The Herald Diary notes:
Last week’s radio survey results yielded little groundbreaking news with both networks spinning their own positive picture about their commercial and talkback stations.
MediaWorks announced RadioLive increased its listeners by 14 per cent nationwide and golden boy Duncan Garner had a 141 per cent increase on his drive show.
That’s a huge coup. However, Willie Jackson and John Tamihere, whose show precedes Garner’s, made few gains.
Sources in radio circles say their afternoon talkback show is likely to be rejigged now Tamihere is plotting a political comeback.
RadioLive bosses told The Diary there are no immediate changes afoot, but “it’s no secret John has never got politics out of his system and who knows what could happen down the track”.
So, who could fill the void alongside Willie? Here are our picks:
1. Cameron Slater – He’s polarising and partisan, but can cross-pollinate via his widely viewed website.
2. Linda Clark – Her school ma’am whip-cracking is TV gold, but she’s unlikely to forgo Chapman Tripp responsibilities.
3. Paul Henry – If he actually liked talkback he’d be a welcome return. He’s in the MediaWorks stable and his TV show is yet to have a start date, so maybe he can be persuaded.
4. Mark Sainsbury – He wants a job in media and is already a contributor to the station.
5. Grant Dalton – Does he have a job? He’s certainly got plenty of opinions, mostly sporting, unfortunately.
6. Anna Guy – She’s desperate to be a media star, but with a fifth kid on the way and limited views beyond motherhood and Feilding farming she’s an unlikely contender.
7. Rachel Hunter – She’s a bona fide media star with a big TV following. But can she make the transition to radio?
Cameron Slater and Paul Henry would be a great combination. They’d also keep the BSA in full-time employment 🙂