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Genre News
Presented by Sacha McNeil and Michael Wilson
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
Running time 150 minutes
Original channel TV3
Original run 7 March 2011 – present
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Firstline is a New Zealand morning news programme produced by 3 News, the news division of TV3.

The two-and-a-half hour programme, designed to compete with TVNZ's Breakfast, first went to air on 7 March 2011. It was hosted by Rachel Smalley until mid-2013, after which the host's seat rotated amongst other 3 News presenters. From January 2014, Sacha McNeil and Michael Wilson present the show. Sports news is presented by Sam Ackerman.[1] Firstline features regular technology segments including Tech Bytes on Thursdays, and commentary by Steve Simms, Paul Spain or Ben Gracewood on Mondays.

Unlike most other morning news services, Firstline is solely a news show and does not include magazine or lifestyle segments, instead choosing to focus on recent current events, with reports from 3 News reporters and live or pre-recorded interviews.


  1. ^ "TV3 returns with ‘serious’ breakfast show". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 6 March 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 

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