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Garner, Espiner to front 3rd Degree

TV3 has named the team for 3rd Degree, the show that will replace 60 Minutes. It features many familiar names, but not 60 Minutes front man Mike McRoberts.

Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner will front new current affairs programme 3rd Degree, which will screen from next year. TV3 says a timeslot has yet to be scheduled.

The weekly one-hour programme will feature stories from reporters including Paula Penfold, Sarah Hall, Guyon Espiner and  Melanie Reid (the core 60 Minutes team), and new additions Phil Vine and Samantha Hayes. 

'3rd Degree' is executive produced by Terence Taylor (currently executive producer of '60 Minutes').

'60 Minutes' finishes on TV3 on Sunday December 2.

The series won Best Current Affairs Series at the recent New Zealand Television Awards 2012. Melanie Reid and producer Eugene Bingham shared the Investigation of the Year award for their work on Bronwyn Pullar and the ACC privacy breach.  Melanie was named Journalist of the Year, while Best Current Affairs Camera went to Daniel Grade and Best Current Affairs Editing  to Bob Grieve.

TV3 owner MediaWorks did not renew a content deal with CBS (which owns rights to 60 Minutes). The CBS deal expires at the end of this year.

Comments and questions

So TV3 finally shows its true colours, excuse the pun. Biased centre-right reporting vs token brown skin. NZ needs some bold executive producers who will challenge Mediaworks' political economy. This new show will no doubt brown-bash as per current trash reporting/ratings. Still no-one brave enough in mainstream to take up the challenge? You should all be ashamed of yourselves!

Change the record. You're sounding like a critical theory lecture being given by Penny Bright. How you could ever style Mediaworks as centre right is risible.

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