According to former TVNZ news chief Anthony Flannery, Paul Henry is one of the world's greatest broadcasters But Australian television viewers don't think so.
Let's delight in someone else's misfortune and who better than the vile Paul Henry.
Henry did us all a favour when he decided to leave New Zealand to blight Australian television. Our gain was Australia's loss. He's been co-hosting Channel 10's Breakfast show.
He was hired to boost the struggling show's dismal ratings but has failed spectacularly. It can be only a matter of time before it is announced that he is leaving Breakfast 'to pursue other career interests'.
The ratings have been averaging less than 40,000 and have even fallen as low as 24,000. In contrast Seven’s Sunrise reaches over 400,000 on average, and Nine’s Today not far behind in the high 300,000's.
It's now debatable whether Tens' Breakfast is even economically sustainable . This is especially true give the fact that Ten Media Holdings after-tax profits dropped a might 70 per cent in the last six months to $14.8 million.
It seems that Henry's sneering right wing bigotry has simply turned viewers off.
Such is Henry's unpopularity that Breakfast's own production has renamed the show 'Dog's', short for 'Dog's Breakfast'.
It was Anthony Flannery, Ten's Head of News, was responsible for hiring Henry.
Flannery used to be Head of News and Current Affairs at TVNZ and was big fan of Henry's . He once described him as " one of the most outstanding broadcasters in world television.' which just goes to show how inept Flannery is.
One of Flannery parting gifts for TVNZ was to hire conservative Christian Petra Bagust to front TVNZ's Breakfast.
The dull Bagust has proven to be another Flannery flop, with Breakfast's audience figures dropping ever downwards. In TVNZ's target demographic aged 25-54, Breakfast's market share for April fell from 45 per cent to 36 percent.
Bagust is yet another one of those television hosts whose knowledge of her subject seems to be gleamed from a quick 'Google'. On occasions she has appeared to be simply out of her depth. When the hard questions are screaming to be asked, Bagust often ducks for cover.
TVNZ has looked at sidelining Bagust but she has a watertight contract that has another 18 months to run. Since she is earning more money than the Prime Minister, she ain't going to give up this particular cash cow without a struggle.