Corin Dann moved into broadcasting after studying politics at university, and journalism at Christchurch's New Zealand Broadcasting School. Starting as a sport intern at RNZ, he quickly moved into news. A tip from a friend landed him a job at Newstalk ZB, giving him his first taste of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. In 2007 he joined TVNZ to host its breakfast business show, before co-hosting Breakfast each weekday morning from late 2010. He became the channel’s Political Editor in 2012. In early 2018 it was announced that he'd be stepping down from the role, to work full time as host of weekend politics programme Q+A.
I was accepted into two different courses; one was for journalism and one was for radio production and DJing and that sort of stuff. I mustn’t have been entirely sure, but I ended up doing the journalism one. At that point I remember working out what the press gallery was all about, and from pretty early on deciding that was where I wanted to get to. Corin Dann on his early ambitions, in an interview with website Pantograph Punch, 10 September 2010
Breakfast first aired in August 1997 on TV One. Screening five mornings a week over a three hour time slot, the programme mixes news and entertainment interviews with updates of news, sport and weather. The format of one male and one female presenter began with original hosts Mike Hosking and Susan Wood, and has included Pippa Wetzell and Paul Henry (who won controversy for Breakfast comments about an Indian politician), and Brit Rawdon Christie and Alison Pugh. A Saturday version of Breakfast was trialled in 2011, but abandoned the next year.
In 1975 TV One launched with a flagship 6.30 news bulletin which went largely unchanged with the move to TVNZ in 1980. In a 1987 revamp, it became the Network News with dual newsreaders Judy Bailey and Neil Billington (replaced by Richard Long). In 1988, the half hour programme moved to 6pm. With the advent of TV3 in late 1989, it was rebranded One Network News; and, from 1995, extended to an hour. The ill-fated replacing of Long with John Hawkesby in 1999 saw it make headlines rather than report them. In 1999, there was another name change to One News.