Henry show replaces long-running Nightline
Saturday 2 Nov 2013 7:13 a.m.
Controversial broadcaster Paul Henry will oust a long-running late news show when he returns to New Zealand screens next year.
TV3 confirmed Henry's new show will replace Nightline, which has been a staple of the channel's news shows since the early 1990s.
It says the channel will take a new approach to late night news with the Paul Henry Show, which will see Henry wrapping up the day's events every weeknight at 10.30pm.
"Nightline has been a great programme for us over many years and produced some of our best broadcasters, but the landscape is due for change and Paul Henry will lead that change in later evening viewing," TV3 news and current affairs director Mark Jennings said.
He said most Nightline staff already work with other 3 News programs and, with some working on Henry's show, there will be an overall increase in staff numbers.
Jennings says the Nightline brand will not be totally shelved but rather "sit in reserve".
Henry regularly courted controversy when he hosted TVNZ's Breakfast show and resigned after comments suggesting former governor-general Sir Anand Satyanand was not a real New Zealander, and his ridicule of Indian politician Sheila Dikshit's name.
He went across the Tasman in 2012 to host Breakfast on the Ten network but the show was canned after less than a year.