Waiting for the howls of outrage as TVNZ appoints failed political party candidate to Breakfast role

I’ve been waiting for the howls of outrage over the appointment of a former political party candidate to host Breakfast at TVNZ.

After all there were huge and ongoing howls of outrage when Paul Henry, a failed National party candidate, was appointed to the show and anything else he did for that matter.

TVNZ has today announced a major shake-up of the presenting teams for two of its flagship news and current affairs shows.

Hayley Holt is set to join Jack Tame on Breakfast every weekday morning, while Hilary Barry moves to the 7pm slot on Seven Sharp.

The changes come after Mike Hosking and Toni Street decided to leave Seven Sharp at the end of last year.

Barry’s co-presenter on the evening show, which is set to return to air on TVNZ1 in February, has yet to be confirmed.

Holt, 36, stood for the Green Party in John Key’s Helensville electorate in last September’s general election. At 17th on the party list, she missed out on a place in Parliament.

All I can hear is crickets chirping.

The howls of outrage over TVNZ having a former National party candidate host a show seem to have disappeared when a former Green party candidate and self-confessed drug and alcohol addict fronts the show.

Hypocrisy much? It certainly looks like the high road has since collapsed and the bridge to get there, now a former Green party hopeful has scored a TV job.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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