CHRIS LYNCH 

CHRIS LYNCH 

Chris Lynch is an award winning journalist and television news producer. He hosts a morning talk show on New Zealand's #1 commercial station Newstalk ZB. Chris works across all media platforms including television, radio, print and social media. He worked  in 'live' network television control rooms, producing significant international news. In 2017 Chris was part of the team who won an award at the New Zealand Radio Awards for best team coverage. The same year, Chris picked up the award for excellence in journalist for coverage of a breaking news story at the New Zealand Emergency and Public Relations Awards. Chris was nominated for "best talk host"  at the New Zealand Radio Awards in 2016, 2015, and 2014. He hosts nationwide talk radio shows and presents special network shows including War Memorial Day, Easter holidays and New Zealand Day.   (Below: Chris Lynch with then New Zealand Prime Minister)   He is also an experienced video content producer having filmed and edited social media video for clients including Emirates and luxury international hotel brands in Hong Kong and Las Vegas. 

 

TELEVISION NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS 

In 2015 and 2014, Lynch produced and hosted a weekly current affairs television show. Lynch interviewed leaders from every major New Zealand political party including the Prime Minister.Previously, Chris was a television producer on the country’s #1 nightly current affairs prime time national show, producing high rating stories, as well as managing special coverage of the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.                                                        

AWARD WINNING TELEVISION INVESTIGATIONS 

In 2012, he led an undercover investigation into an under-age sex sting and that same year was recognised at the television awards and won the award for Best Journalist on a Daily Current Affairs Show. The offender exposed in the investigation was arrested and convicted. Another undercover investigation by Chris Lynch prompted a government prosecution against an Australian company using illegal tactics sell products. Chris was the main Crown prosecution witness. The company featured in the TV investigation was fined over half a million dollars. Another story Chris worked on, was that of an HIV positive Auckland man who was deliberately infecting men and woman with the virus. The offender faced 14 charges of infecting, or attempting to infect 14 people with HIV. Chris' investigation exposed loop-holes in the law which, at the time, prevented health authorities contacting police because of privacy laws. Chris has also produced and edited entertainment news/interviews, working alongside a current affairs host with artists including Tom Jones, Usher, The Black Eyed Peas, Lionel Richie to name few.

In 2012, Chris was the weekend news anchor for the country's only public broadcasting television channel. He produced hourly bulletins, writing and compiling news, sport and weather. Chris previously worked for the country's #1 radio station, covering international stories including the Chinese milk scandal where he was the first reporter to interview the CEO of the company involved. The same year he broke the story of the collapse of one of the country's biggest finance companies and covered the military takeover in Fiji, speaking to the then controversial police chief. While radio reporting, he uncovered an immigration scam, prompting a Government investigation leading to the deportation of illegal immigrants. Before working at NewstalkZB's headquarters in Auckland, Chris spent two years as a radio journalist, covering the South Island's West Coast reporting on tornadoes, corrupt police officers, and two mining disasters. He holds a Bachelor of Broadcasting Journalism Communications Degree and a Diploma in Television Documentary Making.

Lynch was a finalist at the 2015 New Zealand Radio Awards in the Best talkback Presenter category and after just one year, as host, he was nominated as a finalist at the 2014 Awards in the Best Talkback Host category. Chris holds a Bachelor of Broadcasting Degree in Broadcasting Television and Radio and has a Diploma in Television Production and has worked for the Walt Disney Company in a creative capacity, and is a professional puppeteer. 

TELEVISION NEWS ANCHOR CTV News, First at Five October 2014 – October 2015  

Host of Christchurch’s nightly television news service on Canterbury Television.

TALKBACK HOST Newstalk ZB January 2013 – current

Host of 'Canterbury Mornings' on Newstalk ZB.

CURRENT AFFAIRS  PRODUCER Television New Zealand Feb 2009 – Dec 2012  

A producer for New Zealand's top rating nightly news and current affairs show. Responsible for finding and generating stories to broadcast on the programme.Editing feature stories using Quantel software. Overseeing the direction  of stories. Responsible for arranging and securing interviews with international news makers.  Produce on-location special live broadcasts on breaking events with host, talent, production crew. Work with promo producers to ensure commercially relevant and engaging.

NEWS PRESENTER / LINE UP PRODUCER

Television New Zealand Seven 2011 – 2012

 Presenting and producing hourly bulletins on New Zealand’s public broadcasting channel. Presenting and producing hourly bulletins on digital channel TVNZ7. Writing, and compiling and bulletins, including sport and weather.  Monitoring national and international feeds. Cutting RVOs/VOs.

RADIO JOURNALIST

NewstalkZB  May 2007 – FEB 2009

Journalist at New Zealand's top rating news talkback radio station. Promoted to senior positions; news reader, sub editor and online News directing; assigning stories to reporters, and responsible for generating copy for sub editors to compile hourly bulletins on the Radio Network’s commercial stations. News reader for national news.

RADIO JOURNALIST

The Radio Network 2006 – 2007       

Reporter covering New Zealand’s largest geographical region for The Radio Network, the most listened to news station in the New Zealand.Producing radio copy for local and national news updates. Conducting live interviews with the host on the nation wide news programme. Reading local news and sport bulletins for breakfast, midday, and evening news. Producing weekly radio promos for Newstalk ZB’s West Coast. Reporting and conducting live reports for the associated NewstalkZB.

TELEVISION REPORTER / EDITOR 

 Freelance 2005

Producer of two broadcast documentaries. Fighting the Flu: Look at the bird flu virus & New Zealand’s pandemic emergency plans. Raise the Age: Examining New Zealand’s binge drinking culture.

TELEVISION HOST

 Cry Music Television 1999 - 2001

Hosted daily live music show, Cry Music TV

TELEVISION RESEARCHER

News Hour, Feb 1999 – Oct 2001

Researcher for nightly news programme ‘Canterbury News Hour’ and ‘Live at Five’ Monitoring international news feeds for local news show.