Paul Henry back in spotlight with own show
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Million-dollar-earning TV broadcaster Paul Henry will return to the TV spotlight next year - every week day.
Broadcaster MediaWorks tonight announced that The Paul Henry show will air five nights a week.
It's not clear which time-slot Henry will dominate, but with 6pm to 7pm safely dominated by news, speculation is rife he'll shift into the 5.30pm timeslot.
There has been speculation that Henry will host the channel's late news show Nightline, but Mediaworks spokeswoman Rachel Lorimer would not comment about that tonight.
Henry, 53, resigned from TVNZ in 2010 after a number of controversies and hit the big time in Australia in 2012 when signed up to co-host Network Ten's Breakfast show. The show ran from February to November, when it was axed because of low ratings.
He returned to New Zealand and said he turned down a job with TVNZ's Close Up because of his contract with Mediaworks.
His resignation from Television New Zealand in 2010 came after he ridiculed Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit. He also courted controversy by questioning whether then NZ governor-general Sir Anand Satyanand was "even a New Zealander".
On October 1, 2010, he made a comment about Dikshit ahead of the Delhi Commonwealth Games which were marred by corruption and inefficiencies.
According to a Broadcasting Standards Authority decision, Henry said: "Also, the dip shit woman, god what's her name (hysterical laughter), Dick Shit, is it Dick Shit?".
TVNZ was ordered to pay $3000 and Henry resigned under pressure.
- © Fairfax NZ News