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Friday, September 26, 2008

Sunset for Sunrise Host

TV3 presenter in shock departure
Morning television presenter James Coleman has announced he is leaving TV3's breakfast show Sunrise in a shock departure, effective immediately.
Coleman, a former radio DJ, has been a co-presenter on the show alongside Carly Flynn since it began in October, 2007. “I've been with the show for a year now and I feel that it's an appropriate time to pursue some exciting new opportunities that have arisen within MediaWorks, both in radio and television," Coleman said in a statement.
This morning was Coleman's last appearance on the show. His position will be filled by Ali Ikram until a replacement is announced "in the coming weeks". Sunrise has struggled in the ratings against its competitor, TV One's Breakfast, with viewer numbers hovering around the 20,000-30,000 mark.

Well it’s not a surprise for anyone who has been watching this. Sunrise always was a hard sell, it never decided what it was, Breakfast on TVNZ is Conservative Blue Ribbon, to be different Sunrise either had to be hard News with a liberal lean or fun breakfast news like they have in Britain. The odd set and presenters who never gelled with any warmth was never going to rate, and it didn’t. Andrew Szusterman, a guy I’ve worked with and respect has been given the task of turning Sunrise around, this was a bold move and there are sure to be more, Sunrise may yet shine. It will be interesting to see where Szusterman takes Sunrise.


At 26/9/08 6:23 pm, Blogger Will de Cleene said...

Good on James. He looked uncomfortable with the fake plastic smiles for some time.

At 26/9/08 6:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, James will be looked after, he has another gig on Radio Live

At 26/9/08 8:14 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My preference was for Sunrise to be a hard news show - it would be a definite alternative to the TV1 mush.
What direction does the Coleman exit indicate - more of the same or more hard news? The fact that a guy from C4 is running the show doesn't fill me with confidence.
And they're holding on to Carly? Hard to know what she provides.

At 26/9/08 11:21 pm, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

How anyone can watch TV in the morning is beyond me. I sleep, wake, eat breakfast in 5 minutes, shave, shower and go to work. There is nowhere I could fit in having eyes glued to a TV screen - ads and all.

At 27/9/08 1:31 am, Blogger Barnsley Bill said...

As Billy Birminghams Benaud said;
"If you aint got the locks,
you aint on the box"
The TV3 breakfast show is dire..
From the fat sweaty conman who is their gadget guy to the 300 kilo sweaty pundit.
I much prefer watching the Pippa and Ego show.

At 28/9/08 9:01 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with truth Seeker. I work 40+ hours a week with outside work activities and the TV is hardly used.

Mind you, there are some people on here that refuse to get a job and therefore have all the time in the world to watch TV....if they got out of bed early enough.......

At 1/10/08 5:34 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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