Duncan Garner to host MediaWorks podcast following shock Today FM shutdown

Former Today FM host Duncan Garner has returned to MediaWorks just over a month after the company brutally shut down the talkback station within hours of launching a consultation over its future.

Garner will now host a daily podcast Editor-In-Chief for MediaWorks which he says will be "my way, my words".

According to the show's page on MediaWorks' podcast site, Editor-In-Chief will "celebrate inspirational and compelling Kiwis".

"After 30 years fronting other people's brands across TV, radio, and newspapers, Duncan Garner is finally in charge. Welcome to his brand new podcast - Duncan Garner: Editor in Chief.

"The Duncan Garner podcast is irreverent, current, authentic, and enlightening. It's personal, and will make you think, 'yeah, that's me, too'. It's about real people, not spokespeople.

"Joined by his producer Dave Hull, Duncan will celebrate inspirational and compelling Kiwis - and roast a few idiots along the way."

A trailer for the podcast promised nothing was "off the table".

"I made all the bosses look good. I've been hired and fired and hired and let go and come back, but not now, I'm in charge. My way, my words, my show and thanks for this, you've already invited me to a swingers' party. Now, the editor-in-chief says I must go. So, yeah, I'll do that. It's in the name of research, this podcast," the trailer stated.

The podcast is set to launch on Monday, May 8.

In March 2023, Today FM was taken off air just a week after it celebrated its first birthday.

The MediaWorks station reverted to playing music rather than its usual talk show format with host Duncan Garner. That followed Garner and early host Tova O'Brien telling listeners live on-air they were losing their jobs and the station was being axed.

"This is betrayal," Garner said at the time. He later told Newshub the station's closure was a "brutal public execution".

Garner is not the only journalist announcing a new podcast world this week.

On Wednesday, disgraced former TVNZ and Al Jazeera broadcaster Kamahl Santamaria revealed he is starting a news podcast and website nearly a year after he resigned before being hit with a number of misconduct allegations.

Santamaria uploaded a trailer for his podcast RE:Balance in which he references the resignation and the multiple accusations of sexual harassment made against him.

"You might know me as a broadcaster and journalist who spent 16 years reading the news at Al Jazeera.

"Or you'll know me as the guy who resigned in controversial circumstances only a month into a new job in New Zealand and hasn't been seen since," he said.