Newshub's senior director of news Sarah Bristow resigns

Sarah Bristow has resigned as Newshub's senior director of news.
Sarah Bristow has resigned as Newshub's senior director of news. Photo credit: Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ

Newshub's Senior Director of News Sarah Bristow is stepping down after nine years with the business and almost four years as the company's head of news, Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ has announced.

She took over the role in February 2020 just one month before COVID-19 hit globally.

In a statement to staff on Wednesday afternoon, Bristow said she had been "privileged" to be in the role.

"I am immensely proud of all that Newshub has achieved during my tenure – the compelling stories, important journalism and gutsy news coverage we produce on a daily basis.  I know it makes a difference to New Zealand and the lives of New Zealanders.

"I feel privileged to have led some of the most talented people in our industry and know that it's quite possible no other job will ever compare to this one," she said.

Senior Vice President and Head of Networks, Glen Kyne paid tribute to Bristow's commitment to Newshub, as well as saying she was a "wonderful friend and colleague."

"She has not only navigated Newshub through the pandemic, she’' overseen two elections, wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, monumental sporting events, natural disasters and numerous important stories covered by our incredible Newshub team.  

"Under her leadership, Newshub has also picked up multiple, coveted awards including Best News Coverage at the TV Awards and Voyager Awards. 

"Sarah has done it all with her trademark grit and determination – and her latest endeavours have seen her laying the foundations for our transition to a digitally-led operating model.  As Sarah says, her tank is empty (to use a Jacinda-ism) and it is now time for a leader with fresh energy to take Newshub through its next phase. 

"For me personally, Sarah has been a wonderful friend and colleague as we have shared the journey through various company changes over the past few years. She has served the newsroom and our business with dignity, determination and unrivalled passion for our Newshub brand. And no matter what has been thrown her way, she has never stopped smiling. While I’m sad to see her go, I respect her decision and am grateful for her dedication and commitment."

Bristow will stay on in the role until mid-February, and recruitment for her replacement will commence shortly.