By Morgan Johnston on 19th November
Love or hate Paul Henry – and people only seem to do one or the other – the man sure knows how to keep a secret. For the past few weeks, speculation over whether he would take over TV One’s 7pm news show has been at fever pitch – and that was before his Australian breakfast TV show was axed. Every media commentator in the country seemed convinced he would, but as Paul exclusively told the Weekly’s deputy editor Catherine Milford this week, he won’t. Even though it was the job he coveted prior to his jaunt across the Tasman; even though it’s probably the best current affairs role on TV and even though many people, including the TVNZ news bosses, reckon he’s the best man for the job. Staying loyal to an agreement, signed contract or not, seems almost like old-fashioned manners these days – just ask the rugby and league franchises. And choosing some house renovations, a bit of travel and the odd work gig over a prime-time TV job would be unfathomable to many. But perhaps that’s why he and Pippa Wetzell were such a great duo on TVNZ’s Breakfast. Neither seemed like they were there for the glory of it, more just the fun. Pippa happily gave it up for time at home with the kids and Paul threw caution to the wind by opting for Sydney. It’s blown him back, which will make life in New Zealand that much more interesting. You never can tell with Paul just what might happen next.