Story host Heather du Plessis-Allan axed from Mediaworks

Duncan Garner and Heather du Plessis-Allan have been co-hosting the 7pm current affairs show Story.
TOM HOLLOWS

Duncan Garner and Heather du Plessis-Allan have been co-hosting the 7pm current affairs show Story.

Story host Heather du Plessis-Allan has been ordered off air by MediaWorks after a controversial interview.

It is understood an email was sent to MediaWorks staff by news chief Hal Crawford stating that there were "inaccuracies" in du Plessis-Allan's interview.

In the interview with NZME on Sunday, Heather said she hadn't told her co-host Garner that she was quitting TV, and claimed the pair knew in July Story would be axed.

TV3's Story presenter Heather du Plessis-Allan has been ordered off air.
ROSS GIBLIN/FAIRFAX NZ

TV3's Story presenter Heather du Plessis-Allan has been ordered off air.

Crawford told staff in the email that du Plessis-Allan did not know the show was ending, and the decision to discontinue Story was only taken recently.

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"I can confirm Heather is leaving MediaWorks. I am not requiring that she work out her notice period and therefore she will not appear on air for the remainder of Story or her Radio Live show," he wrote.

It is understood that as well as not presenting Story, she will not host her slot on Radio Live on Sundays through to the end of the year.

Du Plessis-Allan declined to comment when contacted on Tuesday. 

Story was axed earlier in November, with the company announcing it would air its final episode in December. 

Du Plessis-Allan said in the interview she was finding it difficult to juggle two jobs and commute to Wellington every fortnight.

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"I was working six days a week, which is really seven. If a radio interview fell over on Saturday you'd have to find something else – so your brain just doesn't turn itself off,

She also said she hadn't yet told her co-host Duncan Garner that she was quitting TV. 

"I better give him a call," she said. 

On Sunday, du Plessis-Allan started compiling a "bucket list", with the help of RadioLive listeners, of things she wanted to do with her newfound free time once she left MediaWorks at the end of December.

At the top was a campervan tour of the South Island, which she would undertake in the week after Story went off air, with her husband and friends.

"We're going to check out Hokitika, because I read The Luminaries and thought it seemed like a rad place," she said.

Next on the list was seeing a cricket match at the Basin Reserve.

MediaWorks has announced a string of changes to the network this year, including Duncan Garner replacing Paul Henry on the Paul Henry breakfast show, the end of the 7pm current affairs show Story, and its replacement with a localised version of Australian comedy show The Project, to start in the 7pm slot in early 2017.

Story was hosted by Duncan Garner and Amanda Gillies on Monday. 

A MediaWorks spokesperson said Heather was leaving the company, and was not required to work out her notice.

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