Jim Hickey to leave TVNZ

jim-hickeyThe Diary has let the cat out of the bag, spoiling Jim Hickey’s chance at telling his avid fans he is retiring from TVNZ.

Popular weather presenter Jim Hickey is retiring from his longtime post with One News. The 65-year-old quietly told TVNZ staff this week and an official announcement is expected on air one night next week at the end of the news bulletin.

The Diary has learned Hickey will remain on air for a while, but will retire to his home in Taranaki to run the Airspresso cafes he co-owns at New Plymouth and Queenstown airports.

He was reluctant to discuss his departure yesterday. “Leaving TVNZ? No, don’t know what you’re talking about,” Hickey deadpanned.

But plans are being made for him to announce the news on air next week.

“TVNZ wants to give Jim the chance to break the news of his retirement to his longtime viewers,” a friend said.

A TVNZ spokeswoman would say only: “An official announcement on Jim’s retirement has not yet been made.”

Jim Hickey is one of TVNZ’s most beloved sons and his retirement will be the end of an era.

Perhaps Brendan Horan can have his old job back now.

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    I remember when Bill Ralston took over the news boss job and had a big cleanout of people he didn’t like. Jim went, along with Mike Hosking and a few others. The Airspresso cafe at New Plymouth airport is fantastic – yummy food and great service.