NZ On Air has announced new programmes supported by its Platinum Fund for screening in 2012.  The projects are being given the green light just as many of the fruits of last year’s round hit the screens including Tangiwai which topped the ratings for TV One last night.

“There is a wonderful selection in this particular funding round” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.  “The Platinum Fund allows us to invest in special projects we wouldn’t otherwise be in a position to support.”

New funding has been allocated to two strong drama projects, What Really Happened? The Women’s Vote and City Under Siege.  What Really Happened… is in a similar style to this year’s Treaty of Waitangi story and will tell the story of the fight for women’s suffrage led by Kate Sheppard.  City Under Siege will tell the story of the Police’s 50 hour siege of Jan Molenaar’s Napier house in 2009.

An ambitious 6 x1 hour series from Natural History New Zealand for TV One will bring new perspectives to New Zealand’s National Parks.  Wild at Heart helps mark the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the first park, Tongariro, in 1887.

Arts and Culture fans won’t miss out either, With Strings Attached will feature the NZ Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with popular artists Che Fu and Fat Freddy’s Drop for TV One.  Nga Reo Hou will see six important Māori plays from the renowned Taki Rua theatre company being staged for television, to screen on Māori Television.

“The quality of applications for this round was extremely high. With special features like Bliss (Katherine Mansfield), Rage (1981 Springbok Tour), the biopic Billy and the new series of Underbelly: Land Of The Long Green Cloud all going to air shortly, audiences will really be able to see the positive impact of the Platinum Fund” says Ms Wrightson.

Bear Grylls is no stranger to extremes. He has served with the British Special Forces, explored the Arctic, and was the youngest British climber to complete a summit and descent on Mount Everest.

In Discovery Channel’s hit series MAN VS. WILD, Bear shows us how to survive the toughest and most forsaken environments by putting himself in the position of a stranded tourist.

In this special MAN VS. WILD event, Bear invites a companion, Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal, to join him as they attempt to survive the blinding blizzards of Iceland. MEN VS WILD: JAKE GYLLENHAAL premieres on Discovery Channel this Fathers Day, Sunday September 4 at 6:30pm.

In this special, MAN VS WILD will test how Jake measures up to unpredictable and unforgiving Mother Nature. For two days, Bear and Jake embark on a survival experience neither will forget, to an Icelandic landscape dominated by mountains, huge glaciers and some of Europe’s most active volcanoes.

Jake will have to go where Bear goes, eat whatever Bear eats, and on occasion even take the lead, if he’s going to cope with some of the worst conditions known to man. “For me, it’s all about discovery,” said Jake.

Bear states about the experience, “The wild is always very revealing – not only physically but mentally. You’ve got to smile when it’s driving horizontal hail and be able to face your fears and just get on and do it – and on both of those accounts, Jake came up strong.”

This special is a thrilling adventure that will leave you wondering what Bear and Jake will have to do (and eat!) to get out alive.

A $50 fine has been handed down to a New Zealander for a “frivolous and trivial” complaint againt TVNZ regarding the distance of a supernova star from Earth.

The complainant was upset at a One News story that claimed a supernova discovered by a Canadian girl was only 240 light years away from Earth, when the correct distance is 240 million light years.

TVNZ acknowledge the mistake but the man took his complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority who ended up dismissing the complaint and ordered the man to pay $50 to TVNZ.

“He has now been warned numerous times about lodging complaints of this nature, and it is evident that his complaints expend a significant amount of both TVNZ’s and the authority’s time and resources,” the BSA said.

The man, who is on an invalids benefit and pension, was behind 5 per cent of all complaints received by TV One in 2009 and 2010.

Source: Stuff


Most watched

  1. One News: 876,340 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Global Radar: 717,810 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Sunday: 698,910 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Sunday Theatre: 636,840 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. 3 News: 379,420 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Sunday: 698,910 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Sunday Theatre: 636,840 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Hancock: 373,780 (TV2, 8:30pm – 10:25pm)
  4. My Kitchen Rules: 343,500 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Top Gear: 233,890 (PRIME, 7:30pm – 8:45pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. America’s Funniest HV: 166,820 (TV2, 4:30pm – 5:00pm)
  2. Stick It: 156,690 (TV2, 12:00pm – 2:05pm)
  3. Gillette Motorsport: 116,210 (TV3, 4:00pm – 5:00pm)
  4. Q + A: 105,110 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 10:00am)
  5. Extreme Fishing With Robson Gr: 95,730 (TV ONE, 1:10pm – 2:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 876,340 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Global Radar: 717,810 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Sunday: 698,910 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Sunday Theatre: 636,840 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Our World: 249,950 (5:00pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Hancock: 373,780 (8:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: 343,500 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Two and a Half Men: 321,090 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Final Destination: 192,460 (10:25pm – 12:25am)
  5. America’s Funniest HV: 166,820 (4:30pm – 5:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 379,420 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. 60 Minutes: 202,480 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Raising Hope: 185,060 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. World Kitchen: 162,970 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  5. Cafe Secrets: 124,440 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 155,180 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Family Guy: 149,950 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. The Simpsons: 93,430 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Thomas & Friends: 89,250 (8:40am – 8:50am)
  5. Bob The Builder: 89,250 (8:50am – 9:00am)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Top Gear: 233,890 (7:30pm – 8:45pm)
  2. Prime Evening News: 209,480 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  3. Wild Coasts: 133,290 (8:45pm – 9:45pm)
  4. Danger Beach: Muriwai: 64,520 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Prime Rugby: 53,890 (4:30pm – 5:30pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. Tangaroa With Pio: 67,890 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  2. The Laughing Samoans: 37,370 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. CSI Miami: 40,880 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 90,060 (4:15pm – 4:25pm)
  2. ITM Cup Rugby: 88,060 (2:30pm – 4:15pm)
  3. ITM Cup Rugby: 76,920 (4:30pm – 6:15pm)
  4. PGA Championship: 38,360 (6:30am – 11:15am)
  5. Intl Rugby Tri Nations Replay: 30,970 (6:30pm – 8:40pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 2

  1. NRL: 33,890 (5:00pm – 6:45pm)
  2. 40/20: 31,100 (7:00pm – 7:55pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies 1

  1. The Other Guys: 71,040 (8:35pm – 10:15pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 3

  1. Intl Rugby Tri Nations Replay: 50,370 (10:00am – 12:00pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast: No information available.
  • 3 News Firstline: No information available.
  • AMP Business: No information available.
  • ONE News Midday: No information available.
  • 3 News at 12: No information available.
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 876,340
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 379,420
  • Close Up: No information available.
  • Campbell Live: No information available.
  • Tonight: No information available.
  • Nightline: No information available.

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Sunday Theatre: TV ONE 636840 – up from 460780 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Sunday: TV ONE 698910 – up from 585140 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. How To Look At A Painting: TV ONE 142880 – up from 66580 (10:30pm – 11:00pm)
  4. Cafe Secrets: TV3 124440 – up from 85740 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. Gillette Motorsport: TV3 116210 – up from 79960 (4:00pm – 5:00pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. 60 Minutes: TV3 202480 – down from 310980 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Danger Beach: Muriwai: PRIME 64520 – down from 119740 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. One Tree Hill: TV2 73690 – down from 122400 (3:00pm – 4:00pm)
  4. Gillette Motorsport: TV3 51400 – down from 91250 (3:05pm – 3:55pm)
  5. Let’s Get Inventin: TV2 110970 – down from 146070 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)


  1. The Laughing Samoans: Maori TV (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Charlie Wilson’s War: TV3 (8:30pm – 10:35pm)
  3. Hancock: TV2 (8:30pm – 10:25pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 33.5%
  • TV ONE: 25.2%
  • TV2: 17.9%
  • TV3: 9.4%
  • FOUR: 4.7%
  • PRIME: 4.7%
  • Other TV Channels: 3%
  • Maori TV: 1%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

MTV cancels RJ Berger

MTV has cancelled its teen comedy series The Hard Times of RJ Berger after only two seasons. The series has struggled for audiences in the US since its second season premiere earlier in the year.

Sex and the City return rumours

There are rumours that Sex and the City may return to TV in the near future following the two movies that have been produced over the past couple of years. 

Bratt returning to Modern Family

Benjamin Bratt will return to Modern Family to reprise his role as the ex-husband of Gloria (Sofia Vergara). Bratt first appeared on the comedy in season one.

Possible cameos for Cole

British singer Cheryl Cole is said to be in negotiations over guest appearances in Glee and How I Met Your Mother. Earlier this year Cole was axed from the US version of The X Factor.


Most watched

  1. One News: 641,150 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Hyundai Country Calendar: 606,130 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. My Kind of Place: 399,070 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals: 285,150 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:35pm)
  5. The Voice: 283,530 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. My Kind of Place: 399,070 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals: 285,150 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:35pm)
  3. The Voice: 283,530 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Bewitched: 258,270 (TV2, 8:30pm – 10:40pm)
  5. Whale Rider: 209,360 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. Zeke And Luther: 115,190 (TV2, 9:00am – 9:25am)
  2. Stars in Their Eyes: 111,990 (TV ONE, 2:10pm – 3:10pm)
  3. Cool Kids Cooking: 109,370 (TV2, 9:25am – 9:30am)
  4. Dancing On Ice: 108,800 (TV ONE, 3:10pm – 5:00pm)
  5. World’s Best Diet: 95,500 (TV ONE, 1:10pm – 2:10pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 641,150 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Hyundai Country Calendar: 606,130 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. My Kind of Place: 399,070 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals: 285,150 (8:00pm – 8:35pm)
  5. Whale Rider: 209,360 (8:35pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. The Voice: 283,530 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Bewitched: 258,270 (8:30pm – 10:40pm)
  3. America’s Funniest Home Videos: 206,930 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Failure To Launch: 163,280 (10:40pm – 12:35am)
  5. According to Jim: 137,860 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 262,330 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Bad Boys II: 241,950 (8:30pm – 11:20pm)
  3. Outdoors with Geoff: 198,080 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Kevin McCloud: Slumming It: 195,360 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Carters Gone Fishin’: 158,750 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. Matilda: 153,280 (6:30pm – 8:35pm)
  2. It Only Hurts When I Laugh: 55,710 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  3. America’s Next Top Model: 54,580 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Kappa Mikey: 53,920 (9:45am – 10:10am)
  5. The Real Housewives Of Beverly: 50,470 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Lewis: 186,860 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Prime Evening News: 106,980 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  3. World War II In Colour: 92,900 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. NRL: 53,900 (11:30pm – 1:20am)
  5. Junior MasterChef Australia: 31,440 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. Money Train: 27,660 (9:30pm – 11:25pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. ITM Cup Rugby: 98,410 (7:30pm – 9:15pm)
  2. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 86,080 (7:15pm – 7:25pm)
  3. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 80,140 (4:15pm – 4:25pm)
  4. ITM Cup Rugby: 72,580 (5:30pm – 7:15pm)
  5. ITM Cup Rugby: 59,780 (2:30pm – 4:15pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 2

  1. NRL: 129,280 (7:35pm – 9:20pm)
  2. NRL Post Game: 122,000 (9:20pm – 9:25pm)
  3. NRL Under 20 Pre Game: 65,670 (5:00pm – 5:15pm)
  4. NRL Under 20: 45,140 (5:15pm – 6:55pm)
  5. NSW Cup PostGame: 44,460 (4:45pm – 4:55pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies Great

  1. Knocked Up: 33,450 (8:35pm – 10:35pm)

Head to head

  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 641,150
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 262,330

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Hyundai Country Calendar: TV ONE 116000 – up from 69650 (8:00am – 8:30am)
  2. Cool Kids Cooking: TV2 109370 – up from 63530 (9:25am – 9:30am)
  3. Phineas and Ferb: TV2 107090 – up from 73020 (7:45am – 8:10am)
  4. Fish Hooks: TV2 80620 – up from 48130 (7:20am – 7:45am)
  5. Zeke And Luther: TV2 115190 – up from 90780 (9:00am – 9:25am)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. The ITM Fishing Show: TV3 109730 – down from 236690 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. 3 News: TV3 262330 – down from 368690 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Outdoors with Geoff: TV3 198080 – down from 237930 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Melissa & Joey: TV2 84640 – down from 117140 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. America’s Funniest Home Videos: TV2 206930 – down from 235170 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)


  1. My Kind of Place: TV ONE (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Lewis: PRIME (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Bewitched: TV2 (8:30pm – 10:40pm)
  4. Whale Rider: TV ONE (8:35pm – 10:30pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 37.1%
  • TV ONE: 19.5%
  • TV2: 15.5%
  • TV3: 12.3%
  • PRIME: 5.2%
  • FOUR: 4.9%
  • Other TV Channels: 3.7%
  • Maori TV: 1%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

WARNING: The following story contains sarcasm

The bastion of principled media that is the New Zealand Herald has the scoop on the 19th biggest non-story of the year today.  In a first ever for TVNZ, they didn’t screen a report that one of their reporters had filed. 

Apparently there was an issue with the revoicing. Disgustingly, Marshall couldn’t be reached for comment.

Seriously.  This has about as much connection to the Kate Lynch debacle as The Herald does to quality journalism.




Most watched

  1. One News: 629,430 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 485,570 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Close Up: 461,090 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. The Graham Norton Show: 357,660 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Two and a Half Men: 348,790 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. The Graham Norton Show: 357,660 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Two and a Half Men: 348,790 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Mad Love: 290,570 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. How to Look Good Naked: 290,150 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  5. New Zealand’s Next Top Model: 287,000 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 127,570 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Dickinson’s Real Deal: 114,830 (TV ONE, 2:00pm – 3:00pm)
  3. Emmerdale: 108,570 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  4. ONE News 4:30: 104,950 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  5. Good Morning: 99,780 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 12:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 629,430 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Close Up: 461,090 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. How to Look Good Naked: 290,150 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  4. MasterChef Australia: 244,990 (4:55pm – 6:00pm)
  5. Masterchef: 196,170 (8:35pm – 9:45pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 485,570 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  2. Two and a Half Men: 348,790 (7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Mad Love: 290,570 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Nikita: 221,420 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 189,080 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. The Graham Norton Show: 357,660 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. 3 News: 330,610 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. New Zealand’s Next Top Model: 287,000 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Family Guy: 202,770 (9:30pm – 10:00pm)
  5. Campbell Live: 189,580 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. Dragonball Evolution: 108,720 (8:30pm – 10:20pm)
  2. The Simpsons: 105,210 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Family Guy: 71,600 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Better Off Ted: 39,850 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. The Wild Thornberrys: 36,580 (7:55am – 8:25am)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 202,300 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Deal Or No Deal: 108,560 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  3. Deal or No Deal: 98,040 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  4. Live To Dance: 95,720 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. The Block: 87,240 (7:35pm – 8:30pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 44,080 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. Homai Te Pakipaki: 79,510 (8:30pm – 10:00pm)
  2. Nga Pirihimana Hou: 33,180 (10:00pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. Ice Road Truckers: 28,590 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. ITM Cup Rugby: 139,350 (7:30pm – 9:10pm)
  2. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 60,960 (9:10pm – 9:25pm)
  3. Friday Night Football: 49,400 (7:00pm – 7:25pm)
  4. NRL Pre Game: 30,740 (9:30pm – 9:40pm)
  5. NRL: 26,490 (9:40pm – 11:20pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 2

  1. NRL Pre Game: 49,190 (9:30pm – 9:45pm)
  2. NRL Footy Show Highlights: 37,010 (8:30pm – 9:25pm)
  3. NRL: 32,270 (9:45pm – 11:25pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 88,420
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 8:00am): 153,370
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 138,730
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 36,990
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 48,220
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 49,990
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 43,050
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 127,570
  • 3 News at 12: No information available.
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 629,430
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 330,610
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 461,090
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 189,580
  • Tonight (10:50pm – 11:20pm): 134,010
  • Nightline (10:30pm – 11:00pm): 127,400

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Close Up: TV ONE 461090 – up from 393260 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. New Zealand’s Next Top Model: TV3 287000 – up from 221570 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. 3 News: TV3 330610 – up from 280460 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  4. Nikita: TV2 221420 – up from 178840 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Deal or No Deal: PRIME 98040 – up from 56040 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Two and a Half Men: TV2 348790 – down from 436420 (7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  2. The Graham Norton Show: TV3 357660 – down from 437590 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Mad Love: TV2 290570 – down from 343990 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Erin Simpson Show: TV2 87260 – down from 137670 (4:00pm – 4:05pm)
  5. Nightline: TV3 127400 – down from 174890 (10:30pm – 11:00pm)


  1. How to Look Good Naked: TV ONE (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  2. Masterchef: TV ONE (8:35pm – 9:45pm)
  3. Family Guy: TV3 (9:30pm – 10:00pm)
  4. Unzipped: TV ONE (9:45pm – 10:15pm)
  5. The Millen Baird Show: TV3 (10:00pm – 10:30pm)
  6. Absolutely Fabulous: TV ONE (10:15pm – 10:50pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 31.5%
  • TV ONE: 24.2%
  • TV2: 15.2%
  • TV3: 14.5%
  • PRIME: 4.9%
  • FOUR: 4.2%
  • Other TV Channels: 3.2%
  • Maori TV: 1.5%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

TV3 has announced plans to broadcast a debate between Prime Minister, John Key, and the Leader of the Opposition, Phil Goff, as part of Decision ’11.  The hour-long debate will be moderated by John Campbell and will take place in the week leading up to the General Election on November 26.

TV3 will use the innovative Roy Morgan Reactor to track the responses of a panel of non-committed voters.  The Reactor’s results will be instantaneously displayed on screen, allowing viewers to see the reaction of the electorate in real time.

For the first time, the general public will also be invited to respond to the debate, through the ground-breaking Roy Morgan Reactor smart phone app.  Their responses will be broadcast in real time, and will be clearly distinguished from the reactions of the panel. 

3 News Auckland Bureau Chief Keith Slater says:

“We are delighted to have secured exclusive use of the Roy Morgan Reactor for what will no doubt be a decisive moment in the election campaign.

“This is new technology, which will add another dimension to the debate, and we expect the smart phone app to engage younger voters whose opinions can be difficult to measure.”

The Leaders Debate will be part of Decision ’11, authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the General Election from TV3’s leading news service.   

FlightPathTV is an innovative global aviation show providing an entertaining, action packed and informative look inside the world of aviation.

Narrated by avid aviator, Richie McCaw, each week FlightPathTV puts the viewer in the pilot’s seat and takes them on an aviation adventure.

Travel behind the scenes to some of the biggest and best air shows and events, meet some of the worlds best pilots and get an exclusive look at historic aircrafts.

Put your seat in the upright position and prepare for take-off on FlightPathTV premiering exclusively on Discovery Channel, Monday nights at 9.30pm (NZST) beginning September 5.

Avid Aviator, Richie McCaw said of his involvement with the documentary series, “My grandad was a fighter pilot and I’ve been flying with my Dad since I was nine, so aviation is in my blood. I am thrilled to be working with Discovery Channel on FlightPathTV as it has given me the opportunity to share my passion with a like-minded audience.”

Filmed by two New Zealand entrepreneurs, Fletcher McKenzie and Malcolm Clement of Leading Edge Media Ltd, and with support from the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), the series took over two years to film.

The RNZAF aerobatic team takes viewers on several exciting exercises around New Zealand, introducing us to incredible pilots on both sides of the Tasman, including Matt Hall, an aerobatic pilot, Gulf War jet-fighter veteran and Red Bull Air Racer. Matt puts you in the pilot’s seat for some extreme aerobatics during his ‘In the Loop’ segments.

Filmed in high definition, FlightPathTV includes 10 action packed episodes with over 50 stories, told by Richie McCaw, from around the globe. Viewers have the chance to travel the length and breadth of New Zealand from some of the highest points in the Southern Alps, to the beauty of Central Otago, Canterbury, Taranaki, King Country, Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Northland.

So buckle up and get ready for the most spectacular ride of your life as Richie McCaw shares his expert knowledge on all things aviation on FlightPathTV.


FlightPathTV episode descriptions:


Episode 1 

Air Races and Air Forces

This episode invites viewers behind the scenes of what has been described as the ‘Worlds Fastest Motor Sport’ at the Reno Air Races. We then travel down-under with the Royal New Zealand Air Force to go mountain flying in the treacherous Southern Alps in New Zealand. Meet the driving force behind MD Helicopters and profile their revolutionary technology, then get on board the largest Airliner in the world. 

Finally, viewers are introduced to a retired US Air Force Colonel who flew fighters on D-Day and went onto fly Presidents on Air Force One.


Episode 2 

Innovation and Action

This episode heads down-under on a white-knuckle ride with the Royal New Zealand Air Force aerobatic team, then climbs on board the deadliest bomber in the US Air Force and introduces viewers to its 28 year old pilot. 

Viewers then go racing and party with the legendary Warlock Race Team at Reno and check out the new addition to the Cessna family. Later they meet a US World War II bomber pilot who reveals the Allies secret weapon.


Episode 3 

Explosions and Elegance

In this episode, viewers join the action on board a Navy warship during a joint-force exercise and ride along on a Navy helicopter during a live firing of a Maverick Missile. They then check out an Italian Sports-car for the sky being built by two brothers realising their father’s dream. 

Later, a Jelly Bean eating stunt pilot who lands on-top of moving trucks is featured, as well as the last surviving ‘Dam Buster’ Lancaster bomber pilot from WWII. Viewers also get a special guided tour around the legendary Planes of Fame in Chino USA.


Episode 4

Outback and Inverted

This episode kicks off by meeting the ‘Air Bandits’ – a motley trio of extreme aerobatic pilots led by Lithuanian legend Jurgis Kairys. The iconic F-16 fighter is then profiled and viewers hear first hand about close encounters with heat seeking missiles in combat. 

Then we head down-under into the Australian Outback to take an exclusive inside look at the Temora Aviation Museum and meet its multi-millionaire owner who takes a hands-on approach when it comes to collecting and flying his own collection of rare warbird aircraft. 

Viewers then visit a military exercise at high speed and low level as a C-130 Hercules crew is put through their paces in the treacherous Southern Alps during Exercise SkyTrain.


Episode 5 

Flying Aces and Exotic Places

This episode features Red Bull Air Race pilot and US aerobatic legend, Mike Goulian, as he provides an inside look into what it takes to be the world’s best. We then travel to Waikiki to go flying with Hawaii’s first family of helicopters with over 120 years history in the islands. 

Next, viewers meet a World War II fighter pilot who flew Spitfires with the legendary 485 Squadron of the Royal Air Force and hear first-hand about the fierce battles and near misses that nearly took his life. 

Finally, the iconic Tiger Moth bi-plane from the 1930’s is profiled and viewers get a private flight from a secluded grass airstrip with a master pilot.


Episode 6 

Past, Present and Future Flight

This episode features the Crocodile Dundee of aerobatics, 13 times Australian aerobatic champion Chris Sperou, famous for his high speed inverted ribbon cut only metres from the ground. We then follow an Air Force precision helicopter display team preparing for a major international airshow. 

Next it takes a special look at the world’s best WWI aviation museum where the Red Baron flies again. Viewers are then invited on board the newest addition to the Australian Air Forces tactical transport fleet to hear the extreme result of what happens when you reverse all four jet engines while in flight! 

Finally, we take an exclusive look at the future of 21st Century air power and how its pilot can literally see through this new fighter aircraft.


Episode 7 

Something Old, Someone New

In this episode, a classic two seat Boeing as flown by a former US President during his Air Force training is profiled and then viewers get an inside guided tour of the legendary F-111 famous for its impressive fuel dump and burn. 

Viewers are then taken south of Sydney Australia to meet a dedicated group of volunteers who are bringing iconic Intercontinental and Cold War era aircraft back to life, and later take part in a national flying camp for teenagers led by an Air Force Chaplain who loves old cars, old planes and old flying helmets.


Episode 8 

Historic Planes and Modern Pilots

This episode travels back to the skies above Europe during WWI when gentlemen pilots went into battle flying wood and fabric aircrafts, then viewers meet an airline pilot who in his spare time flies a terrifying fighter from WWII nicknamed ‘Whistling Death’. 

Next, viewers meet a 38 year old legendary aerobatic pilot, Gulf War jet-fighter veteran and Red Bull Air Racer Matt Hall, and travel to Pearl Harbour Hawaii to visit the Pacific Aviation Museum and target of the Japanese attack – complete with bullet holes and bomb craters. 

Later, we get a special invitation to go flying in close formation with the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes display team.


Episode 9 

Classic and Contemporary

This episode kicks off by checking out a tandem skydive business owned by an amazing and inspirational pilot, who has literally risen from the ashes after surviving an explosive plane crash and six months in a coma. Following this, Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall puts viewers in the pilot’s seat for some extreme aerobatics, as he demonstrates the first of five ‘In the Loop’ aerobatic segments.

Next, Boeing’s test pilot who is putting the new Super Hornet through its paces is featured and viewers join the international crew of a P-3 Orion during an anti-submarine warfare patrol. 

We then check out the Classic Flyers Museum where the attraction is not only the great collection of aircraft but also the local personalities which include world record holders and combat pilots.


Episode 10

Combat Legends

In this episode, viewers check out all the action at the National Helicopter Championships and get back in the pilot’s seat for an inside look at the challenges of extreme aerobatics with Matt Hall and his ‘In the Loop’ aerobatic segment. 

Featured next is a WWII combat pilot who is being reunited for the first time in over 65 years with one of the last surviving fighters. After numerous dog-fights and raids on enemy ground targets, viewers will hear how close he came to death, more than once. 

Finally, viewers find out that there is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to banner towing – especially if you’re a new pilot!