Story out, The Project in?

I haven’t heard of ‘The Project’ from Australia but it is apparently coming to New Zealand to take over from the ‘Story’ timeslot on TV3.

Sydney Morning Herald: Australia’s The Project plans to conquer New Zealand

It’s a prime-time staple on Aussie screens – and now The Project is planning a Kiwi version.

Fairfax Media can reveal the current affairs show – which promises “news done differently” – is planning a Kiwi version, to launch in 2017. 

While a deal is yet to be inked, negotiations are underway between Roving Enterprises – producers of The Project in Australia – and New Zealand’s TV3 network.

It will be called The Project – but air as a half-hour program. (The Aussie version began in 2009 as The 7PM Project; in 2011, it was extended to one hour and moved to 6.30pm.)

I rarely watch Story. I might check it out but will probably rarely watch The Project.

Duncan Garner is thought to be moving from Story to the morning slot that Paul Henry will vacate at the end of this year, so probably starting next year.

New Zealand TV has struggled to deal with current affairs in prime time for a few years.

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14 Comments

  1. Perhaps there might be some substance to current affairs on TV in NZ if this happens, here is to hoping 🙂

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  2. Gezza

     /  8th November 2016

    Conceptually The Project sounds a bit like Seven Sharp when it first started off. That was a mixture of news commentary from a humourous angle if I recall correctly. It was a disaster. 😕

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  8th November 2016

      From the little I saw of it the only thing humorous about it was its delusion it was humorous.

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      • Gezza

         /  8th November 2016

        I have never seen any other programme hosted by 3 people whose complete lack of synergy and ability to gel made every episiode feel so awkward. But the whole concept looked wrong at the outset anyway.

        Current affairs in NZ is just snippets of this and snippets of that, I give most of them a miss because there might be only one snippet that interests me, and the rest I can’t be bothered with.

        Whatever happened to 30-60 minute intelligent documentaries several times a week?

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  3. duperez

     /  9th November 2016

    Whatever happened to 30-60 minute intelligent documentaries several times a week is that most people don’t want to watch them and they cost too much. People, generally, just want snippets for current affairs.
    One positive for media outlets is that snippets leave gaps for follow-up fripperies and become fertile fields for folk, fostering further fatuous faeces. I’m effing over it. 😖

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    • Gezza

       /  9th November 2016

      I sometimes feel like only Infowars is real tv now. Sort of. 🤔🕶

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      • MaureenW

         /  9th November 2016

        That’s a comment worthy of further exploration Gezza. (I kinda feel like crying).

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  4. MaureenW

     /  9th November 2016

    The 7.00pm shows have failed for as long as the “nightly news” programs failed to deliver any “news”. Both “shows” are just a clusterf**** of Woman’s Day articles on television (with sport and weather)

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    • Gezza

       /  9th November 2016

      Yep. In fact, honestly, it seems to me that 1ewes at 6 is really actually severals lots of weather, and sports, with a few womens day items of news, some of which is often actually sports and weather too, weather, well before they move to sports, then end with weather. 😕

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      • Gezza

         /  9th November 2016

        There’s one weather there that I forgot to delete. Sorry about that.

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      • MaureenW

         /  9th November 2016

        Anyone who seriously needs to know what the weather will be, will use better sources anyway. For me, I just look out the window

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