Firstline was a New Zealand morning news programme produced by 3 News, the news division of TV3. The show has since been canceled and is being replaced by a new muti-platform show with Paul Henry at the helm
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 presented the show. Sports news was presented by Sam Ackerman.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 servicesat the time, Firstline was solely a news show and did not include magazine or lifestyle segments, instead chose to focus on recent current events, with reports from 3 News reporters and live or pre-recorded interviews.