.

The Commission received a number of complaints that the joint venture had the potential to substantially lessen competition. It opened an investigation to determine whether there was any likely breach of sections 47 or 27 of the Commerce Act. Today, the Commission advised TVNZ and Sky that it had found no likely breach. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 812,400 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 633,380 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Yellowstone: 610,160 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  4. MasterChef New Zealand: 574,700 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Target: 496,170 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:00pm) Continue reading »

Spears and Lovato confirmed

Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have been officially added to the judging panel of The X Factor USA to replace Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul.

30 Rock to finish after season seven

30 Rock will finish following its seventh season according to NBC entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt. He had previously given mixed signals as to the future of the show. Continue reading »

Every building has a story, especially when that building is a whare nui. The new Maori-language series WHARE TAONGA takes us on a special journey to some of New Zealand’s best-known whare nui, or meeting houses, to uncover their stories.

The Treaty House at Waitangi and whare at Parihaka Pa are among the buildings celebrated in WHARE TAONGA, a beautifully-crafted 13-part series that starts on the Te Reo channel on May 20 at 8.00pm. The series premieres on Maori Television on July 2 at 8.00pm.

WHARE TAONGA explores each whare’s design and construction, but also delves into the mauri and wairua of each building to explore their cultural and historical significance, such as the ancestors they embody and their roles in our social and political history. Continue reading »