Rugby World Cup

Maori Television’s coverage of the Rugby World Cup 2011 has won the sports media category at the National Maori Sports Awards.

The network took out the Maori Sports Media Award (Whakapaaoho Reo o Hinepukohurangi) for its bilingual coverage of the tournament on Maori Television and its 100 per cent Maori language channel, Te Reo at an awards ceremony on Saturday.

Maori Television played all 48 Rugby World Cup games free-to-air, with 16 games live including the final, on both channels.

Maori Television General Manager of Programming Haunui Royal said it is humbling to have won.

“It is another indication of the positive feedback we received for our coverage of the Rugby World Cup,” he said.

“And to have it come from the Maori community is extremely gratifying for Maori Television. 

“That makes it really special.”

The 2011 National Maori Sports Awards ceremony was held at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau on 3 December.

The indigenous broadcaster was up against Ken Eruera (Ngati Porou) from Radio Ngati Porou and Harko Brown (Raukawa, Ngati Whatua) from Australasian Parks and Leisure Magazine for the Maori Sports Media Award.

The ceremony was emceed by Maori Television sports presenter and Rugby World Cup 2011 commentator Te Arahi Maipi, and will screen on Maori Television next Saturday, 10 December from 8.30pm.

Five TVNZ journalists have been named as finalists in the prestigious Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards.

The time period for eligibility was extended to include the Rugby World Cup.

Sport presenter, Andrew Saville is a finalist in the Sports Broadcast Feature category for his RWC commentaries including his call of the All Blacks beating France in the final.  Saville was joined in the commentary box by former All Blacks Jeff Wilson & Taine Randell.

Senior journalist, Craig Stanaway is also a finalist in the Sports Broadcast Feature category.  Stanaway’s portfolio included a long form current affairs story for SUNDAY profiling father of eight, Andrew Stroud whose day job is riding a Superbike at 300 km/h.   

Saville and Stanaway are competing against broadcasting heavyweights – Sky TV’s lead RWC Commentator Grant Nisbett and TV3’s John Campbell for this award.

ONE News Pacific Island correspondent, Barbara Dreaver is a finalist in the Television Sports News Reporting category.  Dreaver’s portfolio included stories on Jonah Lomu returning to Tonga after 15 years to promote the RWC, NZ Rugby League cancelling the test against the Cook Islands and the IRB warning the Tongan Rugby Union about political interference.

Dreaver is up against specialist sports journalists Michelle Pickles and Jim Keyes from TV3.

Two young, talented journalists from TVNZ are finalists considered for the Sir John Wells Sports Journalism Scholarship.  Dunedin based reporter, Max Bania’s portfolio included the reaction of Ritchie McCaw’s home town of Kurow following the RWC final.  Digital media journalist, Andrew Fernando’s portfolio included a story for ESPNcrickinfo on Black Cap Tim Southee and a humorous piece for tvnz.co.nz called “Too much pressure on Daniel Carter’s groin.” 

Category winners are considered for the supreme award.  Andrew Saville is a previous recipient of Sports Journalist of the Year, known then as the ‘T.P. McLean Award’.

Here are the 12 most watched TV Programmes/Events in New Zealand television history.

(Data is courtesy of Nielsen TAM, reported in thousands of viewers and collected between 1 Jan 1995 – 24th October 2011)

RANK

 PROGRAMME/EVENT

DATE

CHANNEL

 

000s of VIEWERS

 

1.

 RWC 2011 Final (NZ v France)

23/10/2011

TV1,TV3,Sky&Maori

2,036,900   

2.

 RWC 2011 Semi-final (NZ v Australia)

16/10/2011

TV1,TV3,Sky&Maori

2,024,000

3.

 RWC 2011 Opening Game (NZ v Tonga)

09/09/2011

TV1,Sky,Maori

1,930,000

4.

 Boxing – Tua v Lewis

12/11/2000

TV 3

1,841,230

5.

 ONE News Special – Diana’s death

31/08/1997

TV ONE

1,703,310

6.

 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony

15/09/2000

TV ONE

1,654,310

7.

 ONE News Special – Diana’s Funeral

06/09/1997

TV ONE

1,649,710

8.

 RWC 2011 Qtr Final (NZ v Argentina)

09/10/2011

TV1,TV3,Sky&Maori

1,624,400

9.

 RWC 2003 Final (England v Australia)

22/11/2003

TV ONE

1,604,800

10.

 Diana Exclusive

21/11/1995

TV 2

1,516,780

11.

 RWC 2011 Opening Ceremony

09/09/2011

TV ONE

1,499,160

12.

 RWC 2007 (NZ v France)

07/10/2007

TV 3

1,410,410

SOURCE: Nielsen TAM (Measurement: All people 5 years and over nationwide – average daily reach) Data collection period: 1st Jan 1995 – 24th Oct 2011

8:30pm – Sunday, October 23 on TV 3

It has been six long, gruelling and for some nerve-wracking weeks but the wait is finally over – Sunday 23 October sees the hugely anticipated 2011 Rugby World Cup Final.

From 8.30pm, TV3 will be bringing you all the pre-final build up with James Gemmell, one-time 3 News sports journalist who has become one of British Sky Broadcasting’s most respected rugby broadcasters, and former All Black Josh Kronfeld.

Leading the commentating duties will be 3 News sports anchor Hamish McKay who will be ably assisted by legendary All Black First Five-Eighth, Andrew Mehrtens and Richard Loe, LIVE Sport broadcaster and former All Black Prop.

7:00pm Sunday, October 23 on TV One

Martin Devlin, Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie host extended LIVE coverage from Eden Park of the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final , with all the build-up at the ground leading to kick off at 9pm, including special reports from up and down the country and overseas.

Match commentators Andrew Saville, Jeff Wilson and Taine Randell.

Missed tonight’s Rugby World Cup 2011 match? Witness the action online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

7:30pm Friday, October 21 on TV One

Regarded as the game no one really wants to play, the Bronze Medal game is at least valuable in terms of IRB rankings points. It often produces an open game with the pressure of winning the Web Ellis Cup removed.

Whoever the teams are (and cross your fingers it isn’t New Zealand) TV ONE will be bringing you this game LIVE from Eden Park, complete with the usual high calibre of talent and expertise.

Martin Devlin will host the build-up from the Eden Park studio, and the TVNZ commentary team of Andrew Saville, Jeff Wilson and Taine Randell will call the match which kicks off at 8.30pm.

Once again TV ONE will bring you all the build-up to the penultimate match at the Rugby World Cup from 7.30pm, with former Wallaby Dan Crowley and former All Black Anton Oliver joining Martin in the studio.

For some all eyes will be focused on two days time, but for us it’s all about the now!!

Missed tonight’s Rugby World Cup 2011 match? Witness the action online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

The ONE News and ONE Sport Team will be on-air from 6pm on Friday and Sunday nights for the Bronze and RWC Final. Full coverage of the aftermath is also planned on Monday.

 

FRIDAY – RWC BRONZE FINAL:

4-4:30pm

Live report previewing the Bronze Final during TE KARERE

 

6-7pm:

ONE News is live from Eden Park

 

7-7:30pm:

CLOSE UP is live from Eden Park

 

7:30-8:30pm:

Martin Devlin hosts the build-up to the Bronze Final from Eden Park with panellists former All Black Captain Anton Oliver, former Wallaby Dan Crowley & former South African and current Italian Coach Nick Mallet.

 

8:30-10:15pm:

RWC BRONZE FINAL – WALES v AUSTRALIA (LIVE)

Commentators: Andrew Saville, Jeff Wilson & Taine Randell

 

10:15-10:45pm:

Martin Devlin hosts post match analysis with our panellists.

 

10:45-11:15pm:

ONE News Tonight wraps up the Bronze Final

 

SUNDAY – RWC FINAL:

9-10am:

Q+A is live from Eden Park with special guests including former All Black, Michael Jones (the first RWC try scorer) and 1987 All Black RWC winning Captain David Kirk.

 

10-10:30am

On MARAE INVESTIGATES at 10am on Sunday morning the programme looks back over the tournament and forward to the all important final with our expert panel, rugby great Taine Norton,  Women’s rugby champion Dr Farrah Palmer and Assistant Coach for Russia and Maori player, Henry Paul.

 

6-7pm:

ONE News is live from Eden Park.

 

7-8:45pm:

Martin Devlin, Simon Dallow, Wendy Petrie & Bernadine Oliver-Kerby bring you comprehensive coverage from around Eden Park, fanzones around NZ and France plus they’re joined by our in-studio panellists Anton Oliver, Dan Crowley & Nick Mallet as TV ONE builds-up to the RWC Final.

 

8:45-9pm:

The TV ONE COMMENTARY TEAM take over – Andrew Saville, Jeff Wilson and Taine Randell.

 

9-10:45pm:

RWC FINAL – NZ v FRANCE (LIVE)

Commentators: Andrew Saville, Jeff Wilson & Taine Randell

 

10:45pm-11pm:

Presentation of the WILLIAM WEBB-ELLIS Cup & medals.

 

11pm – late:

TV ONE will stay on-air to capture the celebrations and reactions from each team and their fans right around NZ and Paris.

 

MONDAY – RWC AFTERMATH:

6-9am:

BREAKFAST Special – Corin Dann & Petra Bagust host a panel of special guests including the Prime Minister, Jeff Wilson, Andrew Saville, Martin Devlin & Toni Street.

 

9am-Midday:

GOOD MORNING Special – The GM Team review the RWC

Saturday 1 October 2011, 11.00 pm on Maori Television

Tune in for delayed coverage of the Rugby World Cup 2011. Tonight: ENGLAND v SCOTLAND (Auckland).

Sunday 2 October 2011, 10.30 pm on Maori Television

Tune in for delayed coverage of the Rugby World Cup 2011. Tonight: FIJI v WALES(Hamilton).

Saturday 15 October 2011, 8.00 pm on Maori Television

Tune in for LIVE coverage of the first Semi Final match for the Rugby World Cup 2011, Auckland. Tonight: WQF1 v WQF2. Commentators: Te Arahi Maipi, Peter FitzSimons, Buck Shelford.