TVNZ is pleased to announce details of the presenter and staff line-up for next years production of Close Up @ 7, screening TV ONE, weeknights at 7pm.
Susan Wood will host the nightly current affairs programme with Mark Sainsbury as back-up host. Hunter Wells has been appointed Executive Producer and Hamish Clark as Line Up Producer.
Bill Ralston, TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs says the appointment of Susan Wood, Mark Sainsbury and a broad based, highly experienced journalistic and production team emphasises a fundamental shift in TVNZs nightly current affairs show.
With Close Up it is the story that counts, not the individual presenter of the programme. Our emphasis is on providing high quality, reporter driven, current affairs stories, he says. This will be the essential point of difference between Close Up and the more traditional personality driven current affairs formats other competitors may attempt.
Susan Wood is a hugely experienced current affairs journalist, with a 25-year career in print, radio and television. For the past 15 years she has worked in nightly current affairs.
I am delighted that, at last, Susan has the chance to fully demonstrate her skills as a journalist, interviewer and presenter, says Bill Ralston. Over the past few weeks, called in at extremely short notice, Susan has made the Close Up role her own. She has truly earned this chance to carve out a new direction in television current affairs.
Susan Wood says the opportunity to host Close Up @ 7 is an absolute career highlight. I feel I have been working towards this for the past 25 years from starting out as a journalist on a provincial newspaper, to working on dailies, in radio and in television. Theres a great team spirit amongst the programmes reporting team and production crew. Ive been overwhelmed by the support of the team and their dedication to the programme.
We are all looking forward to bringing New Zealand viewers the most comprehensive coverage of the days current affairs.
Close Up @
7 has its final programme of the year on Christmas Eve. It
re-launch with new titles, theme and set on 17 January 2005.
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