Alison Mau to leave Seven Sharp

Last updated 19:52 17/12/2013
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DWINDLING HOSTS: Co-host Jesse Mulligan, seen with Mau, will stay on.
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TV journalist Alison Mau has announced this evening she will no longer host Seven Sharp.

Mau has been a co-host of the TVNZ nightly current affairs programme since it started earlier this year.

Her co-hosts were Tamati Coffey and Jesse Mulligan.

TVNZ confirmed this evening that the show will return next year with Mulligan being joined by Mike Hosking and TVNZ's Breakfast host Toni Street in the hot seats, while Coffey's fate was unclear. 

TVNZ said it was discussing opportunities for him at the company.

"We have great respect for Tamati as a presenter," a spokeswoman said.

Mau addressed leaving Seven Sharp briefly at the end of tonight's show.

"I know this has got the media in a tizzy, but you might not know Friday will be my last show," she told viewers.

Mau said there will be "more about that" on Friday.

A couple of hours earlier she had tweeted: "Leaving #sevensharp .. Friday my last day. Exciting! Sad! But exciting!"

TVNZ will look for a new presenter to join Rawdon Christie in the early morning Breakfast slot.

"We think our new team will take Seven Sharp to the next level in 2014," said John Gillespie, head of TVNZ current affairs.

He added that Seven Sharp has been "a bold departure from legacy format current affairs at 7pm".

"Our viewers are looking for a fresh take on the stories of the day and a hint of irreverence and fun - and that's what we're committed to delivering," said Gillespie.

Mediaworks confirmed Mau would be joining RadioLive to host a new early afternoon slot with Willie Jackson.

"Ali is a hugely talented broadcaster. She's smart, has strong opinions, a great sense of humour and the dynamic between her and Willie will create great talk radio," said Jana Rangooni, general manager talk brands for Mediaworks.

Mau has been a journalist for more than 20 years.

Seven Sharp came under fire earlier today after the Broadcasting Standards Authority forced TVNZ to apologise to Conservative Party leader Colin Craig for a "childish" satirical sketch.

The skit mocked Craig for threatening satirical website The Civilian for defamation.

The BSA found that comments made during the skit were "personal abuse masquerading as satire".


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