Holmes returns to TVNZ

March 6th, 2009 at 7:30 am by David Farrar

I heard around a fortnight ago that would be the anchor for the new weekend political show, that is meant to be the substitute for Agenda.

The Herald covers this today:

Veteran broadcaster Paul Holmes is to front the new version of the political current affairs show Agenda.

The weekend political show – wholly made with taxpayer funding – is back on air this month with the new name .

The former Newstalk ZB breakfast host has been hired for the main hosting role, but TVNZ political editor Guyon Espiner is expected to provide long-run interviews – as he did on the old Agenda.

I think it is sensible have the Political Editor doing the main interviews as he has more in depth knowledge of the issues.

It will be interesting to see how it compares to the old Agenda.

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27 Responses to “Holmes returns to TVNZ”

  1. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,743 comments) says:

    That’s good to hear.

    Sounds like everyone get a second bite of the cherry at TVNZ.

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  2. bobux (349 comments) says:

    Hmmm. Glad that someone else is doing he interviews as ‘in-depth’ and ‘Paul Holmes’ aren’t words that normally occur in the same sentence. Can anyone tell me what exactly Mr Holmes will be adding to the programme? More importantly, will the formula include a live cross where the politician of the week rescues a cat from a tree?

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  3. petal (705 comments) says:

    I guess we better get ready for Lindsay Perigo and Brian Edwards also.

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  4. Angus (536 comments) says:

    Oh gawd, I thought I’d seen & heard the last from that weak, ingratiating lightweight.

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  5. dad4justice (8,097 comments) says:

    When is John Hawkesbury coming back to read the news for a couple of nights and walk away with another six million dollar TVNZ purse?

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  6. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,743 comments) says:

    Tony Veitch will be back next. Top stuff.

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  7. big bruv (13,686 comments) says:

    Petal

    Perigo would and should be welcomed back with open arms, there is no better political journalist in NZ.

    As for Edwards, well, do we really need another Labour party apologist when we already have Fran Mould, Barry Soper and the rest?.

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  8. Neil (577 comments) says:

    What a step backwards ! Holmes is not a good political interviewer. He frequently gets side tracked by irrelevant matters.TVNZ golden years of intervgiewing was during the 60’s and 70’s with interviewers like Brian Edwards,David Exel and Simon Walker. OKay they might have had a labour bias but at least there was an investigation.
    I remember Muldoon saying that the Gallery programme(TVNZ current affairs show twice a week) was the most effective opposition voice.
    What we need is a Face the Nation weekend show with a top interviewer to lead the debate, at prime time of 8pm not 8am, plus a couple of mid week shows exploring politics and current affairs.
    Currently talkback radio leads the way,however its accuracy must be questioned. True debate is needed in NZ on things like ACC,facing a recession, education and health problems.
    What we don’t want back again are aging show ponies !

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  9. goodgod (1,348 comments) says:

    Holmes: So how did you feel when your father was elected Prime minister?

    Stephie: It was ok.

    Holmes: …and you max, how did you feel about it? was it good?

    Max: yip.

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  10. petal (705 comments) says:

    Big Bruv, it’s more a comment on TVNZ’s lack of imagination. It should be rejuvenating its lineup.

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  11. Lou (43 comments) says:

    I loved the old Agenda, so why does it have to be changed?
    I guess the labour gouls at TVNZ are preparing for 2011.

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  12. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Holmes is good, and the talent pool is shallow.

    Who else is going to front pollies these days? Simon Dallow? ha ha ha.

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  13. Manolo (13,518 comments) says:

    You only have to watch a few overseas TV political programs to appreciate the pathetic nature of its NZ counterparts.

    I agree: Agenda was better than most of them, but the lack of incisiveness on some political commentators was unbelievable. The likes of Soper should’ve been shown the door long ago and replaced with more capable people.

    Yes, there is talent around us. You may dislike his political tendencies, but there is no doubt Perigo is the sharpest and best interviewer in this country. He’s the one who should return to the screen.

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  14. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Its also about who will the interviewees front to.

    holmes has some mana, perigo maybe not.

    there is the need for a few new interviewers to take over.

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  15. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    Rawdon christie must have really upset someone in in management…

    Ironic on the day of job cuts at TVNZ due to funding issues they hire the most expensive broadcaster in NZ. Sad that an entertainer has been hired to front a serious show.

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  16. MT_Tinman (3,102 comments) says:

    I have tuned Holmes out since he disgraced both himself and his/my country with his Connor interview.

    I shall continue to do so.

    I won’t get to see this program.

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  17. big bruv (13,686 comments) says:

    epat

    Holmes only has “mana” (indecently, what does that bloody word mean?) because he asks soft and easy questions.

    Perigo may not have the same “mana” because the pollies know he does not take any shit from them, when Perigo asked a question he did not back off until he got an answer, those of us who are more mature can well remember the tantrum Bob threw during a live interview with Perigo a few years back, we need more of that type of journalist and a lot less of the Sainsbury/Holmes type.

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  18. big bruv (13,686 comments) says:

    That should have read “Bob Tisard”

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  19. freethinker (688 comments) says:

    Terese Arsenau is also on the panel so providing Holmes is sidelined to the hello/goodbye bit the show has potential. If Holmes does his usual grandstanding hoever Terese will show him up as a self opinionated pompous twit.

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  20. Zippy Gonzales (485 comments) says:

    Who else is going to front pollies these days? Simon Dallow? ha ha ha.

    Lisa Lewis was shortlisted along with Holmes, but then she had her little accident.

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  21. baxter (893 comments) says:

    The should get McPhail and Gadsby to do a show based on John Clarke’s 7.30 report on ABC.

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  22. getstaffed (9,186 comments) says:

    Holmes returns to TVNZ

    There’s more and more crap on TV. Adding Holmes to the schedule accelerates the trend.

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  23. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,870 comments) says:

    Your heard about this two weeks ago? Yet another case of leaky Holmes!

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

    As long as he is fair and balanced and puts the boot into the socialist tossers.

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  25. thedavincimode (6,627 comments) says:

    Bloody hell. First Adolf predicts the return of Klerk (thanks Adolf). Now this.

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  26. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    As much as I hate to admit it, the piece the delicious (but of dubious politics) Kathryn Ryan does with Te Radar and interchangeable female pseuds appeals. Instead of having the over the hill McFail and Gutsby, how about a light-hearted look at politics with those three, toughened up by hard interviews by someone like (god help me) Richard Harman and Karl du Fresne (to name just two)?

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  27. V (693 comments) says:

    If it’s done in a similar fashion to the program of ABC (Aust.) by the same name, then it should be quite popular and allow some people in the broader political sphere to be a bit more accessible and see some of their deeper thoughts.

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