Newstalk ZB continues to shed the regulars

It’s time Deaker went home to lie on his Biomag and called it quits, apparently

Deaker, New Zealand’s pre-eminent radio sports broadcaster, called time this week after a colourful career of more than 20 years.

He will host his final Newstalk ZB/Radio Sport show on December 22.

On his Sky TV Deaker on Sport show on Tuesday, he also announced that that night would be his last presenting the programme.

Deaker has been quite the ZB stalwart of course, like Holmes, and one day Leighton Smith.  I suspect Dallas has his hands full trying to keep ZB on top of the ratings.  

Tony Veitch is the front-runner for Murray Deaker’s job when the veteran sports broadcaster stands down from his popular radio show at the end of the year, an industry insider says.

The general manager of talk programming for The Radio Network, Dallas Gurney, would not comment on who Deaker’s successor would be. He would say only that one would be “announced in due course”.

But an industry insider said former TVNZ sports presenter Veitch was a certainty for the job.

The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Veitch would bring a different style to Deaker, who the source said mentored the younger man through his transition back into work after it was revealed he had physically abused a partner in January 2006.

Ah yes, good old Herald, couldn’t help get that back in.

Former Newstalk ZB boss Bill Francis, who discovered Deaker after reading one of his columns in the North Shore Times-Advertiser, said his successor had “very big shoes to fill”.

He said Deaker had a very good knowledge base and “was a guy who had done it on the field” as a former representative rugby player and cricketer.

Indeed.  Love him or hate him – Deaker has been a paragon in sports broadcasting in this country.  His retirement will be an end of an era, and Veitchy is going to have to shape his own audience as he will not be a drop-in replacement.

 

Source:  that brilliant James Ihaka at the NZ Herald, with further commentary by Cam Slater.

 


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  • Pissedoffyouth

    Tony “Stairs” Veich? Really?

    • kaykaybee

      Personally I wouldn’t listen to Veitch..sorry but I have no forgiveness in me for his brand of cowardice and thuggery

  • maninblack

    deaker was shoved.

    • Patrick

      down the stairs by….

  • Jax

    Veitch is a scumbag. I turn him off each time I hear him.

    • rrroberto

      Veitch stuffed up big time. He dilly-dallied for a while , then was stood down and was punished. After penance, he comes back to his job.
      This is the natural order of things after the stuff ups.. do the time, do the penance, then make your way back if you wish. Unlike some arsehole masquerading as a Mayor

      • gazzadelsud

        he didn’t “stuff up” he deliberately gave a woman a kicking so severe that he broke her back. He then tried to pretend that he was the victim and ran his silly “suicide” stunts to try and grease himself a lighter verdict. Shame he didn’t succeed.
        He didn’t do penance, he made out that it was him who was the victim. She probably threw herself on his boot too.

        • rrroberto

          yes, I don’t disagree with what you say, more thinking that in the greater scheme of things, there were consequences, even if you think he got off lightly, as opposed to the Mayor who does not think consequences apply to him. And the punishment meted out, he has done. And people are free to not listen to him on radio.I daresay there is a difference in that Veitch’s act was straight out criminal, whereas the Mayor’s longrunning activities are a bit blurry when it comes to the law, a lot depending on evidence presented, and interpretations of graft/corruption. Not to mention friendly investigators looking into his activities. And ratepayers are not free to not have him as Mayor. Anybody who wants to can listen to somebody else instead of Tony Veitch.But we cant just flick a switch and suddenly get a Mayor whom we think is more reputable

          • rrroberto

            There was a bit of hush money in the Veitch saga, wonder if that also may be happening in the Brownscumgate saga, thinking of all the “other women” not coming forward with admissible evidence

          • gazzadelsud

            Nah, I’m with Cam on this, getting the Herald to name and shame Bevan was an act opf pure bastardry. The message is clear, Brown controls the media megaphone, if you step forward, you will have some scumbag from the Herald tearing your bins apart looking for dirt on you while Saint Len goes back to tearing up on Campbell live.

          • gazzadelsud

            Fair enough, I agree completely about the 2 minute mayor. Sooner that sad little wanker slinks into the night the better. Still he could always stand in Dunedin, seems they like to hire creepy perverts for council down there.

        • blairmulholland

          Come on, how do you know what really went on?

          With these sorts of relationships, you always ask: Who is trying to control who? That will soon tell you who’s the source of the problems.

          • gazzadelsud

            Who cares what “really went on” I have had my share of relationship break-ups, some of which have beem F***king unfair and F***ing expensive. While I may have really, really been angry about it at the time, somehow I didn’t feel the need to give the b***h a good kicking. There are standards, they may be low these days, but they are there…

          • pukakidon

            This a a case that has parallels with two minute noodle Brown. The MSM will always protect themselves and Brown hangs out with these creeps and operates within their social circles. That is why crap talking Campbell sucked up to him and then hypocritically attacked Palino.

            The MSM like to talk a big game on how they despise abusers of women and moral deviants, however in reality they all just want to keep their deviant lives hidden behind this veil of lies and protectionism.

            Hence the reason they have tried to say the two minute wonder and his disrespectful treatment of the woman in his life is somehow acceptable and private. Many of these MSM creeps have skeletons in the closet, they don’t want to start a tit for tat tell all.

  • DangerousE

    stopped listening to radiosport when that brown nosing look at me pansy came back on. cant stand the weasel. my vote would go to miles davis

  • Patrick

    Putting Veitch’s previous to one side, the man is a ratings killer, he knows f all about sports & is purely a motormouth spouting rubbish.

    Will the hawking of voodoo nonsense Biomags stop when Deaker buggers off?

  • Dick Brown

    Tony Veitch: Too early and wrong country all at the same time.

  • gazzadelsud

    Veitch!

    That evil piece of shit. So savagely beating your partner, kicking her down the stairs and breaking her back is ok on Newstalk is i? Guess “veitchy” was just being high spirited? Guess he was too when he tried to make out that he was the victim and his partner was a bunny boiler, because we all know that the best way to deal with relationship issues is to give the little woman a good kicking.

    I always turn him off when he comes on, and always will. Shame on Newstalk

  • Andy

    Any of you still watching the All Blacks?
    How many wife beaters are in the team?
    Bloody hypocrites!

    • GazzW

      Gimme some names Andy. Savea, Thompson……and? There’s been around 80 players in the last couple of years who have either been in the squad, are currently in the squad or are on the fringe.

    • gazzadelsud

      so Andy. How many of the current squad are wife beaters?
      And personally, no I dont think scum should represent new zealand no matter how good they are at throwing a damp bladder around a paddock. Something I believe our host tends to agree with, remember a certain commonwealth games boxer who was a bit free with his fists?
      So where’s the hypocrisy? Or maybe you just give your missus the back of your hand when she gets lippy, and you don’t need to strap on the steelcaps because she knows better?

  • IntrinsicValue

    I continue to enjoy Leighton Smith, but have switched from ZB to Radio Live in the afternoons. I’d rather listen to Tamahere and Jackson that the insipid Danny Watson.

    • Sooty

      I follow the announcer- Mike Hosking. Leighton Smith. Willie and John. Karen and the idiot.The over nighter. Garner and Plunket are just trying to see who has the biggest dick.

    • GazzW

      Totally agree re Watson. His faux Maori act really pisses me off along with his willingness to press the dump button when a caller gets the better of him. I switch straight to 2UE in Sydney once Leighton is done then come back for Larry Williams.

      • Hazards001

        me too

  • Bunswalla

    I don’t mind Tony Veitch at all, though I prefer Martin Devlin and have never really been a Deaker fan. Devlin always asked the questions I wanted answers to.

    But in any case, all of them have had their problems – Veitch’s are well canvassed, Devlin carried on like a pork chop in public and got hauled before the courts, and Deaker’s been an alcoholic for 30 years, no doubt with some dodgy behaviour when he was on the sauce.

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, and all that.

  • Bunswalla

    I don’t mind Tony Veitch at all, though I prefer Martin Devlin and have never really been a Deaker fan. Devlin always asked the questions I wanted answers to.

    But in any case, all of them have had their problems – Veitch’s are well canvassed, Devlin carried on like a pork chop in public and got hauled before the courts, and Deaker’s been an alcoholic for 30 years, no doubt with some dodgy behaviour when he was on the sauce.

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, and all that.

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