TVNZ has appointed veteran news man John Gillespie as its new head of news and current affairs (the role known affectionately inside TVNZ as the HONCA).
Browsing: Ross Dagan
Less than one year into the role and just before the launch of the new primetime news show Seven Sharp, TVNZ’s head of news and current affairs Ross Dagan has followed in the footsteps of his Australian predecessor Anthony Flannery and resigned to return to his homeland. He will depart the network in March.
The TV industry, here and around the world, is currently dealing with some major challenges, but all that serious business was mostly forgotten on Saturday night as the stars—from in front of and from behind the camera—of the local industry turned up to accentuate the positive at the 2012 New Zealand Television Awards. And in the annual (mostly) two horse race, it was MediaWorks that wrested the big news prizes off TVNZ, and TVNZ that took home most of the prizes in the drama and reality sections.
The axe is hovering over Close Up after a release was sent out yesterday saying it was looking at a ‘proposal’ to switch it off in favour of what TVNZ’s news and current affairs head Ross Dagan calls a “new daily current affairs show with a distinctively different format”. Most believe it’s already a done deal, and if it goes ahead, the show will finish up by the end of the year, bringing an end to a format that’s been running for 23 years.
Malcolm Boyle hangs up the boots, Zia Mandviwalla gets the Cannes call up, Corin Dann gets a sleep in, TNS completes its merger with Research International, Tangible adds to the sales flock, 3d Interactive takes a study break, and PriceMe launches a new financial comparison tool.