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Newshub owners looking to shut down newsroom production by 30 June

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The Newshub newsroom faces potential closure due to a proposal by its parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD).

This proposal comes in response to a decline in TV advertising revenue and shifts in viewers’ habits, aiming to shut down all Newshub operations by June 30. This includes the 6pm news bulletin, hosted by Samantha Hayes and Mike McRoberts. The closure will see a significant reduction in local content on both Three and its streaming platform, ThreeNow.

If the closure goes ahead, it will conclude nearly 35 years of news broadcasting on Three, affecting approximately 200 employees across various roles, from journalism to production. The move would also result in a near-monopoly for state-owned TVNZ in TV news production.

The announcement was made during a meeting led by James Gibbons, head of WBD’s Asia Pacific operations, who cited a rapid decline in television advertising revenue as a primary reason for the proposal. Glen Kyne, head of WBD’s New Zealand operation said it was a difficult decision, given Newshub’s importance to both the network and New Zealand’s media landscape.

This proposal is part of a broader strategy to revamp WBD’s operations in Australia and New Zealand, focusing more on the ThreeNow streaming platform as traditional TV viewership decline. WBD is currently consulting with affected staff, with a final decision expected in early April.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Viewers are sick of your lies and taking bribes from the labour government on the so called safe vaxx,come back to bite you in the butt.Good riddance.

  2. I didn’t realise Newshub was owned by Warners. Hence all the woke propaganda. So I’m glad to see it go! But we still don’t have any independent media with a big reach. Sad for NZ

  3. All that needs to happen now, is for government to scrap the media fund. Put the hundred million into the health system,then sit back and watch the far left woke journalists that remain stamp their feet about how they need the money more than everyday New Zealanders 😂

  4. The Warner Brothers are Zionists, so that makes plenty of sense!
    According to author Robert Ringer (who lived next to Jack Warner and his horrible dogs), the Warners were self-entitled due to their Zionist influence and Hollywood arrogance.
    Yes Dean- scrap the media Fund and divert the $ to health care.
    I would activate the NZDF Medical Corps for 120 days to come in and help clear the backlog of minor to medium operations.

  5. In the media they used the term “news production” for what newshub does and not “independent, unbiased journalism.” I can’t think why that would be.

    I am so pleased we are now only left with one source for our news. I am positive that we will now get the complete truth on all subjects.

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