MediaWorks is moving TV3’s weekly current affairs programme to Sunday nights, as part of an innovative News and Current affairs hour broadcast in the premium 6-7pm timeslot.
From May 24, a 30-minute 6pm 3News bulletin will be followed at 6.30pm by 3D, formerly 3rd Degree.
MediaWorks Group Head of News, Mark Jennings says: “We know that Sunday night is a good place for current affairs. People are increasingly time poor and we believe 30 minutes of News plus 30 minutes of Current Affairs is a winning formula for this popular timeslot.
“This way we can guarantee a pacey, high-quality product that will be appointment viewing.”
Investigative journalism will receive dedicated resource under the sub-brand 3D Investigates, which is supported by the NZ on Air Platinum Fund. “I am very proud of our investigative journalism, and the 3D Investigates strand will build on our ground-breaking work on the Teina Pora and David Bain cases, and the Fox Glacier crash,” says Jennings.
3D is executive-produced by Terence Taylor and presented by Samantha Hayes and Duncan Garner. The weekly programme features stories from some of New Zealand’s top journalists.
Duncan Garner continues to host the Drive show on RadioLIVE, while Samantha Hayes is the co-host of TV3’s upcoming late news programme Newsworthy alongside David Farrier.
MediaWorks is New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster, reaching 3.8 million Kiwis through its TV, Radio and Digital platforms. The company owns and operates television channels TV3, FOUR and The Edge TV; radio brands The Edge, The Rock, More FM, The Breeze, The Sound, Mai FM, George FM, Magic, and RadioLIVE; a network of websites including 3news.co.nz and 3NOW, and a family of mobile and tablet apps. MediaWorks’ entertainment and news brands and people are household names, with loyal, highly engaged audiences. www.mediaworks.co.nz