You might not have a say in the matter Mike

Mike McRoberts, the other half of the poorly rating news readers at Newshub reckons he is committed to staying with Mediaworks.

Committed is an interesting turn of phrase.

MediaWorks’ star news presenter Mike McRoberts has committed to staying with the company.

McRoberts, who is grieving the resignation of his long-time co-presenter and friend Hilary Barry, said on Friday he would not be following suit.

“I have committed myself to stay,” he said following a speech he gave at an administrative professional’s luncheon in Invercargill. McRoberts told management and staff of his intention to stay with the company, where he has been for 15 years.

His public commitment to the company comes on the heels of chief executive Mark Weldon stepping down after a recent string of high-profile staff left the company, including popular broadcasters John Campbell, Barry and former TV3 head of news Mark Jennings.   

Speculation has also been rife that Barry may reconsider her decision to resign now Weldon is heading out the door.

McRoberts said there had been “talk” the management at MediaWorks would try and convince her to stay.

“But she said she has been there for 23 years, it might be time for a change. I say that with a heavy heart, I have enjoyed working with her for so long. Everyone has tried to convince her to stay.”

McRoberts said he and Barry jokingly called their relationship a TV marriage.

“It’s been really tough thinking that might be over. You are wandering around having to remind [yourself] she isn’t dead, she’s just leaving, but that’s the sort of grief you deal with when a [long] relationship ends.”

Mike McRoberts, who loves strapping on “Kepler” vests, is part of the problem. These luvvies all think they are vital cogs in the news wheel. They aren’t. They are just talking heads and there are plenty more out there.

The wailing and gnashing of teeth over news readers quitting or being axed after donkey’s years of poor ratings is amusing to say the least.

Mike McRoberts might think he is staying but reality is sure to bite soon. He’s committed because he knows there is nowhere else to go.



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