Much has been said about the demise of current affairs at 7pm on TV One. With all the recent speculation that hosts were leaving, some pundits rushed to herald in Seven Sharp’s termination. This has proven to be rather premature indeed.
However, the rumoured unofficial motto at TVNZ of “Don’t admit it’s wrong ’til it’s gone” may still be in effect though as the changes are likely to be quite extensive in 2014 with not only new hosts but a new EP.
Is this the end of the embarrassment that is Seven Sharp? Mike Hosking and Toni Street will be taking up the reins next year, alongside Jesse Mulligan. And Ali Mau – despite emphatically denying it to The Diary last week – is leaving to join Willie Jackson at Radio Live. She replaces John Tamihere, who as The Diary reported, did not have his contract renewed.
The changes at Seven Sharp also include the exit of executive producer Raewyn Rasch. It follows a dismal year of ratings and reviews, which has forced TVNZ bosses to take stock. “Seven Sharp has been the most expensive embarrassment in TVNZ history,” said an insider. The show will be revamped as a more palatable daily current affairs show, with real news. Continue reading »