Heather du Plessis-Allan to host Breakfast?

The race is on to find a fill in for Pippa Wetzell when the Breakfast star goes on maternity leave early next year.

It is understood Bernadine Oliver-Kerby and Miriama Kamo are front runners for the job but the Herald on Sunday has reported that Breakfast star Paul Henry’s pick for the job is One News reporter Heather du Plessis-Allan.

That choice was described as “out of the box” by a TVNZ spokesperson.

Henry told the newspaper that Alison Mau wasn’t a fan of the early starts and that he preferred Renee Wright over Wendy Petrie.

Results of last weeks poll:

Renee Wright: 39 votes
Heather du Plessis-Allan: 115 votes
Miriama Kamo: 21 votes
Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: 27 votes
Wendy Petrie: 4 votes

– Dan News

Students plan flash mob for charity

Five students from AUT University are planning a flash mob event in central Auckland to raise awareness of The Hearing House, a charity that helps children who are deaf or hard of hearing speak and communicate in the same way as their peers.

“By holding a Flash mob, where as many people as possible will freeze in place for five minutes, we are hoping to give other New Zealanders a chance to see what life is like when communication stops.” co-organiser James Boult told Dan News.

“It’s a big thing, not being able to hear or speak properly, and it’s something that most people take for granted. Hopefully by experiencing it first hand, New Zealanders will be able to see why The Hearing House is such a great charity, and why they should be supported.”

Boult hopes to have at least 200 people turn up to the location, and those who do attend could win prizes from event sponsors including an Auckland Harbour Bridge bungee jump from AJ Hackett, and vouchers from STK Bar and Restaurant, and DB Breweries.

The Event will be taking place at 5pm on Friday the 15th of October, in downtown Auckland.

To RSVP or for more information, head to the event Facebook page here.

– Dan News

Michael Pell to become Sunrise EP

Seven Network have announced Michael Pell will become the new Sunrise executive producer.

Boland, who launched the show almost ten years ago, is stepping down in November.

Pell has been the executive producer of Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show for the past two years and was described as a logical successor by Seven’s head of news Peter Meakin.

Michael started his career at Sky News Australia, before moving to the Seven Network.

Boland will continue to work for Channel 7 as a consultant.

– Dan News

Win a trip to see Graham Norton LIVE in the UK

To celebrate the launch of their new Friday night line up, UKTV and House Of Travel could be sending you and a friend to London with return airfares, 10 nights accommodation and tickets to see The Graham Norton show.

To enter simply upload a photo of yourself holding something starting with ‘U’ and something else starting with ‘K’ next to your TV.

The most original and creative take on UKTV will win.

Enter here.

NEW FRIDAY NIGHT LINE – UP:

7.30pm: Top Gear Series 6

8.30pm: My Family Series 10 (First NZ screening)

9pm: The Thick of It (First NZ screening)

Critically acclaimed The Thick of It returns with eight more episodes of sharp political satire.

The Prime Minister decides to reshuffle his cabinet in an attempt to look like he’s doing something. Except that no-one with any sense wants to join the Prime Minister on the bridge as the ship appears to be going down. So his chief enforcer Malcolm Tucker is having a hard time finding ministers prepared to volunteer for suicide watch in the run up to the general election.

Enter Nicola Murray MP: a woman so far down the list that Malcolm doesn’t even have a file on her but who can be flattered and bullied into accepting the Cabinet post that no-one wants: Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Citizenship. Nicola’s got plenty of ideas though: the Social Mobility Agenda, the Fourth Sector (whatever that is), but ideas cost money and in the current climate that means trouble.

This series follows Nicola and her used-up team of advisors as they struggle to achieve anything at all under Malcolm’s watchful eye, with Nicola’s opposite number Peter Mannion and his team circling as they finally sense victory is within their grasp, even if they aren’t too sure what to do with it when they get it. Being in power is a good thing, right

9.30pm: The Graham Norton Show Series 6 (First NZ screening)

10pm: Peep Show Series 5 (First NZ screening)

Paul Henry Suspended

TVNZ has today suspended Breakfast host Paul Henry.

TVNZ CEO Rick Ellis said that Mr Henry’s recent remarks about Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand were inappropriate for anyone in the company to make.

“I have met with Paul and told him that while his apologies were the right thing to do and that I believe he is sincere in his regret, I still consider his remarks unacceptable for any employee of TVNZ to make.

“TVNZ is a multi-cultural company that is representative of modern New Zealand’s rich ethnic diversity.

“We give Paul a lot of freedom with the Breakfast programme and he does a magnificent job. But as we have said before, with that freedom comes responsibility.

“Paul is one of New Zealand’s best broadcasters. He is a provocative host who speaks his mind and that is what many New Zealanders like about him. He often pushes the boundaries and that’s important in a country that values freedom of speech. But I consider his latest remarks to have well and truly crossed that line.

“As Editor-In-Chief I have today suspended Paul without pay effective immediately. He will return on air on Monday 18 October.

“When Sir Anand returns from the Commonwealth Games I will be personally apologising to him.”

– TVNZ