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Newshub to close down newsroom in June

Feb 28, 2024

Newshub, one of the key media companies in New Zealand, is to close its newsroom in New Zealand on 30 June, multiple sources have told RNZ.

Staff are in the midst of an emergency meeting now to hear the news.

Newshub is owned by global entertainment giant Warner Bros Discovery which also owns eden, Rush, HGTV and Bravo.

In 2020 it took over the channel's assets which had been then part of Mediaworks.

Last August, Warner Bros Discovery dropped AM Early and Newshub Live at 11am.

In October, it announced it was axing The Project, its 7pm news and current affairs show.

At the time, a spokesperson said: "We have commenced consultation to discontinue The Project on Three from the end of the year - our primary focus is to support our people as we work through this process."

The new show that was expected to replace The Project, hosted by former AM Show present Ryan Bridge, has yet to begin.

In a statement on Newshub, Sarah Bristow, senior director of news at Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ, which owns Newshub, said the live show would be a vital news offering tackling the day's biggest stories and advancing the news agenda.

"The show will tackle the big conversations - conversations that connect us - and conversations you won't want to miss," Bristow said.

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