3 News is gearing up to provide comprehensive coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games across its portfolio of news and current affairs programmes, bringing the London experience into Kiwi living rooms.

Mike McRoberts and Michelle Pickles will lead an eight-strong team based in London, supported by an around-the-clock operation in the Auckland newsroom, providing Kiwis the most up-to-date information on the world’s greatest sporting event.

Director News and Current Affairs Mark Jennings says TV3’s team has the experience and passion to provide unmatched news coverage of the London Games. Continue reading »

New Zealanders will have to wait a little longer before they can plug in IGLOO.

Chaz Savage, General Manager of IGLOO, explains, “It is so disappointing to have to say that we are not in a position to launch. We are genuinely gutted. We’re dealing with a full technology build: hardware and software – no mean feat and never without its challenges. The product is 95% ready – and that 95% looks great but we need to get that last 5% polished before we press play. The bottom line is that we have extremely high expectations, and we’re not willing to launch a product which is not absolutely perfect. Our customer trial group has provided us with valuable insights around a few small changes we need to make to ensure IGLOO is in tip top shape.” Continue reading »

As part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week), TV3 and Maori Television will exchange weather presenters for the first time.

On Friday 27 July, viewers of TV3 News will be treated to Rahia Timutimu presenting a bilingual weather bulletin whilst Mike Hall will present the weather for Maori Television’s daily news programme, Te Kaea.

The two presenters will have the opportunity to rehearse their routines only twice before going live. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. NCIS: 44650 (TV3, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Hawaii Five-O: 42240 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. The Mentalist: 29330 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. The Investigator Special: 22540 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Necessary Roughness: 18850 (TV2, 10:35pm – 11:35pm) Continue reading »

Modern Family cast sue

The cast of Modern Family have sued Twentieth Century Fox over their contracts. Julie Bowan, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Ed O’Neill want their current contracts voided, claiming they violate a Californian labour code.

Sharon Osbourne leaves America’s Got Talent

Sharon Osbourne has announced via Twitter that she is leaving America’s Got Talent, surprising NBC, the network that screens the show in the US. Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching The Corner

On Soho at 8.35pm is The Corner. I missed this show the first time it was on, so I’ll be putting it on MySky this time around. I only just found out that this show was actually made before The Wire, which is quite similar in theme.

The Corner is about the life of a family living in poverty in the middle of the open-air drug markets in Baltimore. My only complaint about this show screening is that it’s in the slot where The Newsroom will be. It was a bit mean to tease us with the first episode and then take the show off again until later in August. Continue reading »

Alan Chapman – SKY Sport Website Editor

Which part of the Olympics are you most excited about seeing?
Track and Field – especially the men’s 100m final. Bolt or Blake?!

What’s the most challenging aspect of working on the Olympics coverage?
So many events, so little time. How are we going to cope with so much coverage to choose from? Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 725,520 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 650,570 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Highway Cops: 557,950 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 477,930 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. My Kitchen Rules: 465,690 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

A woman solves a Wheel of Fortune puzzle with only one letter.

I’m planning on watching First Crossings

First Crossings starts on TV One tonight at 8.30pm. Two Kiwi adventurers, Kevin Bigger and Jamie Fitzgerald, recreate the journeys of our early pioneer explorers.

Judging from the promos, this show is going to be worth watching, if only for the beautiful scenery, but it looks like it will have plenty of hair-raising moments too, including going over the treacherous Southern Alps!

Also premiering tonight, on Four at 8.30pm, is Whitney. Continue reading »