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Breakfast's new co-host revealed

Published: 8:01AM Thursday May 03, 2012 Source: ONE News

Rawdon Christie has been named as the new weekday co-host of TV ONE's Breakfast programme.

Christie is currently hosting the Saturday edition of the show, with Toni Street. He replaces Corin Dann in the Monday to Friday slot as Dann leaves to take up the post of TVNZ's Political Editor .

"We are very pleased to have secured Rawdon in this full time role of Breakfast co-host," said John Gillespie, editor of daily programmes.

"Rawdon has the kind of journalistic integrity, insight and personality that our viewers really enjoy."

Christie - currently also a newsreader for Breakfast, Midday and the 4:30pm ONE News bulletin - is delighted to accept the job.

"I love hosting Saturday Breakfast, and so to be able to present Breakfast five days a week is, for me, the perfect job," Christie said.

"I know the team well from reading the news, and filling in for Corin, and so I'm very excited to be taking on such a prominent role with the show."

Christie did admit to TVNZ that his wife is not looking forward to the alarm clock being permanently set for 4am but with three young kids, it will mean he can spend more time in the afternoons with his family.

'Perfect mix'

Breakfast's Executive Producer Graeme Muir said Rawdon is a great fit for Breakfast.

"His blend of incisive interviewing, excellent grasp of current events, and an eye for a laugh are the perfect mix for New Zealanders starting their day," he told TVNZ.

And co-host Petra Bagust says she is looking forward to sharing the couch with Christie and getting to know him better.

"Rawdon's a much loved import, he wins the affection of everyone he meets. I think it is his infectious sense of humour and that he's willing to have a good laugh at his own expense," she told TVNZ.

Christie's background

Originally from Oxford, Christie is an award-winning journalist, who began his career with the BBC in the UK.

In 2003 he accepted a position in New Zealand with ONE News.

In that time, he has also hosted Agenda, worked on Close Up, and anchored TVNZ's coverage of the two major Christchurch earthquakes.

Christie will take up his new position on Breakfast as of Monday, May 14.

His replacement on Saturday Breakfast will be announced in the coming weeks.

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