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PRIME NEWS PRESENTERS

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.

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.