The Herald reported:
Close Up’s replacement will be a magazine show with two presenters – and Pippa Wetzell and Paul Henry are understood to be the hot favourites.
A confidential brief circulating at TVNZ says the focus will be on the “talking point of the day” and a mixture of news and entertainment.
But a journalism commentator said it would be “Breakfast at dinner-time” and showed the broadcaster’s lack of commitment to strong current affairs.
It is no secret within TVNZ that the network has been courting Wetzell and that it wants to give her a prominent role next year.
It is understood she has had meetings with TVNZ executives.
I think Paul Henry could do well in the role, so long as he doesn’t do any brain farts. Sure, on Breakfast he is the rogue, but it is worth considering that he can actually do decent interviews. Also he is majorly interested in politics, so if he is the host the focus might be more on “hard news” than “light news”.
The new format is understood to be much like The Project, which airs on Australia’s Channel 10 and is hosted by comedians presenting news stories.
Dagan was behind the show before he moved to TVNZ.
“It’s the news – but not as you know it,” Channel 10 says in a description of the show on its website.
“Guaranteeing no miracle diets, no stories that ‘no parent can afford to miss’, and virtually no dodgy plumbers, The Project is a TV show joining in the conversations going on in living rooms around the country.”
The Project is on each weekday at 6pm and its three hosts “dissect, digest and reconstitute each day’s news” in a style “not afraid to be serious, but not a satirical newscast,” Channel 10 says.
I actually predicted on radio that the new format would be a panel, dissecting the day’s news. The key would be who is on the panel.