I have a lot of time for Mike Puru. He’s one of the most genuine, nicest personalities in the media. We’ve known Mike since the first season of NZ Idol and he was one of the first people to interview us on TV when he was hosting the youth news and current affairs program Flipside on TV2 and also throughout his time working with Jay Jay and Dom on The Edge.
This week he announced he’s getting his mornings back and leaving breakfast radio and has other projects on the horizon, including hosting the second season of TV3’s The Bachelor NZ.
Mike is a very warm, and likeable personality and as has been pointed out already, it is somewhat surprising that he hasn’t been utilised more on TV by Mediaworks.
Last year, Mike stood in in Paul Henry’s absence on The Paul Henry Show and delivered the late night news program its highest ratings it had had since it started.
This year, Newsworthy has really struggled to build it’s audience and it has only been in the last couple of weeks, with the absence of its usual hosts, that the numbers have been up with last week being the first week all year that the year on year figures have been higher than The Paul Henry Show.
With inevitable changes needed, could a Mike Puru lead news program work again? I think so. What about you?