Sarah Bristow announced as Newshub's new director of news

Sarah Bristow.
Sarah Bristow. Photo credit: File.

Sarah Bristow has been announced as Newshub's new director of news.

The current director of daily news and former The AM Show executive producer succeeds Hal Crawford in the role. Crawford announced his resignation in October and will leave the job in February.

Staff at the media outlet were told of Bristow's appointment at a meeting on Thursday afternoon.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the MediaWorks Exec team and to be leading a newsroom, which makes me immensely proud, each and every day," Bristow said.

The mother-of-three has nearly two decades' experience in radio and television, having worked in a variety of producing and reporting roles both in New Zealand and Australia.

Bristow was vital in establishing the early morning, cross-platform The Paul Henry Show - the first of its kind in New Zealand. It ran for two years until Henry's retirement and was followed by The AM Show, which she headed until mid-2019, when she took on the director of daily news role. 

That role included responsibility for the editorial leadership of the newsroom, including all television bulletins. It had a particular focus on the production and promotion of Newshub Live @ 6pm.

Among other roles Bristow has held during her career is a period as a reporter for RNZ and Newstalk ZB, as well as a producer for several programmes at TVNZ.

Mediaworks chief executive Michael Anderson said he was delighted to have Bristow join the executive team.

"I'm delighted to have Sarah join the MediaWorks Executive team, and knowing the experience and energy she brings in delivering high quality news I’m confident that our news team will be in great hands."

Crawford's resignation from Newshub came as Mediaworks announced its desire to sell its television division, under which the news outlet sits. He said leaving Newshub was unrelated to the sale and that he was returning to Australia with his family.

Bristow will begin the role in the middle of February.