Mike McRoberts is to move to the backseat as TV3 revamps
its current affairs programmes following the loss of the 60
Minutes franchise, the channel has revealed.
He will lose his fronting role, not presenting either of two
new current affairs shows which are planned for next year,
says TV3 news and current affairs director Mark Jennings.
Duncan Garner will present the replacement programme for 60
Minutes, when the franchise rights end next year.
But McRoberts will continue as anchor on TV3's prime time
news at 6pm.
McRoberts could not be reached for comment, but a TV3 source
said he was "not happy".
Jennings said Guyon Espiner, who reports for 60 Minutes, may
have a presenting role on the second news and current affairs
show that is in development.
Espiner declined to comment and TV3 said planning for the
second show was in the early stages.
Jennings said McRoberts had "a very good skill set", but as a
presenter he did not fit with the new shows.
"We want to signal that the new show is very different," he
McRoberts will also continue to front the overseas news show
Jennings said the programme replacing 60 Minutes would be
"more flexible", and the second show would also be "very
TV3 is backing another series of the weekend current affairs
show The Nation, presented by Rachel Smalley.
Garner steps down as political editor at the end of next
month to host the drive-time show on TV3's sister radio
"I'm keen to keep him involved," Jennings says.
- John Drinnan of the NZ Herald