Shine TV

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This article is about a Christian television channel. It is not connected to the British television production company of the same name.

Shine TV is a New Zealand Christian television channel operated by Rhema Broadcasting Group and broadcast on Sky TV channel 111, Telstra Clear Digital TV and Freeview Channel 25. It previously broadcast on analogue in Christchurch and Nelson until 28 April 2013, when the South Island switched off analogue television. It includes a mixture of locally made and overseas programming.

Shine TV is affiliated with United Christian Broadcasters. UCB once owned the network of UHF station licences used by Prime Television New Zealand, but they sold them before Shine was launched.

From 2004 to 2007 Shine TV produced and broadcast its flagship current affairs programme Nzone. It aired Tuesdays and Thursdays at 20:00, and was hosted by Tim Sisarich and Bob McCoskrie. The programme opposed the criminalistion of corporal punishment in New Zealand and took a pro-life editorial stance to abortion. These presenters have since become the heads of Focus on the Family New Zealand and Family First New Zealand respectively, which worked on the petition for the Citizen's Initiated Referendum on corporal punishment.

From 2007 to 2009 this became Nzone Tonight, a daily newscast and current affairs programme. The programme was presented by Rachel Thomas and Asher Bastion and the sportscasters were Andrew Curtis and Brooke Dobson. The producer and lead reporter was Rhema Broadcasting Group Head of News and Current Affairs Allan Lee. Various Rhema Broadcasting Group staff members reported for the programme. Other stories were sourced from news affiliates Newstalk ZB and UCB UK, and freely from Voice of America.

Since 2009 the programme has undergone a further relaunch as a thirty minute weekly television newsmagazine, broadcast first at 20:30 Fridays and again 21:30 Saturdays and 19:00 Sundays. Asher Bastion, Brooke Dobson and Allan Lee present, report and produce the programme.


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