CAPTION: The NZ Herald has reported Henry wants to move to Palm Springs
MediaWorks and its owners at Oaktree Capital will know that Henry’s departure is a disaster and that it will make it even harder to find a buyer. MediaWorks is losing its only star at a time television faces a big challenge retaining advertising revenue. He has built up the TV audience for his TV3 breakfast show – and he has done that largely without turning to the shock jock tactics of the past ( The recent NZ Herald article excepted), It is true the rise for the Paul Henry show on RadioLive has been less dramatic. But In the latest radio survey, he increased his share of the audience, and the departure of his offsider Hillary Barry has made no impact.
An announcement is expected soon confirming that TV3 is to scrapped its weeknight magazine show Story.
The show had struggled in the ratings, and the NZ Herald reported this week that Story co-host Duncan Garner is to take over as host of the TV3 breakfast show, replacing Paul Henry. Garner’s Story co-host Heather du Plessis-Allan is expected to take a senior role at Newshub, possibly working alongside Paddy Gower in the parliamentary bureau, sources say. Henry – who embarked on a strange publicity interview with the Herald last week where he signalled he was unhappy. He has separately insisted that he has no interest of going for the 7pm slot, and I am told he was scheduled to step down in April next year. That may have been brought forward now. MediaWorks sources say that new Aussie management are having to get to grips with these latest upheavals after the departure of Hillary Barry to TVNZ. Former head of news and current affairs Mark Jennings – now a media consultant – said in an article in the pop culture website The Spinoff that he believes Henry will move on. Henry is said to be independently wealthy so does not need to work even though he earns a famously high salary providing the TV and radio show at MediaWorks. He is said to have been unhappy at MediaWorks since
Mark Weldon – a prime supporter for the show – stepped down from his job as CEO. November and December are traditionally known in TV Land as the time for contract negotiations. At TVNZ this time of year was traditionally called “the clubbing of the seals. There will still be jobs around It seems likely that Story will be replaced by a humorous panel show with a comedy element. Maybe Henry might take part in that.
CAPTION: Last week’s Canvas story talked about Paul Henry “unleashed”.
The Radio New Zealand MediaWatch programme made some astute observations today about the state of New Zealand media; the hyping of studied outrage and the symbiotic relationship between TV and print. Last week the Weekend Herald’s quality liftout magazine promoted some typically inflammatory comments during a promotional interview.
It seems clear to me that Henry and MediaWorks fed Canvas outrageous comments to drive publicity. It seems to have worked. With a senior feature writer and an enthusiastic publicist in tow.Henry referred to a fellow diner about her “perfect breasts” and referred to titties.
I have no gripe with the journalist – Greg Bruce – who is a very good writer with a unique style. This is the commercial news or entertainment. But in the past I believe a quality publication like Canvas would have tried to point out the story is artificial. He was not unleashed. Henry is allowed to roam free and extract rubbish from bins.
I can remember in 2009 when I interviewed Henry about his role promoting psychic Deb Webber to find a missing child, Aisling Syme, He gave me a back-handed complimen. He liked me because I said things I did not believe I don’t agree. But that is his take. It’s all a game.
The great thing about media is that it has a ready-made promotional machine and celebrity offensiveness is instantly familiar to the public.
That means media stories can quickly take off and they can be extended to increase the number of clicks.That is why there are so many media stories now that there is such a lot of online news content. To be honest I was a little disappointed in Henry.It seemed like he had moved beyond the shock jock persona where he needed to use words like titties to get attention. He is better than that. What is it that Donald Trump says?
The breakfast table can be a battle zone that would benefit from some peace and quiet. But I wonder if the proposed matching of Hilary Barry and Jack Tame might be just … well … toonice. I know some commentators and women’s mags “love” Hilary and maybe she will surprise us taking lead as The wild One to Jack’s Tame. The older woman, younger man combo has worked on Australia’s Nine Network.
But first impressions are that the pairing lacks an edge. She was TV3’s Woman Next Door. He still is TVNZs boy next door (even at 29) Tame is a solid TV reporter but I have never seen him get his gander up like Hosking, Holmes or Henry. Barry’s talents are in presenting not interviewing. I guess they could get an acerbic weather person to mash it up. To honest I wonder if TV3 and Radio Live should rethink their strategy for the Breakfast TV. You see the logic of using Paul Henry in the morning to compete on two levels against TVNZ and Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB. Henry is valuable and should be on prime time TV as well – maybe in a split shift between breakfast and prime time TV. He could be like MediaWorks’ version of Mike Hosking.
Paul Henry has left his show for a three week winter break. It is odd timing with Hilary Barry replacement Ingrid Hipkiss yet to show an obvious rapport with The Great Man. The Henry Show has been snapping at Breakfast on TV One, in the 25-54 year old demographic at least. It seems inevitable the star’s absence will interrupt the momentum built up through 2016 and coming to a head now. Maybe he is stressed out?
CAPTION: Bill O’Reilly. Fox has changed New Zealand TV
The role of radio and television presenter talent emerged as a major talking point recently, with often-abusive social media outbursts aimed at Mike Hosking, the breakfast host at NewstalkZB and presenter of the TVNZ show. Seven Sharp. An attack also came from a former TVNZ Breakfast colleague, Liz Gunn. Some people also petitioned for his removal altogether from row current affairs and opinion show Seven Sharp. They perceived his views to have come from his unashamed support for Key and National views and its policies. And they are pretty much right of course.