Espiner to co-host Morning Report

December 30th, 2013 at 1:42 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Political journalist has been announced as Geoff Robinson’s replacement on ’s Morning Report.

Robinson announced his retirement on-air in November, after more than 30 years in journalism.

Espiner has a 20 year career in journalism, working in both print and broadcast media.

He has previously held roles as the political editor for Television New Zealand and, earlier, the Sunday Star Times.

More recently he has worked as an anchor and journalist on TV3′s 3rd Degree and The Vote.

Espiner will begin presenting Morning Report in April.

I think this is an excellent appointment. Espiner is a formidable interviewer, and has a good breadth of knowledge on politics and current affairs.

What is unknown is how he will gel with Simon Mercep, but I don’t see any major difficulties there.

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19 Responses to “Espiner to co-host Morning Report”

  1. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    Yep, should be good. Espiner in NZH:

    “There aren’t many vehicles in journalism where you can rip in to some really substantial issues every day. I love the breaking news agendas, I love the politics, the economics, the social issues stuff – just meaty topics.”

    Journalists are often criticised for not investigating substantial issues in enough depth. This highlights the fact that it’s not the lack of “proper” journalists that’s the main problem, it’s lack of opportunities for journalists to do a proper job.

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  2. 3-coil (1,184 comments) says:

    It is a blessed relief to see “Jurassic” Geoff finally being put out to pasture, after reneging on earlier promises that he was going, and to no longer have to endure his oblivious slip-ups (millions for billions etc etc) – but unfortunately I can’t see smarmy little Guyon being all that much better.

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  3. duggledog (1,111 comments) says:

    I think Guyon will be good in this slot. He’s going to need to PROJECT into the microphone though, he has no technique there and needs to work on it. You can’t hear him sometimes.

    Problem is now going to be Mercep. Espiner will show him up and he’s going to be the weak link; I just don’t think there’s going to be any sort of chemistry there unlike the Plunket / Robinson duo who somehow made a good match; almost good cop bad cop, which were interchangeable roles.

    Looking forward to hearing it on air

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  4. wf (317 comments) says:

    Mercep can go. His gaspy delivery is annoying first thing in the morning.

    So can Kathryn Ryan, her questions are so stuttery and longwinded that you forget what the original was. Sometimes the interviewee seems puzzled too.

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  5. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Mercep RNZ can go. His gaspy its delivery is annoying first thing in the morning.

    there fixed it

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  6. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    That den of left-wingers should be sold for the benefit of all NZ.

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  7. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    It must be a good appointment going by this hilarious post by Martyn Bradbury:

    And so it comes to pass…

    Guyon Espiner to replace Geoff Robinson on Morning Report

    …with Espiner’s appointment to Radio NZ alongside Hosking on Seven Sharp & Paul Henry replacing Nighline, all major mainstream media are now hosted by hard right neo-liberal white rich male acolytes, just in time for the election.

    The inherent pro corporate bias of our media is now so glaringly apparent, it makes Fox News actually look fair and balanced.

    Social media, the blogs, Native Affairs and Campbell Live are all progressives have left as news sources now.

    I’m waiting for David Farrar to be appointed directly onto the Dominion Post editorial team, rather than just the guest editor role he seems to hold now.

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/30/espiner-hosking-paul-henry-the-3-broadcasters-of-the-apocalypse/

    Santa must have passed Bomber by this Christmas, he has seemed more bitter than usual recently.

    @DFisherJourno

    Bomber not appointed to Morning Report role – warns End Of Days approaching.

    Very funny.

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  8. duggledog (1,111 comments) says:

    Pete thanks for that link. Shit that is indeed hilarious, it just says “I Am Bitter And Twisted” in bold relief.

    Bummer’s clearly still got the hump from being kicked off RNZ’s The Panel for being outrageously childish, inflammatory and ill-informed (his mum would say ‘outspoken’) and boy it would be hard to be kicked out of there when you are a left footer.

    Martyn, (sorry I just can’t call you by your self attached moniker) if you’re reading this, you really really need to go travelling. Have a look at the world. If these three FM horsemen of the apocalypse are Hard Right and Rich, man, you’re out of your mind. NZ is still the mildest meekest little place in the world and we don’t have rich people here, apart from a very select few.

    That’s the problem with Martyn Bradbury, it’s transparently obvious he has no life experience, just blathers on about the same old horse shit

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  9. Maggy Wassilieff (180 comments) says:

    Dear Pete George,

    Yesterday, I hinted that the basics of formal english writing had bypassed Martyn Bradbuy’s blog.

    Today I’ll stop being polite and spell it out. Martyn Bradbury can not write.

    What does this sentence mean?

    “Social media, the blogs, Native Affairs and Campbell Live are all progressives have left as news sources now.”

    Is it possible for you to omit pasting his garbled sentences on KiwiBlog?

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  10. duggledog (1,111 comments) says:

    Maggy

    Good skills in writing are a clear sign of intelligence – it’s one of the reasons why I don’t buy the Herald anymore. Employers routinely reject applicants who can’t spell or use grammar properly.

    Marty obviously writes before engaging his brain. Which is stupid.

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  11. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    “More recently he has worked as an anchor and journalist on TV3′s 3rd Degree”

    Isn’t that the show that has Anna Guy as their intrepid ‘roving reporter’? Wow- what a CV…..

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  12. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    I presume what he meant was “Social media, the blogs, Native Affairs and Campbell Live are all that Progressives have left as news sources now.”

    “The blogs” aren’t a significant news source. Whale Oil is one of the few that breaks news. Bradbury may like to think The Daily Blog is a news source but it’s more like infotainment along the lines of Seven Sharp.

    Campbell Live isn’t much of a news source either but at least he admits it leans left. Anything that doesn’t help promote Bradbury’s Mana Party promotion agenda is deemed “hard right neo-liberal”. He’s becoming the Left’s equivalent of Reddie, leaning so far over their arse is the only thing pointing up.

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  13. igm (862 comments) says:

    More left-wing rubbish from a Labour/Green loser. Hope they see a further decline in advertising revenue.

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  14. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    I think this is an excellent appointment. Espiner is a formidable interviewer…

    Really? Mutual admiration, I guess.
    You can only despair for the dismal quality of NZ journalism these days.

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  15. MH (558 comments) says:

    you sad heathen lot, next you’ll be replacing the bird calls with the creak of the Kauri,the twang of the Totara,the meow of the manuka = all preceded by the chortle of the chainsaw.

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  16. Yoza (1,348 comments) says:

    Guyon Espiner seems the logical choice, here is someone who has a long history of serving power. Little wonder David Farrar is excited by the appointment, I know if I was in the ‘Tea-party’ faction of the National party I would be stoked.

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  17. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    ‘What is unknown is how he will gel with Simon Mercep, but I don’t see any major difficulties there.’

    Cool, so I guess we’re all good to go then.

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  18. flipper (3,270 comments) says:

    Can someone remind me what the red Radio New Zealand listening AUDIENCE TOTALS now?

    And please remind me what the morning report (caps deliberately omitted) totals in each area?

    A load of crap which has long past its use by date. But that will be solved when it moves outside the beltway to Auckland and loses most of its audience.

    And for all those who believe it is an institution,. it is not. The name itself was copied from the US National Public Radio show of the same name – a show going down hill everywhere except Washington DC.

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  19. Yoza (1,348 comments) says:

    flipper (2,898 comments) says:
    December 31st, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Can someone remind me what the red Radio New Zealand listening AUDIENCE TOTALS now?

    According to research carried out by ACNielsen:

    Morning Report 355,000
    Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan 265,000
    Afternoons with Jim Mora 247,000
    Checkpoint 205,000
    Nights with Bryan Crump 165,000
    Saturday Morning with Kim Hill 231,000
    Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw 210,000

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