Hilary and Jack join TV ONE’s Breakfast

TVNZ has today announced changes to its Breakfast line-up with confirmation that Hilary Barry and Jack Tame will be joining the programme next month.

John Gillespie, TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs says. “It’s true – we’re making some changes to Breakfast. Hilary Barry and Jack Tame will be the new presenters. They will be joined on the show by Daniel Faitaua as news presenter and Sam Wallace as weather presenter.

“Hilary, Jack, Daniel and Sam have an extraordinary mix of broadcasting experience and journalistic credibility and will start together on September 19th.

“Of course, the changes we’re making mean saying goodbye to some of the current team, and I want to thank them for their contribution to the show. There’s been a lot of attention focussed on Breakfast over recent weeks and throughout it all they have been consummate professionals.”

Rawdon Christie’s last day with TVNZ will be September 9th.

“I want to thank Rawdon who has been presenting Breakfast for the last five years and has been with us for a decade before that,” says Gillespie.

Rawdon Christie says: “I’ve had the best job in television, working with the most dedicated team I have ever been a part of. Since I started we’ve put to air 3000 hours of live television, covering every conceivable issue from terror attacks and natural disasters to national elections and world cup wins.

“Now is a good time for me to take a break and assess the new commercial opportunities in the fast-evolving media landscape.” His full statement runs below.

Presenter Nadine Chalmers-Ross will also be leaving TVNZ, says Gillespie.

“I want to thank Nadine who has been filling in on Breakfast for the past year since Ali Pugh has been on maternity leave. Nadine has done a great job, remaining a true professional through recent media speculation. TVNZ had hoped to retain Nadine in another role but she has decided to explore other opportunities. Nadine’s a dedicated and talented journalist, and we wish her all the very best for the future.”

Chalmers-Ross, who finishes up on September 16th, says: “In almost eight years at TVNZ, I’ve been lucky enough to have a crack at hosting everything from AMP Business to ONE News, Seven Sharp and of course Breakfast. More importantly, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the best camera ops, producers, studio crews and journalists in the business. I’m now excited about the opportunities on the horizon – and the prospect of turning off my 3am alarm.”

Ali Pugh and Peter Williams will remain with the ONE News team. Says Gillespie: “Ali will be reporting from her home town in Christchurch from October. And Peter will continue as a ONE News presenter, which includes weekend news presenting, and other projects.

“There’s always a high degree of public interest in our news programmes and that means a lot to all of us in the ONE News team. We’re always going to talk with our people first – they have to be the priority before we share our plans more widely. There’s been lots of conjecture about what we’re doing and when we’re doing it. We’ve chosen not to comment until today, and now you know the facts about what we are doing and when,” he says.

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Rawdon Christie’s statement in full:

“I’ve had the best job in television, working with the most dedicated team I have ever been a part of. Since I started we’ve put to air 3000 hours of live television, covering every conceivable issue from terror attacks and natural disasters to national elections and world cup wins.

“Beyond Breakfast, my highlights for TVNZ have included stints presenting ONE News at 6, the political show Agenda and Dragon’s Den. I have been privileged to interview some of New Zealand’s greatest and to anchor TVNZ’s coverage of both of Christchurch’s major earthquakes.

“I am fortunate to have had these opportunities and so many more, but television is an evolutionary industry and I understand the need for change.

“Now is a good time for me to take a break and assess the new commercial opportunities in the fast-evolving media landscape”.

ENDS

VIDEO: Paul Henry announces on air date for new breakfast show

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MediaWorks’ highly anticipated breakfast show, Paul Henry is on the launch pad and set to blast off on Tuesday April 7 on RadioLIVE, TV3 and paulhenry.co.nz.

Host Paul Henry says: “I’ve got a date. A date where life will change forever in New Zealand. It’s Paul Henry, from 6am to 9am, five days a week, from April 7. Go!”

Paul Henry will integrate MediaWorks’ leading capabilities in radio, TV and digital, creating a unique product and a major shift in the delivery of news and entertainment in the New Zealand market.

“This show will change the face of mornings. It will be focused on news and entertainment. I won’t be compromising any of that for the platforms. This will be a conversation you can join at the beginning, or whenever you feel you want to, right through to 9 o’clock. You never have to leave it, because we’ll be there on any platform that works for you. Plus, I’m on it, and I will be myself, I’ll just be being me… fantastic,” Henry says.

Joining the show as sports presenter is Jim Kayes, who will be part of a line up that includes Hilary Barry and Perlina Lau.

Kayes has reported on nearly 200 All Blacks tests and covered four Rugby World Cups. After completing a degree in English and Politics, he started as a general reporter for the Waikato Times in 1992. His newspaper career continued until 2009, working as a police reporter then later a sports editor and senior rugby writer. Kayes joined TV3 in April 2009 and was named television sports news reporter of the year at the TP McLean sports journalism awards in 2011, principally for his coverage of that year’s Rugby World Cup. He is also a regular contributor to several radio shows and sports magazines.

MediaWorks Group Head of News, Mark Jennings says: “Jim, at heart, is a news man. He just happens to be covering rugby for us at the moment. People tuning into the show will soon find he has a wide general knowledge and an opinion on most things. He told me he lost most of the dinner table arguments to his older sisters but I suspect he has honed his skills since then. Of course, viewers and listeners will also get the benefit of his vast sporting knowledge and a few rugby scoops.”

Breakfast is back on Monday

NZ’s favourite Breakfast team is back!

Fresh from a successful 2014 year that saw a 15% increase in ratings, Rawdon and Ali are back on the couch bringing you the perfect morning blend of news and entertainment.

Alongside weatherman Sam Wallace who gets out and about all over the country, are Peter Williams and Nadine Chalmers-Ross presenting the news.

TV ONE’s Breakfast is New Zealand’s favourite way to get set up for the day.

Breakfast: FROM MONDAY 19TH JANUARY, 6AM

– TVNZ

“Most sincere apology” from Peter Williams and TVNZ

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TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick has offered a personal statement answering concerns expressed today about the involvement of Peter Williams in reading an abusive message, apparently from a viewer, which was in fact not genuine.

“I’ve had numerous questions today asking how a journalist and presenter of his seniority and standing could have done such a thing. It is crucial to our integrity as a news organisation that we don’t allow people to think that Peter’s contribution to the news story was a deliberate falsification intended to deceive viewers.

I have spoken with Peter at length and I understand that the invitation to him to participate suggested a similarity with a show by American comic Jimmy Kimmel that featured celebrities reading out unkind tweets. This led him to believe, incorrectly, that the item was intended to be comic.

Peter had no involvement in the editorial decisions around the item and was unaware of the context until it went to air. At that point he immediately spoke up to say his contribution was invented.

He has offered me and our viewers his most sincere apologies.

This of course doesn’t excuse what happened and we are taking a thorough look at our processes to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

We’ll be making sure any complaints coming to us are dealt with quickly, and the outcome of any formal complaints will be made public.”