3 News

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Not to be confused with TV3 News.
3 News
Presented by
Country of origin New Zealand
Running time
  • 6 am: 150 minutes
  • 12 pm: 30 minutes
  • 6 pm: 60 minutes
  • 10:30 pm: 30 minutes
  • 6pm Sunday: 30 minutes
  • (including advertisements)
Original network TV3
Picture format
Original release 26 November 1989 – 31 January 2016
External links

3 News was the television, internet and radio news service of New Zealand's first private commercial television channel TV3. The flagship news bulletin was the nightly 6pm news; 3 News also had morning, midday and evening news bulletins, as well as several current affairs shows.

As the news brand of MediaWorks, 3 News produced bulletins live from Auckland on TV3, and an hour later on TV3 Plus 1, it produces video, audio and article news for 3news.co.nz, and reports news for Radio Live news bulletins.

On 1 February 2016, the 3 News and Radio Live News brands were replaced with Newshub, a new brand aimed at encompassing all of MediaWorks' news outlets.[1]


Paul Henry[edit]

Paul Henry is 3 News' cross-platform, morning breakfast news programme broadcast live on TV3 and Radio Live on weekdays between 6:00am and 9:00am. It is presented by Paul Henry with Hilary Barry as news anchor, and Jim Kayes as sports anchor. The show began to air on Tuesday 7 April 2015 and continues to air while all other shows under the former 3 News brand have been cancelled.

3 News at 12[edit]

3 News @ 12 is a half hour version of 3 News broadcast live on TV3 weekdays at 12:00pm. The show is currently anchored by Jeff McTainsh. Backup anchors include Michael Morrah, Simon Shepherd, Susie Nordqvist, Samantha Hayes or Ingrid Hipkiss.

3 News[edit]

The flagship 6:00pm bulletin of 3 News was originally known as 3 National News and first went on air in November 1989 when TV3 began broadcasting. For the first year of broadcast 3 National News was a thirty-minute bulletin screening at 6:30pm, the same time slot as Holmes on TV1. The original bulletin was presented by former BCNZ and TVNZ anchor Philip Sherry, joined by sportscaster Greg Clark and weathercaster Belinda Todd.

Among the reports in the first day's bulletin were Marty McNara reported on the sentencing of murderer Charles Coulam, Mark Jennings reported on an alleged stabbing of a motorcyclist in Timaru and Stephen Christensen reported on a lack of funding for education and interviewed Education Minister Phil Goff. After a commercial break, Ian Wishart reported on law changes allowing traffic officers to enter private property and challenged drivers who were trying to evade traffic officers, Max Hayden reported on the 1989 Indian Election and Steve Barne reported on political changes in Communist Czechoslovakia. In sport, Greg Clark reported on the victory of New Zealand horse Horlicks in the 1989 Japan Cup, 1990 Commonwealth Games sprinter Peter O'Donoghue was interviewed by Steven Stuart and Clint Brown previewed upcoming summer tennis. The final report, by Janet McIntyre, described TV3's launch party and the network's first day of operation. The sports segment was produced by Tony Ciprian.

In 1991 TV3 extended 3 National News to a 1-hour bulletin starting at 6pm, this occurred during the Gulf War but TV3 continued to screen a 1-hour bulletin following the war. TV3 used their 1-hour news bulletin of 3 National News as a selling point over One Network News which was still a 30-minute bulletin followed by the Holmes show, One Network News did not become a 1-hour bulletin until 1995. During the nine years that the bulletin was known as 3 National News it had three different hosts. Original anchor Philip Sherry was replaced by Joanna Paul in 1990; Paul had previously been the anchor of the launch news update and weekend bulletins. When Paul opted not to renew her contract with the network, TV3 hired former TVNZ newsreader and It's in the Bag game show host, John Hawkesby.

In 1998, TV3 revamped its presentation, shortening the show's name to 3 News and adding another presenter. They initially planned for Hawkesby and ex-TVNZ journalist Carol Hirschfeld to co-host. The planned Hawkesby-Hirschfeld team never eventuated, with John Campbell taking the male anchor role when Hawkesby walked out of TV3 to host One News. TV3 later sued TVNZ for "interfering with the relationship" between Hawkesby and TV3. The two parties settled out of court at the end of 2000 for an undisclosed amount.[2]

In 2005, Hirschfeld and Campbell left their anchor positions to collaborate on current affairs show Campbell Live. They were replaced by Hilary Barry and Mike McRoberts. The same year, 3 News won the Best News Award at the Qantas Television Awards. In 2005, TV3's parent company Mediaworks New Zealand launched Radio Live.

A new 3 News studio set began use in September 2008, to coincide with a new presentation package.

Carolyn Robinson & Simon Shepherd present the weekend news at 6 pm and are also back up anchors for Hilary Barry and Mike McRoberts. Other back up anchors on behalf of Barry, McRoberts, Robinson & Shepherd have included Sacha McNeil, Ingrid Hipkiss, Samantha Hayes, Emma Jolliff, Michael Morrah, Tom McRae, Hamish Clark. Alistair Wilkinson, who previously presented the weekend news with Robinson, departed 3 News for Sky News New Zealand in July 2011.

In June 2011, 3 News revamped its presentation package, to have a "floating tiles" look, which is still in use today.

In November 2012, 3 News won the Best News award at the 2012 New Zealand Television Awards.

On the 27 January 2014, 3 News refreshed its split screen graphics and finance graphics, at this same time 3 News also tidied up the studio, they temporarily broadcast from a green/blue screen set.

In early April 2015, it was announced that 3 News' Sunday bulletin would be reduced to half an hour and will be followed by a shortened version of the network's midweek current affairs programme 3rd Degree which was renamed "3D".[3] The first of these shortened Sunday bulletins was broadcast on 24 May 2015.

On the 19th of December 2015 Studio 1 was decommissioned temporarily to prepare the studio for the launch of Newshub, during the refit of Studio 1 they broadcast from a greenscreen studio placed in the Paul Henry show set during the summer off air time,

The last 3 News broadcast occurred on 31 January 2016 before the news brand renames to Newshub. The new look studio 1 launched on the 1st of February 2016 designed by Jago Design who also designed Studio 3 used for Paul Henry.

Campbell Live[edit]

Campbell Live was a half-hour-long New Zealand current affairs programme that was broadcast on weeknights on TV3 at 7:00pm (following 3 News) and was hosted by New Zealand television personality, John Campbell. Backup presenters included Lachlan Forsyth and Rachel Smalley. It was first broadcast on 21 March 2005 and had its last show broadcast on Friday, 29 May 2015. It has since been replaced with Story that screens on Monday through Thursday, hosted by Duncan Garner and Heather du-Plessis Allan.


Nightline was the late night edition of 3 News, broadcast live on TV3 at approximately 10:30pm anchored by Sacha McNeil. Backup anchors included Ingrid Hipkiss, Samantha Hayes, Susie Nordqvist or Carolyn Robinson. The show concluded on the 20th of December 2013, being replaced on January 27, 2014 with The Paul Henry Show which the final show aired on the 19th December 2014. However an interim replacement simply named 3 News was aired for several weeks at the beginning of 2014, and again in 2015 (before Newsworthy began) and 2016 (before Newshub Late began).

The Paul Henry Show[edit]

The Paul Henry Show was a weekday late night news & entertainment programme hosted by Paul Henry. The show discussed the day's news with Henry's trademark take on events and also featured Janika ter Ellen as news anchor. Airing from 27 January to 19 December 2014, the show replaced the former Nightline in the late night weekday slot.,[4] It has been replaced with Newsworthy anchored by Samantha Hayes and David Farrier.


Newsworthy is the late night edition of 3 News, broadcast live on TV3 at around 10:30pm anchored by anchored by Samantha Hayes and David Farrier. Backup anchors include Sacha McNeil and Jenny Suo. The show started on 8 June 2015 with mixed reviews, The final show broadcast on the 18th of December 2015.

Sports Tonight[edit]

Sports Tonight was a sports information programme, broadcast live on TV3 weeknights following Nightline. Sports Tonight was hosted by 3 News sports journalist Howard Dobson. Substitutes included Jeff McTainsh, Andrew Gourdie or Sam Ackerman. The show was cancelled at the end of 2012, and its last programme aired on 21 December 2012. The show has been placed on the back burner in case, TV3 has no current plans to bring the show back at this stage.

60 Minutes[edit]

60 Minutes New Zealand was the local arm of the popular television franchise. It was broadcast on Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. The programme was presented by 3 News anchor Mike McRoberts. The programme was cancelled at the end of 2012.

3D Investigates[edit]

This programme was originally named 3rd Degree as a replacement for 60 Minutes. It was hosted by Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner. It was later changed to a half-hour format and renamed 3D Investigates. Hosted by Duncan Garner and Samantha Hayes, it was TV3’s flagship weekly current affairs programme, featuring stories from some of New Zealand’s top journalists; Paula Penfold, Sarah Hall, Melanie Reid, Phil Vine and Samantha Hayes.

3D Investigates brings a human face to the issues that matter to Kiwis, confronting the people who need to be confronted, probing the secrets that need to be uncovered, and celebrating New Zealanders who are living extraordinary lives.[5]

The Vote[edit]

The Vote is produced by TV3’s News and Current Affairs division with funding from NZ On Air. It screened once every four weeks in the same timeslot as 3rd Degree (later 3D), TV3’s new one-hour current affairs programme.[6]

The Nation[edit]

The Nation is TV3's in-depth political current affairs show focusing on the major players and forces that shape New Zealand. The show is presented by Lisa Owen and Patrick Gower


Three60 is TV3's newest current affairs show focusing on international news, politics & business. Three60 is presented by 3 News anchor Mike McRoberts.

Anchors, journalists and producers[edit]

3 News uses the international and domestic news sources of ITV News, Sky News, Channel 4 (UK), CBS News, Reuters, Seven News and Sky News New Zealand.

Name Show Role Bureau
Hilary Barry 3 News/Paul Henry Weeknight Anchor/Newsreader Auckland
Duncan Garner 3rd Degree/Story Anchor & Reporter
David Farrier Newsworthy Reporter & Anchor
Samantha Hayes 3rd Degree/Newsworthy Reporter & Anchor
Hamish McKay 3 News Sports Anchor & Rugby Editor
Paul Henry The Paul Henry Show Host
Mike McRoberts 3 News Weeknight Anchor
Patrick Gower 3 News Political Editor Wellington
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