TVNZ names Seven Sharp presenters

Last updated 11:05 08/01/2013
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SEVEN SHARP HOSTS: Greg Boyed, Alison Mau and Jesse Mulligan.

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Ali Mau, Greg Boyed and Jesse Mulligan will present TVNZ's Close Up replacement, Seven Sharp.

"We have brought together an enthusiastic team of presenters with unsurpassed news and current affairs credentials and the proven ability to be entertaining,'' TVNZ head of news and current affairs Ross Dagan said as he announced the positions today.

''We are confident this team will tell compelling stories in a refreshing way that will engage New Zealand viewers.''

He said the new show would reflect the day's events with ''smart thinking, different viewpoints, and plenty of laughs along the way''.

Fair Go co-presenter Mau said she would miss working alongside her consumer show colleagues but was excited about the new show. 

"I'm thrilled to be part of this, particularly as the Seven Sharp team is such a strong one both journalistically and creatively.

"I'm really looking forward to working alongside Greg and Jesse in the studio, both of whom bring a wicked sense of humour and depth of knowledge to the show."

Boyed, a One News and Q+A host, said he was looking forward to being part of a "brand spanking new show and having a bit of a rant and a ramble in a way that I perhaps wasn't able to in my most recent roles".

Mulligan, a writer and panellist on TV3's 7 Days, said the show was a "cool and unique opportunity". 

Seven Sharp executive producer Raewyn Rasch said although the show was still weeks away from airing content was already being produced.

"We are well advanced in the production planning stages of Seven Sharp, and have a great catalogue of stories already underway that we are raring to go with. We are really excited at the shape the show is taking."

TVNZ said Mau and Boyd's replacements in their previous roles would be announced in coming weeks.

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