The Edge (radio station)
The Edge is a youth-oriented New Zealand radio network, music television channel and entertainment website owned and operated by MediaWorks New Zealand. It is now based in Auckland. Research International audience surveys suggest The Edge has 424,000 listeners across all markets that are surveyed and the station makes up 7.0% of the New Zealand radio market. The network is most successful in Waikato and Nelson surveys and in the 15–19 and 10–14 female demographics, whereas rival station ZM is most popular with listeners aged between 20 and 34; the station's breakfast programme is number two in the ratings for nationwide commercial breakfast radio. This compares with the non-commercial Radio New Zealand National whose breakfast programme, Morning Report, has an audience of 522,000 listeners.. The Edge TV is the brand's TV channel, was launched on 27 June 2014 as a replacement of C4, it airs music videos, specialist music and pop culture shows and original video content filmed with The Edge radio hosts.
It is available free-to-air on Kordia digital terrestrial, Sky satellite services, live streaming on their website. The modern The Edge radio network evolved out of a local top 40 Hamilton radio station, Buzzard 98FM; the station, a combination of urban and contemporary hit radio and aimed at men and women under 30, was started by locals Grant Hislop, Joe Dennehy and Martin Dempster on 1 December 1992 on the 97.8FM frequency still used by The Edge in the Hamilton market today. Buzzard 98FM was run alongside sister station The Rock 93FM which had launched a year earlier. In 1994 both Buzzard 98FM, The Rock 93FM and The Rock 100FM in Taranaki were sold to the Taranaki-based company Energy Enterprises which operated Energy FM in the area. Buzzard 98FM was switched to a Top 40 format. From 1998 The Edge began networking around the North Island to smaller markets where Energy Enterprises operated other stations, such as Taranaki, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay. In 1999 Energy Enterprises merged with Radio Otago to form RadioWorks.
As a result, The Edge began broadcasting in Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown and Nelson. In 2000 and 2001, The Edge continued to expanded further into other markets – Wellington, Palmerston North, Gisborne, the Bay of Islands and Kapiti. Oamaru and Ashburton began broadcasting The Edge in 2002. In 2001, The Edge prepared to enter New Zealand's largest radio market, Auckland, by moving their studios to the city. From late 2001 to early 2003 The Edge began broadcasting on Sky Digital channel 100 to allow the network to reach a limited portion of markets, such as Auckland, in which the network did not have an FM frequency. Programming on Sky Digital had its own set of nationwide advertisements and its own station id. In mid 2002, the Sky Digital feed became advert free, with fill in music played during advert breaks. While The Edge had been broadcasting from Auckland since 2001 it took until 2003 before the station could go on air in Auckland. Channel Z began broadcasting on 93.8FM through a transmitter outside of Auckland and took over the Sky Digital channel allocation.
The Edge was able to take over the 94.2 Auckland frequency used by Channel Z. The Edge advertised itself nationally as "New on 94.2", recorded live from the Sky Tower on their first day of broadcast in Auckland, repeated many of their most successful promotions such as'Two Strangers and a Wedding'. The Edge has continued to expand the markets. In 2004 The Edge started broadcasting to Central Otago and in Southland coverage was extended to cover Gore which resulted in a loss of sound quality for listeners in the rest of Southland and Dunedin. In April 2008 The Edge ceased broadcasting in Central Otago with The Rock taking over this frequency. On 1 December 2009 The Edge began broadcasting in Blenheim; the Edge made a return to Sky Digital on channel 500 in early 2011 channel 420 after Sky reshuffled some of the channel numbering. This channel allocation had been used by The Edge in 2001–2002 and was taken over by Channel Z followed by Channel Z's successor Kiwi FM; the Sky Digital feed included the same advertising as Auckland.
This feed was discontinued on 29 June 2016. On 27 June 2014, TV channel The Edge TV was launched as an extension of the radio brand. Available on digital terrestrial and internet platforms, The Edge TV play music videos, screen specialist music and pop culture shows and broadcast original video content filmed with The Edge radio hosts; the Edge TV replaced C4, a music channel run by MediaWorks. The first broadcast of The Edge TV was at 4 pm on 27 June 2014 opening with a video giving a brief history of The Edge and the presenters introducing themselves before going into the first show, Hot Right Now; the first music video to play on The Edge TV was "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea. On 22 January 2016, the station rebranded to be consistent across its radio station, TV channel. On 15 April 2018, the station changed their slogan from All The Hits to Love Hit Music; the station slogan rebrand was rolled out across all platforms and to The Edge TV on 1 December 2018. The Edge Likey Likey airs 5–6 am, Monday–Friday and features clippings of the best segments from the previous day's shows.
The Edge Breakfast with Dom, Meg
E! is an Australian pay television channel, owned by Universal Networks International. Much like its American counterpart it features entertainment-related programming, reality television and Hollywood news, it is available through the Foxtel and FetchTV in Australia and Sky Network Television in New Zealand. In 2014, it became available on Australian streaming service Foxtel Play. E! was relaunched in 2012, shortly after the American version of E! did the same rebrand, which included a revised logo. Kim Kardashian visited Australia to promote the rebranding; the channel issued a casting call for journalists to become the face of E! Australia, report on local entertainment news; the contest was won by Ksenija Lukich. On the Foxtel platform, E! moved from channel 121 to channel 125. Fashion Bloggers The Hype Burning Love The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon E!, the American version of the channel E! Australia
MediaWorks New Zealand
MediaWorks New Zealand is a New Zealand-based television and interactive media company owned by Oaktree Capital Management. It operates playout services from Auckland and Wellington studios via Kordia's microwave network for Newshub and Bravo, ten national radio brands, eighteen websites and three locally operated radio stations. In 2004, CanWest Global Communications combined television company TV3 Network Services and radio company RadioWorks to form the new MediaWorks company. On 29 July 2004, 30% of this new company was sold on the NZSX. Three years in July 2007, CanWest sold its stake of the company to Ironbridge Capital, a group of Australian investors, who subsequently obtained the remaining 30% from other investors. MediaWorks is larger than any of its other investments. In 2011, MediaWorks received a $43 million loan guarantee for the Government to renew its licenses until 2030; the deal went against official advice, Communications Minister Steven Joyce was accused of having a conflict of interest as the past managing director of the company's RadioWorks division.
The loan was described by AUT's Centre for Journalism and Democracy as a form of corporate welfare, was criticised by blogger Sarah Miles as a case of governmental interference in the media. Radio Bay of Plenty secured commercial loans, The Radio Network covered its own costs, Rhema Broadcasting Group covered the cost with no interest loans. In June 2013, with over NZ$700 million in debt, MediaWorks NZ was put into receivership, it came out of receivership in November 2013. In August 2014, Mark Weldon was appointed CEO, replacing Susan Turner, who had resigned in July 2014. Weldon resigned in May 2016 at the same time that a large number of long serving and high-profile staff were leaving the company under his leadership. CFO David Chalmers replaced him in an acting capacity. On 29 April 2015, Oaktree Capital Management took a 77.8% controlling interest in the business. In 2016 Mediaworks linked a deal with NBCUniversal Television Distribution and replaced Four with Bravo. In late 2016, Michael Anderson was appointed CEO.
Three was founded as TV3 in 1989 after the Fourth Labour government allowed for a private television broadcaster. CanWest obtained TV3 between 1991 and 1997 after the National government loosened rules on foreign ownership. Under CanWest control, TV3 relaunched in March 1998 with a new brand and a 3 News bulletin hosted by John Campbell and Carol Hirschfeld. MediaWorks was created in 2004, owned TV3 and C4. In 2005, Hilary Barry & Mike McRoberts became the station's news anchors. TV3 staff launched youth station TV4 in 1997, replaced it with C4 in 2003. In 2009 the timeshift channel TV3 Plus 1 was launched. C4 2 was launched in 2010 when Four replaced C4 in 2011, C4 replaced C4 2. In 2014, timeshift channel Four Plus 1 was launched, The Edge TV replaced C4. In 2016, Bravo and Bravo Plus 1 replaced Four and Four Plus 1. In 2017, TV3 was rebranded as Three. On 15 April 2018, MediaWorks launched a lifestyle channel. MediaWorks inherited most of its radio stations from its namesake RadioWorks, itself the result of a history of amalgamations.
That history began when Radio Pacific purchased the Energy Enterprises group of local North Island stations in the 1990s and began to operate as Pacific/Radioworks Group. In 1999 Radio Pacific and Radio Otago merged to form the publicly listed company RadioWorks. Between 2000 and 2001 CanWest purchased RadioWorks, awaiting company restructuring before completing the year-long takeover, moved its existing MORE FM group assets, including Channel Z and The Breeze Wellington, into the company. Local heritage stations were categorised under the LocalWorks brand; some stations, like Magic 828 and 98.6FM Manawatu, The Breeze Wellington and Lite FM Christchurch, were transferred to an easy listening format and were rebranded as semi-local stations in The Breeze in 2004. The music format on most of the LocalWorks stations was an Adult Contemporary format, including KCC FM Northland, Y99.3 FM Waikato, Coastline FM Tauranga, Lakes 96FM Rotorua, Energy FM Taranaki, Hot 93 Hawkes Bay, Star FM Wanganui, 2XS FM Manawatu, Fifeshire FM Nelson, C93FM Christchurch, Radio Central in Central Otago, Resort Radio Queenstown, 4XO Dunedin and Foveaux FM Southland.
From March 2003, these stations were required to introduce a centralised playlist to create a standard in the music played across the stations. Many of these stations became part of the More FM network in December 2004. Three and The Edge TV operate out of Auckland City. Television advertising is sold by the MediaWorks offices in Auckland, Christchurch, Melbourne and Hamilton. There are Newshub bureaus in the Three Headquarters in Auckland and MediaWorks offices in Wellington and Dunedin, with news staff working out of other offices as needed. Three provides Newshub bulletins, current affairs and sport; the Edge TV launched in entertainment news. All are available via all digital platforms such as terrestrial and cable. TV3 and Four were the only ones available via analogue terrestrial on the VHF band before the 2013 switch-off. Bravo and Bravo Plus 1 replaced Four and Four Plus 1 in 2016. Since its inception in 2004, MediaWorks have moved its local stations over to the More FM and The Breeze brand.
At the same time, MediaWorks have rolled out new brands Radio Live and Kiwi FM, converted Radio Pacific to LiveSport, purchased brands Mai FM and George FM. MediaWorks owns Times FM in Orewa, Coromandel FM on the Coromandel Peninsula and Radio Dunedin in
CNBC Asia is a Southeast Asian pay television business channel in Asia. A subsidiary Of NBCUniversal, it is the Asian service of the CNBC, its programmes originate from Hong Kong and Sydney. CNBC Asia was launched on 20 June 1995 along with sister channel NBC Asia, it was based in Hong Kong. Anchors such as Rico Hizon, Bernard Lo, Lorraine Hahn, Dalton Tanonaka and Bill Hartley were part of the original CNBC Asia team, it adopted similar programmes from its US counterpart like The Money Wheel and Business Tonight and had a few of its own programmes as well. In addition, the channel has broadcast programmes from CNBC US and CNBC Europe on a live and repeat basis. In December 1997, Dow Jones & Company and NBC announced the merger of their international business news channels; this resulted in a merger of CNBC Asia with Dow Jones' Asia Business News, of CNBC Europe with European Business News. The merged channel launched on 1 February 1998 and was named CNBC Asia Business News but it was referred to as CNBC Asia in mid-1998.
As a result of the merger, there were massive employee lay-offs and programme cancellations at CNBC's Asia original headquarters in Hong Kong but Rico Hizon, Geoff Cutmore and Bernard Lo joined the newly merged channel whose operations have been based in Singapore since. Programmes and personalities came from ABN and were for the most part retained in their original form. CNBC Asia mainly used ABN's own graphics scheme rather than adopt those in use by CNBC US and CNBC Europe. In addition, there was no regional ticker for most audiences until 26 October 1998 and simulcasts of US and European programmes were limited. From the international CNBC services carried the tagline "A Service of NBC and Dow Jones" when introducing regional programmes and airing general channel promotions. On 1 June 1998, CNBC Asia added CNBC Sports which it aired weekend afternoons and in October 1998, it started airing selected episodes of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien on weekend evenings as CNBC Asia was replaced by the National Geographic Channel.
When CNBC Asia launched its regional ticker in 1998, it introduced new shows such as Lunch Money and Market Watch where the latter was produced by CNBC Europe but anchored from both London and Singapore. In addition, the channel increased CNBC Europe programming in the afternoon by airing Europe Today in its entirety. In October 1999, CNBC Asia had a partnership with the Australian Financial Review to present The Australian Financial Review Market Wrap, a daily round-up of market news from the Australian region hosted by James Walker and Grace Phan. Major programming changes occurred on 30 October 2000 with CNBC Asia expanding Asia Squawk Box to two hours, Asia Market Watch to two hours in the morning and 1½ hours in the afternoon and Power Lunch Asia to one full hour. CNBC Asia's ticker was reformatted on that day to include colours reflecting change in the stock prices and a stock's ticker symbol. In 2001, CNBC Asia introduced localised tickers to audiences in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore and has since kept the ticker on the screen during commercial breaks.
In July 2001, Asia Squawk Box was further extended to three hours and more programming hours from CNBC US and CNBC Europe were added to the line-up. This was further extended in 2002 when US programming started at 20.00 SIN time uninterrupted on weeknights. In July 2005, it was announced that NBC Universal would take full control of CNBC Asia from 31 December 2005, subject to clearance; the channel's main sequences reverted from "CNBC Asia - A Service of NBC Universal and Dow Jones" to "CNBC Asia" on 1 January 2006. But, on 30 October 2006, to further distinguish itself between its other counterparts, "CNBC Asia" rebranded itself as "CNBC", adopting CNBC's new general slogan, "First in Business Worldwide". During the week of 19 March 2007, CNBC Asia commenced promotions for Squawk Australia, hosted by James, which debuted on 26 March 2007 from a studio in Sydney, it aired from 9.00 Sydney time/6.00 SIN/HK time weekdays. A revamped Asia Squawk Box, anchored by Amanda Drury and Martin Soong, followed at 7.00 SIN/HK time weekdays.
CNBC launched two brand new shows that replaced Market Watch and the CNBC Europe programme Today's Business. CNBC's Cash Flow, anchored by Maura Fogarty and Amanda Drury, was intensely trader and investor based. Following on from the success of Worldwide Exchange, another joint production, Capital Connection was launched, it was anchored by Maura Fogarty in Singapore, Steve Sedgwick in London. Unlike Worldwide Exchange, produced by CNBC Europe, Capital Connection is produced by CNBC Asia. On 27 September 2007, CNBC Asia announced strategic initiatives to push into the Australian market. Two new shows were introduced to the network: Trading Matters, a wrap-up of the day's market action, Australia This Week, a concise show summarizing the week's highlights. Both shows are anchored by then-newly appointed CNBC anchor Oriel Morrison of Channel Nine and Bloomberg Television; the shows debuted on 2 and 6 October 2007 at 17.30 Sydney time/15.30 SIN time as the channel moved its Sydney bureau into a new studio situated across from the Australian Stock Exchange building.
The move has seen CNBC Aus
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 1,000 kilometres south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia and Tonga; because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal and plant life; the country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington. Sometime between 1250 and 1300, Polynesians settled in the islands that were named New Zealand and developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman became the first European to sight New Zealand. In 1840, representatives of the United Kingdom and Māori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which declared British sovereignty over the islands.
In 1841, New Zealand became a colony within the British Empire and in 1907 it became a dominion. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.9 million is of European descent. Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration; the official languages are English, Māori, NZ Sign Language, with English being dominant. A developed country, New Zealand ranks in international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, education, protection of civil liberties, economic freedom. New Zealand underwent major economic changes during the 1980s, which transformed it from a protectionist to a liberalised free-trade economy; the service sector dominates the national economy, followed by the industrial sector, agriculture. Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
Queen Elizabeth II is the country's monarch and is represented by a governor-general Dame Patsy Reddy. In addition, New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes; the Realm of New Zealand includes Tokelau. New Zealand is a member of the United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, ASEAN Plus Six, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Pacific Community and the Pacific Islands Forum. Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted New Zealand in 1642 and named it Staten Land "in honour of the States General", he wrote, "it is possible that this land joins to the Staten Land but it is uncertain", referring to a landmass of the same name at the southern tip of South America, discovered by Jacob Le Maire in 1616. In 1645, Dutch cartographers renamed the land Nova Zeelandia after the Dutch province of Zeeland. British explorer James Cook subsequently anglicised the name to New Zealand. Aotearoa is the current Māori name for New Zealand.
It is unknown whether Māori had a name for the whole country before the arrival of Europeans, with Aotearoa referring to just the North Island. Māori had several traditional names for the two main islands, including Te Ika-a-Māui for the North Island and Te Waipounamu or Te Waka o Aoraki for the South Island. Early European maps labelled the islands North and South. In 1830, maps began to use North and South to distinguish the two largest islands and by 1907 this was the accepted norm; the New Zealand Geographic Board discovered in 2009 that the names of the North Island and South Island had never been formalised, names and alternative names were formalised in 2013. This set the names as North Island or Te Ika-a-Māui, South Island or Te Waipounamu. For each island, either its English or Māori name can be used. New Zealand was one of the last major landmasses settled by humans. Radiocarbon dating, evidence of deforestation and mitochondrial DNA variability within Māori populations suggest New Zealand was first settled by Eastern Polynesians between 1250 and 1300, concluding a long series of voyages through the southern Pacific islands.
Over the centuries that followed, these settlers developed a distinct culture now known as Māori. The population was divided into iwi and hapū who would sometimes cooperate, sometimes compete and sometimes fight against each other. At some point a group of Māori migrated to Rēkohu, now known as the Chatham Islands, where they developed their distinct Moriori culture; the Moriori population was all but wiped out between 1835 and 1862 because of Taranaki Māori invasion and enslavement in the 1830s, although European diseases contributed. In 1862 only 101 survived, the last known full-blooded Moriori died in 1933; the first Europeans known to have reached New Zeala
C4 (television channel)
C4 was a New Zealand television channel owned and operated by MediaWorks New Zealand. C4 was available on both digital terrestrial and satellite platforms and played music around the clock and had some speciality music shows such as HomeGrown, Video Hits and Biggest Records Right Now; the channel was launched in 2003 as a re-branding of TV4, broadcasting since 1997. On 1 May 2010, as C4 had been moving away from music programming since 2008, the jukebox side was split off and was re-launched as C4 2. C4 2 was only available on digital Freeview satellite platforms. At the end of 2010 an announcement was made that MediaWorks would again re-brand the current C4 channel as FOUR, which meant C4 2 would become just C4. C4 shut down on 26 June 2014 at 1 am, it was replaced by The Edge TV on 27 June 2014 at 4 pm. C4 was launched on 3 October 2003, when TV4 ceased broadcasting and relaunched as a music channel called C4; the first show broadcast on C4 was the 100 Best Music Videos of All Time a countdown show where viewers voted prior to the show for their favourite songs of all time.
TV Programming on C4 included local made shows such as Select Live and The Official NZ Top 40. New Zealand On Air paid $500,000 for the first year of operation and C4 was to broadcast 58 hours a week of music television in prime-time, reaching 72% of the population, with a target of 20–25% New Zealand music content. C4 had a deal with MTV Networks to air MTV programming in New Zealand, which proved successful, with shows such as Pimp My Ride proving popular among C4's target demographic; the MTV content on C4 remained on air after Sky TV launched a local MTV station featuring some of the same shows. MTV content was decreased in 2008. On 11 April 2007 C4 began broadcasting in 14:9 widescreen on SKY TV in New Zealand the same day TV3 began broadcasting in a 16:9 widescreen format. C4 switched to a 16:9 widescreen format on 2 May 2007, the same day as Freeview launched. C4 screened in letterboxed 14:9 widescreen on 4:3 analogue VHF broadcasts. 24-hour broadcasts began in 2007 but only to digital viewers, in the TV4 days outside broadcast hours viewers would see a test pattern with Auckland's More FM playing in the background this was replaced with Channel Z.
The test pattern was replaced with overnight Informercials and Auto TV a show used to advertise cars. The move to 24-hour broadcasting saw the channel play continuous music videos overnight followed by a music breakfast show with no presenters, analogue viewers continued to see Infomercials during these times. From 1 July 2008, the channel began the process of changing from a music channel to a youth oriented entertainment network, operating under the same programming direction of its sister station TV3. In addition, C4 moved to channel 12 on Sky Digital and TelstraClear InHome TV platforms to reflect its new programming direction with a reduced focus on music. On 1 May 2010, as part of the contract with Freeview to provide at least four channels, MediaWorks launched a second C4 channel C4 2. C4 2 screened back to back a low cost jukebox of music videos and uninterrupted; the channel was on the Freeview platform on channel 9. At 6:00pm on 6 February 2011, C4 moved to Channel 9 on Freeview, thus replacing C4 2.
MediaWorks launched FOUR in place of C4. The final show screened on C4 before the changeover was the Top 100 Music Videos Ever a similar show was used to launch C4 in 2003; the final music video screened. From 2011 onwards C4 screened a low cost jukebox of music videos once again compiled by theme and a re-run of FOUR live, many of the entertainment shows seen on C4 between 2008 and 2011 were moved to FOUR. C4 was available to Freeview viewers until 2012 when C4 returned to Sky. On 25 September 2012, MediaWorks in an effort to get more regional advertising for TV3 decided to provide four regional simulcasts of the channel on the Freeview satellite platform, which resulted in no space for C4, so it was decided to replace the Sky simulcast of FOUR with C4, meaning only satellite viewers with either a generic DVB or Sky supplied receiver would be the only ones to get all channels via satellite. Due to a number of certified Freeview receivers only scanning and setting Freeview channels. From October 2013, the TVNZ metadata on the Freeview satellite service was changed to include the C4 feed on the Sky service, so that certified Freeview receivers could manually add the channel.
C4 ceased broadcasting operations on 26 June 2014 at 1am. The final show to air on C4 was C42; the final music video to air on C4 was Exit To The City by The D4. A new music channel was launched by MediaWorks to replace C4 called The Edge TV, run by The Edge radio station owned by MediaWorks; the Edge TV was launched on Freeview channel 11 and a time shift version of FOUR called FOUR + 1 was launched in place of C4. Amp'd aired on Thursday nights, it featured hard rock and alternative music, was hosted by Jono Pryor. Aired Every Wednesday night. Would feature Animated shows such as South park and futurama. Pop Machete was a half-hour-long programme aired Thursday at 9pm on C4. Hosted by Damien Blank and Craig Easson. Pop Machete features alternative music videos and interviews; the Takeover was a half-hour-long programme that follows-up after Pop Machete at 9:30 pm on C4. Hosted by Damien Blank, Craig Easson and a randomly selected band; the band has control over the music programming over the half-hour.
Holla Hour was a classic C4 programme hosted by DJ Sir-Vere on Mondays at 10 pm on C4. Returning after a long absence on the TV channel, Holla Ho
Radio LIVE was a nationwide Auckland-based New Zealand talkback and sport radio network owned and operated by MediaWorks New Zealand. It was formed by the 2005 split of talk and racing network Radio Pacific into a dedicated talk network which prioritised breaking news coverage and a talk network which broadcast live horse racing and greyhound racing commentaries which retained the Radio Pacific name before a rebrand to Bsport and LiveSport; the network competes directly against NZME. Station Newstalk ZB. In November 2018, it was announced that RadioLIVE would be merging with Mediaworks sister network, Magic, to form a talk-music radio hybrid known as Magic Talk; this is due to air from January 19th, 2019. TVNZ news presenter Peter Williams is the first host revealed for the new network; the network began as one, Auckland's Radio Pacific station, in 1978. Set up by talkback host Gordon Dryden, Radio Pacific became a New Zealand Stock Exchange listed company, with the Totalisator Agency Board as major shareholder.
The company bought a share of a group of North Island music stations known as Energy Enterprises and merged with the South Island radio company Radio Otago in 1999. The merged company, now known as Radioworks was purchased by a subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications which at that time owned the More FM radio network and TV3. CanWest sold off the company as part of MediaWorks New Zealand. During the 1990s Pacific became one of the first stations to be networked across the country. Although ownership of the network changed, live races and live betting odds continued to be broadcast on the network in pre-determined, limited periods during the race day under a contract with the New Zealand Racing Board. Between 2001 and 2005, this was complemented by a trial Radio Trackside station in the Southland market which simulcast Trackside TV and Radio Pacific as a dedicated racing station. In April 2005, MediaWorks launched the Radio Live talkback network with newsreader Sarah Bradley and talk host Martin Devlin, making it the first New Zealand radio network to begin broadcasting nationwide on the same day.
It launched the station, "the new voice of talk radio", as a sister network to Pacific, "more stimulating talk radio". The new network gained many of Radio Pacific's frequencies and presenters, including Michael Laws, Kerry Smith until 2006 and Paul Henry until 2007. Live was a dedicated talkback network that could prioritise breaking news coverage, while Radio Pacific continued as a talkback and racing network on new frequencies. John Banks, Alice Worsley and Martin Crump remained behind on Radio Pacific to present morning talkback, while a Trackside TV simulcast, branded as Radio Trackside, was broadcast in the afternoon. On 29 October 2007, the station changed its morning format to sports radio and introduced new presenters, it was branded as "BSport, the station you can bet on" and it was rebranded again as LiveSport in January 2010. On January 31, 2016, RadioLIVE news became Newshub; the first bulletin was presented by Leanne Malcolm. RadioLIVE broadcasts news updates and drive current affairs, open-line talkback, weekend lifestyle and sports coverage.
News and weather updates are broadcast live half-hourly during current affairs programmes and hourly at other times, through a partnership with MediaWorks's 24-hour Newshub service and Newshub Live at 6 is simulcast live every night. From 6am - 9am, The AM Show hosted by Duncan Garner, Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson, with social media guru Aziz Al-Sa’afin; the AM Show is New Zealand’s first groundbreaking multi-platform breakfast show, broadcasting on Three and online. From 9am - midday Mark Sainsbury hosts Morning Talk; the Long Lunch is hosted by Wendyl Nissen from 12pm - 3pm. With in-depth interviews with people who matter in the world of current affairs, a regular crew of lifestyle experts and DIY kings and queens, local and international authors, Wendyl Nissen will keep you entertained every afternoon. Former afternoon hosts include Willie Jackson. From early 2018 the Drive programme from 3–6 pm has been hosted by Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen; the show combines fast paced news stories, the latest in finance, entertainment and quick-fire talk with people most affected by what's happening in NZ and around the world.
Previous drive hosts have included Paul Henry during 2005 and 2007, James Coleman in 2006, Bill Ralston in 2008, Maggie Barry in 2009 and 2010, Brent Impey in 2011, Duncan Garner from 2011–2016, Alison Mau from 2017–2018. A daily Newshub simulcast plays from 6pm nightly. Monday–Thursday from 7–8pm is InFocus, a deeper look at the day's top interviews and stories, hosted by former More FM newsreader Brin Rudkin. Friday evenings. Evening talkback with Mitch Harris is from 8pm – 12am on RadioLIVE, every Monday - Thursday Nights with Mitch include regular guests and features on everything from music, business and politics, but most real New Zealanders sharing their stories and opinions on what’s happening in the world, how it affects them. Friday nights from 8pm - 12am is hosted by Richard Green; the Overnighter from midnight – 6am is hosted by Joe Reid from Thursday to Saturday and Tony Amos from Sunday to Wednesday. Joe and Tony aim to entertain their listeners with engaging talkback. At the beginning of August 2017 Rural Exchange began on RadioLIVE - hosted by Richard “Loey” Loe, Sarah Perriam and Hamish McKay.
REX is a brand new show dedicated to the backbone business of the nation, hosted by a couple of