Alistair Wilkinson, Sky TV's local head of news, started in 1996 as a TV3 reporter. After three years at Australian public broadcaster SBS, he began a nine-year stint back at TV3. Working variously as reporter, newsreader and producer, he did time on 60 Minutes and co-presented breaking coverage of the Christchurch quakes. In 2011 he became NZ News Director for Sky News, a job which also sees him presenting Prime News.
The February 22nd earthquake. Alistair Wilkinson, when asked about his most challenging news story to date – Throng, 26 September 2012
Hilary Barry was in her early 20s when she began reporting for TV3 in 1993. Twenty-three years later she left the network, after more than a decade co-presenting its prime time bulletin. In this excerpt from her last TV3 bulletin, newsreader Mike McRoberts gives an emotional farewell speech. A best of Barry video package shows her drinking a Spam smoothie for an early story, laughing about an "emergency defecation situation", and reporting from Christchurch and South Africa. Barry later spoke of leaving TV3 after many close colleagues had left the network.
Independent channel TV3 launched its prime time bulletin on 27 November 1989. The flagship 6pm bulletin — originally called 3 National News — was anchored by ex state TV legend Philip Sherry, with Greg Clark handling sports. Sherry was replaced by Joanna Paul, then another ex TVNZ anchor, John Hawkesby. A 1998 revamp saw Carol Hirschfeld and John Campbell take on dual anchor roles. Their move to Campbell Live in 2005 opened the doors for a decade-long run by Hilary Barry and Mike McRoberts. In 2016 Mediaworks rebranded its news service — and the slot — as Newshub.