Stuff Reveals Who’s Who at Six

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Newshub Live at 6pm anchor Samantha Hayes and political editor Jenna Lynch are among the survivors of the axed Warner Bros. Discovery news hour who will carry on presenting and reporting for Stuff’s new 6pm bulletin.

Here’s the media release:

Samantha Hayes and key staff announced for Stuff’s new 6pm bulletin

The first tranche of key talent, journalists and operational staff hired from Newshub has been announced by Stuff Group today, with New Zealand’s leading journalist and newsreader Samantha Hayes confirmed to present in a new, solo role.

The new bulletin begins on July 6.

Six other well-known Newshub journalists are also joining Stuff to work on the bulletin and across Stuff’s ecosystem of news products. Key production roles have also been appointed.

Journalists including Jenna Lynch, Laura Tupou, Ollie Ritchie, Juliet Speedy, Zane Small and Heather Keats, are among the group of new hires.

Leading the team is one of the country’s most experienced broadcast producers, Claire Watson, who has been appointed 6pm’s Executive Producer, while Steve Gore-Smith, currently Newshub’s Senior Manager of Operations, will become Stuff’s Director of Video Operations and Technology.

Samantha Hayes says she is delighted to be joining Stuff.

“I’m thrilled to be starting a new chapter of my career with Stuff, after nearly two decades at Three. It’s an honour to be anchoring this new iteration of the 6pm news and I’m grateful it will keep Newshub’s legacy alive.

“This is the most exciting news project in the country and I hope our viewers will trust us and come along for the ride.”

Managing Director of Stuff Digital Nadia Tolich says the talent of the team hired from Newshub will add additional firepower and specialist skills to complement Stuff’s large national newsroom.

“We are excited to have secured the top talent in the country to anchor our new bulletin. Samantha is an experienced and polished professional with brilliant skills and warmth. We are lucky to have her as part of the team.

“Newshub, like Stuff, is known for its gutsy journalism and the calibre of the journalists we’ve hired reflects that,” says Tolich.

“Like all of our journalists, they will work across our ecosystem of products in a variety of roles. Their specialised skills will complement the teams we have producing our digital, audio, video and print news products.

“While there are some very familiar faces in our lineup, and we’ll be reporting on all the major events in news, sport and business, this will be an evolution of a 6pm news product,” Tolich says.

“We’ve said right from the start that we are innovating not replicating, and that will be in the way we commission and tell stories, the technology we use and our ability to get to the news first, right around the motu, through our large team of Stuff journalists.

“We are also evolving the way we engage with audiences, leveraging the scale of our reach on New Zealand’s largest digital news platform stuff.co.nz to bring the voice of New Zealand into the bulletin.”

Juliet Peterson, WBD Vice President, Head of Networks ANZ is delighted that the new 6pm bulletin has pulled such an excellent team together in a short timeframe.

“We’re very much excited to see the new Stuff bulletin come together,” she says. “This is a brand-new 6pm bulletin with some continuity from familiar faces from the Newshub team.”

“As we said on the day we announced this bulletin, this is the future of news. As the most-read news organisation in the country, Stuff is uniquely capable of delivering a new 6pm bulletin for Three and ThreeNow.

“It will be hugely reassuring to know that when New Zealanders switch on the new bulletin, it will be Sam welcoming them.

“Everyone who works at Newshub are absolute superstars. That goes without saying. Sam as news anchor has been a cornerstone of Three for so many years – having her continue on in that role is a fabulous announcement.”

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One Response to “Stuff Reveals Who’s Who at Six”


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    May 9, 2024 at 1:51 pm

    I give it 6 months, then it will be Stuffed News.

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