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Sky Launches New Look Holmes On Prime

13 March 2006

Sky Launches New Look Holmes On Prime

SKY Television today announced that the new look Holmes will launch Wednesday 5 April 2006 at 7:30pm on PRIME.

Over the course of the programme, Paul will chat to prominent New Zealand personalities from the worlds of film, music, business, sport and politics, as well as fascinating figures from overseas. The hour long show will feature a combination of studio-based and on-location interviews.

Commenting on the new show, Paul Holmes says "In short, it's about conversation. It will be a longer interview format. I might interview one guest, or it might be two or three. "

"It is a style of broadcasting that has been missing from the New Zealand television landscape for a number of years. The longer length interview format will give me the opportunity to find out what makes the guests tick," continues Holmes.

SKY Television, CEO, John Fellet says "SKY Television is immensely proud to have Paul as part of its line-up on Prime. No other New Zealand personality has the breadth of experience that Paul does, and he adds credibility and enthusiasm to the channel."

The new set is currently under development. The hour long show will be produced and fronted from SKY's studios in Mt Wellington, Auckland.

The show will be produced by Pip Keane, with the assistance of Production Manager, Monique Caddy. Both are long term members of the Holmes team and worked with Paul at TVNZ and Prime Television.

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About SKY Television

SKY Television (SKY), broadcasting via both UHF and DTH is New Zealand's pre-eminent Pay TV operator, offering a wide range of sports, movies, music, on-demand and general content across more than 85 channels. SKY's channel line-up includes 6 sports channels, 5 movie channels, 5 general entertainment channels, 4 documentary channels, 3 news channels, 4 children's channels, as well as other niche channels. (At 16 February 2006, SKY had 640,521subscribers.)

SKY launched as a three-channel UHF service in 1990, with two further channels added four years later. SKY's UHF signal reaches more than 83% of the country's 1.5 million households. In December 1998 it launched a digital satellite service, extending its reach to the whole country. SKY also offers pay-per-view movies, live events and interactive services including Skybet, the Weather Channel, and games channel Playin' TV.

With the establishment of an online DVD rental service and in December 2005, the launch of MY SKY, a new set top box incorporating a personal video recorder, SKY offers New Zealand viewers even more entertainment options.

On 8 February 2006, SKY completed the purchase of the New Zealand television business of Prime Television Ltd. The acquisition of a free-to-air channel gives SKY the opportunity to showcase its channels and programmes whilst ensuring that New Zealand consumers can view delayed free-to-air sports programmes such as rugby, rugby league and cricket in primetime.

For further information, please visit SKY's web site at www.skytv.co.nz

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