Close Up (TV programme)
Close Up was a half-hour-long New Zealand current affairs programme produced by Television New Zealand. The programme aired at 7 pm weeknights (straight after One News) on TV ONE and was presented in its final years by Mark Sainsbury. The last edition was broadcast on 30 November 2012. Seven Sharp, a current affairs show aimed at a younger audience, took its place in 2013.
|Presented by||Mark Sainsbury (2007–2012)|
Mike Hosking (back-up presenter)
Susan Wood (2004–2006)
|Country of origin||New Zealand|
|Running time||30 minutes (with commercials)|
|Original network||TV One|
|Original release||2 November 2004 –|
30 November 2012
|Followed by||Seven Sharp|
The new Close Up began broadcasting on 2 November 2004 as a replacement for the Holmes show immediately after Paul Holmes announced his resignation from TVNZ and that he would be presenting a similar show on Prime in 2005. The show was originally branded as Close Up at 7 using the existing Holmes studio; when the show relaunched in 2005, it was branded as simply Close Up with a new-look studio.
|Susan Wood||Main presenter||2004–2006|
|Mark Sainsbury||Main presenter||2007–2012|
|Paul Henry||Backup presenter||2004–2008|
|Mike Hosking||Backup presenter||2008-2012|
|Greg Boyed||Backup presenter||2011–2012|
- Gill Higgins
- Robyn Janes
- Daniel Faitaua
- Hannah Ockelford
- Matt Chisholm
- Michael Holland
- Corinne Ambler
- Dominic Bowden (entertainment reporter)
- Louisa Cleave
- Katherine McCallum
- Christopher Lynch
- Mike Valintine (executive producer)
Major New Zealand awardsEdit
Robyn Janes, Louisa Cleave (producer) and Corinne Ambler won Best Current Affairs Reporting for a daily programme and the coveted Journalist of the Year awards at the 2009 Qantas Film & TV Awards. Robyn, Louisa and Corinne won for their series on the shocking state of two New Zealand schools - Wairoa's Tiaho Primary School and Whanganui Awa School. It was the second year in a row that Robyn has been recognised. She won the award for Best Current Affairs Reporting for a daily programme in 2008 as well.
Close Up cancellationEdit
On 28 September 2012, TVNZ decided to cancel Close Up at the end of the year taking a new stance at the 7pm time slot. TVNZ head of news and current affairs Ross Dagan said "a new daily current affairs show with a distinctively different format." This also ended Mark Sainsbury's association with the state owned channel.
The show ended on 30 November 2012.
- "Paul Holmes leaving TVNZ". Television New Zealand. 2 November 2004. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
- "CloseUp's Susan Wood to undergo surgery next week". The New Zealand Herald. 4 December 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
- "TVNZ expected to axe Close Up".
- Akoorie, Natalie (30 November 2012). "Race on for Close Up 2 as Sainsbury signs off". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 December 2012.