Newshub reporter Amanda Gillies and The Block NZ's Mark Richardson will be joining Duncan Garner as co-hosts of The AM Show, Mediaworks has announced today.
Mark will be stepping up as sports reporter, while veteran journalist Amanda joins the team as newsreader.
The new programme is replacing The Paul Henry Show in the 6-9 AM weekday slot after it was announced earlier this year that Paul would be stepping down from his morning presenting duties in 2017.
"I am really excited to be going into bat with a couple of broadcasting heavy hitters," Mark said in a statement.
"It's going to be fun and I'm sure we will make the best morning show in the game, although I can't promise I'll be bringing the same risk-free and defensive play I did as a Black Cap!"
Amanda, who says Duncan and Mark are "two great guys to spend weekday mornings with", says it will be "hard work keeping them in line, but I think together we've got just the right mix of general knowledge and entertaining stories".
Executive producer Sarah Bristow, who also worked on Paul Henry, says she is thrilled to bring Duncan together with Amanda and Mark.
"Duncan and Amanda's natural chemistry has been evident this year and they go way back as friends and colleagues. Her news nous and naturally amazing personality make Amanda the perfect addition to The AM Show," she said.
"Mark completes the studio team. His sporting knowledge, popularity with New Zealanders and quick-fire comments are sure to keep everyone on their toes. Our audience can certainly look forward to some good laughs along the way."
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As for Duncan himself, the broadcaster said he was rapt with the new team.
"I couldn't be happier with Mark and Amanda joining me - they're smart, know their subjects and aren't afraid to have a good time in the process. Bring it on!"
The announcement means Mark will be leaving his current radio show, The Morning Sound, which will return in 2017 with hosts Leah Panapa and Nik Brown. He will continue to host The Block NZ.
A replacement host for Duncan's RadioLIVE Drive show is expected to be announced in the near future.
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