Provocative broadcaster Paul Henry says he will return to
New Zealand in March next year to work for TV3's owner
Australia's Network Ten turned its back on Henry last month,
announcing it was axing the Breakfast show Henry co-hosted.
TVNZ was keen to get him back, with speculation he could
succeed Mark Sainsbury on TV One's 7pm current affairs show.
Henry said he was offered the job but turned it down.
Henry has spoken with Catherine Milford of the NZ Woman's
Weekly on news-stands tomorrow.
"I was very flattered to be offered the job, and of course
it's something you'd have to consider. But I have a contract
with MediaWorks so to take the job would be fundamentally
In the interview, he tells what a knock it was for Breakfast
to be cancelled and blames Network Ten.
He had always known it would be a marathon to build up
ratings for the show, competing against their heavyweight
counterparts on the Seven and Nine networks - but Network Ten
had lost its nerve within months.
He was surprised the Australian commentators wrote him off so
"I always knew I'd come back - I just didn't think it'd be
MediaWorks spokeswoman Rachel Lorimer confirmed his contract
with the network had resumed. "We were sorry to lose him to
Australia and we are pleased to have him back. He's a very
talented broadcaster. We are working on the details of what
he will be doing next."
Breakfast, which is fronted by Henry and journalist Kathryn
Robinson, will cease production on November 30.
The show has lagged behind its rivals in the ratings since
debuting in February.