The New Zealand Herald will broadcast a new video news program three times a day from mid-April, as its owner, NZME, continues to capitalise on the opportunities of its new integrated newsroom.
NZ Herald Focus will use a combination of pre-recorded and live broadcast material and feature news in business, sport and entertainment, opinion and analysis from NZME journalists and interviews.
The show’s early AM edition will bring audiences up to speed with overnight news, the marquee lunchtime edition will target people with a few spare minutes at work and the late afternoon edition will have a heavy emphasis on sport.
Outgoing chief executive Jane Hastings said the launch of the show was a “logical next step” to leverage NZME’s extensive newsroom content and that commercially, there is a high demand for quality New Zealand video content.
NZ Herald Focus follows the success of the publishers’ other recently-launched video programs, like The Economy Hub and The Vent in sport, and other inroads made into video content and services.
It was created under the leadership of NZME managing editor Shayne Currie, former NBC Universal senior vice president Cameron Death and experienced broadcast journalist Belinda Henley, who has worked with Al Jazeera and 60 Minutes.
NZ Herald Focus will be hosted by former MediaWorks NZ television reporter Tristram Clayton, Sky Sport and NZME reporter Laura McGoldrick, Newstalk ZB’s Niva Retimanu and leading sports broadcaster Tony Veitch.
Mr Currie said the team was selected because of its talent, knowledge and ability to connect with its audience.
“We’ll call on NZME’s rich stable of talent to help tell the stories behind the headlines and meet some fresh faces across politics, business, social media, technology, consumer affairs, sport and entertainment,’ Mr Currie said.
Incoming chief executive Michael Boggs said the program signals NZME’s continued investment in growing the business’ digital offering.
“We know from the commercial sector, plus our data and insights, that this is the right time to expand our dominant New Zealand content position. This is the future and NZME is committed to leading it,” he said.
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