LATEST: Paul Henry is back on breakfast - but this time across the ditch.
The controversial broadcaster has confirmed he will receive a pay-packet worth more than $1 million to host an Australian breakfast show.
Henry refused to say how much he would be paid to host the new breakfast show on Australia's Chanel Ten, launching next year, but did confirm it would be more than $1 million.
Ten Network Holdings CEO Lachlan Murdoch called Henry to offer him the job, TV3 reported.
Network Ten's chief programming officer, David Mott said in Ten's press release ''Paul is exactly what we've been after for Breakfast.
''He's cheeky, mischievous and unapologetically forthright, just like Ten's viewers. While you can't ever be sure what Paul will do, when he's on air, you know he's going to tackle the elephant in the room.''
Henry will host the show alongside Andrew Rochford and an as yet unnamed female co-presenter, with a format set around a breakfast table.
In the release from Ten, Henry said "the fit between me and Ten is absolutely perfect, and I know Australia is ready for the kind of breakfast show we have in mind.”
Henry will remain at RadioLIVE until March 2012, and then take up the position of the station's Australian correspondent.
He would also continue his Sunday TV3 show, but is expected to film episodes from a Sydney television studio.
Ten Network is owned by the Murdoch media empire, which has come under fire for the British phone hacking scandal.
Henry is also no stranger to hitting the headlines.
He was forced to resign from TVNZ in October 2010 after making controversial remarks about former Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand and an Indian politician.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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