Politics has been a key topic in Jessica Mutch's career since she became a journalist in 2006. In her first screen job, the AUT Communications graduate covered politics and general news at Sky News. After joining TVNZ in 2008, Mutch reported on several Kiwi elections plus the US primary presidential election in 2012. The same year she presented political talk show Q+A, before relocating to London to become Europe correspondent for ONE News from 2013 to 2015. On her return to New Zealand, Mutch continued on Q+A and ONE News (now known as 1 News). She became TVNZ's political editor in March 2018.
I reckon the press gallery is the purest form of journalism in lots of ways. It’s the talking to people, it’s the relationships, it’s the history, it’s about having covered an issue for a long time... Jessica Mutch in The Spinoff, 21 February 2018
Screening each weekend after TV One's primetime news, Sunday mixes New Zealand stories with reports from overseas. The local contributions have ranged from celebrity interviews, to reports that took months to put together (including award-winning pieces on the 2008 Chinese poisoned milk scandal, and how patients were treated at Porirua Hospital). Over the years, Sunday's roster of journalists has included veterans John Hudson, Janet McIntyre, Ian Sinclair, and current presenter Miriama Kamo. The show has played in both hour and half-hour formats.
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.