Close Up

CloseUp presenter Susan Wood resigned from TVNZ on Monday citing health reasons.

TVNZ says for the last few weeks, Wood’s health has been a matter for serious concern. She will be undergoing surgery next week to remove a lump on her neck following an inconclusive biopsy.

A statement from the company says Wood will not appear on screen for the immediate future and instead will be concentrating on her health and family.

“After 21 fantastic years with TVNZ I feel I have achieved all I can”, says Wood.

“About 500,000 people watch CloseUp every night and it has been a brilliant year. I’d like to thank all of the team for their support and contribution towards making the programme a success. It’s now time for me to focus on removing some of the stress from my life. I look forward to taking up some new challenges in the New Year”.

Wood has had many roles in her time at TVNZ.

She was the company’s first Australian correspondent, the first host for Midday and Breakfast, she fronted Today Live, and has been with the Holmes/CloseUp current affairs programmes longer than anyone else.

TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs Bill Ralston says he wishes Susan was able to remain with CloseUp but his immediate concern is her health and wellbeing.

“Susan has been an incredibly loyal and hardworking journalist. It will be clear now that the past few weeks have been extremely difficult for her, and she has acquitted herself with absolute professionalism”, he says.

From Monday evening, Mark Sainsbury and Paul Henry will share presenting duties for CloseUp until a permanent arrangement is in place in the New Year.


Susan Wood has resigned from TV One’s Close Up citing serious health reasons. Her resignation ends 21 years of service with TVNZ.

Mark Sainsbury and Paul Henry will share the presenting duties until a replacement is named in early 2007.

A press release issued today said Wood’s health was of “serious concern” and she would be be having surgery next week to remove a lump on her neck following an inconclusive biopsy.

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