News is a serious business but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a little personality to the party. Gone are the days of elderly statesmen in stiff suits, droning down the barrel, without ever so much as a smirk to camera.
These days, our favourite news hosts know how to balance the serious with the surreal, letting their personality shine through without stealing the show.
Here are our favourite Kiwi news hosts – and why we love them.
- Toni Street, Seven Sharp
Street may just be the most likeable woman on television, earning a reputation for being the same in real life as she is on screen. Her warmth and empathy is the perfect foil to Mike Hosking’s staunch views but she’s not afraid to bring her own informed opinions to the table. Determined to give everyone a fair crack - even if it’s Boy George having a tantrum at her - the only time you’ll see Street get on her high horse is when a sportsperson lets themselves and their fans down.
- Sam Hayes, Newshub
Hayes might have lost some good friends and mentors in the creation of Newshub, but from day one, she unashamedly showed that she owned her new position, sitting beside Mike McRoberts on the Newsdesk. A consummate professional, with perfect voice projection, Hayes takes news seriously – but isn’t above the occasional smirk or mischievous raised eyebrow.
- Mark Richardson, The AM Show
Former test cricketer Richardson is one of the cheekiest new additions our news networks, having earned his broadcasting stripes on Prime’s The Crowd Goes Wild, before joining The AM Show. Quick to share his less than politically correct opinions, Richardson’s new favourite sport is trying to shock co-host Amanda Gillies.
- Hilary Barry, Breakfast
It’s been an adjustment pairing Barry with the TVNZ mothership, but as soon as the team came together, Barry has stepped up to become the new mother of the nation (a term she cannot stand!) Good news or bad, Barry is there to hold our hand and let us know it will all be okay. Barry has long been known for her wicked sense of humour (and propensity to giggle) and the Breakfast format plays into it perfectly.
- Jack Tame, Breakfast
Leaving his role in New York as 1 News’ US correspondent wasn’t easy for Tame, but he has been a great addition to morning news. Tame can be a Rottweiler in interviews, showcasing skills he learnt in the field in the States. Then there is cheeky, affable Jack that every mother wishes would marry their daughter.
- Kanoa Lloyd, The Project
Lloyd has made the transition from Three weather presenter to The Project with ease. After years in kids TV and urban radio, Lloyd is the voice of a new generation and uses candour to disarm those around her.
- Matt McLean, Breakfast
The perfect pick for the puzzle that is Breakfast. Replacing Sam Wallace and his penchant for using his sex appeal to wake up the nation wasn’t going to be easy. But McLean has done it with his own subtle flirtatious nature, occasional bloopers and genuine nice guy attitude. A segue between McLean and Brodie Kane is something to behold.