So Hilary doesn’t want to spend more time with family then?

The rumour mill has gone into overdrive

Star news anchor Hilary Barry is expected to join TVNZ’s Breakfast show after her shock defection from TV3 – and the state broadcaster is reportedly writing a half-million dollar cheque for her.
The Weekend Herald broke the news Barry had quit TV3, the latest high-profile casualty after 18 months of drama at the network. Sources said her departure to arch-rival TVNZ was a double whammy from which TV3 would struggle to recover.

Barry is a linchpin at both ends of the day for MediaWorks – on the Paul Henry Show in the morning and as 6pm news co-host.

TVNZ is said to be eager to get Barry on board at Breakfast. Sources told the Herald on Sunday it had been rattled at how quickly Henry’s show had eaten into its audience.

In February, Paul Henry edged ahead of Breakfast for the first time, attracting the majority of viewers in the 25-54 age bracket.

One source said: “TV3 is looking fresher with its Newshub overhaul, and TVNZ is under pressure to do something, particularly with Breakfast, which is really not doing well. It’s amazing how quickly the Paul Henry Show has caught them.”

Another source said Barry was “very comfortable” in the morning slot. She would give Breakfast a much-needed boost.

Barry is reportedly on close to $500,000 at TV3, and a source told the Herald on Sunday TVNZ would need to match that.

I’m surprised there isn’t a restraint of trade clause in Barry’s contract that stops her from continuing at a competitor a day after she’s left her current position.

Barry’s TV3 co-host Mike McRoberts is also said to be unhappy at the network, but sources told the Herald on Sunday he was now in prime position.

McRoberts told Newshub he was saddened her departure meant the end of his television marriage but he had loved every minute.

“She is a world class, without peer, newsreader. She is very, very good and she does it so effortlessly.”

He said he had no intention of quitting the network.

Barry’s departure puts further pressure on MediaWorks’ boss Mark Weldon, who has overseen a tumultuous year. Several shows have been canned and other high-profile departures include John Campbell, news boss Mark Jennings and 3D’s Paula Penfold, who is married to McRoberts.

McRoberts will be next.

Mediaworks was a company run by prima donna ‘talent’ who were beyond the control of management. Weldon is slowly edging them all out. I can think of some others who are unlikely to be there a year from now.


– NZ Herald via ODT


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  • Effluent

    It doesn’t aeem to have occurred to the management atTVNZ that the reason people preferPaul Henry’s show is Paul Henry, who, juvenile and self satisfied though he can be , doesn’t have his dial stuck on the bleeding heart hand wringing tofu and sandals setting, like every other Journalist on the broadcast channels.

    • LovetoTeach

      I def watch it for Paul (when i can!) but LOVED the chemistry he had with Hilary and I def gained a new found respect for her watching them together

    • Dan

      When in NZ recently I had to watch Paul Henry to see what this was all about. I have long hated Breakfast whenever I saw it on previous visits – filled as it is with meaningless advertorials and mindless chatter. Royden lasted mere seconds in my eyes and ears -his sullen condescending opinionated tripe was painful, and even worse if he tried humour.

      Paul was funny and entertaining. Henry/Hillary connection was natural. Some of the guests were interesting. My family though try not to watch it as whenever they do they are late for work, so they watch Breakfast, ensuring the TV gets turned off on time.

      In my inexperienced opinion, Henry makes the show great as much as Royden makes his bad.

    • anniem

      Agree, he’s opinionated but quite entertaining and refreshingly non-lefty.

  • Kiwiracer

    It amuses me about all these leftey leaning journalists/tv types (I refuse to use the word celebrity) who go on about inequality and poverty and then we learn what they earn. . . . . . .sanctimonious tw. . .ts

  • Kevin

    Rawdon is the handbrake on the breakfast show,he’s an egg putting it politely,that’s why our family switched to 3.hopefully Hilary replaces him

  • Old Kiwi

    If TV1 Breakfast want to improve their ratings surely it would be cheaper just to get rid of Roydon Christie. He’s the reason they lost me as a viewer some time ago.

    • anniem

      I don’t like him much but he’s not as irritating as the two women he appears with, Ali whatsername who is so keen on posing and showing off her freshly plumped lips and the other dark one with the eyebrows and the face-pulling. Truly if that is the best TV can find it’s no wonder breakfast is not polling well.

  • Simon P

    My understanding is that you can’t have a restraint of trade that stops a person earning a living in their field. The problem is that the only other employer in the market is also the only other competition. So the clause would be ineffective under New Zealand law.

    • Dan

      I guess this is made worse by the fact that she is going into the same timeslot directly against Paul Henry. There would be less of a problem if she filled a radio time slot.

  • kiwisnab

    1/2 a mill for a talking head, about .45 of a mill too much

  • JEL51

    Having given-up on both channels long ago, I can only say that if this Mark Weldon bloke is chucking-out all the (Left) superficiality that has pervaded so much of our media, then good on him. I might be inclined to go look for the remote if he is successful in that way.
    P.S. Isn’t this just classic entertainment…
    .”Shock Horror ..a newsreader is leaving”…
    ….”Shock Horror…..half a mil…….!!”

  • Norman Grey

    Hilary READS the News competently and seems to be a nice person and for that gets 1/2 a mill!! I reckon many of us could do that – couldn’t we?

    • Usaywot

      The level of pay might be why she is being dumped and then they’ll employ someone at half that.

  • Paul Marsden

    I love Henry. Can TV3 get that beautiful woman, whats-her-face he use to do Nightline with back co-hosting with him? My God, that would send the ratings through the stratosphere. Interestingly, she is also (in my opinion), of a similar disposition to Barry.

    • Crowgirl

      I think TVNZ might be in for a bit of a shock if they think Henry’s audience will follow Barry. TV3 just need to find another foil for Henry and he’ll just carry on.

      • Paul Marsden

        I agree. It will be the Hawkesby fiasco all over again.

      • Sailor Sam

        Judy Bailey.

    • Johnno

      I think you’re thinking of the blond lady, Janneke ter Ellen, and she reads the news on Prime over the weekend

    • Effluent

      Janika ter Ellen, I think, and yes, she is very good looking, and has brains and spirit to match. I don’t knw why tv3 broke up this team, as they were far better in the 1030 slot than the tvnz pabulum.
      There are very few places on tv where anyone presents anything that doesn’t fit into the mould of newspeak political correctness, and now that Janika had been moved to the morning slot, I can’t think of any female presenter who speaks with anything but a leftist voice.
      We know that there is a world of real people outside the cosy confines of the broad cast media who don’t fit this mould.
      Why is itbthat the MSM never allow the voices of that section of the population to be heard? (Rhetorical question, no need to answer)

  • Nige.

    My money would have been on her joining the green party

  • Catriona

    Ok. So who’s going to get the boot from Breakfast? They’re not going to run 3 on the show, surely not? I’ve got a theory. Maybe they’ll get her on board, review contracts and end up putting her on Seven Sharp. Either way, Toni Street and Ali Pugh ought to be looking over their shoulders. Breakfast at the moment is a blithering mess. I don’t watch Paul Henry either as I’m too busy in the mornings.

  • Orange

    If you always avoid offending anyone you never say anything about anything. Hillary was very good at it. Her actual beliefs are as unstructured and pagan as the best kiwis are.

  • Usaywot

    I’m sure Radio NZ will find a place for her. They seem to take on all TV’s cast offs.

  • Hard1

    “She is a world class, without peer, newsreader.” Mmmm that would seem to be a slight overstatement.

  • Nermal

    TVNZ, TV3, RNZ, all the same garbage. Shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. Nowadays all my media, news & entertainment, comes via the Internet.

  • one for the road

    No restraint of trade? Balance of power to the employee in this case, good for hillary, Tv3 mgt are muppets!!

  • BR

    TVNZ and RNZ represent only the opinions of the bureaucracy.


    Because they are the bureaucracy.


  • andrewo

    I’m not sorry to say I’m only vaguely aware of the woman although I suppose I may recognise her face in the street. I haven’t watched prime time news for years because it’s a waste of an hour of my life each day.