3rd Degree

2013 has seen TV3 make great progress in current affairs with Campbell Live but the same cannot be said for 3rd Degree and in particular, their monthly debate show The Vote.

Last night’s debate, “Our kids: it not poverty, it’s parenting”, was poorly thought out and presented a false dichotomy.

The options for the debate weren’t mutually exclusive,  the voting results weren’t scientific and ultimately unsurprising considering TV3’s “middle New Zealand” audience. Duncan Garner’s unrelated attack on Destiny church’s Hannah Tamaki was appalling and other than ending on a cute note with a plug for a remade reggae song, the most important thing lacking from last night were actual solutions.

Is it any wonder that the average audience for the series so far is only about 178,000 viewers per episode?  While last night delved new depths in current affairs, it still rated 52,750 more viewers than the series low of 110,830.  That honor went to the second episode of The Vote which hoped to discover if New Zealand was a racist country.


In comparison, last year 60 Minutes drew an average audience of more than 100,000 more viewers per episode. Continue reading »

3rd Degree’s The Vote this week wants to know if parenting or poverty is Kiwi kids’ problem and in order to get higher participation for the usually low rating show, voting is free for their non-scientific poll.

All voting will be free for tomorrow’s episode of TV3 national debate programme The Vote, which will debate the topic: ‘Our kids: The problem’s not poverty, it’s parenting.’ (Screening Wednesday 19 June, 8.30pm on TV3.) Continue reading »

3rdDegreeTV3 has confirmed the release of New Zealander Vernon Gardiner from a Filipino prison following the appeal on 3rd Degree last month.

Enough money was contributed by viewers to allow Gardiner to be released.

TV3 has broken down the payments here:

• NZ$4982 to repay Vernon’s debt
• NZ$2000 to pay Vernon’s overstaying fees and secure him a new passport
• NZ$1000 to contribute to his rent, pay for new clothes and set him up on another island Continue reading »

3rdDegreeTonight 3rd Degree will be running a story on two Afghan interpreters who claim that they have not been protected by the NZ Army despite the fact they assisted Kiwi troops in Bamyan Province.

Mike McRoberts will talk to the pair who say they put their lives on the line for our Army but are not being adequately protected  unlike other interpreters who have been resettled in NZ with their families.

At the request of the pair, TV3 will not make their faces available for viewing outside of New Zealand. TV3 says they only agreed to be interviewed if this was the case. Continue reading »

Following 3rd Degree’s piece this week on kiwi Vernon Gardiner – who was facing 20 years in a Filipino prison – enough money has been raised to see him return home.


TheVoteTV3’s The Vote will next week weigh up the pros and cons of taxing unhealthy foods in New Zealand.

Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner will each lead a team to debate the topic alongside four panellists with Linda Clark serving as referee.

On March 27, The Vote will ask Kiwis if it’s time to tax unhealthy food, in the premiere episode of TV3’s new national debate programme, screening at 8.30pm on Wednesday night.

In the first episode of the new current affairs format, co-hosts Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner each lead a team to debate the topic ‘It’s time to tax unhealthy food.’ A coin toss will determine who leads the ‘For’ and ‘Against’ teams.  Continue reading »

Is this another coup for TV3?

TV3 has announced broadcaster and lawyer Linda Clark will referee for The Vote, a monthly series of entertaining and informative national debates on the big issues facing New Zealanders, which premieres at 8.30pm, Wednesday 27 March.

One of the country’s most respected journalists, Clark is charged with keeping two teams led by hosts Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner in line as they go head-to-head each month in the innovative new TV3 programme. As referee, Clark has the power to interject, and a mandate to keep things moving – and keep the potentially unruly teams in line. Continue reading »

Mediaworks has confirmed that Anna Guy will feature on the new political and current affairs show 3rd Degree, giving an insight into her life.

Guy will appear in three stories that will focus on her and how she is dealing with the events of the past few years, which culminated in the acquittal of her husband Ewan Macdonald of the 2010 killing of Scott Guy.

“She will be appearing in three stories which will be about herself – talking about how she is dealing with the twin tragedies that have befallen her, the loss of her brother and the imprisonment of her husband, and how she is establishing a new life for herself,” 3rd Degree executive producer Terence Taylor said. Continue reading »

They were both once political editors on rival channels but now best mates Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner are going to co-host TV3’s new current affairs show, 3rd Degree, which replaces 60 Minutes which is moving to Prime in 2013.

Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner will front new current affairs programme 3rd Degree, coming to TV3 in 2013.

The weekly one-hour programme will feature stories from some of New Zealand’s top journalists, including Paula Penfold, Sarah Hall, Guyon Espiner and  Melanie Reid (the core team behind TV3’s award-winning ’60 Minutes’), and new additions to the team Phil Vine and Samantha Hayes.   Continue reading »