More AM Show Hosts to Depart

The AM Show hosts Mark Richardson and Amanda Gillies are leaving Three’s breakfast show as part of a format revamp planned for next year.

Ryan Bridge, who replaced Duncan Garner after his abrupt departure, will continue to front the programme.

Here’s the media release:

NEWSHUB TO LAUNCH A NEW LOOK FOR THE AM SHOW IN 2022

Newshub has announced that it will be launching a new look of its morning news and current affairs show, The AM Show, from January 2022.

Recently appointed host of the show, Ryan Bridge, will be continuing in his role, joined by a new hosting team in 2022 with long time presenters Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson moving to other opportunities within Newshub and Three.

Amanda, a seasoned award-winning journalist with over 20 years experience, has been appointed to a Newshub National Correspondent role, covering and breaking stories of national significance. Mark will continue as host of Three’s most popular DIY show, The Block NZ, as well as regularly appearing as a fourth host on The Project.

Newshub’s Director of News, Sarah Bristow says: “Amanda and Mark have been an important part of the success of The AM Show over the last five years and will remain an important part of Newshub and Three going forward. With the current hosting line-up continuing for the remainder of the year,  we will celebrate their outstanding contribution in December.

“Looking ahead to 2022, we have an exciting opportunity to reinvigorate the format of The AM Show. Our focus remains unchanged – to deliver a best-in-class product that sets the news agenda of the day – and evolving the existing format of the show is a natural progression. We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.”

Amanda Gillies says the last five years have been a privilege: “It’s the best job in the world but with the worst hours. I have never taken the studio seat for granted, and I have been lucky enough to work with the dream team, on and off screen. There have been plenty of laughs, tears and unforgettable moments.”

Mark Richardson says: “This has been a dream job for me in so many ways – I have experienced news and current affairs broadcasting from the best seat in the house, even getting to play a few shots myself every now and again. It has allowed me to develop and grow my personal depth in the industry, all while having a heck of a lot of fun.

“I want to thank everyone involved with the show who have all played a part in achieving something that is nothing short of excellence. I would especially like to mention my two main co-hosts, Duncan Garner and Amanda Gillies. Five years together in this format of broadcasting is exceptional. You are champions, and I will go into bat with you guys against anyone, anywhere.”

The AM Show broadcasts weekdays on Three and streams live on ThreeNow from 6am – 9am covering the latest news and current affairs and engaging Kiwis in a national conversation about issues affecting them.

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4 Responses to “More AM Show Hosts to Depart”

  1. BIG changes coming for Three in 2022 especially with Warner Bros joining with Discovery, I bet TVNZ and Sky are feeling nervous 😁

  2. Sad news, Mark is a great broadcaster. They should be trying to make The Project watchable, not messing with their only show that is!

  3. Clearing out the talent to change format more consistent with Discovery’s ethos is not going to make the TVNZ juggernaut (in NZ FTA terms) nervous.

  4. I wonder if there will be changes for the 6 o’clock news as well? It definitely needs better HD 😁

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