The Wright Stuff for Newshub Nation

Rebecca Wright, the presenter of Eden’s Newshub Live at 8pm, will co-host Three’s Newshub Nation from August 27.

Here’s the media release:


Warner Bros. Discovery has announced that presenter and journalist Rebecca Wright will join Simon Shepherd as co-host of Three’s political current affairs show Newshub Nation on Three, and ThreeNow. 

Oriini Kaipara has chosen to step back after tomorrow’s show to focus her commitment on delivering general news and stories from a Māori perspective across the suite of Newshub bulletins – which includes reporting from the field and presenting Newshub Live at 4.30pm.

Executive Producer of Newshub Nation Hannah Brown says, “It’s been a privilege to work with Oriini and she’ll remain a part of the Nation whānau as a guest interviewer and ongoing contributor of stories.

“Rebecca brings high energy, and a wealth of experience after stints as a foreign correspondent, political reporter, current affairs journalist and of course presenter of Newshub Live at 8pm on Eden.

“I’m delighted to be welcoming such a fearless journalist and interviewer onto the Nation team ahead of election year.”

Rebecca says, “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Newshub Nation. It’s a fascinating time with the political landscape changing so much and I’m looking forward to diving into the issues on behalf of our audience.”

With over 15 years of experience in television reporting, Rebecca Wright has covered everything from the Christchurch earthquake and three NZ election campaigns to global breaking news, and red carpet premieres.

Her political expertise is expansive – starting as a political reporter in the Parliamentary Press Gallery; working at CNN in Hong Kong and as a correspondent in the United States where she spent three years reporting on every major political event of the Trump Presidency and the White House.

She’s interviewed high profile subjects ranging from Joe Biden as he launched his campaign for President, to Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet. She’s reported on the US border crisis; the Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein trials, and the Mandalay Bay mass shooting; provided live coverage of Hurricane Harvey in Houston; was the America’s Cup Correspondent; has reported from the Oscars in LA, and from the United Nations.

Simon Shepherd has co-hosted Newshub Nation since 2018, drawing on 25 years of journalism experience, including at BBC World News and across two decades of current affairs and politics with Three.

Newshub Nation airs live on Saturdays at 9.30am, with repeats on Sundays at 10am and Tuesdays at 11pm, and is funded by New Zealand On Air through the Public Interest Journalism Fund.

Rebecca will continue to present Newshub Live at 8pm weekdays on Eden.

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4 Responses to “The Wright Stuff for Newshub Nation”

  1. Does this appointment signal that Newshub Live at 8pm is getting the axe in 2023, Philip? I know I’m speculating but are you able to get a commitment from Discovery that they are going to retain the 8pm bulletin along with AM Early for the 2023 season? WBD have made a raft of cuts overseas and I’m wondering where those cuts will be for its NZ operation, Philip.

  2. I understand your fears, Leo, especially given the WBD cuts in the US. But I view this as more a rationalisation of resources and an opportunity to position and cross-promote Wright as one of WBD’s stronger current affairs talents. Given how the cost of Newshub is spread over the course of the day on Three and Eden, and the fact it rates as well and sometimes better than most of Eden’s content in the 25-54 demo, I’d be very surprised if it was in the gun. I will ask WBD but wouldn’t expect an assurance beyond this year as it will want to save key programming announcements for its “Upfront” presentation on November 3.

  3. Cheers Philip for getting back to me. I do hope it continues beyond this year, even more so with it being Eden’s highest rating programme. Hopefully WBD expands its news footprint next year by adding an AM Saturday/weekend edition. It will be a very interesting upfront come November.

  4. I hope we find out soon about the new streaming service for New Zealand even though it probably won’t be until 2024.I hope they will still have shows and movies then ?

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