Is Hilary Barry bound for TVNZ?

What next for Hilary Barry?
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What next for Hilary Barry?

Could Hilary Barry be headed to TVNZ's Breakfast?

Rumours are swirling that the former Newshub Live at 6pm anchorwoman could be ready to make the move to Breakfast, the early morning offering on rival network TVNZ.

TVNZ played a straight bat, refusing to discuss Barry's future, and saying: "We're not commenting on speculation".

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Barry, who spent23 years with TV3, announced her shock resignation in May.

"Half of my life spent in one place with wonderful people - friends, teachers and mentors," posted the broadcaster on Facebook ahead of her final TV3 broadcast.

"Thank you to every single person who tuned into TV3, More FM and Radio Live over the last 23 years. I know I wasn't everyone's cup of tea but to those who felt they had a friend in me, you did, just as I had a friend in you."

Since departing on May 27, Barry has kept a low profile.

But sources said TVNZ were trying to secure her as their new breakfast TV host and speculation was that could be bad news for current host Rawdon Christie.

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Barry certainly wouldn't be the first MediaWorks alum to jump ship, with former TV3 presenter Carolyn Robinson signing on to join TVNZ's Seven Sharp.

Former New Zealand Herald editor Tim Murphy had similar mail.

In a column for The Spinoff,  Murphy wrote that Barry is "almost certain to be announced soon as one of two front-people for Breakfast" and suggested that TVNZ's American correspondent Jack Tame could be a likely co-host.

"Jack Tame is understood to be closing in on the role of her offsider," Murphy wrote. "The incumbent male, Rawdon Christie, had chivalrously announced Barry would be welcome on the Breakfast sofa any time. He might look sideways if, as rumoured, screen testing is going on around him among a number of other male TVNZ presenters keen to take the seat beside her."

Breakfast is currently hosted by Christie and Nadine Chalmers-Ross.

Chalmers-Ross officially stepped in to cover Ali Pugh's maternity leave in September 2015, which has since been extended.

Over the past year, Breakfast has struggled to maintain its once steady audience, following the growth of MediaWorks' Paul Henry Show, which launched in April 2015

 - Stuff

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