TV3 have not given up hope of competing with TVNZ in the breakfast television stakes again.

MediaWorks boss Jason Paris wants to have another crack at the early morning slot, despite the demise of Sunrise last April.

“We are always looking for new opportunities for the business, and morning TV is just another consideration. We are continuously assessing new off-peak and peak content,” he said.

Media commentators have said that Breakfast may be vulnerable following the departure of Paul Henry and two new hosts in Petra Bagust and Corin Dann.

Joe Atkinson of the University of Auckland’s media department said: “Paul Henry, for all his faults, was a person who attracted an audience – some because they hated him, but some loved him.”

He believes an actor/comedian in a similar mould to Oliver Driver could be a good option to front a new TV3 morning show.

Source: Herald

After his resignation from TVNZ there has been a lot of speculation as to what Paul Henry will do next.  His comments have polarised the population for years and there are two very opinionated camps.  You either love him, or you hate him.

With the demise of TV3’s Sunrise program earlier this year, many are now calling for the channel to relaunch with Henry at the helm.

Among the many pages that have been set up on Facebook, one in particular is gathering momentum.  More than 4,000 people have liked the page TV3 please restart your Breakfast show with Paul Henry as host

It’s highly unlikely that it would happen, or that Henry would take up a spot hosting a 7pm show on TV3 as has been suggested elsewhere.  Nonetheless, Henry’s fans seem desperate to have him back on screen and sooner rather than later.

According to an anonymous source, Paul Henry has been in secret negotiations with TV3 over the weekend for a resurrected Sunrise-type breakfast show. This is apparently the real reason for Paul Henry’s resignation, to pave the way to appear on the rival channel with a breakfast format which would be more flexable to his outrageous spontaneous presentational behaviour. The source claims that TV3, not being a state broadcaster, doesn’t have to be quite so held back about what is and isn’t poltically correct and saw the current controversy as a great opportunity to approach Paul while the iron was hot and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

TV3’s most recent foray into breakfast TV, Sunrise, failed in the ratings because they did not have the personalities to match Paul Henry. However, by actually snatching the people’s most popular choice personality out of TVNZ’s hands, they now feel they have a clean shot with a ratings winner.

They have yet to decide whether the new breakfast show will actually be called Sunrise – they may decide to disassociate from the previous incarnation. However, whatever the format and name, it appears that with Paul Henry at the helm, they have a decent chance at finally dominating the morning slot.

An official announcement is expected in a few days.









NB: The above article is a satirical piece, in case you hadn’t figured it out.

Carly Flynn moving to radio

Ex-Sunrise presenter Carly Flynn is following Oliver Driver’s lead and making the move to radio. The former TV3 reporter will host the breakfast segment of The Breeze radio station from this October. Last month Driver signed on to temporarily co-host a radio show on George FM in the absence of Nick D.

Survivor to actor

Survivor contestant James Clement has landed himself a role on long-running daytime soap The Young and the Restless. The Survivor: Heroes Vs Villians contestant will play a police officer on the show, making his debut in June in the US.

Bret Michaels to attend finale

Reality star Bret Michaels has vowed to attend the season finale of The Celebrity Apprentice in spite of his poor health. The rocker, who is a contestant on the reality show, was hospitalised again last week after suffering a warning stroke but has said he will be in New York for the finale this week.

Shatner sitcom cops criticism

A parents group has slammed the upcoming William Shatner sitcom ‘S*** My Dad Says’ in relation to the offensive title. The Parents’ Television Council has condemned the project which spawned from a popular Twitter page about the ramblings of a retired doctor saying it shows contempt for families and the public.

Damon teases 30 Rock return

Matt Damon has addressed speculation that he will return to 30 Rock after making a guest appearance on the latest season. The 39-year-old has said he would love a spot on the show if they would have him, saying he “had a great time doing it.”

The hole left by TV3’s departed breakfast show Sunrise is to be filled with infomercials as of Monday.

Although TV3 are currently screening re-runs of Magnum P.I., Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond on weekday mornings, the 7-9am slot will soon be filled with advertising.

Sunrise concluded on April 9 after TV3 deemed it no longer financially viable. 

$314 Million in the hole and the reorg’s not over yet. McKenna and Jennings next to face the firing squad?

Mediaworks, the owner of TV networks TV3 and C4, has announced a massive loss of $314 Million dollars (the biggest yet). The Network’s attributing $258 Million of that to a write-down associated with its 2007 acquisition of the business. Although a loss of this scale is unprecedented for the Mediaworks business it is nothing new for an organization, which like many has been smashed around by the recession after a hugely leveraged buyout in the height of the easy-credit financial bubble. The goodwill write-off symbolizes just how much of a premium Ironbridge paid for the Mediaworks assets. Still, with huge losses comes an even bigger demand to cut costs, and as Ironbridge execs have proved in the past, either Mediaworks Management toes the line, or faces the consequences.

TV3 Minus 314... Million

Whilst most of the Mediaworks burden hails from large interest payments the company was also affected by operational restructuring costs associated with dumping its low-rating Breakfast rival ‘Sunrise’ a few weeks ago. In addition cuts across its Radioworks network (consisting of The Rock, more FM, The Breeze, RadioLIVE and more) happen on an almost annual basis. Speculation was rife in 2009 that the Board was looking to slice its Radio and TV businesses in two with some arguing the synergy between the two businesses was almost non-existent, with infighting between Radio and TV execs rife. Additionally if one of the divisions were to be sold, this could reduce Ironbridge’s debt burden and arguably obscure how much they overpaid for the group. But the decision was made to keep the two as one, in the short term.

On top of the substantial write-down and staff layoffs, Mediaworks’ flagship TV network TV3 has suffered at the hands of low ratings in the first quarter of 2010. Last year long time Mediaworks CEO Brent Impey fell on his sword after poor performance in the TV business prompted the board to ask him to make layoffs. When he refused he was cut loose (or resigned depending on who you believe). With that, former Channel 9 (Australia) <strike>axe-wielder</strike> executive Ian Audsley was employed on a short-term contract to do what Impey had refused. Audsley cancelled both Sunrise and ASB Business and announced the implementation of a new Studio Automation System that would replace floor crews with Robotic Cameras and eliminate control room staff (an additional 20 jobs to go). When all’s said and done programming executives are more optimistic for the remainder of 2010, with a new season line-up underway.

More Rolling Heads?

After butchering her side of the business Radioworks CEO Sussan Turner was rewarded with the role of Group CEO, overseeing both sides of the group with former TVNZ marketing executive Jason Paris to head the TV networks in the coming days. Still, the onslaught of new Management has many at the top questioning the competency of those below.

Mediaworks’ online division ‘Interactive’ (largely considered the laughing stock of the business, both internally and externally) is headed by former radio staffer Siobhan McKenna, the board and management alike are said to be frustrated by the lack of performance in what they consider the future and core growth category of the Mediaworks business. Two options are currently being tabled, firstly the idea of dismantling the Interactive business and redistributing control of each Brand’s digital presence back to the Brand itself (in other words TV3 would control TV3’s Website, The Edge would control theirs and so on) with both Radio and TV divisions sharing responsibility for advertising sales. This however is a close second to Management’s preferred option of finding a new more suitable head for the division, with Jason Paris paying particular oversight to the development of TV (specifically the OnDemand business) and insight for new ventures in the radio division.

3News' Mark Jennings next for Axe?

Turner is also reportedly livid with ‘News and Current Affairs’ chief Mark Jennings who managed to absorb huge amounts of staff back into existing positions after ASB Business and Sunrise were cancelled, the argument being same cost structure, less programming. This comes off the back of a 3News reporter signing into a Prison as a relative of Clayton Weatherston, Campbell Live staff dressing up as Medal Thieves, his failure to gain an audience for Sunrise and losing high profile staff such as Rod Cheeseman and Kate Lynch to TVNZ. The trouble for Turner is who to replace Jennings with. Internally staff are impressed with the leadership of 3News Executive Producer Mike Brockie, but he is close to Jennings, and reportedly couldn’t be less interested in the role. Conversely producer John Hale is believed to be keen but he may be too polarizing, alienating several staff in the past, so perhaps Jennings is safe, for the moment.

The bigger picture in the coming months is the possibility IronBridge will offload the business altogether. IronBridge’s managing partner Julian Knights recently told Reuters it was looking to dump a number of its businesses whilst the market was hot but refused to include Mediaworks in the list only to say they were exploring their options. When prompted by the NZ Herald on the possibility of a profitable sale spokesman Kerry McIntosh said “We are facing a more difficult set of circumstances than we were at the beginning, but if the market continues to recover and we trade well we expect we will be okay.” That said, with a $91 Million payment in interest alone for the past year the prospect of a profitable sale might seem further and further away.


Rod Cheeseman is to host a new sports show on TVNZ, reports the Herald on Sunday.

There’s speculation in the Herald on Sunday that ad slots during Sunrise and ASB Business were sold for as low as $150.

Sunday News‘ cartoon has Paul Henry portrayed as a crocodile saying: “The TV3 Sunrise show has been canned?  I’m very sorry to hear that, they were such a talented group!  Right up there with the tart with the mo’ and the retard..”

View has a Top 10 list for things Oliver Driver can do now he’s been sacked from Sunrise including begging for his old Nurse Mike Galloway role on Shortland Street and fronting a niche TV arts show that still rates higher than Sunrise.

The sun set on TV3’s axed breakfast show Sunrise this morning with Oliver Driver and Carly Flynn saying farewell to viewers for the last time.

The one-hour special this morning featured the whole crew of both Sunrise and ASB Business reminiscing on the past two and a half years and cracking jokes about the sudden news of their unemployment yesterday and the fact they are being replaced by re-runs of Magnum, P.I.

Highlights were played of the early days of Sunrise with shots of both Flynn and original presenter James Coleman on day one and Driver’s first day on set. The presenters joked about their appearances, with emphasis on Driver’s dishevelled look for his first Sunrise outing.

In the latter half of the show, highlights were shown from its popular segments “Hurricane Josh” and “Emma’s gadget Emporium”.

Driver and Flynn described how the crew of the show were told of the news yesterday following their Thursday morning show.

“We were all called into the studio … and given envelopes. It was suggested that we didn’t do another show, but we did.”

“They did say we shouldn’t do it, we don’t have a whole lot planned.”

“All we did want to do was [have] a final show, we didn’t want to end it like we did yesterday,” said Flynn.

The hour closed with Driver and Flynn saying good-bye in front of the shows logo adapted to say “Sunset”.

“Thank you TV3, it’s been an honour and a pleasure.” Driver said.


Pure gold!

Fans of TV3’s Sunrise which was axed this morning have taken some advice from TVNZ’s Breakfast host Paul Henry and have “started a group”.

The Facebook group called TV3 Bring Back Sunrise and ASB Business has just over 450 members.