|Starring||Mark Sainsbury (2007–2012)
Mike Hosking (back-up presenter)
Susan Wood (2004–2006)
|Country of origin||New Zealand|
|Running time||30 minutes (with commercials)|
|Original channel||TV ONE|
|Original run||2004 – 30 November 2012|
|Followed by||Seven Sharp|
Close Up was a half-hour-long New Zealand current affairs programme produced by Television New Zealand. The programme aired at 7 pm weeknights (straight after One News) on TV ONE and was presented by Mark Sainsbury with Mike Hosking as the back-up supporting host. The last edition was broadcast on 30 November 2012. Seven Sharp, a current affairs show aimed at a younger audience, took its place in 2013.
The show was the country's most watched night news and current affairs show.
The new Close Up began broadcasting on 2 November 2004 as a replacement for the Holmes show immediately after Paul Holmes announced his resignation from TVNZ and that he would be presenting a similar show on Prime in 2005. The show was originally branded as Close Up at 7 using the existing Holmes studio but when the show relaunched in 2005 it was just branded as Close Up with a new-look studio.
Close Up reporters
- Gill Higgins
- Robyn Janes
- Daniel Faitaua
- Hannah Ockelford
- Matt Chisholm
- Michael Holland
- Corinne Ambler
Entertainment reporter (Los Angeles): Dominic Bowden
Close Up producers
- Louisa Cleave
- Katherine McCallum
- Christopher Lynch
Executive Producer: Mike Valintine
Major New Zealand awards
Robyn Janes, Louisa Cleave (producer) and Corinne Ambler won Best Current Affairs Reporting for a daily programme and the coveted Journalist of the Year awards at the 2009 Qantas Film & TV Awards. Robyn, Louisa and Corinne won for their series on the shocking state of two New Zealand schools - Wairoa's Tiaho Primary School and Whanganui Awa School. It was the second year in a row that Robyn has been recognised. She won the award for Best Current Affairs Reporting for a daily programme in 2008 as well.
Close Up cancellation
On 28 September 2012, TVNZ decided to cancel Close Up at the end of the year taking a new stance at the 7pm time slot. TVNZ head of news and current affairs Ross Dagan said "a new daily current affairs show with a distinctively different format." This also ends the association of Mark Sainsbury's association with the state owned channel.
The show ended on 30 November 2012.
- "Paul Holmes leaving TVNZ". Television New Zealand. 2 November 2004. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
- "CloseUp's Susan Wood to undergo surgery next week". The New Zealand Herald. 4 December 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
- "TVNZ expected to axe Close Up".
- Akoorie, Natalie (30 November 2012). "Race on for Close Up 2 as Sainsbury signs off". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 December 2012.