Look out Duncan Garner, here comes Adam Rickitt – Political Correspondent

Former Shortland Street actor and pop star Adam Rickitt has been hired as a political correspondent by a UK breakfast show in a bid to sex up their coverage of the Conservative party conference.

Rickitt, who considered standing as a Conservative candidate in 2005 will team up with Daybreak’s political editor Sue Jameson for coverage of the conference in Birmingham.

The Press Association called Rickitt a non-gay, gay pin up and reported that he also hosted the Conservative Party’s official gay night, Conference Pride, on Sunday.

– Dan News

Michael Bublé parodies Bieber

Michael Buble has released his latest single ‘Hollywood’ but it is the music video that has people talking.

In the video, Buble parodies fellow Canadian singer Justin Bieber in what is being called a “comic tribute” to the teen star and representatives from the Bieber camp reportedly approve of the video.

Embedding is disabled unfortunately, but you can check it out here.

– Dan News

Scott Guy homicide to feature on Police Ten-7

The case of Scott Guy, who was shot dead outside his home in Feilding in July, is to feature on the TV crime show Police Ten-7 this week.

It’s nearly three months since the 31-year-old dairy farmed was killed as he left his Aorangi Road home early on the morning of Thursday, 8 July, to milk the cows on the nearby family farm.

This Thursday (7 October) at 7.30pm, Police Ten-7 will be asking viewers to cast their minds back to that day, and to come forward with any information that might be relevant to Scott’s death.

The programme will also reiterate specific appeals relating to three chocolate labrador puppies taken from Scott’s property, two vehicles seen on Aorangi Road on the morning of the murder, and the shotgun used to kill Scott, which has not yet been recovered.

Detective Inspector Sue Schwalger said: “It’s always been a consideration to use Police Ten-7 as another means of eliciting information. It is a different audience and demographic to other media and with any investigation you look at ways you can reach different audiences. It is also a chance to remind people that we are still looking for information in relation to Scott’s death.”

To speak to a member of the investigation team, contact 0800 808585. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

A Statement from Paul Henry

TVNZ have just released this statement from Breakfast host Paul Henry:

I sincerely apologise to the Governor General, Sir Anand Satyanand for any offence I may have caused.

I am aware that Sir Anand has made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand.

Anyone who knows anything about me will know I am a royalist, a constant defender of the monarchy and the role the Governor General plays in our society.

If my comments have personally offended Sir Anand, I regret it deeply.


TV3’s Ben Boyce looking for new job

Ben Boyce, former co-host of Pulp Sport, is back and he’s out of work. Ben is on the look out for a new job but he doesn’t just want any old job, he wants to be something cool – like a rock star or fashion icon or maybe even a movie star or millionaire businessman. Ben is a Wanna-be in WANNA-Ben, premiering on Friday, October 8th at 10pm on 3.

Each week WANNA-Ben follows Ben as he tries his hand at a new career, attempting to live the life of the rich and famous, by employing the assistance of famous faces to guide him on his journey.

“At the start of the year I had no job. So I started looking for a cushy easy job like my own ‘fan mail co-ordinator’ but even I wouldn’t employ me,” explains Ben about how the series came about.

“Then I begin thinking of people that have really cool jobs like movie star Steven Seagal, pop star Mel B, rock star Alice Cooper, and rapper Vanilla Ice. And decided I was going to try and be like them – and turn my attempts into a TV show complete with interviews with these people and everything!”

And that’s exactly what he did, to find out what he will need to achieve to get his new dream job, WANNA-Ben sees Ben interview a myriad of local and international celebrities.

“WANNA-Ben will be full of skits, song parodies and experiments with the public,” Ben explains. “It also sees me endure plenty of pain and humiliation – bee stings, many paintballs, facial acupuncture and injections, drinking my own blood, kissing a dog and prostitution!”

Although WANNA-Ben has a clear link to Pulp Sport, Ben say he hopes audiences will see the new series as more than “Pulp Sport’s Ben going solo”.

“The show is kind of a spin off of Pulp Sport but I’m hoping it won’t be what Joey was to Friends,” he says.

“With the same sense of humour, I’m hoping WANNA-Ben is similar enough to Pulp Sport so that Pulp Sport fans like it, but with the big international celebrities and a move away from sport, I hope that non Pulp Sport fans like it. So basically I’m hoping that EVERYONE will like it!?!? Or at the very least, my mum will like it!”

With such big names as Alice Cooper, Holly Madison, Richie Sambora, Steven Seagal, Larry Flynt, Fran Drescher, Vanilla Ice, and Flavor Flav all lending their hand in helping Ben find his dream career, WANNA-Ben certainly has something for everyone.

Make sure not to miss it when Ben tries his hand at being a pop star by employing the assistance of Mel B from the Spice Girls and new pop sensation Ke$ha in the series’ premiere, screening on Friday, October 8th at 10pm on 3.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper to try daytime talk

Star CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will host a daytime talk show it has been announced.

Time Warner’s Warner Bros. unit has signed Cooper for a new talk show it plans on launching in 2011, the same time Oprah Winfrey leaves the daytime talk show syndication market for her new cable network OWN.

“It’s a different audience with a different sensibility,” says Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “We believe it’s a sea shift.”

Cooper will remain at CNN, he signed a multiyear extension of his contract with the 24 hour news network where he hosts “Anderson Cooper 360.”

His previous experience in daytime includes sitting in for Regis Philbin on the hit morning show “Live with Regis & Kelly”

– Dan News