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Eric Young

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.

He has worked for ESPN, has commentated on and written about sport in dozens of countries, and joined Prime News in 2006, when he decided it was probably time he got a real job. His hunt for the perfect pinot remains, at this stage, fruitless, but he is determined to continue the search.

Alistair Wilkinson

Award-winning journalist Alistair Wilkinson discovered his passion for broadcasting whilst working as a researcher at Capital TV in the mid-1990’s in his hometown of Wellington.  Soon recruited by TV3 he rose through the ranks working as a reporter, producer and presenter for 3 News and 60 Minutes. Alistair also spent four years across the Tasman working as a producer and reporter for SKY News Australia, Seven News and SBS.

Having been the forefront of New Zealand’s breaking events for many years, Alistair’s most memorable role has been co-presenting the 3 News breaking coverage of the Christchurch earthquake disaster along with filing live reports from the scene in the week after the quake.

Appointed as SKY News NZ News Director in August 2011, Alistair leads a dedicated news team as well as regularly producing and presenting coverage for both New Zealand’s early evening free-to-air bulletin Prime News: First At 5.30 and for SKY News Australia, broadcasting on the SKY digital platform.

Alistair lives in central Auckland with his partner and two boisterous dogs. He can often be seen in the early hours of the morning, being walked to the local park!

Charlotte Bellis

Charlotte Bellis’ career began in the United States. As a promising young tennis player, she received a scholarship that allowed her to study at the Missouri School of Journalism. She then went on to work in various roles for America’s ABC and NBC news affiliates.

Like most travelling kiwis, she had to return home once her visa expired. As a reporter in her hometown of Christchurch, she was TVNZ’s live correspondent when the devastating earthquake hit in February 2011. Despite the chaos, the journalist within her ‘kicked in’ and she worked through the night, reporting from within the CBD before having to hitchhike home.

Charlotte brings with her a wealth of journalistic experience in news reporting and producing to her new role as weekend news anchor with Prime News – First at 5.30, completing Prime’s current on-air line up of weekday news anchor veteran broadcaster Eric Young and NZ News Director Alistair Wilkinson.