New hosts of Good Morning announced

Jeanette Thomas
Jeanette Thomas

TVNZ's Good Morning will start the New Year with a new line-up in a new studio.

The broadcaster today announced Jeanette Thomas and Rod Cheeseman as the new hosts of the show, which moves its production from Avalon in Lower Hutt to Auckland in 2012.

Thomas has already hosted the show on two occasions, most recently she worked as newsreader on The Breeze radio station as well as co-hosting consumer show, Target.

Rod Cheeseman
Rod Cheeseman

Thomas said, working for the show, was a "dream come true" and she was counting down the days for 2012 to begin.

Cheeseman has been a regular on both TVNZ and TV3 sports shows and has experience in morning television having worked on Mediawork's Sunrise before moving to TVNZ.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of presenting the new look Good Morning show. Having been a stay-at-home Dad I know a bit of daytime telly can be a sanity saver," Cheeseman said.

Wellington-based hosts Sarah Bradley and Brendon Pongia, who have been part of the Good Morning team for six years, will be departing the show at the end of the year.

"Naturally I am very sad to be leaving such a wonderful show which brings so much fun and entertainment to our morning viewers but I have worked with Jeanette and Rod before and they are talented broadcasters who will take the show to its next stage," Bradley said.

The last show for this year will be on December 9.

TVNZ had announced in April that the mid-morning programme would move from Wellington to Auckland in the wake of the broadcaster's plan to sell its Lower Hutt based Avalon studios.

The Dominion Post