The new Breakfast hosts

October 18th, 2010 at 1:15 pm by David Farrar

Rachel Glucina lists the possibilities:

Riddle me this, amigos: If Oliver Driver killed his own television breakfast show why would bosses hire him for theirs?

Replacing the right leaning politically incorrect Paul Henry with left leaning Oliver Driver would be a sure fire way to piss off viewers. Driver was okay on TV3 as he fitted that channel’s liberal brand. But the brand for TVNZ Breakfast is way different.

The new Pippa

Bernadine Oliver-Kerby
Heather Du Plessis-Allan

Joanna Hunkin

Kate Hawkesby

Rachel Smalley

Stacy Daniels

Renee Wright

April Ieremia

Charlotte Ryan

Shavaughn Ruakere

Kate Rodger

If Paul Henry was still hosting Breakfast, then I think Heather DPA would be a great match for him. She wouldn’t take any of his shit, but wouldn’t be offended by what he says. Even without Paul, I think she’d be good in the role.

I liked Kate Hawkesby when she did it with Mike Hosking. Also Bernadine Oliver-Kirby displays a good sense of humour.

The new Paul

Paul Holmes
Jeremy Corbett
Dominic Harvey
Duncan Garner
Jack Tame
Mikey Havoc
Greg Boyed
John Tamihere
Jeremy Wells
Jay Reeve
Rod Cheeseman

If Paul Holmes can handle the early starts, I think he’s be an obvious choice. Paul’s style would be a very good fit for Breakfast, and he is well versed at being entertaining and amusing.

Jeremy Wells would be hilarious but I imagine he would get sacked for saying something outraegous soon or later.

Tags: ,

67 Responses to “The new Breakfast hosts”

  1. Inventory2 (10,342 comments) says:

    Tao Wells reckons he’s the man for the job

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4242462/Artist-says-hes-the-man-for-Paul-Henry-role

    The only problem with that is that he would have to work!!

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  2. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    Kate Hawkesby… biggest milf in NZ!

    And a LOL at Oliver Driver…. if you wanted to kill yourself but lacked the courage, listening to that Labour/NZF fanboy for 3 hours would do the trick. What a boring commie.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  3. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    DFP,

    Why on earth would we want them to replace one clown with another? – Paul for Paul

    It’s bad enough having to suffer through him on Q&A just to see if, just perhaps, there might be a shred of information worth getting from the programme. It generally improves when Espiner starts interviewing (which is not to claim him as perfect.)

    Why not put Heather DPA in charge and have some junior male as her sidekick? Would make a refreshing change and certainly couldn’t make a woeful show any worse.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  4. willnz (7 comments) says:

    Havoc and Newsboy! :p

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  5. big bruv (13,923 comments) says:

    April Ireremia????

    The sports news presenter who famously introduced a piece about the English FA Cup as “the Fa’a cup”

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  6. big bruv (13,923 comments) says:

    Laws would be fantastic doing that job.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  7. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    The trouble with Heather DPA is her very poor eyesight. You would probably have to ring a bell or something to let her know where the camera is.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  8. jaba (2,142 comments) says:

    the only thing that was good about Oli Driver was his beautiful collie he had with him. He should stick to plays.
    Wells would be good but as mentioned he would be goneburger pretty quick. Most the others would also be too risky and they can no longer afford risk.
    I would continue to rotate the hosts position to give up and comers exposure on occasions. Same with the female side.
    I would like to see more of Elvis’s love child, Renee Wright

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  9. big bruv (13,923 comments) says:

    Bernadine Oliver-Kerby

    YES!!!

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  10. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    All the men on that list look terrible, Wells aside.

    Breakfast is definitely going down without Henry

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  11. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Who has the time to watch TV in the morning?

    No wonder the economy is shit, no ones working they are watching fucking TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  12. kyotolaw (52 comments) says:

    Ali Ikram to replace Paul Henry. He’s a real Kiwi too!

    [DPF: Ali would be great also IMO. Really funny guy]

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  13. the bird is the word (67 comments) says:

    Gotta be Michael Laws…

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  14. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    Yes Pauleastbay (at 1:44), it is quite sad.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  15. James Stephenson (2,186 comments) says:

    YES!!!

    Noooo. Enough with the TVNZ identikit blondes already.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  16. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    Pork Chop interviews her type-writer again.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  17. jaba (2,142 comments) says:

    I was a little surprised David posted something from PC

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  18. backster (2,174 comments) says:

    Well if Driver got the job he might install his old sidekick Lisa Lewis, it would be some consolation for her narrowly missing out on the Hamilton mayoral race.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  19. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Appointing Driver would be a death sentance. For the the show as well.

    She needs a cranial/rectum exteracectomy.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  20. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    I think a Slater/Locke team would be a ratings grabber.

    We’d need to find new people for the second day of course.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  21. John Gibson (295 comments) says:

    Perhaps a reality TV contest to choose a completely new host from outside of the existing celebrity gene pool. I believe TV2 used a reality TV contest to choose a replacement for children’s TV host Tamati when he moved to breakfast.

    It would be important for it NOT to be a popular vote contest or at the very least let the judges have final say on all eliminations. The popular vote would give a very poor result.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  22. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Why not put Heather DPA in charge and have some junior male as her sidekick? Would make a refreshing change and certainly couldn’t make a woeful show any worse.

    There DOES seem to be an assumption a male will be the ‘lead’…

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  23. dime (9,977 comments) says:

    Jeremy Wells would be great.

    What about Alison Mau? whats she doing? (apart from chicks :) )

    Kate Hawkesby seems to have personaility.

    [DPF: Ali is not on the list because I think the hours don't suit her. Otherwise yes she'd be great - as she was when she did it]

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  24. John Gibson (295 comments) says:

    Or how about Slater & Lewis ? Would bring to life :

    “It’s just another manic Monday
    I wish it were Sunday
    ‘Cause that’s my funday
    My I don’t have to runday
    It’s just another manic Monday ”

    They would certainly be an interesting team on elimination.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  25. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    stephen,

    Yeah, history shows us that’s what will happen. Aside from any other reason why it should change, a simple look at the list of possibles for the males is a good reason for changing.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  26. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Yeah! Whaleoil would rock…hes on the market so come on TVNZ….really cause a stir.

    ;-)

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  27. John Gibson (295 comments) says:

    “What about Alison Mau?” – yes how about 2 female presenters ? Would be an interesting idea, shake up the gender stereotypes. Find a female equivalent of Paul Henry – a women with an interviewing and anecdote style that sails close to the edge.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  28. dime (9,977 comments) says:

    How bout redbaiter? He would only last an episode but it would be glorious.

    Maybe a segment every monday where d4j just tears the police commissioner a new one. id watch that.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  29. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    If the role is to be confined to reading the autocue, then anyone from the list is fine.

    But to do interviews requires training, experience and intelligence. It needs a journalist, or someone with significant experience in interviewing.

    Otherwise it’s about time journalists started cavorting about as stand up comedians, netball players etc.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  30. rouppe (971 comments) says:

    I think Jack Tame would be good. He’s an up-and-comer who has filled in successfully in the past

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  31. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    I used to think it was supposed to be news and information orientated, and so do TVNZ apparently, still:

    Paul Henry, Pippa Wetzell and the Breakfast team bring viewers the day’s big news, interviews, weather and information, along with their unique sense of humour, to start the day.

    From the suggestions and comments it seems that the main demand for the Breakfast show is entertainment and controversy despite how they describe it.

    Stick to the newspapers and Internet for news and serious comment (Kiwiblog is very slow at that time of day!). I don’t care who acts the clown on TV in the morning.

    Interesting to see how TVNZ are manipulating the masses drawing them in to their “selection” process. Just a bit more marketing.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  32. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Rex,

    Does that mean we can have your vote for Heather DPA as the front with some junior boy to fetch & carry for her and to giggle an the appropriate times?

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  33. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    How bout redbaiter? He would only last an episode but it would be glorious.

    At least NZ would be known for the headline ‘Interviewer spontaneously implodes on New Zealand national TV’ rather than sheep, for about 2 weeks.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  34. MT_Tinman (3,202 comments) says:

    # big bruv (7,068) Says:
    October 18th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Bernadine Oliver-Kerby

    YES!!!

    She could interview the green sheila and compare mo’s.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  35. tvb (4,430 comments) says:

    Holmsey is by far the best, though the old girl is showing her age.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  36. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    I never watched Breakfast when Henry was host. I suspect I will watch it even less now.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  37. rakuraku (162 comments) says:

    What about Willie Jackson or JohnTamahere?

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  38. rakuraku (162 comments) says:

    Redbaiter would be an interesting option.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  39. Pita (373 comments) says:

    Has anybody run the list past Minto, for his approval?

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  40. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    Redbaiter would be an interesting option.

    Cut and paste wouldn’t work on live TV, and it would be more than a Whale-sized joining with the enemy’s ranks.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  41. big bruv (13,923 comments) says:

    Anybody but Matt McCarten, I don’t have that much time in the mornings.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  42. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Stick to the newspapers for serious comment??? Are you mental?

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  43. Viking2 (11,484 comments) says:

    Jack Tane and heather DPA. After all that’s a better match for heather than the old troughing geezer she’s hitched too currently.

    Trouble is he wouldn’t be able to get out of bed in time to drive her to the airport to get to Auckland in time for next weeks show. So perhaps not HDOA.

    Paul Holmes. Well bugger me, you guys all go on about Anderton but Holmes is in the even more useless toughing category and he will just never shake the hangover at 4 a.m.

    Like the Labour Party TVNZ needs a kick in the nuts until they understand what their role in life really is, especially at breakfast time.
    Meanwhile the Herald will continue to attack their adversery and competitor for breakfast time news and entertainment and evening time sports.

    Currently Herald two: TVNZ nil.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  44. Brian Harmer (687 comments) says:

    I must have missed something. There was almost universal rejoicing when Paul Holmes left TVNZ … when did he get rehabilitated and why is anyone even in jest suggesting him for the role?

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  45. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    Stick to the newspapers for serious comment??? Are you mental?

    That took a while. But – if you agree with what is written or not – where else is there?

    Some blogs offer a bit. TV makes an attempt at a bit of serious in-depth coverage in the weekend only. Newspaper commentary and opinion is where most of the detail comes from, and it is often discussed and argued here. The Herald is frequently condemned here but it is also the news source most frequently quoted. Without the Herald and Stuff online content political blogs would be very thin on substance.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  46. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Hah! If you people think The Herald is bad, try reading the DomPost once (it’ll only take one time)…

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  47. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    I think the best man not on the list by about a light year is a guy who I knew as a radio jock in the Wairarapa about 15 years or so ago, I think his name was Henry, Paul or something.
    ps why only kick the Herald in the nuts, all the deadtree consumers are shite.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  48. noskire (842 comments) says:

    What about that guy that used to be on Pulp Sport?

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  49. kowtow (8,512 comments) says:

    Bugger breakfast.

    Stratos runs a decent world news from Al Jazeera. (if you can put up with the anti Israel bias).

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  50. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    bhudson asks:

    Rex,

    Does that mean we can have your vote for Heather DPA as the front with some junior boy to fetch & carry for her and to giggle an the appropriate times?

    Dunno, is she a “proper” journo? Can she interview? And does she meet my definition of a godd interviewer (borrowed from Lord whatsisname) that the interview ends with at least one fact exposed that the interviewee didn’t want you to know? (i.e. not lightweight puff pieces spruiking someone’s book, or predictable “let’s rehash your press release” questions).

    If so, then yes. But no giggling please, from girls or girly men. If they don’t have a role then don’t hire them. The news used to be capable of being read by one person. Did Dougal Stevenson or Marama Martin have such a collosal intelligence they could do the work of two people? Or is it that TV now universally employs halfwits?

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  51. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Rex,

    “Or is it that TV now universally employs halfwits?”

    That was a rhetorical question, surely?

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  52. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Actually bhudson, it’s one I’d insist on an answer to if I were interviewing the TVNZ CEO or Director of News. Why is it that a job that used to be done quite adequately by one person now needs to be done by two? Two who are on vastly greater sums of money (even allowing for inflation etc) than were the people who did it without autocues and in the days of analogue everything, when things regularly went wrong and they couldn’t do a live cross to the supermarket to watch an “investigative journalist” buy a bottle of water to kill time.

    And like any good journo, I’d be asking a question to which I already knew the answer: that long ago, some spurious bullshit “research” told news executives that their news should be delivered by a “family”… reassuring mum and dad the newsreaders, pretty but stupid daughter the weather girl, hunky but stupid son the sports reporter etc.

    And while they’ve been altering the formula since (Paul Henry, for instance, was clearly the creepy uncle you hope won’t visit over Christmas because he says inappropriate things to your dinner guests and then giggles helplessly at his own “jokes”) they’re too bereft of creativity to break free of it.

    Thankfully, other “research” initiatives have been just as silly, but shorter lived. I remember when a radio boss came back from the US and decided we should all do our air shifts standing up… something about “projection”, as though we were on stage at the RSC and not an inch away from a sensitive microphone. All the consoles were thus lifted up onto some rickety frames and we perched on bar stools till he got some other obsession and we had the techs lower them again.

    Now I see the trend has crept into TV, where “mum” or “dad” are often forced to stand in front of a giant screen, with some paper in their hand (presumably their contracts, so they can glance down and be reminded how much they’re being paid to participate in this nonsense). With no reason to be standing there they tend to walk up and down a bit with their hands clutched in front of their groins whilst reading the autocue. Why? No one has a sensible answer, though I’ll bet some expensive research has told them that a desk is seen as a “barrier” between presenter and audience… when all we want is the accurate, unbiased, comprehensible NEWS FGS!!

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  53. Steve (4,564 comments) says:

    How about Phool? you know, the magpie

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  54. Steve (4,564 comments) says:

    Te Radar, there’s someone with down to earth common sense!

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  55. Hurf Durf (2,860 comments) says:

    Has anybody run the list past Minto, for his approval?

    Alas, Joe Slovo is dead.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  56. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Rex,

    I don’t think you’ll find anyone here disagreeing with you – from either end of the political spectrum.

    In a very real way, those that seek to manager our viewer experience haven’t moved on from Pleasantville. They might have injected some “colur” and got slightly more “edgy” to stir things up a little, but they are no less paternalistic or patronising.

    It is self evident that they think we are all stupid lemmings. Just how right they might be is a little worrying

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  57. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    It is self evident that they think we are all stupid lemmings.

    It’s called target market, stupid lemmings are what the advertisers are after.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  58. thedavincimode (6,777 comments) says:

    Colin Meads, Sir Peter Leitch, Dame Kiri, Paul Holmes, Jim Bolger, SB Williams, Sam Neill, a picture of Maurice Brownlee/George Nepia …

    … some real news/journalism (oops, lets not be silly now) …

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  59. thedavincimode (6,777 comments) says:

    … Bob Charles … Ed Hillary’s favourite crampon …

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  60. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    …crampon…

    Something that digs right into the issue at hand. Stickability. Dependability,

    thedavincimode – you could be onto something there. And it would be no less articulate! Perfect

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  61. CharlieBrown (1,014 comments) says:

    Paul Holmes – Oh the irony… the man famous for the “Cheeky Darky” comments replacing the man who said something no-where near as offensive.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  62. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Well if we’re nominating inanimate objects…

    I see we’re loaning Phar Lap’s skeleton to the Aussies; they already have his stuffed hide.

    I therefore suggest we ask to borrow part of that.

    That way we could replace one horse’s ass with another :-D

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  63. Viking2 (11,484 comments) says:

    Rex, breaky telly is about entertainment with news interspersed by sad sack news readers and advertising.. Its not about in depth research into some issue. That’s not entertainment.
    I personally don’t want to wake up and watch/listen to some boring fart go on about some uninteresting boring subject that hour of the day.
    I want entertainment that is fun, light hearted, maybe provokes me in someway to think about some subject that’s not boring and dull etc.
    If I want boring I will read that stuff elsewhere.
    And that’s the mistake TVNZ has made. They are now going to be boring, which is exactly what the Herald wants so that people go over to the Internet instead. (and don’t forget it will not be long before the Herald on line and others like it will have a seamless pipeline into your morning telly. Superfast Broad band and streaming will allow this to go full steam ahead.
    i.e. They will be competing head on for viewers with TVNZ.
    The Govt. should hurry up and sell the crap house before it costs us more money than NZ rail.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  64. Michael (910 comments) says:

    Renee Wright. And I think Tamati should be promoted – I thought he struggled as the Weather boy at first and should go back to What Now, but he’s really grown in the role and the challenge of interviewing guests would probably turn him into the next NZ Paul Holmes.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  65. Steve (4,564 comments) says:

    Paul Holmes is not gay is he? just asking cos there are so many gays.
    Miss out Phomes, the job has to go to a gay person or it would be most unfair. Hello? hello?
    Is that you calling Chris? want a job at TVNZ coz your job is fucked. Suck it up, get on the sports reporting, travel

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  66. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Viking2 says:

    Rex, breaky telly is about entertainment with news interspersed by sad sack news readers and advertising.. Its not about in depth research into some issue. That’s not entertainment.

    Plenty of breakfast telly manages to be entertaining and informing without being needlessly controversial and barely sentient. The BBC manage it. ABC2 in Australia manage it. David Frost used to host a show that started 20 years ago that managed to have both without mixing the two.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  67. bernierox28 (1 comment) says:

    I say: Bernadine Oliver Kerby and Greg Boyed on the couch. Jenny May Coffin on the newsdesk!
    I’ve seen Bernie and Greg work together well in real life, can’t see what the harm is in letting them do an almost lifestyle type program.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote