Ryan Bridge, Kim Crossman, Guy Montgomery up for NZ TV Personality of the Year award

Ryan Bridge is nominated for the NZ TV Personality of the Year Award.
Ryan Bridge is nominated for the NZ TV Personality of the Year Award. Photo credit: AM

AM host Ryan Bridge has been nominated as one of ten finalists for the 2023 TV Personality of the Year by the New Zealand Television Awards.

The award is the only publicly voted category within the NZ Television Awards.

Also up for the award are Guy Montgomery, host of Three show Guy Montgomery's Guy Mont-Spelling Bee, Homebound 3.0's Kimberley Crossman and Bravo reality star Aesha Scott, who stars in Below Deck.

The TV Legend Award winner for 2023 has also been announced. Bro'town star Oscar Kightley is to collect the accolade, with organisers saying he "has pierced the glass ceiling for Pasifika storytellers working in the mainstream. In front of the camera, from comedy, sport, to drama and factual - his contribution has been massive".

Kightley will soon be seen on screen in Taika Waititi's movie Next Goal Wins.

Earlier this month, Newshub received five nominations in the news and current affairs categories of the NZ Television Awards.   

Those categories include Best News Coverage, Best Presenter: News & Current Affairs, Reporter of the Year, Best Current Affairs Show, and Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Programme. 

Newshub won Best News Coverage in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.    

Three/ThreeNow and parent company Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ also appeared in a number of other nominations, including Best Comedy (7 Days), Best Format Reality Series (Match Fit - League Legends), Best Entertainment Programme (Guy Montgomery's Guy-Mont Spelling Bee), Best Presenter: Entertainment (Karen O'Leary for Paddy Gower Has Issues), Best Editing: Drama / Comedy Drama (Rhys Green, Lachlan Wilson and Ben Winter for Double Parked), and Best Post-Production Design (Mikee Carpinter for Patrick Gower on Cyber Crime).

In the Factual and Documentary categories, the documentary Inside Child Poverty Revisited from Red Sky Film & Television Ltd for ThreeNow and Three has been nominated for the NZ on Air Best Documentary, while Imagination TV's Heartbreak Island (season 3, episode 12) for ThreeNow also scored a nomination for Best Original Reality Series.   

The winners of this year's New Zealand Television Awards will be announced on Tuesday, December 5 at a red carpet gala event to be held at Auckland's Viaduct Events Centre.