Sky, Auckland, 25 February 2015: Prime News – First at 5.30 will feature a contemporary new set and graphics, as well as a mix of familiar and fresh faces, when the new-look bulletin premieres on Sunday 1 March.
Produced by the award-winning MediaWorks news division at their Auckland Flower Street Studios, Prime viewers can now expect more from their concise 30-minute early-evening news.
Staffed by many of the country’s finest journalists and producers, the bulletin will be able to draw on more than 200 TV, Radio and Digital news staff nationwide as well as foreign correspondents in Europe and Australia. Prime News – First at 5.30 will also be fronted by a team of both familiar and fresh faces.
No stranger to Prime viewers due to his contribution to the network’s award-winning current affairs programme 60 Minutes, new presenter Wayne Hay will ensure viewers are up to date with the latest news from New Zealand and around the globe each weeknight in March.
Also joining the Prime News – First at 5.30 team is Janika ter Ellen. Having honed her broadcasting skills on The Paul Henry Show, Janika now moves to a different position within the MediaWorks stable, reporting for the Prime News team. The talented journalist and presenter will also anchor weekend bulletins for Prime.
“We are delighted to have Wayne and Janika on board,” said SKY CEO John Fellet.
“Wayne already has a relationship with Prime viewers so we are delighted to welcome him to the Prime News team. He brings with him a wealth of international and national experience and will be a terrific addition to our on-air pool of talent from next month. Janika is also an exceptional talent and will be perfect as our weekend anchor.
“We appreciate viewers will be keen to see Eric Young remain at the front of our bulletin, however due to his current commitments this is not possible from launch. Eric is deservedly a popular and professional member of the Prime team and should his circumstances change we would welcome the opportunity to work with him again,” he said.
Mr Fellet also paid tribute to the wider SKY News team, praising their achievements since taking over the provision of the bulletin in 2006.
“Despite their limited resources they have provided a solid heritage for us to now build on through our new partnership with MediaWorks and we will continue with half-hour evening bulletins and updates throughout the night,” he said, adding that SKY News still remains a valuable SKY partner.
Mark Jennings, Group Head of News for MediaWorks, says Prime will benefit from the recently announced integration of MediaWorks’ news teams.
“Prime’s access to our combined TV, Radio and Digital news resources means the channel will benefit from our size and reach and the calibre of our people. Our aim is to provide a high-quality 5.30pm news programme that gives busy viewers an efficient way of catching up on the day’s top news, sport and weather, all in a tidy 30 minute package.”
The new look Prime News – First at 5.30 bulletins will broadcast from Sunday 1 March on Prime.