Farewell Paul Holmes

December 19th, 2008 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

I wasn’t always a fan of on TV. Don’t get me wrong – he made the Holmes show into a huge success, but I didn’t think he was the best political interviewer on TV and would get frustrated with some of TV work.

But with his radio show, I have no mixed feelings at all. I absolutely love Holmes on ZB and listen to him most mornings. His sense of humour and ability to poke at sacred cows was wonderful. He really had few peers, and it showed in the ratings. I am not sure if we will see such a talented radio person again.

The (despite often being a target of Holmes) delivers a nice farewell editorial.

I don’t know who I will listen to now. Not sure how Hosking will go. I could defect to National Radio but again with Sean Plunket leaving, that loses some of its appeal.

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34 Responses to “Farewell Paul Holmes”

  1. big bruv (13,249 comments) says:

    I have the same problem DPF, I have really only listened to Holmes for the last couple of years and the thought of listening to that pinko Hosking every morning is not something I relish.

    I might have to give Radio Sport or B Sport another crack.

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  2. dime (9,399 comments) says:

    I don’t mind Hosking.. ill stay listening to ZB…

    Holmes was great. The only thing that bugged me was his blind love of Obama.. i thought he was too smart to get sucked into that.

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  3. dad4justice (7,741 comments) says:

    This is sad news, I mean to say who will be calling the UN Secretary Mr Kofi Annan a “cheeky Darkie”? The current crop of pinko – wimpish presenters are only fit for hosting play school.

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  4. big bruv (13,249 comments) says:

    Dime

    “I don’t mind Hosking.. ill stay listening to ZB…”

    That’s because you are a bloody pinko.

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  5. dime (9,399 comments) says:

    Bruv – dont mistake my innocence for leftist leanings :P

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  6. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Jezuz H Christ on a bike. You mean people are still listening to these tired old troglodytic socialists?? Paul Holmes was so seventies. His fawning over Hollywood became so nauseating I ceased acknowledging him as any kind of information source a long time ago.

    Listen to WABC on the net. Rush Limbaugh. Sean Hannity. Mark Levin. Laura Ingraham.

    Why the hell would anyone want to listen to the drivel of those socialist drones on NewstalkZB (that insufferable limp wristed commie Hosking????) or worse Radio NZ is beyond me. Fucking drooling uninformed idiots the lot of them. (with the notable exception of Leighton of course)

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  7. MT_Tinman (2,985 comments) says:

    I admit neither hearing nor watching Holmes since his Connor embarrassment.

    Big Bruv, skip Radiobullrush, it’s gotten worse rather than better.

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  8. pdm (842 comments) says:

    My wife and I always enjoyed when Holmes reported on some of his travel incidents – eg his attempt to bring Nigel the goat from Yemen to New Zealand or the time his son Rueben scavenged some chewing gum from a rubbish bin at (I think) Christchurch airport.

    If he had a failing it was that he did not ask the really hard questions of Clark on their Monday morning interviews.

    Will give Hosking a try but compared to Holmes he seems a lightweight.

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  9. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    The cows were never that keen on Holmes, he seemed to give them the shits. I believe they prefer The Coast, much more mellow, less shitting.

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  10. insider (1,000 comments) says:

    Easiest job in radio. Filling in the increasingly small gaps between ads with stage managed interviews. Hardest thing is getting up at four in the morning.

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  11. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    He will remain “part of the Newstalk ZB family”, taking over the Saturday nine-to-noon show.

    ‘Can’t get enough, can’t get enough, can’t get enough no’!

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  12. GPT1 (2,088 comments) says:

    Radio Sport 1503 AM (Canterbury and Wellington)

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  13. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    I enjoyed Holmes from the very beginning in 1987 on ZB Didnt always agree with him In fact often disagreed with him but admired his skill Dont think it can be easy to speak on air solo and with wit and humour.

    Yes he has a big ego but show me a media celeb that doesnt. But he also has a charm and ability to get people to open up.

    And IMHO he is an enertainer.
    Hosking will be ok in time he will mellow like Holmes did with age and maturity We all do (except when attacking the enemy pollies and civil servants)

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  14. Yeti (64 comments) says:

    Radio Live, is worth a shot. Admittedly Lush is a little out there but they do okay. Willie and JT are funny – Wille is a clown and I disagree with almost everything he says but it’s better than most of the drivel on.

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  15. freethinker (680 comments) says:

    I wonder if this is farewell or really a predicitive goodbye given his brush with prostrate Cancer?

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  16. Robert Black (423 comments) says:

    Personally I thought he was a retard, but give him dues, like so many people in journalism and TV back then, he was the best at the time. Sad. Could he have got a high position in Aussie? :)

    I have to agree with Redbaiter totally on this one.

    Thank God the old days are over and NZ is finally moving out of the dark ages.

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  17. Colonel Masters (420 comments) says:

    I could defect to National Radio but again with Sean Plunket leaving, that loses some of its appeal.

    I took the day before the general election as annual leave – to participate in a National Party street march. As I got dressed, I thought I would listen to Radio New Zealand National for their election commentary. They were having a good long talk to some guy in Afghanistan about the problems there.

    Okay, this was admittedly the nine to noon programme, rather than Holmes’ slot, but I decided that if they couldn’t be bothered running a decent discussion about NZ issues on the day before our general election, then they had little to offer as a public service broadcaster.

    Have enjoyed Newstalk ZB since, and am sure Hosking will be fine – he is quick witted and amusing.

    With Plunket leaving, and taking his biro with him, there will be very little happening on RLW. Especially as the next few months will consist of their “Rainy Day at the Bach” programme…

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  18. Rex Widerstrom (5,257 comments) says:

    There’s no denying that Paul pioneered the news/talk format on commercial radio. It was almost entirely due to him that Auckland forgave ZB the axing of St Merv Smith and – albeit gradually – adapted to newstalk (remembering Leighton was originally on in Wellington only). Paul seemed to find the right blend of information and entertainment needed to keep the audience – one not quite up to the seriousness of Morning Report but sick to death of the braying of FM music station “personalities” – listening and loyal.

    To consistently win the ratings battle in Auckland – one of the most over-radioed markets in the world, incidentally – is no mean feat.

    Sure I have issues with some of his attitudes (far too fawning to some… the “at home with Helen” articles just the latest manifestation) and some of his techniques but there’s no denying he first created a niche, then dominated it for years. making himself and his employers wealthy in the process.

    By anyone’s standards that’s quite an achievement and, if you’ve worked in breakfast radio as I have, you realise how much sheer energy goes into doing so (and yes, getting up at bloody 3am!!).

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  19. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    I choked today.

    Reading about how Holmes completeely bombed on air for 18 months following Merv Smiths footsteps. who wouldn’t.

    They said they were on the verge of firing Holmes but pushed on with him and he finally found his footing.

    But guess what…. now they’re saying the same thing about Holmes replacement

    “we’re taking a huge risk.”

    Awww, someone cry me a river. they’ll be talking about how they made the right decision this time next year.

    Nutbars.

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  20. funinthesun (1 comment) says:

    Finally another relic, relgated to the scrap heap. Paul Holmes showed a untelligent, crude manner to everything he persued. For one I am happy that this so-called “Icon” has finally left the public arena. I have met this man and believe any intelligent person could run rings around him. THANK GOD is all I can say.

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  21. sally (26 comments) says:

    I am a fan of Radio Live, I really enjoy Willie Jackson and John Tamihere in the 1pm-4pm slot weekdays, also liking James Coleman in the morning show.

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  22. reid (15,925 comments) says:

    I’ve always liked Hoskings, but imagine some may mistake his style for arrogance.

    Holmes was the best interviewer in the country and the failing in his show was in dumbing it down. To gain audience you need IMO to lift the elucidation not drop it.

    Contrary to popular wisdom, I think ratings will come when you eshew the dual stranglehold of sport and lifestyle pap that inhabits the airwaves.

    Air not only NZ content and also the best of the best of European, US, Chinese, Russian and Japanese content and you have a winning format.

    For the lighter side, throw in regular vignettes from the competition (e.g. RadioNZ and TVNZ/TV3) highlighting their superficial, ignorant and biased perspectives.

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  23. John Ansell (861 comments) says:

    My thoughts exactly David. Irritating TV show (more the format I suspect), but absolutely brilliant on radio. Paul Holmes can cram more clear, witty, insightful commentary into a minute of airtime than anyone I’ve ever heard.

    Having said that, Mike Hosking can be a devastatingly stroppy interviewer.

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  24. valeriusterminus (245 comments) says:

    Pawn of Zion – less – more – NeoCon to the core!!

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  25. valeriusterminus (245 comments) says:

    Woodrow Wilson could not say more!!

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  26. valeriusterminus (245 comments) says:

    Corporate Citizen we laugh and cry. The Cheeky Darkie – tell me why?

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  27. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Go and nick some wine, again. Hope you don’t bottle and run this time.

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  28. valeriusterminus (245 comments) says:

    World City – a shitty assertation. Goats on the mountain – haha – the Man is of the Nation. Have all of those wgets from Newstalk – those ones that you hoped nobody saved – will release at leisure – will define your behave!!
    The Goats will prevail – the pawns will not be saved.

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  29. Tauhei Notts (1,604 comments) says:

    I like Radio Live in the mornings.
    My wife hates it.

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  30. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Do yourself a favour. Listen to some real radio. You want wimpy pseudo-liberal feminised group think commies, listen to NewstalkZB and the rest. You want real information and intelligent opinion click on this link-

    http://www.marklevinshow.com/wp-content/themes/levin/player/?url=http://podloc.andomedia.com/dloadTrack.mp3?prm=2824xhttp://citadelcc.vo.llnwd.net/o29/network/Levin/MP3/levin12182008.mp3

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  31. WebWrat (516 comments) says:

    I always thought Holmes was a prat with verbal diarrhea.
    Just another lemming in sheep’s clothing.

    I larfed years ago when Holmes thought he wasn’t paid enough at $400 and something thousand on the state tit. He threatened to move to Oz where his talents would be appreciated and he would be paid his worth.

    Lindsay Perigo rang a heap of broadcasters in Oz to see if any of them would take him on …. they all asked “Paul who?”

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  32. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “He threatened to move to Oz where his talents would be appreciated and he would be paid his worth.”

    Meaning he would have had to pay the radio stations for his air time. IMHO, Holmes, along with Susan Wood, Mike Hosking, Mark Sainsbury and a host of other such government worshipping toadies, has never been anything but a socialist cronyist. Not to say that Australia too doesn’t have its share of such fakes. Anywhere you have the state involved in broadcasting, similar no talent propagandists become ascendant. Not through ability, but by means of “networking”, a euphemism for sucking up to the politically powerful.

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  33. WebWrat (516 comments) says:

    Redbaiter (4802) Vote: Add rating 0 Subtract rating 0 Says:
    December 20th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    “He threatened to move to Oz where his talents would be appreciated and he would be paid his worth.”

    Meaning he would have had to pay the radio stations for his air time. IMHO, Holmes, along with Susan Wood, Mike Hosking, Mark Sainsbury and a host of other such government worshipping toadies, has never been anything but a socialist cronyist.

    ……………………..

    I guess Winston had people such as these in mind when he coined:

    “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. ”

    Edit: That’s Churchill … not Peters!

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  34. Robert Black (423 comments) says:

    Oh don’t get me started on Susan Wood with that glass eye or whatever it is.

    I cringed when I saw her interview Nick Cage when he was in NZ to promote his movie 8mm. She attacked him and accused him of only choosing more and more violent films.

    That was a national embarrassment.

    Another one was when Marc Ellis (our hero) talked to that boxing announcer on the sports cafe.

    That was about the time I decided to return to China.

    :)

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