Close Up

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Close Up
Close Up Logo.jpg
Starring Mark Sainsbury (2007–2012)
Mike Hosking (back-up presenter)
Susan Wood (2004–2006)
Country of origin New Zealand
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)
Original channel TV ONE
Picture format PAL
Original run 2004 – 30 November 2012
Preceded by Holmes
Followed by Seven Sharp
External links
A previous logo

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[1] 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 was hosted by Susan Wood from its first show in 2004 until 4 December 2006, when she resigned from TVNZ, citing health problems.[2]

Close Up competed with the TV3 current affairs show Campbell Live, and shared the same time slot with TV2 drama Shortland Street.

Close Up reporters[edit]

  • Gill Higgins
  • Robyn Janes
  • Daniel Faitaua
  • Hannah Ockelford
  • Matt Chisholm
  • Michael Holland
  • Corinne Ambler

Entertainment reporter (Los Angeles): Dominic Bowden

Close Up producers[edit]

  • Louisa Cleave
  • Katherine McCallum
  • Christopher Lynch

Executive Producer: Mike Valintine

Major New Zealand awards[edit]

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.

Previous version[edit]

In the 1980s, Close Up was a weekly, hour-long current affairs' programme, looking more in depth into domestic news topics of the day, much in the mould of 60 Minutes.

Close Up cancellation[edit]

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.[3]

The show ended on 30 November 2012.[4]


  1. ^ "Paul Holmes leaving TVNZ". Television New Zealand. 2 November 2004. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "CloseUp's Susan Wood to undergo surgery next week". The New Zealand Herald. 4 December 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "TVNZ expected to axe Close Up". 
  4. ^ Akoorie, Natalie (30 November 2012). "Race on for Close Up 2 as Sainsbury signs off". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 

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