Nightline (New Zealand TV series)

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Starring Sacha McNeil (2011–2013)
Rachel Smalley (2010–2011)
Samantha Hayes (September 2007–2009)
Carly Flynn (2005–September 2007)
Carolyn Robinson (1998–2005)
Country of origin New Zealand
No. of episodes N/A (aired every night except weekends)
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel TV3
Original run April 1990 – 20 December 2013

Nightline was a New Zealand late night news show on TV3 hosted by Sacha McNeil. Nightline ceased to air in early 2014, replaced by controversial broadcaster Paul Henry's new show, The Paul Henry Show.[1]


Nightline, hosted usually in the 10.30pm to 11.00pm timeslot, had a high focus on the arts and current events. It competed directly with TVNZ's Tonight show. Nightline generally ran the entire year, its timeslot being pushed later on some occasions to cater to long-running shows, but traditionally took a short break over the Christmas period. Previous hosts have included Rachel Smalley, Samantha Hayes, Carly Flynn, Carolyn Robinson, Leanne Malcolm, Sarah Bradley, Joanna Paul and Belinda Todd.


Since early 2014, Sacha McNeil has no longer be wrapped up the day’s affairs, with MediaWorks confirming that The Paul Henry Show will replace Nightline.

A release from Mediaworks said: "The Nightline brand remains a valued part of the 3 News stable and will sit in reserve." According to Rachel Lorimer, group communication manager for news and current affairs at Mediaworks, this means, "that the [Nightline] brand will be available for use in future years." [2]

Over the last few years the show has struggled to maintain its viewership, and Mediaworks felt that it is time for change. According to Nielsen, the show’s average audience per episode has declined by 29 percent over the last five years, with viewers dropping from 155,000 in 2009 to 110,000 in 2013.

In the release, Mark Jennings, director of news and current affairs at Mediaworks, said, "Nightline has been a great programme for us over many years and produced some of our best broadcasters, but the landscape is due for change and Paul Henry will lead that change in later evening viewing."[2]


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