Jesse Mulligan joins Radio New Zealand

Broadcaster and columnist Jesse Mulligan is to host the popular Afternoons programme on Radio New Zealand National.

In making the announcement Head of Radio, John Howson, said he expected that the appointment would bring a new and exciting flavour to the Afternoons show.

“We’re thrilled that Jesse is joining us. He has done a great job filling in on Afternoons in the past and listeners can look forward to his invigorating fresh approach when he starts as the permanent host on Monday 27th July”

Jesse Mulligan is an experienced broadcaster with a diverse media background. Starting out in student radio while completing his law degree at Waikato University, he spent ten years as a commercial radio breakfast host in Wellington and Auckland.

He writes for a number of national publications as a columnist and restaurant reviewer, and has worked in television as a writer, producer and presenter.

He has also enjoyed a stint in public relations, working in a busy London agency – and later in corporate communications in New Zealand.

Jesse says “I’m very excited to be joining the incredible line-up on Radio New Zealand National, and am looking forward to bringing a new perspective to the Afternoons slot, while upholding the excellent traditions of New Zealand’s favourite radio station”

Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan 1 pm – 4 pm weekdays on Radio New Zealand National

Jesse Mulligan To Leave Seven Sharp


Jesse Mulligan has announced on air tonight that he is leaving TV ONE’s Seven Sharp at the end of this week. Mulligan has been a presenter on the programme since its inception in February 2013.

He says, “I’m sad but excited to announce that Seven Sharp and I will be going through a conscious uncoupling at the end of the week. Like Chris and Gwyneth we will remain friends, wish each other the best and try not to send each other drunken texts when we get lonely.

“Seriously, I’ve had a ridiculously good time making this show, but now it’s time to get back to my comedy roots. Hosting Best Bits has reminded me how much fun a live audience can be, and I leave Seven Sharp very confident that the brilliant Mike and Toni will continue taking the show from strength to strength.”

TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs John Gillespie says Mulligan’s last show will be this week, on Thursday 17 April.

“Jesse has brought a unique brand of humour to Seven Sharp and will be missed by the team. The show has hit its stride this year, and we owe Jesse a debt of gratitude for helping us develop it to this point. We wish him well for the future,” Gillespie said.

Mulligan will continue to host Best Bits, Thursday nights on TV ONE at 9.30pm.

Seven Sharp will not be looking for a replacement for Mulligan on the presenting panel. Co-hosts Mike Hosking and Toni Street will remain at the helm, with a diverse team of reporters producing stories from all over New Zealand.

Seven Sharp screens weeknights at 7.00pm on TV ONE.

7 Days team wish Jesse Mulligan bad luck in new venture


At the beginning of this year it was announced Jesse Mulligan would be leaving 7 Days to pursue another project.

The 7 Days team would like to wish Jesse bad luck in his new venture and sincerely hope that any new programme he appears on isn’t that good.

Throughout his time on 7 Days Jesse had been successful and great to work with, but the producers and cast of 7 Days hope he brings none of this to new projects and that things go very badly.

7 Days host Jeremy Corbett said “It isn’t that nobody liked Jesse, it’s really only sour grapes. I want his new show to sink like a turd.”

Fellow panellist, Paul Ego said “If Jesse’s show doesn’t go too well, everyone will be really sympathetic to his face but secretly pleased.”

Many of the comedians who worked on 7 Days with Mulligan are already writing texts to send Jesse after his first appearance. “Great show bro, we should catch up for a beer sometime”, is already saved in the Drafts folder of Dai’s new Nexus 4 phone. But it is not expected that Henwood will ever catch up for a beer with Jesse. Ever. Not even once.

7 Days producer Jon Bridges claimed that Jesse’s role at 7 Days has been filled by Jayden Philips, a year 11 student at Westlake Boys who will work part-time.

– MediaWorks