Amanda Gillies began her journalism career in hometown Gisborne as a reporter for The Gisborne Herald, before joining TV3 in 2001. In 2009, while working as Australia correspondent for 3 News, her coverage of the Victoria Bushfires won a Qantas Film and TV Award for Best News Reporting. She went on to spend time on the Campbell Live team. Gillies was nominated again for Best News Reporting in 2012. In late 2016 she filled in for Heather Du Plessis-Allan on flagship 7pm show Story, and in February 2017 joined Duncan Garner and Mark Richardson on TV3's new morning multimedia simulcast, The AM Show.
I couldn’t be happier with Mark and Amanda joining me — they’re smart, know their subjects and aren’t afraid to have a good time in the process. Bring it on. Duncan Garner, on being joined by Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson for TV3's The AM show, December 2016 press release
Campbell Live launched on 21 March 2005, in a slot following TV3’s primetime news bulletin. Over the next decade it gathered acclaim, awards (including Best News Investigation in its first year) and the odd controversy. Strongly identified with host John Campbell, the show mixed softer stories with a number of pieces of advocacy journalism, including stories on child poverty in low decile schools, and homeowners affected by the Christchurch quakes. News of Campbell Live’s end in 2015 won extensive media coverage, and an unsuccessful petition to keep the show on air.
TV3's late night news show was devised in 1990 to provide a mix of credible news and entertainment. Once the serious news of the day was dispensed with, the brief was that the show could be a bit "off" with few rules - and the freedom to push boundaries. That's exactly what presenters like Belinda Todd, Bill Ralston, Dylan Taite and David Farrier proceeded to do in the show's often infamous "third break". Meanwhile, newsreaders including Joanna Paul, Janet Wilson, Leanne Malcolm and Carolyn Robinson did their best to keep a straight face. "Yo Nightliners!"
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.