The replacement for departing head of news at MediaWorks Mark Jennings has been announced as news website editor Hal Crawford.
Australian Crawford will be leaving his role as editor-in-chief of Ninemsn, where he has held various positions over the past decade.
Yesterday Newshub reported Jennings would be leaving after 27 years of service at MediaWorks.
Group chief executive MediaWorks, Mark Weldon, told the channel: "Over 25 years of leadership of TV3 News, Mark has made a major and lasting contribution to NZ journalism and wider NZ society.
"I personally have greatly enjoyed working with Mark.
"I believe that the timing of his departure, coming as it does after the successful launch of Newshub, and at the beginning of a new digital-led phase, works best for the company and for Mark personally.
His legacy of strong and fearless journalism will continue to reverberate through the Newshub - he is leaving with significant momentum in our news brands."
Australian media reported Crawford would stay on at Ninemsn until the end of May.
Former journalist at MediaWorks David Farrier joked on Twitter about Jennings' successor being from a background in online news.
"we need someone to be head of news at a tv station!"— David Farrier (@davidfarrier) February 24, 2016
"let's get someone who hasn't worked in tv"
"brilliant idea hire him immediately"
He also shared a link to an opinion piece Crawford wrote called "Why 'quality journalism' should be left to die" on Australian media and marketing blog Mumbrella.
Several current and former journalists and employees for MediaWorks have paid tribute to Jennings on social media.
Veteran journalist Amanda Gillies wrote on Twitter: "Mark Jennings is leaving TV3. He offered me a job 15 years ago and kindly agreed to be my mentor. He has been brilliant and will be missed.''
Boss. Mentor. Friend. Tv3 was lucky to have Mark Jennings for nearly 27 years. pic.twitter.com/jlnhTid4aM— Amanda Gillies (@Amanda_Gillies) February 24, 2016
Journalist Sarah Hall called Mr Jennings' depature "tragic.''
"Tragic day for TV3. Mark Jennings was a fantastic boss and a great newsman.''
While Prime TV journalist Eric Young remembered when he joined the TV3 network in 1989.
"Mark Jennings was already someone to aspire to. Feels like a punch in the guts. And I don't even work for him.''
When I left tv3 mark Jennings called me a "genius" & "the most intelligent person who ever worked 4 the company." His commitment was 2 truth— Ali Ikram (@AliIkram) February 24, 2016
Mark Jennings resigns from TV3...a brilliant news brain, the finest of managers and one of my all-time favourite people. Go well, Mark.— Rachel Smalley (@Rachel_Smalley) February 24, 2016
When I joined @TV3nz in 1989, Mark Jennings was already someone to aspire to. Feels like a punch in the guts. And I don't even work for him.— Eric Young (@RealEricYoung) February 24, 2016
Even though he made me redundant (although we all know it wasn't actually him) I say hand on heart that Mark Jennings will be very missed.— Paula Penfold (@paulapenfold) February 24, 2016
Mark Jennings, best and most influential news manager of his generation, has left MediaWorks. That feels like more than the end of an era.— Russell Brown (@publicaddress) February 24, 2016