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Sky News New Zealand

Sky News New Zealand
Sky News NZ Logo
Owned by BSkyB, PBL Media,
Seven Media Group
Picture format 16:9 (SDTV)
Country New Zealand
Language English
Sister channel(s) Sky News Australia
Website SKY Digital Channel 85
TelstraClear InHome Channel 85

Sky News New Zealand is a 24 hour cable and satellite news channel available in homes across New Zealand through SKY Television. Sky News NZ is an opt-out feed of the Australian version of the same channel Sky News, the New Zealand version of the channel hosts localized news bulletins and advertising. The channel was previously served by a localized website recently the channel is served by the Australian website


Sky News UK previously launched across homes in New Zealand in the 1990s on the Sky Television platform, this was later replaced by Sky News Australia in the late 1990s. The Australian channel diversified its out-put with the creation of New Zealand specific programming.

2005 - 2007:

In late 2005, SKY Television purchased Prime TV and, in 2006, relaunched its local nightly news programme Prime News - First at 5:30. This was previously produced in the Sydney Sky News Australia studio. The relaunch included establishing a local news team, moving production of the show to studios in Auckland and a new weekday presenter, former TVNZ presenter Eric Young. The programme is identical to Sky News, using the same graphics and music, and provides nightly local news headlines on Sky News New Zealand. Sky News in New Zealand does not include the 'active' services available in Australia. In March 2007, Sky News announced a new news programme which would be produced by Prime TV in New Zealand titled Sky News New Zealand Evening News. Sky News NZ Evening News aired at 7pm local time and was repeated twice through the evening at 8.30pm and 9pm local. It was presented by Prime's Eric Young and Suzy Clarkson. This was replaced with repeat showings of Prime News in 2009.


Flagship programming from the Australian news channel such as 'First Edition', 'AM Agenda' and 'Sportline' continue to air regularly on the NZ feed. From 17:30 specialized New Zealand content airs with 'Sky News NZ' followed by at 19:30 NewsNight NZ and again at 20:30. ABC World News and Sky News UK air on the channel daily.


It was originally thought that Sky News New Zealand would begin broadcasting in widescreen from 26 April 2009.[1] However it was delayed until 17 May 2009.


Local Programming

  • NewsNight NZ air daily at 19:30 and 20:30

Previous Programming

  • NZ Newsweek, every Friday and Saturday afternoons at 2.30pm

Prime News

The channel currently supplies one bulletin to Sky News Australia — Prime News - First at 5:30. This programme is also simulcast on Prime TV without Sky News' DOG and ticker. The programme was launched in February 2004 and was initially presented on weeknights by former Getaway (TVNZ version) presenter and ABC reporter Suzy Clarkson (née Aiken until 2006) and was produced in Sky News Australia's Sydney studio, using the resources of SNA and Newstalk ZB.

In 2006 Prime News was moved to Prime TV's Auckland base. This move has seen more New Zealand content included, compared to Australian production era. Eric Young, former TV3 and TVNZ presenter, joins as a new weekday presenter at that time. The role of sports newsreader is held by Suzy Clarkson (née Aiken), and newcomer Ross Karl, with Clarkson also reading the weekend news. Political coverage is headed by Newstalk ZB political editor Barry Soper, along with several other Wellington-based reporters. There are no full-time South Island based reporters for Prime News.

In late 2010 Prime TV launched Prime Evening News, also produced by the Sky News NZ team, to replace the rebroadcast of the 5:30 bulletin. The programme airs at 7:00 pm each weeknight. However, there are evidence that the programme is actually replaying the 5:30 version, with headlines replaced by a pre-recorded one.[2]

The programme adopt a three-segment format, that is Segment 1 "News", Segment 2 "Business and Sport (Business on weekdays only)" and Segment 3 "Weather", which is different from SNA's two-segment format which allows them to deliver the top stories every 15 minutes. Currently Prime News is presented single headed on weekdays by Eric Young, weekend editions by Suzy Clarkson (Segment 1, 3) and Ross Karl (Segment 2), Karen Rutherford as a stand in presenter. In the last quarter of 2011, Alistaire Wilkinson joined Sky News/Prime from Mediaworks/TV3 as its Head of News and Current Affairs before the 2011 General Election.

Other Programming


See also

External links

  • Prime News - First at 5.30pm on Prime TV, provide online catchup of the programme.
  • Official website
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