Henry's Aussie Breakfast canned

Filming set to end after poor ratings

Last updated 12:02 12/11/2012
Paul Henry
PAUL HENRY: His unsuccessful stint on Australian breakfast TV is over.

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New Zealand broadcaster Paul Henry's breakfast show in Australia has been canned less than a year after it first screened.

Channel Ten's Breakfast is being pulled from production after it failed to attract enough viewers, news.com.au reported.

Filming will end on November 30.

While Henry famously resigned from TVNZ in late 2010 after he was the subject of hundreds of complaints, there are rumours that the state broadcaster wants him back, National Business Review reported.

TVNZ may be chasing Henry for their new 7pm show, to replace Close Up, presented by Mark Sainsbury.

Henry moved to Australia to breathe new life into Breakfast, which he hosted with Kathryn Robinson. But the show has never been able to attract as many viewers as its rivals since it launched in late February.

It attracted about a tenth of the viewers its competitors Sunrise and Today managed to pull in, according to news.com.au.

Last month news.com.au reported that Breakfast would return next year, despite the poor ratings, but there's been a change of tune from Ten today.

Breakfast has averaged around 40,000 viewers nationally per day since its debut, news.com.au reported.

"The Breakfast program has not resonated with viewers," Ten spokesperson Neil Shoebridge told news.com.au.

"But breakfast television still represents an opportunity for Ten and we will return to the breakfast TV market at some point next year."

Henry's move across the ditch followed his highly publicised resignation from Television New Zealand's Breakfast show in late 2010.

Henry was the subject of hundreds of complaints when he made racist remarks about the then Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand and mocked the name of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

He also called singer Susan Boyle a "retard".

Henry reportedly had a $1 million, three year contract with Channel 10.

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