Australia’s Channel Ten axes Paul Henry’s Breakfast
Monday 12 Nov 2012 12:01 p.m.
By 3 News online staff / NZN
Australia’s Channel Ten has axed Paul Henry’s Breakfast show after failing to increase the show’s ratings.
Breakfast will cease production on November 30, after lasting less than a year.
Channel Ten’s spokesman Neil Shoebridge admitted the show had not resonated with viewers.
“But breakfast television still represents an opportunity for Ten and we will return to the breakfast TV market at some point next year,” he said in a statement.
There have been persistent rumours that the show would not survive, after only averaging around 40,000 viewers per day since its February 23 launch.
Henry, who is reported to be commanding AU$1 million a year, caused a stir in Australia with comments about asylum seekers in May.
New of the show's axing was welcomed by his critics on Twitter.
"Guys, our prayers have been answered. Channel Ten is canceling 'Breakfast'. No more horrid Paul Henry!" Brodi Lucas tweeted.
The broadcaster caused controversy as co-host of TVNZ's Breakfast for comments suggesting former governor-general Sir Anand Satyanand was not a real New Zealander, and his ridicule of Indian diplomat Sheila Dikshit's name.
Henry moved to Australia after leaving TVNZ and spending a short stint as host of RadioLIVE’s drive show and TV3 show Would I Lie to You?
3 News / NZN