Country TV is New Zealand’s home of authentic rural television. Our privately-owned channel is broadcast on SKY TV channel 81 and is available online.
About Country TV
Country TV is a privately-owned TV channel, dedicated to bringing the true rural Kiwi to your screen. Our programme is distributed on the SKY TV platform, channel 81, and is available on our online channel, Country TV Online, offering Live-TV and Video on Demand streaming services.
We bring our subscribers a rich selection of the very best in agribusiness, news and weather, rural lifestyle, equestrian and entertainment programmes.
Tune in and be treated to everything from farming, equestrian, country vets, fishing, hunting, tractor pulling, cooking, gardening and the serious issues facing the agribusiness sector both in NZ and around the globe.
Our team brings together extensive experience in broadcasting, production, editing, news production and up to date weather forecasting to create the very best rural and equestrian broadcasting content for you.
With over 30 years of extensive television experience, both here and Australia, Helen has worked as Producer, Executive Producer, Programme Manager and General Manager of various channels including MTV Australia. Helen was also part of the launch team for two pay television channels in Australia. As General Manager of Country TV, Helen oversees all departments, and is very hands-on with programme acquisitions, commissioning, scheduling and distributing programmes for the channel. Helen has always had an interest in the rural sector, being raised on a Waikato dairy farm.
Weather Presenter from WeatherWatch.co.nz
Since 2005 Philip has operated private forecaster WeatherWatch, which places a real focus on the rural sector. Philip has spent half of his life living in rural New Zealand and has travelled the entire country, to get his head around each region and how the weather uniquely impacts you all. The rural background ensures we’re a forecaster that understands a sunny, dry, day in a drought is not a “good” forecast, for example! Philip has a network of weather organisations supporting him across New Zealand, Australia and USA and he uses their data and weather news in his forecasts each night. Whether it’s a snow storm affecting lambing, showers when you’re making hay, or a drought that has developed, Philip will bring you the weather forecast and explain what it honestly means for you and your business or lifestyle.
Presenter - Daily Report & Point of View
Mark Leishman is a NZ radio and television broadcaster and currently presents The Daily Report and Point of View shows on Country TV. Mark is exceptionally busy as he also is the breakfast host of the Magic radio network and co-host of Holden Golf World on Sky Sport 1. He has been the producer and presenter of numerous television series, among them Top Town, Tux Wonder Dogs, Jeopardy!, The Great New Zealand Spelling Bee, Mud and Glory and for 15 years presenter and co-producer (with his wife Jo Raymond) of The Young Farmer Contest. He has also produced and directed a number of television documentaries.
Colin Harvey is recognised for making major contributions to the New Zealand agricultural industry. For the past 22 years he built animal health company Ancare. It had significant market share across several animal health categories in the face of strong competition. Ancare was recently merged with multinational, Merial. From a family of dairy farmers in Taranaki, Colin graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Massey University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.
Maria is responsible for planning and coordinating Country TV’s marketing and outreach campaigns and for driving digital media and customer communications. Her background and experience lies in marketing, design and events management. In her spare time, Maria enjoys road trips across New Zealand, hiking, photography and yoga.
Editor, News & Current Affairs
Frank is the motion graphic designer, animator and editor for Country TV. He is the person behind the screen of The Daily Report and Point of View. His detail-orientation and his versatile post-production abilities give Country TV’s programmes its unique look. Frank is a dog lover and enjoys spending his spare time running on the beach with his three-legged dog Oscar.
Nathaniel is a creative artist from west Auckland. Having completed a degree in Screen Arts at Unitec Institute of Technology, Nathaniel is a passionate story teller and film maker. As Promotions Producer at Country TV, Nathaniel brings creative passion to the team, aiming to produce quality and entertaining content.