TVNZ's Breakfast show hosts Rawdon Christie and Nadine Chalmers-Ross reportedly given the chop
The hosts of TVNZ's Breakfast show have reportedly been told their time is up - but the network is not giving away any clues.
Speculation that change was on the way for the weekday morning programme escalated after TV3 presenter Hilary Barry quit her job in May.
A source has now said Breakfast hosts Rawdon Christie and Nadine Chalmers-Ross learned their fate in a meeting on Friday with TVNZ head of news and current affairs John Gillespie, NZME reported.
Their rumoured replacements are Barry - former co-host of TV3's morning show Paul Henry and Newshub's evening bulletins - and TVNZ's US correspondent Jack Tame, but that is unconfirmed.
It was unknown if Christie and Chalmers-Ross would stay working at TVNZ or even whether they would be there on Monday.
Christie, Chalmers-Ross and morning newsreader Peter Williams were seen drinking at a central Auckland bar on Friday afternoon. Several people were said to be commiserating with them, although Williams was reported to be staying on at TVNZ.
TVNZ has refused to say whether it is interested in Barry, who is thought to be heading overseas and will not return until August.
Christie and Chalmers-Ross would not comment, while Williams said he had "no idea" about any changes at Breakfast.
Former MediaWorks head of news Mark Jennings said he hadn't heard if the speculation was true, but that he wouldn't be surprised if TVNZ was looking to make a change.
"It's very clear that Paul Henry has been making steady and dramatic inroads into that audience," he said, adding that acting now would be easier before the situation got worse.
"It will be interesting because Hilary is a very accomplished broadcaster and what role she plays is going to be very important."
Former Good Morning host Mary Lambie agreed that change seemed very likely.
"There's an inevitability about change. It's a numbers game and if the numbers aren't good they look at all elements of the show... sometimes it just falls to the presenter," she said.
"No doubt about it Paul Henry is climbing into their numbers... [He's] a very special broadcaster, an immense talent. If makes for a better morning if you've got some really solid choices."
Lambie didn't know if talk of a Barry-Tame team was true, but said they'd be a formidable team.
TVNZ's Georgie Hill would not be drawn on the rumours.
"We're not commenting on the speculation, and when we've got any more to announce we'll be sure to bring you across it," she said.
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