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Henry poised for bigger role at 7pm   |  NZ HERALD

4:00AM Friday Sep 18, 2009
By John Drinnan

TV One breakfast show host Paul Henry is poised to take a bigger role fronting Close Up.

Television sources say momentum is gathering for a change.

The debate is whether TVNZ will wait until Mark Sainsbury’s employment contract runs out in late 2010 before making the move.

But it would be a risk. Sainsbury has appeal with viewers but is a weak interviewer.

Henry flies close to the wind in his interviews and takes chances that can provide good TV. But he polarises audiences.

In that sense he is a broadcaster’s broadcaster and favoured by Close Up boss Mike Valintine and further up the TVNZ pecking order.

But Henry would also be a risk for TVNZ.

In March he humiliated a female news guest over facial hair.

A public broadcaster was rubbishing the way a guest looked for a laugh.

TVNZ upheld a complaint, but Henry wasn’t embarrassed.

The bad attitude from the broadcaster’s studio fortress illustrated the dangers when big egos misuse their power.

It came close to bullying.

Now he is up for promotion to prime time, the question will be whether he can manage his wish to shock.

Is he Paul Holmes without a self-deprecatory streak?

This week Henry declined to discuss speculation about his Close Up role, the state of the 7pm current affairs slot, or his acknowledged aspirations for Sainsbury’s job.

Asked if the “lady with a moustache” incident indicated he was not up to the prime time spot, Henry said: “You cater for the show you are on, but I am always me. I walk on that fine line, but to me that fine line is the place to be.”


A former TVNZ head of programming once told me that the secret of an X-factor TV star was that viewers either wanted to hit them or hug them (or words to that effect). In other words they should elicit a strong emotional response.

Henry acknowledges he polarises opinion and says that the days are gone when broadcasters are overly concerned about polarising people.

But bringing in Henry will be the subject of extensive market research.

In August last year Henry told this column: “It is no secret I have ambitions [to present Close Up].

“Seven o’clock is where I want to be.”

TVNZ did not take the bait. In a recent Sunday Star-Times interview he was ambivalent about the Close Up role. It is a handy “I can take it or leave it” stance after missing out last time, and now being courted by TVNZ with the prospect of pay negotiations ahead.

Complaints against Paul Henry over ‘moustache-gate’ upheld

TVNZ has upheld viewer complaints against Breakfast host Paul Henry after he commented that a female guest had a moustache.

On March 25 Henry read viewer comments that a female guest, Greenpeace worker Stephanie Mills, had a moustache. He then added his own comments, while his co-host Alison Mau pleaded with him to stop.

“That was a moustache on a lady,” he said. “People can say what they see, it’s television isn’t it?”

Mau later in the show read a letter from a woman who talked about the medical causes behind female facial hair and said she had been reduced to tears by Henry’s comments.

“Start a group, really,” Henry had responded.

It has been jokingly dubbed “moustache-gate” and the video on YouTube has had nearly 100,000 views.

TVNZ spokeswoman Megan Richards said TVNZ had upheld the complaints against Henry because Ms Mills was treated unfairly.

It had written back to the about 30 people who complained and apologised to them, she told NZPA.

Ms Mills was not one of the people who complained.

Ms Richards believed Henry had privately apologised to Ms Mills.

Henry had been spoken to and told on-air editorial decisions were not his to make and that he must adhere to the executive producer’s decisions.

TVNZ had met with senior Breakfast staff to insist on the need for more care and discretion around editorial decisions about what the programme covered.

It had also held several discussions within the news and current affairs department to clarify its expectations around such matters.

Ms Richards said the company did not wish to comment further.

“In a situation like this the more that is said the more you run the risk of revictimising the person whom we’ve all agreed was treated unfairly in the first place.”

Henry has also received support from viewers after the incident, with one Auckland clothing company, Mr Vintage, selling T-shirts depicting his face and the quote, “That is a moustache on a lady”.


Is anyone else tired of Mark Sainsbury on Close-Up?

Rumours have been flying  at TVNZ about so-called ‘manouevrings’ behind the scenes of the current affairs show, with both Paul Henry and Simon Dallow expressing interest in Sainsbury’s 7pm slot according to a recent nz herald article read it here…

Although his contract has been renewed,  I think the programme is in need of a new face .What do you think?  Who do you think is best to replace him?

What did everyone think of the leaders debate tonight on TV3? Failure or Success? Post ideas here on anything related to production,the panel, the presenter graphics, music, graphics e.t.c. Personally I thought it was sub-standard overall what did you think?