TV3 cancels Howard Dobson's Sport Tonight

04:55, Nov 29 2012
Howard Dobson
SHOW CANCELLED: Howard Dobson.

TV3's late night daily programme Sports Tonight is being cancelled from the end of the year.

Some of its content would be folded into Nightline, which is broadcast just before Sports Tonight and has no sports content, TV3 spokesperson Rachel Lorimer said.

It was a little bit early to say what would happen to the show's presenter Howard Dobson.

"We're looking to redeploy the Sports Tonight team into other parts of news and current affairs," Lorimer said.

Minimal, if any, redundancies were anticipated, but those issues had to be worked through with the employees individually.

Lorimer would not comment on the reason for the decision, just saying that Sports Tonight had a good run.

Dobson recently attracted some attention for choking up when talking about Shane Cameron's boxing defeat.

The New Zealand Herald quoted TV3 head of news and current affairs Mark Jennings saying Sports Tonight's ratings were not as good as they had been and there were better options for overseas non-sport programming in the 11pm time slot.


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