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MediaWorks will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2011 General Election across its TV, Radio and online news outlets under the banner DECISION '11.

The TV3 and RadioLIVE newsrooms will have full coverage of the 2011 General Election, from the campaign trail through to polling day results, bringing New Zealanders the information and insight they need to decide the next Government. Highlights of this coverage, plus exclusive content will be available online at the continuously updated DECISION '11 website (

Across 3 News, Campbell Live, The Nation, and the RadioLIVE programmes, MediaWorks' leading journalists and commentators will cover the big issues of the 2011 election: asking the questions New Zealanders want answered; evaluating the policies and promises; and holding the politicians to account.

Once Kiwis have gone to the polls, 3 News, RadioLIVE and will be there with the most up-to-the-minute election results, and informative, entertaining analysis.


RadioLIVE's special election programming begins this Thursday (3 Nov) with The ASB Great Debate 2011, broadcast LIVE from Queenstown, involving Minister of Finance Bill English, the Minister of Maori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples, Act NZ's Stephen Whittington, Green Party co-leader Dr Russel Norman and Labour Finance Spokesman David Cunliffe.

The following week (9 Nov), RadioLIVE will broadcast a second Finance Debate, between Bill English and David Cunliffe, moderated by Michael Laws.

On Election Day (26 Nov), Mitch Harris will host Decision '11: The Insider's Guide, RadioLIVE's election coverage and up-to-the-minute results. Through the programme, Mitch will be talking to RadioLIVE political experts and personalities, including Michael Laws, Willie Jackson, John Tamihere and Paul Henry. Post-election coverage kicks off at 6am on 27 Sunday 27 November, with Marcus Lush hosting a RadioLIVE special Decision '11: The Morning After, talking to the people who matter in the new political landscape.


3's election week programming kicks off on Monday 21 November, with The Leader's Debate between John Key and Phil Goff, moderated by John Campbell. Unique to TV3's debate is the use of the Roy Morgan Reactor, smart-phone technology that tracks the responses of a panel of non-committed voters to the two leaders and displays them in real time. After the debate John Campbell will be joined by 3 News Political Editor Duncan Garner, political scientist Therese Arseneau, and Radio LIVE host, Paul Henry for expert analysis and comment.

TV3 will have full coverage of Election Day. From 7pm, John Campbell and Duncan Garner will present TV3's election special. They will be joined in the studio by a panel of commentators and analysts, including Therese Arseneau, Linda Clark, Chris Trotter, Paul Henry, Rodney Hide, and John Tamihere, while from around New Zealand,

3's leading journalists will be gauging reaction and tracking developments in the electorates. TV3's post-election wrap-up (Nov 27) is a special edition of The Nation hosted by Sean Plunket and Duncan Garner.

Throughout the campaign, the DECISION '11website ( will draw on the resources of both newsrooms, and their own journalists, to bring visitors the latest political developments, as well as a wealth of candidate profiles and interviews, a guide to MMP, a look back at election history, and more. The innovative site will live stream The Leader's Debate and TV3's election night coverage, accompanied by a multimedia Cover It Live blog including contributions from 3 News political reporters, leading political analysts, RadioLIVE journalists and the DECISION '11 team.


The ASB Great Debate 2011 (RadioLIVE) Thursday 3rd November, 7pm

The Minister of Finance Bill English, the Minister of Maori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples, Act NZ's Stephen Whittington, Green Party co-leader Dr Russel Norman and Labour Finance Spokesman David Cunliffe LIVE from the Queenstown Memorial Hall and broadcast on RadioLIVE.

Finance Debate (RadioLIVE) Wednesday 9th November, 9am

An hour-long debate between Finance Minister, Bill English, and the Finance Spokesperson for the Opposition, David Cunliffe, moderated by Michael Laws.

The Leader's Debate (TV3) Monday 21 November, 7pm

John Campbell moderates the TV3 Leader's Debate between Leader of the National Party, John Key, and Leader of the Labour Party, Phil Goff. A one-hour debate, followed by analysis from a panel of expert commentators. Broadcast LIVE on TV3, simulcast on RadioLIVE, and streamed live online at

3 News - The General Election (TV3) Saturday 26 November

Comprehensive coverage from around the country as New Zealand goes to the polls, hosted by John Campbell and Duncan Garner.

Decision '11: The Insiders Guide (RadioLIVE) Saturday 26th November, 7pm - midnight RadioLIVE's broadcast of election coverage and up to the minute results will be hosted by Mitch Harris, along with the inside knowledge of its RadioLIVE political experts and personalities, including Michael Laws, John Tamihere, Willie Jackson and Paul Henry.

Decision '11: The Morning After (RadioLIVE) Sunday 27th November, 6am Marcus Lush talks to the people that matter in this post-election special.

The Nation - Post Election Special (TV3) Sunday 27 November, 8am Sean Plunket and Duncan Garner present a special post election wrap up.

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