Plunket signs off

September 8th, 2010 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

NZPA reports:

Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report co-host , who has been with the show from September 1996, signed off this morning.

He is reported to be considering joining Newstalk ZB, replacing Justin du Fresne as the new Wellington region talkback host.

He also has a new job presenting TV3’s weekend political show The Nation as well as writing a column for monthly Metro magazine.

“It has been an amazing 13 years and lasted longer than I expected it would,” her said on air this morning.

“I would hope that notwithstanding some massive development in the field of genetics, I will be the longest ever serving co-host with you on Morning Report,” he told long-serving colleague Geoff Robinson.

Heh.

Who is the interim host, starting tomorrow? And anyone know when RNZ plans to announce the permanent replacement?

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14 Responses to “Plunket signs off”

  1. ben (2,418 comments) says:

    If it’s Julian Robbins I’m leaving. The country.

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  2. James Stephenson (2,136 comments) says:

    Yeah yeah…but who’s replacing Willy and Deano on Radio Hauraki?

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  3. dave (987 comments) says:

    Todd Niall is the replacement tomorrow.

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  4. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    Can’t say I’m sorry to see him go.

    But I think his cross over onto TV has gone well. It was interesting to watch Duncan Garners body language as co-host this week. He knows he now has to pick up his game.

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  5. KiwiGreg (3,246 comments) says:

    People listen to Radio New Zealand?

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  6. berend (1,699 comments) says:

    KiwiGreg +1

    How many listeners do they have? Would it top 5,000?

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  7. Lipo (229 comments) says:

    What is happening to Matt Gunn on Radio Sport
    Heard he resigned
    Shame – Love him

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  8. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    The rude commie has gone. But he is still in the country! He does have one good trait, he gets people to answer his questions, even if he cuts the left some slack.

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  9. Rex Widerstrom (5,343 comments) says:

    Totally agree with Jimbob… Plunkett is one of the few – the very few – who demands, and gets, answers. That’s different to bombastically putting an opposing proposition to a guest and hectoring them to agree with it and it certainly means you take a back seat to the interviewee.

    On that basis there’s no one to match him. I think he’d be wasted on the tiny audience bequeathed him by Justin du Fresne (though he may of course be able to build it by conducting more incisive interviews) but I guess a man’s gotta eat…

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  10. Dave Mann (1,200 comments) says:

    The interim host might turn out to be Michael Laws…. he seems to have left Radio Live :-)

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  11. Brian Harmer (686 comments) says:

    Disagree Rex. I think Sean is every bit as hectoring as the person who hosts the early evening equivalent.
    And Berend, according to the Neilsen ratings published on their web site, Morning report has approximately 350,000 listeners.

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  12. Tom Gould (141 comments) says:

    It was nice to hear Sean hat tip his dad this morning when signing off, who was a real solid old fashioned hack, in the nicest possible sense. A real great guy and top notch journo who did the hard yards to chase down a story and reported it tough, fair and honest. Where are his kind these days?

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  13. gravedodger (1,545 comments) says:

    Tom@ 4 15, Any one with a modicum of ability is working for a politician as a spin doctor trying to make their employer look a whole lot better than they actually were before the electronic makeover.
    Where have all the flowers gone
    gone to graveyards everwhere
    with thanks to the Kingston Trio et el

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  14. BeaB (2,104 comments) says:

    I’m going to miss waking up to Sean every morning.

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