Plunket to replace Laws

October 24th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Dom Post reports:

Broadcaster will be taking over show next year.

Laws made the announcement on his talk back show this morning.

The former Whanganui mayor said his replacement was to be Sean Plunket, who would take over the show after March 31.

‘‘I have decided to pursue something new, something, exciting and something that I’ve always wanted to do.’’

Become Deputy Leader of NZ First? :-)

Radio Live will be interesting with both Plunket and Garner taking up shows there.

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28 Responses to “Plunket to replace Laws”

  1. hj (7,066 comments) says:

    Become Deputy Leader of NZ First? :-)

    NZ First is the crack in the consensus that you and your rich buddies fear.

    Snap!

    David Farrar
    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2012/10/nz_herald_on_labour_xenophobia.html
    Chris Trotter
    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/mr-shearers-selective-patriotism.html

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  2. big bruv (14,156 comments) says:

    Laws is bloody good value. Radio Live needs the likes of Laws to balance out the racist and idiotic crap that the station broadcasts from 12.00 to 3.00pm every day.

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  3. FlashinthePan (15 comments) says:

    NZ First or Conservatives? NZ First for a succession plan or Conservatives to bolster chances of crossing the threshold…

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  4. David Garrett (7,548 comments) says:

    bb: I have never worked out whether the guy is serious or just stirring, but his column is the only thing I bother to read in the SST (online only of course)…and the very few times I have heard him on talkback have been good value…and 100 times better than the idiot Willie Jackson…

    Flash: I can’t see Peters ever making a succession plan..his vanity is too great to ever acknowledge anyone could ever be as good as him.

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  5. Graeme Edgeler (3,290 comments) says:

    Flash: I can’t see Peters ever making a succession plan..his vanity is too great to ever acknowledge anyone could ever be as good as him.

    I rewatched Tora! Tora! Tora! over the long weekend. The Japanese half of the film was to be directed by famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, but when he had to be replaced (mostly cost overruns), no other Japanese director would agree to do it because none could be as good as Kurosawa. They resolved their problems by replacing him with two Japanese Directors.

    Maybe the NZF situation can be resolved the same way. No-one is ‘as good as him’, but being replaced by two co-leaders might work!

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  6. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Laws is in the possible list for a slot on TV at 7pm

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  7. Paul Walker (50 comments) says:

    @hj

    “Chris Trotter
    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/mr-shearers-selective-patriotism.html

    A couple of replies to Chris are here and here.

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  8. Alan Johnstone (1,087 comments) says:

    He’s got too much baggage to do front line politics again.

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  9. Left Right and Centre (2,997 comments) says:

    Listening to ML have a crack at the daily dose of drouse dradgy draginoids is excellent.

    He wasn’t a warm fluffy host and his interaction style was deathly depressing but dammit he is good value. Was he trying to soften his style by referring to some female callers as ‘honey’? Sounded awkward. Like a boa constrictor saying it’s just giving you a friendly cuddle.

    SPs style irritates me. I agree with what he says a lot of the time but I just find him a ‘me me me me’ grating irksome twat. He’s got nothing on Justin du Fresne. SP is a turn-off. literally.

    Is there any decent talent to take the ZB morning slot?

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  10. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Perhaps he is gong to lead the Ansell party. That rhetoric would seem to be right up his alley

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  11. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    when I 1st read the story I thought he was going to get married .. not so sure now, maybe he is leaving the Wanganui district?

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  12. Keeping Stock (10,432 comments) says:

    @ jaba – we should be so lucky!

    But he says he’s going to do something out of the public eye, so I guess that rules out politics. What then: PR Manager for the Tongan Royal Family?

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  13. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    They should give Whale Oil one of those slots. He is great on the radio and would go someway to redressing the left bias in ALL our MSM.

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  14. duggledog (1,589 comments) says:

    The high priests at Media Works have wanted his head for some time now. He’s not popular with the CSocs there for obvious reasons. Looks like they finally got their way – I don’t think he stepped down voluntarily. He’s not the reason they can’t engage with ZB

    Much as I would like him to, because it would be hilarious, I don’t think he could be fucked with politics any more and besides with young kids – one of whom was very ill remember – why would you? I think he’s too smart to associate himself with either the Conservatives or NZF.

    Barry he may be ‘in the list’ for the new 7pm slot but I think you’ll find he’s just one in a long list being thrown around, and somewhere near the bottom. If TVNZ gave Paul Henry the arse for what he did, it is unlikely they would even consider Michael come decision time. Remember this is the company that brought you Brendan Horan and ‘Loey’s Barbecue’. And ‘Big Night In’.

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  15. Keeping Stock (10,432 comments) says:

    @ duggledog – Laws’ biggest obstacle in terms of the Close Up gig would be that he has a great face for radio :D

    @ Barnsley – Rodney Hide has been doing a sterling job in Laws’ absence. He would be great on the morning slot, to counter-balance Willie and JT, Duncan Garner and Karyn Hay and Andrew Fagan in the evenings; bleeding hearts, all of ‘em.

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  16. Winston (43 comments) says:

    Laws is a useless bigoted twat, but Sean Plunket is a huge acquisition. IMO, Sean is by far the best interviewer in New Zealand. His interview with Shane Jones, in which he clearly established that Shane had had been watching jizz movies at the taxpayers’ expense, without ever once getting aggressive, was a little masterpiece. Also the way he handled a clearly dazed and confused Winston Peters, when Winston phoned in. And there have been many others. National Radio were insane to let him go. I haven’t really tuned in much to Morning Report since Sean left.

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  17. iMP (2,422 comments) says:

    Sorry Kim Hill is first; Sean is second. Sean and i actually worked together in 1981 in one of our first jobs at his mum’s newspaper. Laws I think might consider academia, and writing history, out of the limelight, oh no wait, do fish need water?

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  18. Winston (43 comments) says:

    iMP – Nah. I really like Kim Hill, especially her Saturday radio show, but when it comes to political interviews, Sean is the master. Which is no doubt why he’s scratching around trying to make a living, while the talentless dregs, such as the Pauls Holmes and Henry, flourish. And it’s also depressing that pompous, talentless, self-important autocue readers such MacRoberts are having a hissy fit about being replaced by pompous, talentless, self-important autocue readers like Garner. Just shoot me now.

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  19. David Garrett (7,548 comments) says:

    Plunket did a political interview without being aggressive or talking over his subject? I must have slept in that morning…

    For those who can remember, Geoff’s best co-host was Hosking…going back a few years…he was the guy who ALWAYS asked the questions I was yelling at the radio…whether the interviewee was on the right or the left…

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  20. duggledog (1,589 comments) says:

    Quite right David but if you have listened to him on ZB surely you will agree he has completely moderated his style?

    I think he sounds completely different as a talkback host. He can have a yarn with the punters which he clearly enjoys doing. Live have made a pretty astute move employing him for this gig, I think he will be equal to the task and they won’t lose any listeners.

    Winston – so you are Kim Hill’s listener! I knew she’d have one!

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  21. Winston (43 comments) says:

    You must have slept in. And not just for that morning.

    Well, if by aggressive, you mean asking people to answer clearly phrased questions, in an unaggressive fashion, then Sean is clearly aggressive. Talking over? Give me an example. Because I can’t recall one.

    Hosking? Give me a break!!!

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  22. reversespin (70 comments) says:

    Laws will be installed as Winnies Chief of Staff.

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  23. Andrew McMillan (50 comments) says:

    From radio jockey to horse jockey? He’s got the right frame for it…

    Or landscape gardening, I can imaging Michael amongst the flowers…

    Fireman? I bet he’s always wanted to be one of them (and he enjoyed dressing up in a police uniform the other day)…

    Or perhaps more fitting, a stint as a principal at the local primary school?

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  24. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    One Tory for another.

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  25. Bob R (1,393 comments) says:

    Unfortuantely Laws was on during work hours, but the few times I’ve heard him on radio he’s been excellent. He even did a very good and amicable interview with Ken Mair several years ago.

    His SST column is also a breath of fresh air, I wish him well with his new endeavour.

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  26. annie (539 comments) says:

    Keeping Stock (8,260) Says:
    October 24th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    @ duggledog – Laws’ biggest obstacle in terms of the Close Up gig would be that he has a great face for radio :D

    That’s never been an obstacle for male presenters. Have you SEEN any sports chat programmes lately?

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  27. RandySavage (223 comments) says:

    Tamihere and Jackson are fantastic. Laws on occasion can be an interesting listen

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  28. Dave Mann (1,251 comments) says:

    Resurrecting this thread…. As a longtime Laws listener I tuned into Sean Plunket’s first day yesterday and I could only stand an hour of it. Boring and pedestrian would be my assessment. I switched it off.

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