Face of the Day

via Newshub

via Newshub

After a distinguished career with MediaWorks spanning 23 years, Newshub at 6pm and Paul Henry Presenter Hilary Barry has decided to leave the company.

Mark Weldon, Group CEO, said: “On behalf of MediaWorks, I want to thank and pay tribute to Hilary. She is a brilliant broadcaster, highly respected journalist and much-loved personality, who will be missed by myself, colleagues and audiences. 

“She started with TV3 as a news reporter in Christchurch in 1993 and has become one of New Zealand’s favourite personalities on television and radio.

“This was a personal decision made by Hilary. We are disappointed to lose her but also acknowledge that, after 23 years, it’s very reasonable she might wish to make a change. So, we respect her decision, thank her for her enormous contribution, and wish her the very best.

She’ll work out her notice, which is four weeks.

I suspect that we’ll discover the real reasons behind Hillary’s departure in due course. Word is that Mediaworks isn’t a happy place these days with even the most senior people on stress leave.

Working early morning and a 6pm just isn’t something that veterans in the industry can keep up, especially when your morning job involves being the woman punching-bag straight ‘man’ for Paul Henry’s observations about how her breasts distract him.

– Newshub

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