Finally a reason to turn the TV back on again: Paul Henry

I’ve been a fan of Paul Henry.  I guess I still am.  What he has done on TV and radio isn’t too far removed from what happens on my blog:  Be entertaining and be a pain in the arse by asking the questions people want to hear answers to.

Without any fear of consequences.

TV3 last night confirmed Henry would host a new programme, dubbed The Paul Henry Show, in the new year. It will replace the late-night bulletin, 3News Nightline, which has been running for more than 20 years. But the show – which will start from 10.30pm – will clash with The Late Show With David, which starts at 11pm on Prime.

Last night’s announcement comes after weeks of the former Breakfast host’s rumoured return on the rival channel.

TV3 director of news and current affairs Mark Jennings last night said Henry would bring something new to the game.

Nightline has been a great programme for us over many years and produced some of our best broadcasters,” Mr Jennings said. “But the landscape is due for change and Paul Henry will lead that change in later evening viewing.”

For those of you who can’t quite wait for Paul to re-appear on your screens, he’s got a new book out right now.  

Paul Henry’s memoir What Was I Thinking took the number one spot on the Nielsen BookScan’s bestseller list today after its first full week of sales, with almost three times the sales of the number two book.

A rep for Mr Henry’s publisher, Random House, told NBR the book had sold “more than 4000 copies” during its first seven days on sale – not bad for a market where 10,000 sales over a book’s lifetime is considered a major hit.

I was talking to Paul just the other day.

I should see if I can hit him up for some copies to give away to you lot.


Source:  That nice Vaimoana Tapaleao at the NZ Herald, with additional reporting by the NBR and comments by Cameron Slater.

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