Long-form current affairs show Paddy Gower Has Issues announced by Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ

Patrick Gower will front new longform current affairs show Paddy Gower Has Issues.
Patrick Gower will front new longform current affairs show Paddy Gower Has Issues. Photo credit: Newshub

Award-winning Newshub journalist Patrick Gower is returning to prime time in 2023 to host brand new regular series Paddy Gower Has Issues on Three and ThreeNow.

Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ said it is "delighted" to announce the show as an expansion of long-form current affairs.

Paddy Gower Has Issues will offer a fresh take on current affairs, brought to life with Gower’s trademark edge and will appeal to digital and linear audiences.

This show is being made for information-seeking audiences who crave real and relevant issues-driven content that captures the zeitgeist.

Gower has been a journalist for over 20 years and was the Newshub Political Editor in the Parliamentary Press Gallery for a period covering four different Prime Ministers and three different Governments.

He has won favour with New Zealand audiences for his hard-hitting yet approachable style, and has recently fronted the Patrick Gower On... series of documentaries for Three and ThreeNow, which took his inimitable approach to a varying range of topics including P, Weed, Alcohol and Cyber Crime.

Gower said he is extremely excited about the new show.

"I cannot lie, this is a big and proud moment for me," he said.

"I know that Kiwis want this from us - they tell me every day. Together with my fellow Newshub journos, we'll present the big stories and issues facing Aotearoa New Zealand, creatively and with an all new energy."

Senior Vice President and Head of Networks for Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ and Japan Glen Kyne said Paddy Gower Has Issues affirms the company's desire to tell local stories.

"We are an organisation with global scale, assets and franchises, that also values local expertise and the need for local investment," he said.

"At the heart of that remains a commitment to trusted news and current affairs and local content, for both our valued audiences in New Zealand, and new audiences who want to hear New Zealand stories told around the world."