Samantha Hayes begins temporary Firstline stint

Samantha Hayes has returned to New Zealand for her stint as Rachel Smalley’s temporary replacement on TV3’s Firstline.

The popular reporter, who is now the network’s Australian correspondent, will fill in while Smalley is away in Afghanistan for two weeks on a special report.

TV3’s publicity manager Rachel Lorimer confirmed that Hayes’ anchor role on Firstline will not be permanent and that she will definitely return to Sydney once Smalley returns.

“She has a fantastic history as an anchor but at the moment she’s really enjoying being the foreign correspondent in Sydney and she will continue there for a while,” Lorimer said.

Hayes will finish up on Firstline on June 17.

Source: Stuff

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  • reece_555

    I cant beleive this warranted a story on the stuff site. Peter Williams has been filling in for Simon Dallow in recent weeks maybe that should warrant a story hes certainly presenting a bulletin that a large chunk of people watch something firstline doesnt have.

  • Pault

    i agree this is not a story. their are fillins all the time on the news and other live shows so why is this different

  • regan

    It will be interesting to see what effect this has on the ratings. Sam has a lot of fans who used enjoy having her as the last thing they’d see each night.  I’m sure there are a few who would quite happily like to wake to her face every morning as well.