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Paul Henry tipped for New Zealand TV comeback

Published: 12:32PM Monday November 12, 2012 Source: ONE News

Speculation is rife that former TVNZ Breakfast presenter Paul Henry could be back on New Zealand TV screens after his Australian Breakfast show was axed. 

Australia's Channel Ten has announced it will cut its Breakfast programme following months of declining ratings.

Australian audiences failed to warm to Breakfast, averaging around 40,000 viewers nationally per day compared to the 300,000-plus who tune into rival shows Today on Channel Nine and Sunrise on Channel Seven.

Media analyst Peter Cox said Australians had not taken to Henry but he did not believe it was simply because Henry was a Kiwi.

"Despite the paranoia of New Zealanders, no I don't think it mattered. He just didn't resonate with the Australian audiences."

Cox said it was likely Henry would head home to New Zealand as it would be hard for him to get a "major job" on Australian television.

Some speculation has linked Henry to TVNZ's new 7pm current affairs show, due to launch next year, but a TVNZ spokeswoman said there would be no comment about staffing of the programme, or its content, until all plans are in place

Henry left TVNZ's Breakfast show, which he hosted with Pippa Wetzel, following controversial comments he made about former New Zealand Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand.

He then went on to co-host Ten's Breakfast show in February last year with two other presenters.

In August, the show was cut back by half an hour and a number of departures from the programme, including the resignation of executive producer Majella Weimers and co-host Andrew Rochford, fuelled speculation the show would be cancelled.

Ten spokesperson Neil Shoebridge told the show had not resonated with viewers, but that would not mean an end to Breakfast television for the station.

"Breakfast television still represents an opportunity for Ten and we will return to the Breakfast TV market at some point next year," Shoebridge said.

The last day for production will be on November 30.