Councillor returns to role fronting TV show

City councillor Sue Wells will today reprise her Canterbury Television on-air role after a 14-year break.

Canterbury Television (CTV) returned to television screens last week after losing 16 staff members, including managing director Murray Wood, when its central Christchurch building collapsed in February's earthquake.

Wells said she had no hesitation about again hosting the sales show, Susan Sells.

"There's never been a second of doubt in my mind that it's the right thing to do, to help them out. How could you refuse?" she said.

"I'm looking forward to doing it, but, at the same time, it's going to be really hard looking down the barrel and knowing you're looking at friends and families of people who have lost people."

Presenter Rob Cope-Williams, who asked Wells to resume the role, said today's show would be a "huge milestone".

"I rang her and said, `Will you do Susan Sells for me?' She said, `Yes', and that was the end of the conversation."

Wells said the absence of presenters Jo Giles and Donna Manning, who died on February 22, would be hard. "It's going to be really strange knowing that you're not the one who should be there. You can't change that, but it sits there.

"I am really looking forward to getting it [the show] back up and running, but, equally, I feel a bit odd about it. I don't really have the words for it."

Wells did her last Susan Sells show in 1997, and Giles took over in 1998. The role she is taking on at CTV is unpaid.

The station understood her "primary commitment" was to the city council, Wells said.

CTV is being broadcast on Maori Television until July.

Broadcasting to a national audience was "fantastic", Wells said.

The Press