Presented by
  • Sam Hayes and Mike McRoberts (weeknights, Newshub Live at 6pm)
  • Melissa Chan-Green and Tom McRae (weekends, Newshub Live at 6pm)
  • Mitch McCann (Newshub Live at 11:30am)
  • Oriini Kaipara (Newshub Live at 4:30pm)
  • Carly Flynn (Newshub Late)
  • Amanda Gillies (The AM Show)
Country of originNew Zealand
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time
  • 6 am: 180 minutes
  • 11:30 am: 30 minutes
  • 4:30 pm: 30 minutes
  • 6 pm: 60 minutes
  • 10:30 pm: 30 minutes
  • (all including advertisements)
Original networkThree
MediaWorks Radio
Discovery New Zealand
Picture format
Original release26 November 1989 (1989-11-26)
Preceded by3 News (1998–2016)
3 National News (1989–1998)
External links

Newshub (stylised as Newshub.) is a New Zealand multi-platform news service that airs on TV channel Three, radio stations run by MediaWorks Radio, and on digital platforms. The Newshub brand replaced 3 News service on the TV3 network and the Radio Live news service heard on MediaWorks Radio stations on 1 February 2016.[1][2] In late 2020, MediaWorks sold Newshub to US multimedia company Discovery, Inc..[3][4][5] The acquisition was completed on 1 December 2020.



MediaWorks launched Newshub on 1 February 2016 as a multi-platform news service to replace the former 3 News service on its television channel Three and the Radio Live news service.[1][2]

In March 2016, a Newshub journalist broke embargo and leaked sensitive information about a 25 basis point cut by the Reserve Bank to the Official Cash Rate (OCR).[6] Newshub's parent company MediaWorks conducted their own investigation on the leak, and followed up with an apology from CEO Mark Weldon (former head of the New Zealand Stock exchange), although Weldon stopped short of naming the journalist involved.[7] As a result of the loss of trust with the media, the Reserve Bank has elected to discontinue the media lockup prior to future releases of the OCR.[8] In addition, the Reserve Bank banned MediaWorks journalists from all its future press conferences.[9]


On 7 September 2020, MediaWorks sold Newshub and its television arm to US multimedia company Discovery, Inc.. Newshub is expected to continue providing bulletins to MediaWorks Radio, as well as producing the joint TV/radio program The AM Show.[3][4][5] The acquisition of MediaWork's television arm was finalised on 1 December 2020, with the subsidiary being rebranded as Discovery New Zealand.[10][11]

In mid-May 2021, Newshub closed its Dunedin office as part of parent company Discovery's restructuring of its business operations in Australia and New Zealand. The Dunedin newsroom consisted of reporter Dave Goosselink and camera operator Grant Findlay. Following the closure of the Dunedin office, the network's South Island operations consist of its Christchurch–based bureau as well as freelancers.[12][13]

In early October 2021, Discovery NZ announced plans to launch a new Newshub Live at 8pm bulletin in March 2022.[14]

Newshub 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.[citation needed]

Newshub television bulletins

Newshub Live at 6pm

The flagship 6:00 pm bulletin of Newshub is currently presented by Mike McRoberts and Samantha Hayes. Newshub Live at 6pm replaced the news bulletin at the same time, previously known as 3 News at 6pm. Melissa Chan-Green and Tom McRae present the weekend edition at 6pm and are also back up anchors for Samantha Hayes and Mike McRoberts. Other back up anchors on Newshub Live at 6pm have included Hamish Clark and Simon Shepherd.

Newshub Late

Newshub Late is a night news show which usually airs weeknights around 10:30 pm, but can run later depending on the evening schedule. The bulletin was presented by Samantha Hayes until her promotion to an anchor of the 6pm news. Current anchors for Newshub Late include Sacha McNeil and Wilhelmina Shrimpton. This is TV3's fourth late night news show with the original show being Nightline between 1990 and 2013, The Paul Henry Show in 2014 and Newsworthy in 2015. Wilhelmina Shrimpton left Newshub on Friday 2 July 2021

Newshub Live at 11:30am

Announced on 20 January 2021 and launched on 1 February 2021, Newshub Live at 11:30am is hosted by Mitch McCann. The bulletin is similar to Newshub Live at 4:30pm and also narrowed the previously large time gap between The AM Show and Newshub Live at 4:30pm.[15]

Newshub Live at 4:30pm

Launched on 20 March 2017, as Newshub Live at 4pm, the bulletin airs for half an hour on weekdays at 4:30 pm and is presented by Oriini Kaipara. It was aired at 4 pm until 16 August 2019, where it moved to the 4:30 pm time slot.

The AM Show

Main article: The AM Show

The AM Show is a New Zealand morning news and talk show that airs on Three and simulcast on Magic Talk. It is presented by Ryan Bridge, with news anchor Amanda Gillies, sports presenter Mark Richardson, who both announced that they will leave the AM show in December 2021. Both Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson are leaving The AM Show for different opportunities at Discovery. Gillies is leaving the show to take up the role as Newshub's National Correspondent & Mark Richardson will continue as the host of The Block NZ and will appear as a fourth host on The Project. The AM show will still have social media presenter Aziz Al-Sa'afin. The show replaced Paul Henry after it was announced the frontman of the show, Paul Henry, was resigning and therefore the show was going to be replaced. The announcement was made by MediaWorks in November 2016, and Paul Henry last aired on 16 December 2016. The AM Show premiered on 13 February 2017.

The Project

Main article: The Project (New Zealand TV programme)

The Project is a New Zealand current affairs show hosted by Jesse Mulligan, Kanoa Lloyd, and Jeremy Corbett. It premiered on Three in early February 2017, and airs from 7pm to 7:30 pm. The show replaced Story. The show's format is taken from the Australian version of the show, The Project, which is a ratings hit on Network Ten.

Newshub Nation

Newshub Nation is Three's in-depth political current affairs show focusing on the major players and forces that shape New Zealand. The show is presented by Simon Shepherd and Tova O'Brien and airs on Saturdays at 9:30am and Sundays at 10:00 am.[16] It is replayed on Magic Talk at 7PM Saturday night. Former co-host Emma Jolliff died on February 6, 2020.[17]

Former TV3 news shows

3 News

External video
video icon 3 National News - First Bulletin, 27 November 1989
via NZ on Screen

The TV3 6pm news bulletin was known as 3 News or 3 News at 6pm up until 31 January 2016. 3 News was originally known as 3 National News and first went on air on Monday 27 November 1989 when TV3 began broadcasting. For the first year of broadcast, 3 National News was a thirty-minute bulletin screening at 6:30 pm, which the same time slot as Holmes on TV1. The original bulletin was presented by former BCNZ and TVNZ anchor Philip Sherry,[18][19] joined by sportscaster Greg Clark and weathercaster Belinda Todd.[citation needed]

Among the reports in the first day's bulletin were:

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 mid-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.[18][19]

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.[20][21][18]

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.[18] The same year, 3 News won the Best News Award at the Qantas Television Awards.[citation needed] In 2005, TV3's parent company Mediaworks New Zealand launched Radio Live.[citation needed]

In 2007, the Australian capital investment firm Ironbridge Capital acquired TV3 and established MediaWorks New Zealand, which became 3 News' parent company. A new 3 News studio set began use on 15 September 2008, this coincided with an updated graphics package using the 2005 – 2008 graphics as its base.[18] On 4 July 2011, 3 News revamped its presentation package starting with the early morning show of the time Firstline, to have the "floating tiles" look, which was in use up till the launch of Newshub on 1 February 2016.

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

On 27 January 2014, 3 News refreshed its split screen graphic, finance graphics and full frame graphics. At the same time, 3 News also updated their printed fake newsroom backdrop which they used while 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 would be followed by a shortened version of the network's midweek current affairs programme 3rd Degree, which was later renamed "3D".[22] The first of these shortened Sunday bulletins was broadcast on 24 May 2015.

On 19 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 green screen 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 renamed to Newshub. The new look Studio 1 launched on 1 February 2016 designed by Jago Design, who also designed Studio 3, which is used for Paul Henry.

The Paul Henry Show

Paul Henry was a cross-platform, morning breakfast news programme broadcast live on TV3 and Radio Live on weekdays between 6:00am and 9:00am. It was presented by Paul Henry with Ingrid Hipkiss as news anchor, and Jim Kayes as sports anchor. The show began to air on 7 April 2015 (replacing Firstline) and retained its name after other 3 News shows were renamed to Newshub.


Main article: Story (TV programme)

Story was a 30-minute current affairs show presented by Duncan Garner and Heather du-Plessis Allan. The show aired Monday to Thursday nights at 7:00 pm, with a less formal chat / entertainment show on Friday evenings at 7 pm. Story was first launched on 10 August 2015 and replaced Campbell Live. On 16 December 2016, Story had its final show. Story's frontman, Duncan Garner, and co-host, Amanda Gillies, moved to the breakfast timeslot, for The AM Show.

Campbell Live

Main article: Campbell Live

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


Nightline was the late night edition of 3 News broadcast. It was broadcast live on TV3 at approximately 10:30 pm and was anchored by Sacha McNeil. Backup anchors included Ingrid Hipkiss, Samantha Hayes, Susie Nordqvist or Carolyn Robinson. The show concluded on 20 December 2013, being replaced on 27 January 2014 with The Paul Henry Show, of which the final show aired on 19 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).


Main article: Firstline

Firstline was a morning news programme produced by 3 News. The show was cancelled in April 2015 and was replaced by Paul Henry. It was anchored by Rachel Smalley, with Sam Ackerman as the sports anchor. The show began on Monday 7 March 2011 off the back of ongoing Christchurch earthquake coverage.

Paul Henry

Main article: The Paul Henry Show

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.,[23] It was replaced by Newsworthy.


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

Sports Tonight

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.

60 Minutes

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


3D, originally named 3rd Degree, was created 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, including Paula Penfold, Sarah Hall, Melanie Reid, Phil Vine and Samantha Hayes.

3D brought a human face to the issues that mattered to Kiwis, confronting the people who needed to be confronted, probing the secrets that needed to be uncovered, and celebrated New Zealanders who were living extraordinary lives.[24] At the end of 2015 3D was cancelled.

The Vote

The Vote was produced by TV3's News and Current Affairs division with funding from NZ On Air. It screened once every four weeks in the same time slot as 3rd Degree (later 3D), TV3's former one-hour current affairs programme.[25] The Vote was cancelled at the end of 2013.


Three60 was (at the time) TV3's newest current affairs show which focused on international news, politics & business. Three60 was presented by Newshub anchor Mike McRoberts and airs on Sundays at 9:30am. The show has since been cancelled.

Newshub Midday

Newshub Midday (formerly 3 News @ 12) was a half-hour bulletin broadcast live on TV3 weekdays at 12:00 pm. The show was anchored by Jeff McTainsh. Backup presenters include Simon Shepherd, Tom McRae and Melissa Davies.

Newshub Midday was axed in June 2016, airing its last show on 1 July that year. It was replaced by a digital current affairs bulletin called Newshub Explains,[26] which began on 18 July 2016.

Newshub Midday returned as Newshub live at 11:30am on 1 February 2021 airing every weekday.

Newshub Breaking News Special

Newshub Breaking News Specials are often aired during local and international, one-off and breaking news events. Newshub has aired specials for the following events:

Date Event
4 September 2010 2010 Canterbury earthquake
22 February 2011 2011 Christchurch earthquake
9 November 2016 2016 United States presidential election
14 November 2016 2016 Kaikoura earthquake
17 February 2017 2017 Port Hills fires
6 July 2017 America's Cup Victory Parade
19 May 2018 Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
15 March 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings
23 March 2020 COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand
17 October 2020 2020 New Zealand General Election
4 November 2020 2020 United States Presidential Election

Anchors, journalists and producers

Name Show Role Bureau
Samantha Hayes Newshub Weeknight Anchor Auckland
Mike McRoberts Newshub Weeknight Anchor
Melissa Chan-Green Newshub Weekend Anchor
Tom McRae Newshub Weekend Anchor
Mitch McCann Newshub Live at 11:30am Anchor & producer
Oriini Kaipara Newshub Live at 4:30pm Anchor
Ryan Bridge The AM Show Anchor
Amanda Gillies The AM Show News Anchor
Mark Richardson The AM Show Sports Anchor
Aziz Al-Sa'afin The AM Show Social Media Reporter
Patrick Gower Newshub National Correspondent Wellington
Janika ter Ellen Newshub & Prime News Reporter & Weekend News Anchor Auckland
Michael Wesley-Smith Newshub Nation Reporter Auckland
Lisette Reymer Newshub Europe Correspondent London
Tova O'Brien Newshub Political Editor Wellington
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