of the hosts of TVNZ's new 7pm show has hit back at criticism
of the programme.
Ali Mau, who will present Seven Sharp with comedian Jesse
Mulligan and former newsreader Greg Boyed, said the public
had been "misled a little bit, not by us by commentators, who
... really know nothing about the programme".
Speaking to Newstalk ZB, the former Fair Go presenter said
the show would feature interviews, live commentators and
"[People] have been misled into believing the programme won't
have any harder stories, and that's not true at all."
Mau also revealed the show would use new software allowing
viewers to interact directly with the hosts.
"The three hosts will have screens that we'll be able to
select real-time comments from and debate with the viewers
and bring their viewpoint directly into the programme," she
"You can't leave the viewers behind and expect them to sit
politely on the couch and swallow everything you say, you
have to give them a chance to respond."
The show, which replaces Close Up, starts on Monday. Mau said
she was very excited about it, but also quite nervous.
"[I'm] quite confident that it'll be a hit."