Radio host Duncan Garner is expected to take the job hosting TV3’s new primetime current affairs show, after John Campbell’s contentious departure.
And One News reporter Heather du Plessis-Allan is said to be in a bidding war between TVNZ and TV3, as TV3 attempts to poach her to join Garner as a co-host.
If Garner and du Plessis-Allan do become the hosts, then all the Chicken Littles out there who claimed the departure of John Campbell meant the death of current affairs broadcasting will look very stupid.
Duncan and Heather would be a very formidable team. They are both strong interviewers, and also both have a deep level of mongrel in them – will go for the jugular if they think it is warranted.
I’ve long though Heather du Plessis-Allan is a star, and remember suggesting to a TV executive some years ago that she’d be a good co-host with Paul Henry, as she could handle his shit and give it back twice in spades.
Du Plessis-Allan met with Jennings at a Wellington hotel this week to discuss the role.
In an awkward twist, her One News boss Phil O’Sullivan walked in on the discussions after accidentally being given the hotel room key.
Adding to the sensitive situation, O’Sullivan is said to have been meeting with TV3 reporter Dan Parker, in the same hotel, in a bid to poach him.
Now that is so funny. You walk in on one of your staff meeting your rival trying to steal her – but you are there to try and steal one of his staff. Good to see there is competition for good staff.