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Prime News - First at 5.30pm

Prime News – First at 5.30pm is produced by the award-winning MediaWorks news division at their Auckland Flower Street Studios and offers a high-quality 5.30pm news programme with the day’s top news, sport and weather, all in a concise 30 minute package.

With Eric Young presenting on weeknights and Janika ter Ellen at weekends, Prime News – First at 5.30pm will continue to keep you up-to-date, backed by the resources of the country’s finest journalists, producers and foreign correspondents from around the globe.




Eric Young is an award-winning journalist, who has managed to turn an obsession for news into a career spanning more than a quarter of a century.

His broadcasting career began with Auckland’s radio in the early 1980s, took a seven-year diversion to the Auckland Star’s sports department, before returning with the launch of TV3 in 1989.




Janika ter Ellen started her journalism career at RadioLIVE, before taking up a job at 3News in Wellington. She worked as a 3News reporter three years before joining The Paul Henry Show line up as the news presenter. During her time at MediaWorks, she has worked on Firstline, Midday, 3 News' 6pm bulletin, and Nightline, covering everything from the Scott Guy trial to New Zealand Fashion Week.