Sky News New Zealand

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Sky News New Zealand is a simulcast of Sky News Australia however carries the NZ branding, and appears on SKY Television. The programming is nearly identical to Sky News Australia, except for a nightly bulletin, plus a twice weekly afternoon one, being produced in New Zealand.


In the late 1990s Sky News Australia started broadcasting in New Zealand, replacing Sky News from the UK. Shortly afterwards, Sky News Australia New Zealand was launched, with a small amount of New Zealand-specific content.

In late 2005, SKY Television purchased Prime TV and, in 2006, relaunched its local nightly news programme Prime News - First at 5:30. This was previously produced in the Sydney Sky News Australia studio. The relaunch included establishing a local news team, moving production of the show to studios in Auckland and a new weekday presenter, former TVNZ presenter Eric Young. The programme is identical to Sky News, using the same graphics and music, and provides nightly local news headlines on Sky News New Zealand. Sky News in New Zealand does not include the 'active' services available in Australia.

In March 2007, Sky News announced a new news programme which would be produced by Prime TV in New Zealand titled Sky News New Zealand Evening News. Sky News NZ Evening News aired at 7pm local time and was repeated twice through the evening at 8.30pm and 9pm local. It was presented by Prime's Eric Young and Suzy Clarkson. This was replaced with repeat showings of Prime News in...
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