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NZ On Air will fund a new investigative journalism strand for TV3 called 3D Investigates.

The funding will support 10 in-depth investigations into issues and topics of importance to all New Zealanders within TV3’s weekly current affairs programme 3D (formerly 3rd Degree).

“Investigative journalism is fundamental to a strong democracy and national debate. It is becoming increasingly scarce in New Zealand due to the commercial pressures faced by broadcasters and the news media generally,” says Jane Wrightson CEO of NZ On Air. Continue reading »


New Zealand political programmes on TV will soon be accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Able is pleased to announce that from Wednesday 23rd July, it will be providing closed captions for TV ONE’s Q+A, TV3’s 3rd Degree and the repeat (post-live) broadcast on TV3 of The Nation.

Able was established in November 2013 with transfer of the captioning and audio description services out of TVNZ. Able is fully funded by NZ On Air to provide access services for television and currently provides more than 250 hours of captioned content every week across TV ONE, TV2, TV3 and FOUR.

The decision to begin captioning political programmes is timely with the election in September. Continue reading »


The woman at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat sexual assault case speaks to reporter Paula Penfold in an exclusive interview on 3rd Degree tonight.

According to the woman’s wishes, a submission was made by her lawyer this week to have her automatic name suppression lifted. Suppression will lapse at the commencement of 3rd Degree tonight. Continue reading »


Lou Vincent was once one of New Zealand’s most exciting cricketers, but now he is world-renowned as a cheat.

Tomorrow night he sits down with 3rd Degree’s Paula Penfold to explain and confess: how he did it, why he did it and how he can live with himself. Continue reading »

3rd-degree-logoI was under the impression that David Fisher was an award winning senior reporter for the New Zealand Herald. However, for the second time in recent weeks, his investigative journalism has produced an advertorial for TV3’s struggling current affairs program, Third Degree.

TV3’s 3rd Degree tonight screens footage showing the woman meeting her baby inside a Southland psychiatric hospital. Continue reading »

Quickflix_throng_200x175Whether you’re a channel surfer looking for something to watch or someone who leaves your TV on one channel for the entire evening, here are our thoughts on what we think might be worth checking out this evening.

Must Watch:

House Rules (TV3, 7:30pm)
The new season gets underway tonight. Roger is back with his recaps of the show so check back at Throng afterwards to discuss the season premiere.

Last Resort (Four, 8:40pm)
Any show that was filmed in Hawaii is compulsory viewing in our house. Despite being a couple of years old, Last Resort is a good watch if you need a bit of action in your primetime viewing.

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It appears as though The New Zealand Herald’s David Fisher has been relegated from chasing the big stories to reviewing television with this morning’s perceived advertorial on tonight’s episode of 3rd Degree.

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Perhaps the fortunes of TV3’s 3rd Degree have turned around and audiences have finally warmed to the combination of Duncan Garner and Samantha Hayes after last week saw a jump to an average audience of 232,140 viewers.  This was the fourth highest rating episode of the series to date and well above the average of 190,422 for 2013.

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3rd-degree-logoCall me skeptical but

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) will review the evidence and new matters raised since completing its inquiry into the 2010 Fox Glacier skydiving plane crash.  The review will include a full examination of all the wreckage, including material unearthed by 3rd Degree, and TAIC will engage independent investigators to assist in this process.

On March 26, 3rd Degree screened a special investigation into skydiving plane crash, one of New Zealand’s worst air accidents.  Reporter Michael Morrah’s story cast doubt on the conclusions reached by TAIC in 2010, including findings the plane was overweight and loaded in a way that made its tail too heavy, effectively laying the blame with the owners of the skydiving company. Continue reading »