MediaWorks is playing the Paul Henry card next year and moving him to a hybrid TV/radio/digital breakfast show that will spell the end of The Paul Henry Show, Firstline and Marcus Lush on RadioLive. MediaWorks says his show was a success. So you can judge for yourself with a comparison to the last year of Nightline from Nielsen’s TAM ratings. PLUS: Firstline vs. Breakfast.
From 2014, Sacha McNeil will be swapping her late-night TV slot for early mornings, as she steps in to co-host Firstline with current 3 News business editor Michael Wilson. And there will also be key staff changes elsewhere, with Mediaworks announcing that Janika ter Ellen will be brought on as the news anchor for The Paul Henry Show. PLUS: read about additional changes behind the scenes.
TV3 has confirmed that Nightline will take a break at the end of this year. In 2014, TV3 will be taking a new approach to late night news with The Paul Henry Show, which will see the controversial broadcaster wrapping up the day’s events every weeknight at 10.30pm. PLUS: Sacha McNeil’s new role still unclear.
TV ratings are a lot like politics: whether you’re winning or losing, the other side is always doing it wrong and, even in the worst situations, you can always try and spin things to make it look more positive than it really is.
First there’s a press release from TV3: “November has seen Nightline pull away from its competitor TV ONE’s Tonight in all key demographics.”
Then there’s one from TVNZ: “The latest news numbers show Sunrise lost a quarter of its audience in November while NZI Business and Breakfast continued to edge ahead.”