TVNZ names Seven Sharp presenters

Last updated 11:00 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.

The trio replace Mark Sainsbury in the 7pm slot after Close Up was axed at the end of last year. It will go head-to-head with the John Campbell-fronted Campbell Live on TV3.

TVNZ head of news and current affairs Ross Dagan said the new team had "unsurpassed news and current affairs credentials and the proven ability to be entertaining''.

The 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 she was typically excited about the change.

"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 also looking forward to "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.

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